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Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering

Course Details

Course code:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
4 Years
CAO points:
Course leader:
Dr Colin Fitzpatrick
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213561



Tel: 00 353 61 202015


Why Study Electronic and Computer Engineering at UL?

This new Electronic and Computer Engineering degree has been developed in conjunction with industrial employers, to meet the demand for engineering graduates with strong skills in software and hardware engineering, along with mathematical analysis ability.

At the end of the second year, this new programme in Electronic and Computer Engineering will allow you to select a major option from five major options – Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Robotic Engineering, Electrical Energy Engineering, anda General option.

Graduates of this degree programme will play key roles in the research, design, development, test and installation of future systems. They will frequently work in teams to tackle complex and challenging problems. Graduates may also pursue higher degrees by research (MEng, PhD, etc), or through taught postgraduate programmes (MSc, MEng, MBA, etc).

The programme of study thus offers excellent choice, thereby enhancing the range employment prospects and career choice options for the student.

The first two years of the programme provides students with a strong practical and theoretical foundation in - computing and programming languages, software, digital and analogue electronics, electrical science, and engineering mathematics. Students will be advised and guided by a personal adviser towards their choice of degree option to be undertaken in the final two years of the programme. The option choices include - Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Robotic Engineering, Electrical Energy Engineering and a General option which allows the students to select their own topics of interest from the other four options.

Work experience is integrated in year three through a positive and motivating thirty-week period of Cooperative Education. It provides students with practical work experience in the field of their chosen speciality.

In the final year, students undertake a significant individual engineering project, aiming to solve a real-world problem. The project involves advanced design, implementation experience, and builds confidence by putting into practice the skills and techniques acquired throughout the course.

LM118 Programme of Study in more detail. Module outline descriptions

The programme is broken into two parts.

1. Years 1 and 2 are common to all the degree options.
2. Years 3 and 4 of all degree options have some common modules but they are designed to offer specialist modules in each option area.

Common Years 1 and 2 - programme of study for all Options:

Year 1 Semester 1 Year 1 Semester 2 Summer
  Chemistry for Engineers   Computer Software 2 Vacation
  Electrical Engineering 1   Circuit Analysis 1  
  Engineering Computing   Semiconductor Device Fundamentals  
  Engineering Mathematics 1   Digital Systems 1  
  Introduction to Engineering 1   Enginering Mathematics 2  
  Engineering Science 1      
Year 2 Semester 1 Year 2 Semester 2  
  Engineering Maths 3   Engineering Maths 4 Cooperative Education
  Digital Systems 2   Digital Systems 3
  Computer Software 3   Communications & Networks Protocols
  Active Circuit Design 1   Active Circuit Design 2
  The Engineer as a Professional   Control 1

Semester 1, Year 3 is Cooperative Education for all Options.
Year 3 (Semester 2) and Year 4 Programme of study for each degree option:


Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Operating Systems   Software Engineering   Distributed Systems
  Language Processors   Computer Networks   Communication and Security Protocols
  Signals & Systems   Artifical Intelligence   Computer Architectures
  Telecommunication Fundamentals   ASICs 1   Machine Vision
  Control 2   Final Year Project 1   Final Year Project 2


Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Active Circuits   ASICs 1   ASICs 2
  Sensors & Actuators   Computer Networks   VLSI DSP Systems
  Signals & Systems   Electrical Power Systems   Power Electronics
  Telecommuncation Fundamentals   Electronics & the Environment   Electromagnetics
  Control 2   Final Year Project 1   Final Year Project 2


Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Operating Systems   Artificial Intelligence   Spatial Robotics
  Sensors & Actuators   Digital Signal Processing   Digital Control
  Signals & Systems   Software Engineering   Distributed Systems
  Telecommunications Fundamentals   Electrical Automation   Machine Vision
  Control 2   Final Year Project 1   Final Year Project 2

Within the degree options, there are sets of related modules, which can be taken separately.

Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Signals & Systems
Communications Theory
Control 2
Operating Systems
Languages Processors
Electrical Energy
Active Circuits 4
Sensors & Actuators
  Electives - (Choose Min 4 Max 4)
Computer Networks 1
Software Engineering
Artificial Intelligence
Digital Signal Processing 1
Electrical Power Systems
Electrical Automation
Electronics & the Environment
Final Year Project 1
  Electives - (Choose Min 4 Max 4)
VLSI Digital Processing Systems
Distributed Systems
Computer Architecture
Electromagnetics 1
Power Electronics
Communications & Security Protocols
Digital Control
Energy Mangement & Technology
Spatial Robotics Final Year Project 2

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and a grade O6/H7 in any one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Construction Studies, Design & Communication Graphics/Technical Drawing, Technology, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Graduates of the Electronic and Computer Engineering programme will build successful careers in a wide range of application areas, including research, design and development of:

  • Mobile and Wireless Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Security and Forensics
  • Game Systems
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Integrated Circuit Technology
  • Energy Production & Distribution Systems
  • Smart Energy Management
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Sensors and Sensor Networks
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Automation Control Systems
  • Robotics
  • Automotive and Aerospace electronics

Engineers often move quickly into senior management and consultancy positions, using their analytical approach to project management and problem solving. There are also worldwide opportunities for advanced study and research, and graduates can diversify into many other areas such as business, medicine and law.

The Bachelor of Engineering (BE) programmes in UL are accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI). This is an internationally recognised professional engineering accreditation. The new BE in Electronic and Computer engineering will be accredited once students have graduated from the programme, in accordance with Engineers Ireland rules.

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