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B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Electronic Engineering (Bachelor Honours and Masters Degree)

 
 

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CAO Code: DC191
Points Last Year: 390
Duration: 4 yrs
Type of degree: Full-time
Contact: Ms Breda McManus

Understanding the Course:

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Electronic Engineering

At the heart of innovation

More than any other discipline, electronic engineers have been at the heart of generating the technology of our modern society. However, there are still major global problems to be solved, and you can be sure that because of their knowledge and skills electronic engineers will be at the forefront in creating solutions. Whether it is problems of clean water, sufficient energy, global warming or better global nutrition and health, electronic engineers will be developing solutions that will complement and coordinate the activities of other disciplines.

About You:

An electronic engineer is a problem-solver by nature. Mathematics is the universal language of engineering problems and you will need to be comfortable with logical and methodical approaches to understanding real world phenomena. Leaving Cert Honours Maths and Leaving Cert Applied Maths, when well understood, are excellent indicators of ability in the field of electronic engineering. Your thirst for knowledge and drive to contribute to society will lead to constant learning and innovation throughout your career.

A head for science and mathematics will help you make the most of this degree. In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University the following entry requirements apply: HC3 in Mathematics or HC3 in Applied Mathematics with HD2 in Mathematics.

Course Structure:

You will be taught through conventional lectures, extensive tutorials (particularly in Year One), laboratory exercises and projects. Through these you will develop the ability to model and analyse the dynamics of a wide range of technological systems, as well as learning a creative and innovative approach to problem solving. You will complete substantial individual projects during Year Four and in the optional Year Five, which are weighted heavily in the classification of the degree awarded.

The course has four separate parallel threads:

Thread One concerns your general professional development, including business studies, communication and the roles and responsibilities of the engineer in society.

Thread Two covers foundation subjects, especially mathematics, and general scientific subjects, particularly the physics and chemistry of electronic materials and devices as well as the biology that will underpin future applications of electronics to the life sciences.

Thread Three is concerned with applied science and includes courses in circuit theory, electromagnetics, solid state devices and the analysis of general dynamic systems.

Thread Four deals with specific electronic technologies. It covers a wide variety of topics, including analogue and digital circuits and systems, microelectronics and telecommunications. Software engineering and programming also play a significant part in the programme.

You will have the opportunity to do individual degree-relevant projects in Year Four and in the optional Year Five. These projects will allow you to work in a specialist area of your choosing and apply the electronic engineering skills that you will acquire during your studies.

A key component of your degree is a six-month INTRA work placement in Year Three. This is usually with a business in , but some students may go abroad or be placed in research positions within DCU. Some of the biggest companies in the world offer INTRA placements, including O2, IBM, Philips, Google, Microsoft and Xilinx. Degree-relevant work experience obtained on an INTRA placement can be extremely beneficial when it comes to finding a position as a graduate engineer.

Accredited Engineering Programmes

DCU has always been at the forefront of running accredited engineering programmes which meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

Through Engineers Ireland international agreements, Chartered Engineer accreditation is recognised by the IET (UK) and by EU nations through FEANI. It is also recognised by the , , and , and many other countries, through the Washington Accord.

After 2012 only Masters awards can achieve Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer accreditation and DCU's engineering programmes were the first Masters programmes in to achieve provisional accreditation status. Upon successful completion of your four-year B.Eng. (Hons) degree, and subject to meeting the relevant entry requirements, you will have the option to continue your studies on DCU's Masters programme in the relevant area.

Work Experience (INTRA)

A key component of your degree is a 6-month, Year 3 INTRA work placement. This is usually with a business in Ireland but some students may go abroad or be placed in research positions within DCU. Some of the biggest companies in the world offer INTRA placements, including Vodafone, IBM, Philips, Google, Microsoft and Xilinx. Degree relevant work experience obtained on an INTRA placement can be extremely beneficial when it comes to finding a position as graduate engineer.

DCU has always been at the forefront of running accredited engineering courses which meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Through Engineers Ireland international agreements, Chartered Engineer accreditation is recognised by the IET (UK) and by EU nations through FEANI. It is also recognised by the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and many other countries through the Washington Accord. After 2012, only Masters awards can achieve Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer accreditation and DCU has the first Masters programmes in Ireland to achieve provisional accreditation status.

Upon successful completion of your four year B.Eng. (Hons) degree, and subject to meeting the relevant entry requirements, you will have the option to continue your studies on DCU's Masters programme in Electronic Engineering.

To view the year 5 modules, click here.

Year 1-4 can be viewed at this link below.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2013 - 2014)

Why DCU?

  • State-of-the-art facilities.
  • Lots of hands-on experience in labs and projects.
  • Industrial experience as part of the course.
  • Great employment prospects upon graduation, both at home and abroad.
  • Flexible career opportunities in a range of interesting and socially important areas, e.g. the health sector, the smart economy, sustainable energy and communications.
  • The opportunity to be taught and supervised by some of the foremost electronic engineering researchers in Ireland.
  • Option to complete a 5th year and obtain a Masters degree as part of an integrated 5-year programme.
  • Accredited engineering programme.

International Students

Non-native English speakers may be eligible to apply to the International Foundation Certificate (IFC) course, which will help you to achieve the English language requirements necessary for entry to this course as well as preparing you for adjustment to university learning in the Irish context. Please click here for full details of the IFC course.

What Our Students Say

"I started my degree in 2005. I always liked cool gadgets like iPods and wanted to know more about how they work on the inside. This course has helped me understand them. I enjoy the practical side too, last year we learned how to design web sites and did some great experiments. At times it can be difficult but at the end it will be worth it."

Katherina Lackington, Electronic Engineering, Year 4

What Our Graduates Say

Fergal Arthurs, B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering 2000, is currently working with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) as a Communications Engineering Specialist. He is responsible for the operational reliability, serviceability and accuracy of the ground based telecommunications systems, navigational aids, radars and computer networks provided by the Authority for the safety and regularity of air traffic. Previously, Fergal worked for Eircom as a Technical Consultant designing large scale voice and data networks for corporate and government organisations.

Seamus Walsh, B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering 1992, is currently the director of engineering with Esat Business, which is now part of BT Ignite's European telecommunications business. He is responsible for a staff of over 250 in Ireland who plan, design, build and operate Esat's network, which provides voice, data and IP services to over 12,000 corporate customers and 100,000 residential customers. He is also responsible for 150 network assurance staff in Europe, who manage the European network from centres in Brussels, Munich, Amsterdam and Madrid

Career Prospects:

Electronic Engineering graduates will find many opportunities in Irish and international electronic industries, including:

  • • Research and Development Engineer
  • • Design Engineer
  • • Production Engineer
  • • Sales Engineer
  • • Management Engineer
  • • Software Engineer

But the skills you learn are fundamental and can also be applied to many other areas. In addition your work placements will also greatly improve your employment potential. Alternatively, you could opt for further academic studies in one of our highly popular taught postgraduate programmes, or perhaps even a career in research within one of our internationally respected research groups in DCU.

Entry Requirements:

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

HC3 in Mathematics or HC3 in Applied Mathematics with HD2 in Mathematics

GCE A Level
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A-Level C in Mathematics.

FETAC Level 5
No Entry Paths

Transfer Applications

The schools of Engineering consider transfer requests based on the performance of the candidate.
The overall set of guidelines which is in use for HETAC/NCEA equivalent qualifications is:

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate (Distinction) - possible entry to Year 1.
Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate (Merit plus experience) - possible entry to Year 1.
Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma (Merit or better*) - possible entry to Year 2.
Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma (Distinction plus a possible interview*) - possible entry to Year 3.


International Applications
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. For further information on international applications click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning:
The RPL policy document for the EE programme can be found here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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

EU Mature Applicants
Apply through the CAO by 1st February. Mature candidates must also submit a Mature Student Supplementary form to DCU by 1st February.

EU Transfer Applicants
Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

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

Make an Application
Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at http://www.cao.ie/
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here


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