Electronic or Electrical Engineering

Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2017: 489 - 625
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc)(Hons) + 2 Years (ME) or 4 Years (BE)
Average Intake: 260

Leaving Certificate:
  • H4 in Mathematics
  • H6 in a laboratory science and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommendations

It is recommended that the Laboratory Science subject should be one of Chemistry, Physics or Biology

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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. They have developed the technologies we use to listen to music and communicate with one another, including smartphones and the Internet. Electrical and electronic engineers are also developing new ways to solve the world’s energy problems by harnessing renewable energy sources like wind and ocean energy.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

You could 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.

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 Energy Engineering or ME in Engineering with Business.

What Will I Study

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

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

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. Modules include:

  • Electrical & Electronic Circuits
  • Electromagnetics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Signal Processing
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Power System Engineering
  • Analogue and RF Electronics
  • Neural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Power System Operation

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-semester 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.

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International Study Opportunities

Opportunities to date have included:

  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • National University, Singapore
  • University of California, USA
  • University of Queensland

Professional Work Experience
Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME programmes. Six- to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following companies: EirGrid, Arup, ResMed, SAP, Intel, Analog Devices, ESB Networks, Mainstream Renewable Power.


“I chose to study engineering because I wanted the opportunity to create the future by applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems. Studying electronic engineering at UCD not only developed my technical abilities but also gave me a dedicated work ethic and skills that are highly sought after in Ireland and abroad. Having graduated in 2015, I’m now working in the Internet of Things and Wearables Group at Intel. I work in a results-driven, collaborative environment where we design system-on-chip microcontrollers that go into technical solutions from sports equipment to medical devices. My electronic engineering degree from UCD has given me a wealth of knowledge that I will continue to use in the future.”

Maebh Larkin, Graduate

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