UCD College of Engineering and Architecture


About the College

Welcome to the College of Engineering and Architecture. The College, with over 320 staff and almost 2,200 students (including 626 international students), is the largest and most comprehensive in Ireland. There are six Schools in the College, covering the Engineering disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Biosystems, Food, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, together with Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.

Through the Schools, we offer a wide range of undergraduate and taught masters programmes and are committed to the on-going development of both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary teaching and research. The Faculty within the College are highly research active and are responsible for a great deal of cutting-edge research, resulting in publications in leading academic journals, the creation of campus companies and the commercialisation of research. Based on their research, contribution, reputation and professional standing, academics in the College are leading Members and Fellows of national and international professional bodies, such as Engineers Ireland, the IChemE and the IEEE, and prestigious scholarly organisations, including the Royal Irish Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the US National Academy of Engineering.

Whether you are intending to simply visit UCD or are looking to join our College, please visit our School and College websites. These will highlight for you the breadth and depth of the College’s programmes, the strength and diversity of its research, and our commitment to ensuring that our staff and graduates play a leading role in education, research and society.

Professor Aoife Ahern

Dean of Engineering & College Principal

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

  • 151-200 in the QS World Subject Rankings
  • Research Funding awarded in past 5 years: €8.7m
  • The UCD degree in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering bachelor is accredited by IChemE at Masters level
  • School research has yielded award-winning spin-out companies: APC and OxyMem
  • A powerful network of influential graduates worldwide
  • Graduates have excellent and very well paid employment opportunities in the buoyant process industries
  • (Bio) Pharmaceutical engineering
  • Energy conversion & energy storage technology
  • Process engineering

School of Biosystems & Food Engineering

  • This School comprises a European Research Council Fellow and six Marie Curie Fellowships
  • Research Funding awarded in past 5 years: €14m
  • Professor Da-Wen Sun is in the world’s top one per cent of the most cited scientists in the category of Agriculture Sciences
  • Professor Colm O’Donnell is listed among the world’s most “influential names in science”, according to Thomson Reuters due to his “highly cited papers” in the area of Food Engineering
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Environment

Chokniti Khongchum / Pexels

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

  • 151-200 in the QS World Subject Rankings
  • Research Funding awarded in past 5 years: €46.6m
  • Robust Research profile and strength of global significance in Electrical Energy Research
  • Leading national research profile in Enabling Technologies for the Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Strong record of innovation and good links with industry
  • Graduates are feeding a robust national ICT sector with excellent career prospects
  • A network of influential graduates worldwide: Senior Vice President Intel USA and Google Vice President Engineering (Android)
  • Energy systems
  • Signal processing integration
  • Internet of things
  • Biomedical engineering

School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

  • Research Funding awarded in past 5 years: €32.3m
  • Home to I-Form, a national research centre for manufacturing technology
  • Graduates primarily enter the manufacturing, automotive, aeronautical and biomedical engineering sectors
  • Materials Engineering double accreditation with Engineers Ireland and IOM3
  • 96% of graduate employment
  • Choice of 7 taught master’s programmes in Mechanical, Materials, Biomedical Engineering and Engineering with Business
  • Bioengineering
  • Energy
  • Design & manufacturing
  • Materials

Buro Millennial / Pexels

School of Civil Engineering

  • 151-200 in the QS World Subject Rankings
  • Research Funding awarded in past 5 years: €8m
  • World-leading researchers in Transport and Water
  • Teaching Excellence Awards received by staff
  • New facilities to meet the needs of civil engineering students
  • Water (flood forecasting and wastewater treatment)
  • Bridge & transport infrastructure

School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy

  • It is the oldest Architecture Department in Ireland and celebrated its Centenary in 2011
  • Research Funding awarded in the past 5 years: €8.9m
  • 50 years of Planning at UCD
  • 30+ years of Environmental Policy at UCD
  • UCD Architecture is ranked in the top 50 Architecture Schools in Europe by Domus
  • Global recognition QS Top 150 in Architecture & Built Environment.
  • Accredited and internationally recognised teaching programmes
  • Vibrant doctoral programme
  • Research Excellence
  • Uniquely in Ireland, UCD’s architecture programmes are accredited by both the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and the RIAI, and has Substantial Equivalency status with the NAAB (National Architecture Accrediting Body in the USA)
  • UCD’s planning programmes are accredited by the RTPI and the IPI
  • The only Landscape Architecture degree in Europe, accredited by the ILI and EFLA
  • Two faculty members from UCD Architecture are the recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, the world’s most prestigious architecture award
  • Design programmes taught by nationally and internationally renowned architects
  • Two alumni and adjunct Professors also curated the 2018 Venice Biennale
  • Dedicated studio space for each student
  • Sustainable building design
  • Urban planning
  • Conservation & heritage
  • Environmental policy

The College at a Glance




UCD Engineering and Materials Science Centre,
University College Dublin,

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland