BSc (Engineering Science) (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9) or BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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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.
Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:
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:
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.
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, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland and USA.
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 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.
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 or ME in Optical Engineering.
“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
UCD Engineering & Architecture College Office
Engineering and Materials Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 1916