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Common Entry into Engineering

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Do you want to create, innovate and make a lasting impact on the world? Are you a critical thinker who’d love to be part of a team solving real-world problems? Choose engineering.


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Maybe right now you’re just as interested in robotics as you are in renewable energy. That’s OK. It’s why we have a common entry programme for engineering. You’ll spend first year building a strong engineering foundation across maths, materials engineering and basic sciences, while also building skills like logical and critical thinking. 

Then you’ll specialise in second year, going on to a challenging, cutting-edge course where you’ll build real expertise, whether that’s in mechatronics or sustainability engineering. Through lectures, labs, individual and group work, you’ll get hands-on experience with modern manufacturing processes, design, simulation and analysis procedures, and get skilled in programming and electronics. 

In third year, you’ll go on a six- or 10-month INTRA work placement in Ireland or abroad in companies like Facebook, IBM, Intel, Google, Airbus and Pfizer.

And once you graduate, you may qualify to go straight on to complete a masters in your chosen field of engineering. Either way, your qualification is accredited and accepted globally, so you can bring your knowledge, skills and innovative mindset anywhere

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Careers & Further Options

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Our Engineering degree programmes have international recognition through agreements with Engineers Ireland. This enables graduates to practice as professional engineers in many countries, both in the EU and in the signatory countries to the Washington Accord.

Current signatories to the Washington Accord include: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland (Engineers Ireland), Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, The UK & The USA.

"DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path." 

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 Mathematics or H4 Applied Mathematics with H5 Mathematics.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C Mathematics.

Please visit our QQI FET webpage for details on course requirements, places and cut-off points.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.

Course Structure

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Core Subjects

  • Professional Development
  • Project & Technical Drawing
  • Software Development
  • Engineering Mechanics-Statics
  • Electronics
  • Numerical Problem Solving
  • Materials Engineering
  • Basic Sciences for Engineering

Year 1 Optional Subjects

  • French
  • Multilingualism
  • Spanish


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,500 per annum

How To Apply

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Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

At DCU, our students can expect a unique campus experience. We are known for our excellent teaching and learning facilities, our active clubs and societies, and our great social and sporting facilities. All this makes DCU an exciting place to be. 

DCU has three academic campuses; Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and All Hallows (both in Drumcondra), all close to Dublin City centre. 

They can be reached by public transport, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, with our Drumcondra campuses a ten minute walk from Drumcondra Train Station. Glasnevin is a 20 minute walk from St Patrick’s and All Hallows. They are also linked by Dublin Bus.

Each campus has a library (O’Reilly, Cregan and Woodlock Hall), study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. There are sports facilities on Glasnevin and St. Patrick’s, and there is a dedicated sports campus, St Claire’s, located near Glasnevin on the Ballymun Road.

DCU’s 19,000 students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, a new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of Languages, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology, as well as a Sports Performance centre and a training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

We continue to improve and update our facilities. For example, construction of a new world-class STEM facility is underway on the Glasnevin campus. With capacity for an extra 3,000 STEM students, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines.

Studying in DCU isn’t just about course work. The university is rich in student life and activities.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year. They span everything from rugby to rock climbing, anime to jazz.

For many students, sport is an important part of the DCU experience. DCU’s Sports Complex boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness centre gym, all-weather pitches and squash courts, as well as soccer, GAA and rugby pitches. DCU Dóchas Éireann, the university’s GAA club, is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country. Meanwhile, DCU Athletics has been Ireland’s highest achieving university club for many years. And DCU has dozens of other clubs to get involved in, from Archery to Weightlifting. 

The Glasnevin campus is home to our purpose built, state-of-the-art student centre, The U, which serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body. Here, you will find the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub. Also located on our Glasnevin campus is The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

On our St Patrick’s campus, we have the Java Student Hub, a vibrant, warm and welcoming space where students can meet for coffee, play music, use the projector to watch events, or just relax. The walls of the Java Hub were designed based on the cultural history of St Patrick’s Campus, including the special references to the notable sporting history and history of the arts.

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre - Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning - facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

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I am interested in studying Biomedical Engineering, but I am not sure. If I go into common entry Engineering, am I guaranteed to get my favourite discipline at the end of first year ?
To date we have had sufficient places in all of our programmes to be able to accommodate all students on their preferred programmes. If this isn't possible we will allocate students their 2nd choice. However, If you know you are interested in Biomedical Engineering you should apply for Biomedical as your first choice on the CAO, this will guarantee you your place on the programme in second year (should there be too many students who wish to switch into Biomedical). If you choose Biomedical as your first choice on the CAO and after year one you feel it is not for you, you can move into one of the other engineering courses. All of our BEng courses are four years. It is also worth noting, Electronic and Computer Engineering (DC190), Biomedical Engineering (DC197) and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (DC195) offer a 5th year option where you can gain a Masters degree in that course.  You do not have to decide on the Masters until the end of year 2.

I am interested in a career in sustainability. Does DCU offer any Engineering modules in sustainability?
DCU has sustainability at the core of the university, within research and within teaching. Sustainability is a key theme throughout Mechatronic, Mechanical/Manufacturing, Biomedical and Electronic/Computer Engineering degrees. We have recently launched a degree called Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering (DC194). There are a number of modules in the common first year & also second year where sustainability and energy systems are introduced and discussed. INTRA allows students to apply for a period of work with companies in the sustainability, energy and transport areas. Students in their final year can develop their thesis in sustainability, energy and transport areas. DCU also offers Masters courses in Sustainability.

Do you have any Civil Engineering courses?
DCU do not offer Civil Engineering courses here in DCU. DCU offers Mechantronic, Biomedical, Mechanical/Manufacturing and Electronic/Computer Engineering.

Students will learn about materials and material properties that are used in the construction of many products including buildings, bridges, vehicles, electronics, implants, etc.

How many hours a week would you generally spend in lectures for the Engineering courses?
The Engineering programmes are busy and focused, you would spend from 25 to 35 hours a week on the Glasnevin campus, Monday – Friday with a combination of lectures, lab work, tutorials and projects.

I am interested in studying Engineering and was wondering which courses have a work placement module?
All of our Engineering courses have a paid work placement of at least 6 months (10 month if you are continuing on to the masters). This happens in the third year at the end of a shortened second semester. This constitutes an important part of the programme of study and typically lasts six to seven months. You will liaise with our INTRA office to organise a suitable placement for you that fits within the programme you are studying. In the past many students have been hired by their work placement companies after they have graduated in year 4.  It is a wonderful learning experience and gives students the opportunity to put their learning into practice.

I don't study Engineering for the Leaving Cert, would this put me at a disadvantage to the other people in the course?
No, you do not need engineering for the Leaving Cert and you will not be at any disadvantage. Any skills from the Leaving Cert engineering course that are required on the programme will be covered in the first year.

Is the Maths in Engineering similar to the Maths for Higher Level Leaving Cert?
The Maths in first year builds on Leaving Cert higher level Maths and then more advanced topics are covered in subsequent years. That said, you will have degree options available to you with different levels of Maths content, so you can choose whatever suits you best. DCU has a Maths Learning Centre on campus for those students who need help working through mathematical problems; it is free of charge and provides a great help to any student who struggles in certain aspects of Maths.

Is DCU all one campus?

 DCU is a multi campus university - the Glasnevin, St Patrick's and All Hallows campuses. The St Patrick's campus is where the Education courses are taught and some of the subjects from the BA Joint Honours degree. There is a 20-25 minute walk between the campuses but there are buses and bikes available to go between them also.

Click here to see maps of all of our campuses


If I'm studying on the St Patrick's campus, can I use the library and sports centre on the Glasnevin campus?

Yes, all facilities such as sports and accommodation are open for all DCU students to avail of. 


Are there libraries in DCU and if they have wifi and work stations?

We have a brand new state of the art four floor library on our St. Patrick's Campus which complements the existing library on the Glasnevin campus. There is free wifi, work stations as well as desktop computers. 


Does DCU provide accommodation?

DCU does have on-campus accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and you can find out more and apply via the Accommodation Office webpage.