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Computer engineering

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR032
  • No. of Places: 175
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 470 points
  • Duration: 5 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.I., M.A.I. Optional: B.A.I. only
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Computer engineering apply to the Engineering degree (TR032). The first two years are common to all Engineering students and at the end of the second-year students select Computer engineering as their specialist area.

    See TR032: Engineering (common entry programme) for details of the Freshman (first two) years.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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What is Computer engineering?

A computer engineer has mastered the necessary knowledge of mathematics and systems to tackle a whole range of real-world problems. Layered on top of these fundamentals is a set of specialist skills in computing that range from how a computer is designed and constructed to the application of computing power to solve a range of problems from social media to navigation, from medicine to space travel, and many more besides.

The impact of computer engineering has been more significant and more pervasive than that of many other disciplines. The smart phone, tablet computers, the Internet and games consoles are all products that were not even imagined 30 years ago, but have now been realised by the ingenuity of computer engineers.

Computer engineers may design computer hardware, write computer programs, integrate the various sub-systems together or do all three. They need good people skills as they often get quickly promoted to management positions.

Why study Computer engineering in Trinity?

The School of Computer Science and Statistics which runs the Computer Engineering programme is the oldest computer science department in Ireland with more than 60 academics and over 300 postgraduate students. The School is highly respected internationally for the quality of its research and many of the staff who will teach you are among the world’s leading experts in their fields. Some famous start-up companies associated with the School are Iona Technologies, Havok, Demonware and DAFT.

What will you study?

Third year courses cover:

  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems and Concurrent Systems

In the fourth year, in addition to a course in engineering management and an major project, you will study:

  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Architecture
  • Data and Knowledge Engineering
  • Sustainable Computing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Security of Networks and Distributed Systems

In the fifth (optional) year, which leads to an M.A.I. Master’s degree, students take a number of elective courses during the first semester.

These include: Fuzzy Logic; Formal Methods; Advanced Computer Architecture; Embedded Systems; Distributed Systems; Networked Applications; Artificial Intelligence; Real Time Animation.   During the second semester each student undertakes a final year project that is assessed by a presentation and an end-of-year dissertation. Some examples of project areas include: Forecasting trending topics in social media; Guiding immersion in Immersive 3D virtual reality; Using Bluetooth beacons to find things; Tracking individuals across multiple camera feeds; Monadic second order logic for natural language temporality.

For more detail on what is covered in each module, please visit:

Study abroad

You may choose to spend all of the penultimate year abroad as part of the Erasmus, Cluster or Unitech programmes.


Students intending to study for 5 years to an MAI degree may have the opportunity to apply for internships in industry or in a research laboratory.


The demand for software and system designers will continue to grow within the next decade. When you graduate you will find opportunities for employment in software companies, financial institutions, large industrial organisations, research institutions and multinationals in Ireland as well as in Europe, the US and Asia.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1765

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C Mathematics