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Higher Diploma in Engineering in Civil Engineering

Applications for 2021/22 are no longer being accepted.

Discipline: Engineering

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Flexible Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: Level 8 qualification in Civil Engineering or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Places: 16


Total Fee 3,950 Euros.

Why Study?

The registered professional title of Chartered Engineer (CEng) is becoming very important for graduate civil engineers.

The increasing regulation of the construction industry and the requirement to have competent engineering professionals (i.e. Chartered Engineers) to sign off on construction and civil engineering projects has led to employers seeking graduates who can reach Chartered Engineer status quickly.

Research has shown that the employment and salary prospects of Chartered Engineers are significantly improved in comparison to an untitled engineer.

Graduates from the existing 4-year level 8 degrees in the IoT/TU sector do not (typically) meet all the educational requirements (learning outcomes) for the direct pathway to Engineers Ireland’s Chartered Engineer status. These graduates must currently follow a much longer experiential route.

This work-based programme developed in collaboration with Engineers Ireland and employers will allow graduates to meet the Engineers Ireland educational requirements such that students can apply for Chartered Engineer after a minimum of three years experience and an accredited Masters (Level 9).

Currently graduates must have ten years experience and apply through the experiential route.

Shorter professional accreditation pathway as described above is subject to accreditation of the programme by Engineers Ireland.

Accreditation by Engineers Ireland for the programme will be sought after first delivery in September 2021.

Programme Modules

There are two modules which must be undertaken on the programme. The modules will allow students to explicitly demonstrate that they have achieved all seven Engineers Ireland programmes outcomes.

Research Skills for Engineers (20 ECTS Credits)

Professional Civil Engineering Practice (40 ECTS Credits)

The Higher Diploma programme is a work-based programme whereby the employer and GMIT provide the structure to enable the student to achieve specific learning outcomes which are aligned with Engineers Ireland programme outcomes.

The student must be in employment with an employer approved by the GMIT programme team while registered on the programme.

Both the student and employer must agree a structure with the programme team which enables the student to achieve the Engineers Ireland programmes outcomes whilst in the workplace.

All students will be assigned an academic mentor from GMIT who will visit the student and employer on at least two occasions during the programme.

Learning Outcomes: 

The programme learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Ireland Level 8 educational standards for applicants who wish to become a Chartered Engineer.

The programme outcomes may be summarised as:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning their branch of engineering
  • The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve engineering problems.
  • The ability to design a system, component or process to meet specified needs.
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments and to conduct guided research, or advanced technical activity.
  • An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people and the environment
  • The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.
  • The ability to communicate effectively on specialised engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large.

Essential Information: 

Entry requirements
To qualify for entry to this programme an applicant must hold a Level 8 Civil Engineering qualification.
Applications will also be accepted from mature applicants who have worked at an appropriate level within the construction industry and who may gain entry by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

The full 60 credit programme is completed over calendar year (September to September).
Because the students on this programme are in employment, a blended learning delivery mode will provide the flexibility for students to attend workshops in GMIT (face-to-face) or watch recordings of the workshops at a time that suits their work schedule. In addition, apart from the induction workshop which is held in GMIT, all other workshops/lectures will be delivered online so that students have the option to attend the lecture live or watch the recording. The blended learning approach will give students some control over the location, time and place of their studies.

Application Process
Online applications will open on 06th April 2021 for September commencement. 

How to Apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed. 

If you have any queries on this please email

Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to gain access to this programme in accordance with GMIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy. For more information on the RPL Process, please visit 

Closing Date for Applications
31st August.

Tuition Fees and Payment
Total fees for this course are €3,950.
Fees are payable prior to the commencement of study. Payment is by direct payment to GMIT's Bank Account.
30% funding is available from the Construction IT Alliance (CitA). see link below. GMIT has 10 funded places available for this course. This is available for companies and sole traders who are CitA members (if they are not already members anyone can join for a fee of €50).

Student Card
This course qualifies for the issuance of a GMIT Student ID Card.

Contact Us

Dr. Shane Newell
Programme Co-ordinator
Dublin Road, Galway
Phone: +353 (0)91 742880


Department of Graduate Studies and Professional Development