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Engineering


Engineers educated at UCD all hold one very special attribute in common – creativity! As an engineer you may be called upon to make a real difference in the world, by developing alternative and new sources of energy, inventing life-saving medical devices or creating new modes of communication.


We offer a particularly wide range of engineering specialisations, from the traditional disciplines to new ones such as Biomedical and Energy Systems Engineering. During the first (common) year of your studies, you will have ample opportunity to gain an insight into the range of engineering disciplines available to you, so that you can make an informed choice about your future.


Te word ‘engineer’ is derived from the Latin ‘ingeniarus’, meaning ‘ingenious’ or ‘clever’. It describes the intellectual activities of one who contrives, designs or invents. As an engineer, you will be responsible for leading the way in finding solutions to real problems, in applying your creativity to turn dreams into reality.


Why UCD Engineering?


At UCD, we provide a first-class education in a wide range of engineering disciplines. Whatever the specialisation, 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, essentially the fundamentals of engineering, which will enable you to navigate successfully through the challenges you will face in your career as an engineer.


Te rigorous education provided in UCD Engineering is recognised internationally, with our graduates securing key positions in many of the world’s leading companies. We work with industry to ensure that our programmes produce graduates who are highly skilled and trained to address the problems which organisations and society face. Tis, coupled with the fact that your lecturers are recognised experts in specific fields, such as solar, wave and renewable energy, biomedical and structural engineering, among others, makes UCD the first choice for anyone interested in engineering.


Your First Year Experience


Your first year in Engineering at UCD will see you immersed in a completely new life from both an educational and social perspective. Educationally, the first year will be spent intensively learning and discovering how to solve problems through physics, chemistry and mathematics as well as gaining exposure to engineering subjects such as mechanics, energy engineering, creativity in design and electronic/electrical engineering. It is through exposure to the principles of engineering in first year that you will increase your understanding of the various specialisations and therefore be in a better position to decide on your own preferred area.


Te social life of a UCD Engineering student is second to none. Tere are many clubs and societies around the University. However, EngSoc (the UCD Engineering Society) should be your first port of call when joining the social scene in UCD.


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