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Electronic engineering

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

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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.

Electronic engineering is a continuously evolving profession and is the driving force behind the development of the world’s information technology. Electronic engineers create, design and develop everyday devices like the mobile phone, tablets, game engines and computers.

The role of the electronic engineer has now far exceeded the early remit to devise suitable circuits and systems for these devices and now includes the manipulation of data and information itself. 

In today’s Information Age there is an ever-growing use of mobile phones, internet resources, computers, entertainment systems, satellite imaging, optical fibres, and machine learning. Electronic components and circuits are the cornerstone technology used to generate and process the information generated by each of these systems. The department now includes courses specifically in information engineering and machine learning taught by experts in the field with close links to Google. We also include a good grounding in software engineering since all engineers now exploit software design to implement ideas and prototypes.

The Department of Electronic Engineering at Trinity College is world class. Your lecturers have influenced and fundamentally changed technologies in telecommunications, speech and media engineering and bioelectronics. One of our lecturers is an Oscar Winner and technologies developed here are embedded in YouTube features you use everyday, and blockbuster movies you watch all the time.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

The careers open to graduates in electronic engineering range from circuit design in semiconductor companies, through network design and management in telecommunications companies, media engineering in Netflix, YouTube and the entire cinema post-production industry. There are opportunities in business and financial management, where the analytic and problem-solving skills of electronic engineers have long been appreciated.

Companies employing Electronic Engineering graduates include Netflix, YouTube, Disney, Technicolor, Intel, Ericsson, Analog Devices, Google, Eirgrid and Accenture.

Your degree and what you’ll study

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.

Junior Sophister (third year) courses include:

  • Core elements of analogue and digital electronics
  • Microprocessor systems
  • Signals and information processing

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 and information engineering. Each fourth year student also completes a design project which put you on the path to expert in your chosen specialty.

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.

Fourth year courses cover:

  • Machine Learning
  • Digital control systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Digital signal processing
  • Microelectronic circuits and integrated systems design

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 allows students to study for the M.A.I. Masters degree qualification with more advanced treatment of the topics listed below. Students take a course in research methods and a number of elective courses during the first semester. These courses include:

  • Digital video engineering
  • Speech and audio engineering
  • Statistical signal processing
  • Wireless networks and communications
  • Complex systems science

Each student undertakes a major individual project that is assessed by a presentation and an end-of-year dissertation.

GET IN TOUCH!

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

www.tcd.ie/eleceng

E-mail: secretary@mee.tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 1580


What our graduates say

Áine Cahill – 2016 Electronic Engineering

I really enjoyed studying Electronic Engineering in Trinity. The theory, projects and lab work gave me the knowledge to understand how electronic devices (smartphones, medical imaging, self-driving cars, robots …) work, as well as the experience, creativity and motivation to design my own devices, applications and algorithms. Small class sizes rewarded me with fantastic friends, positive group collaboration on projects and an engaging, inspiring rapport with my lecturers. I developed critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and teamwork skills, in addition to comprehensive engineering knowledge. Future opportunities in industry and academic research are limitless. If you can dream of it, you can do it!

Course Options

Award

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

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR032

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 for details of the Freshman (first two) years.


Admission Requirements

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


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EU Applicants

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Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

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Engineering, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2018

Non-EU Applicants

  • Engineering, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2018
  • Advanced Entry Applications

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    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR032

    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 for details of the Freshman (first two) years.