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Electronic and computer engineering (joint programme)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR032
  • No. of Places: 175
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 455* 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 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.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

Admission Requirements

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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 result in the most productive systems.

Course overview

In the third year you will study four core engineering subjects and seven electronic and computer engineering subjects. There are approximately 16 hours of lectures, 4 hours of tutorials, 3 hours of laboratory time and 3 hours of project time per week.

A fourth year electronic and computer engineering student typically has a weekly timetable consisting of 14 hours of lectures, 4 hours of tutorials and 3 to 4 hours of laboratory work. Additionally, you will have laboratory access for individual work on your project. There may also be the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry or with a research group or to participate in the Unitech, Erasmus or Cluster programmes.

The optional fifth year of the programme will allow students to study toward the M.A.I. Master's degree qualification with more advanced level of treatment of the topics listed above.

What will you study?

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

Third year courses cover:

  • Core elements of analogue and digital electronics - the principles of operation of electronic devices and their behaviour when connected to form circuits.
  • Microprocessor systems - all aspects of the principles, design, construction and characterisation of the hardware and system software of microprocessor-based computers.
  • Signals and systems - electronic circuits, mathematical methods and algorithms for describing and processing signals, such as audio and video.
  • Computer networks - protocols and behaviour of computer networks.
  • Telecommunications - electronic circuits and networks and the principles of modulation and coding for the transmission of information over guided paths and through free-space.

In the fourth year, in addition to a course in engineering management and an engineering project, you will choose a combination of subjects that allows you to balance your specialisation between the electronic and computer engineering subjects:

Fourth year courses cover:

  • Integrated systems design and digital control systems
  • Telecommunications and digital communications
  • Digital signal processing and digital media processing
  • Microelectronic circuits
  • Computer architecture
  • Data engineering
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer vision
  • Knowledge engineering
  • Sustainable computing
  • Augmented reality
  • Security of networks and distributed systems

In the optional fifth year, which leads to an M.A.I. Master's degree, students take a course in research methods and a number of elective courses during the first semester. These courses include:

  • Digital media systems
  • Speech and audio engineering
  • Statistical signal processing
  • Wireless networks and communications
  • Physiological measurement and data analysis
  • Distributed systems
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Formal methods
  • Advanced computer architecture
  • Networked applications
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Real time animation

During the second semester each student undertakes a major individual project that is assessed by a presentation and an end-of-year dissertation. Some examples of project areas include:

  • Communications networking
  • Electronic circuit design
  • Integrated circuit technology
  • Electronic and optoelectronic materials
  • Sensor-based ad hoc networks
  • Microphone array characterisation
  • Vector quantisation of images in pyramidal form
  • Design and development of a campus-based wireless information access system
  • Interactive distributed art installation using networking
  • Impulsive audio event detection for video retrieval
  • Anonymous, secure, robust and scalable peer-to-peer file sharing system for the internet
  • A distributed music rehearsal studio application
  • Secure lottery-like services over WAP

Study abroad

You may choose to spend the penultimate year at a European university as part of the Erasmus, Cluster or Unitech exchange programmes.


In the second half of the fourth year, M.A.I. students may have the opportunity to apply for internships in industry or in a research laboratory. Internships are subject to availability, and students generally compete for them.

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.

Further information

Department of Computer Science

Tel: +353 1 896 1765

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tel: +353 1 896 1580

Specific Entry Requirements

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

Graduate Profile

Eamonn Fallon

Why did you choose Trinity?

It had the best reputation at the time for computer engineering and I wasn't disappointed.

What do you recall about your time at Trinity (both academically and socially)?

Trinity is nice and compact with a diverse student population. It has a great social life and I made some great friends there. Academically, it doesn't handhold you which is good because the best way to learn is through self-directed learning. We had some juicy project work and an interesting syllabus.

How did Trinity help determine your career direction?

We launched when I was in second year. A lot of the skills you learn in engineering are transferrable to business such as critical thinking and problem solving which really helped us beat our bigger and better financed competitors.

What did you do after graduation and what successes have you had to date? has grown into a large media business. It's now called Distilled Media and we operate some of the best known online brands in Ireland such as, and