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Electronic and computer engineering (joint programme)

B.A.I., M.A.I. Optional: B.A.I. only; 165 places

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What is Electronic and Computer Engineering?

Organising both hardware (electronic) and software (computer) components into a useful and productive system is the principal job of the electronic and computer engineer. With a unique combination of both skill-sets, such an engineer is trained to make design decisions that achieve the best results.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

The variety of careers open to graduates of Electronic and Computer Engineering range from designing embedded processors for a wide range of applications, through network design and management in telecommunications companies, to opportunities in business and financial management where the analytic and problem-solving skills of electronic and computer engineers have long been appreciated. Companies employing Electronic and Computer Engineering graduates include Google, Intel, Movidius and Accenture.

Your degree and what you’ll study

This degree option blends aspects of both the Electronic Engineering (see Electronic engineering) and Computer Engineering (see Computer engineering) options into one course.

You will be given a foundation in how analogue and digital electronic circuits work, delve into how information is coded and transmitted across noisy channels (such as the radio links used in mobile phone networks and satellite communication) and learn how these complex channels can be crafted into world-wide networks, such as the Internet - on which we all depend. On the computing side, you will learn how the basic analogue and digital circuits combine to form complex processors (CPUs), how these are programmed at machine level (assembly language) and how operating systems (such as Linux and Windows) make the machine capabilities accessible for high level application programmers.

By the time you get to the fourth year, you are ready to undertake a major individual project which you can choose from an extensive menu offered by staff or you can opt to take an internship with an employer in the computing and electronics industries (multi-national, local company or start-up).

You can choose from a range of modules exploring how computers can render complex graphics, how they can see and understand video images and how this can be used with headset hardware for augmented reality. You can further explore how hackers break into computer systems and how to defend against attack. Students will also have the opportunity to choose specialist telecommunications and signal processing modules.

There may also be the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry or with a research group or to spend some time studying abroad through the Unitech, Erasmus or Cluster programmes.

The fifth (optional) year leads to a master’s degree (MAI) in engineering and it is here that students get to carry out a major dissertation on a topic of their choice. This is a chance to really become a world-class expert in your favourite topic, researching what others have done across the world and building a hardware or software prototype that demonstrates this. As with the 4th year project, the topic could be anything from wireless communications, signal processing systems, biomedical devices and systems, helping to manage huge cloud computing facilities, through novel face-recognition algorithms to uncovering fraud in bitcoin transactions.

To support your work on the dissertation, you can take a number of elective courses in the first semester including:

Digital media systems; Speech and audio engineering; Statistical signal processing; Wireless networks and communications; Distributed systems; Fuzzy logic; Formal methods; Advanced computer architecture; Networked applications; Artificial intelligence and Real-time animation.

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Department of Computer Science 

www.scss.tcd.ie/undergraduate/ug-course-list.php

Email: enquiries@scss.tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 1765

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

www.tcd.ie/eleceng

Email: secretary@mee.tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 1580


What our graduates say

Luke Ferguson – 2015 Electronic and Computer Engineering

“If you have a natural curiosity, and a capacity for mathematics, then this is the course for you. As an Engineering student in Trinity College Dublin you will find yourself challenged with problems from a variety of technical fields. If you choose Electronic and Computer Engineering at the end of your second year, you will understand the technology that powers our world, from microelectronic circuits to operating systems, to state-of-the-art computer graphics and facial recognition algorithms. You will study the transistor, and the processing of audio and human speech. You will also learn about wireless communication networks, computer security and the video technology used by Youtube and Netflix. You will have the chance to be involved in creating the technological landscape of the future, so don’t miss the opportunity!”

Course Options

Award

B.A.I., M.A.I. Optional: B.A.I. only

Number of Places

165

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR032

Options

Students who wish to study Electronic and 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 the joint programme in Electronic and Computer Engineering as their specialist area.

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


Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate H4 Mathematics Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C Mathematics


Apply

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EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Engineering, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Engineering, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2017
  • CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR032

    Options

    Students who wish to study Electronic and 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 the joint programme in Electronic and Computer Engineering as their specialist area.

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