With a degree in engineering you will make a real difference in the world and you will be responsible for solving real world problems. Engineering is suited to those who have an enquiring mind and a desire to innovate. Engineers are involved in all aspects of life such as developing alternative or new sources of energy, inventing life-saving medical devices and creating new modes of communication.
By choosing to study engineering at UCD you will have a very wide range of engineering specialisations from which to choose from, such as Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering with Architecture, Optical Engineering, Biosystems and Food Engineering. Whatever area you choose to specialise in we place considerable emphasis on the mastery of analytical skills and the use of quantitative methods. Study is based on solid mathematical, scientific and engineering principles.
Educationally, the first year is a common year which allows you to gain an understanding of the many engineering disciplines available, before you specialise. Throughout your first year, you will be presented with information about the various specialisations and given advice to guide you in making the right decision when choosing your engineering pathway at the end of first year.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
A world of opportunity awaits you as a UCD Engineering graduate and, as our programmes are professionally accredited, they are fully recognised internationally. You’ll be able to establish a career in many sectors, including:
Energy/clean technology; Infrastructure; Healthcare; Food; Information and communications technology; Business; Research; Education.
You will be equipped with a mindset and skills that will make you an asset to any employer. The Engineering education offered by UCD is recognised by the world’s top companies. In addition to our wide range of BE degrees, UCD has numerous graduate degrees including many taught master’s programmes.