Electrical/Electronic Engineering

BSc (Engineering Science) (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9) or BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Electrical and Electronic Engineers have revolutionised the way we live today. As an electronic or electrical engineer, you can lead the way in designing technologies that will shape our world. Such engineers use creative ways to generate and handle electricity and information. Electronic engineers have developed the technologies we use for communication, entertainment and many other things, including smartphones and the Internet. Electrical engineers are also developing new ways to solve the world’s energy problems by harnessing renewable energy sources like wind and ocean energy.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

First Year
Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:

  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Linear Algebra Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics

Second to Fifth Year
Students on this degree follow the same pathway until their third year, when they specialise in either Electrical or Electronic Engineering. Core Modules may include:

  • Electrical & Electronic Circuits
  • Electromagnetics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Signal Processing
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Power System Engineering
  • Power System Operation & Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Solid State Devices
  • Circuit Theory
  • Signals and Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Wireless Systems
  • Digital Communications
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Applications of Power Electronics
  • Software Engineering
  • Professional Engineering

A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials as well as participating in laboratory-based assignments and undertaking independent study.

A combination of end-of-trimester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year you will undertake a substantial project, involving some combination of research and design in some area of interest. This will be assessed using reports, presentations and an interview.

Progression Requirement

At the end of year 3, students can choose either to pursue a 4-year BE or 5-year Integrated ME degree pathway, subject to meeting GPA requirements.

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International Study Opportunities

Students have the opportunity in their third year to spend either one or two trimesters studying abroad in a partner University. There are options to study in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, China, Singapore, France, Germany, Switzerland, UK

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

You will be involved in projects that make a difference to the world, e.g. harnessing new sources of energy or developing advanced digital technologies. Exciting opportunities exist in areas such as designing new means of communication or the next generation of multimedia devices, studying the human brain, working with electrical energy systems or developing new imaging techniques.

Professional Work Experience

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated into the ME programmes. Six- to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: Accenture, Analog Devices, Eiratech Robotics, EirGrid, ESB, FoodMarble, Intel, Mainstream Renewable Power, Microsoft, Workday and Xilinx.

You can also pursue graduate study internationally or as part of a UCD Master’s degree, e.g. ME in Biomedical Engineering, ME in Electronic & Computer Engineering, ME in Electrical Power Engineering, ME in Engineering with Business.

Other Entry Routes

“I decided to study Electronic Engineering at UCD for the balance of mathematics and programming, and the exciting opportunities that come with it. From the beginning, I’ve developed an aptitude for solving complex problems and effectively communicating solutions to others in a clear and concise manner. I’ve grown to appreciate that engineering is not just a career – it’s a way of thinking. You don’t begin to appreciate the true essence of the theory until you apply it. I’ve explored this through UCD Formula Student, where I work with a team of student engineers in the design of the control system for our electric race car. As I pursue a MSc in Finance next year, I know that my grounding in engineering will be an invaluable asset for the rest of my career.”

Conor Maguire, Student

Contact Information

UCD Engineering & Architecture College Office
Engineering and Materials Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 1916
Email: katie.oneill@ucd.ie

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