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Electronic engineering

  • 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 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 Electronic 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 Electronic engineering?

Electronic engineering involves the use of electricity to perform a wide range of functions and the application of these functions to improve the quality of our lives.

The role of the electronic engineer is to devise suitable circuits and systems for the acquisition, storage, processing and transmission of low-power electronic signals as information-bearing electrical entities.

In today’s Information Age there is an ever-growing use of mobile phones, internet resources, computers, entertainment systems, satellite imaging, optical fibres, and automation. Electronic components and circuits are the cornerstone technology used to monitor or detect, store, process and transmit the information generated by each of these systems. Electronic engineers provide the vital skills and innovation needed to design and develop these remarkable components and systems.

Course overview

In the Junior Sophister (third) year you will study a total of seven electronic engineering subjects and four core 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 engineering student typically has a weekly timetable 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.

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 below. 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.

What will you study?

Junior Sophister (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.
  • Electromagnetism - the principles of the physical systems and of the mathematical characterisation of the transmission of electromagnetic radiation.
  • 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 Senior Sophister (fourth) year, in addition to a course in engineering management, you will choose a combination of subjects that allows further specialisation in electronic engineering. Each final-year student also completes a project, either individually or within a group.

Fourth year courses cover:

  • Integrated systems design and digital control systems
  • Telecommunications and digital communications
  • Digital signal processing and digital media processing
  • Microelectronic circuits
  • Introduction to bioengineering

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

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
  • Neural engineering
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Digital signal and media processing
  • Probability modelling and applications
  • Cognitive radio systems

Study abroad

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

Career opportunities

The careers open to graduates in electronic engineering range from circuit design in electronics companies through network design and management in telecommunications companies to opportunities in business and financial management where the analytic and problem-solving skills of electronic engineers have long been appreciated.

Further information

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tel: +353 1 896 1580


Specific Entry Requirements

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