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Bachelor/Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree/ Level 9 Major Award Honours Masters Degree
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4/5 Years
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Electricity is going to play a huge role in the transition to a sustainable future. In Ireland, and around the world, renewable sources of generation such as wind and solar are coming on stream at a phenomenal rate, electricity networks are being transformed into smart grids, and demand for electricity is soaring as transport and heat are being electrified in the race to zero carbon emissions. With the clear potential for abundant offshore wind generated electricity, especially off our Atlantic Coast, Ireland is positioned to become globally important for many industrial sectors who want to enjoy these benefits and play their role in this sustainable future. This degree in Electrical Engineering will provide you with the knowledge and skills to play a part in this story and prepare you for a successful and rewarding career with a wide range of potential opportunities.  

The programme can be undertaken as either a four-year (Bachelor of Engineering, BE) degree programme or a five-year (Master of Engineering, ME) degree programme. All students would initially enter the BE degree programme route, and can either graduate with a BE degree at the end of the fourth year of study or have the option to continue into the fifth year Masters degree by transferring into the ME degree programme at the end of the fourth year rather than graduating with a BE degree. The Masters route is advised for those who would like to purse the option of becoming a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland after a suitable period of professional experience. 

You may also choose to continue with further study and pursue a PhD and subsequently a research or academic career. 

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What you will study

This programme of study will cover all the major components to allow you to become a successful Electrical Engineer. These include all the traditional topics such Electrical Machines, Electrical Power Systems, Power Electronics, Energy Management, Energy Storage and Electrical Automation. Given the increasingly important role of data in the generation and use of electricity it also includes much more modern topics such as Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence which are necessary to make electricity systems smarter and more secure. All of these topics build on foundational engineering modules which are taken in years 1 and 2 of the programme. 

Work experience is obtained through an eight-month period of Cooperative Education (Co-op), which is an integral part of the programme. Co-op will provide students with real-world industrial experience and practice. This will be taken in the summer at the end of second year and the first semester of the third year of the programme. 

In year four, the final year of the BE programme, students aiming to graduate with a BE degree will undertake a major individual project, which in general aims to solve a real-world problem. The project involves advanced design and implementation work and builds confidence by putting into practice the skills and knowledge that have been acquired throughout the programme of study. 

Master of Engineering (ME) Track (year five). The ME track enables students to gain a broader and deeper understanding of a range of advanced topics in energy including “Electrification of Transport”, “Wind, Ocean and Hydro Energy”, “Solar and Nuclear Energy” amongst others. Students will also undertake a major individual project. Students will select the ME track in year three of the programme, and will study the ME track subjects in year 4. 

Semester 1 Title Semester 2 Title
CH4001 Chemistry for Engineers CE4702 Computer Software 2
EE4001 Electrical Engineering 1 EE4012 Circuit Analysis 1
EE4011 Engineering Computing EE4022 Semiconductor Device Fundamentals
MA4001 Engineering Mathematics 1 EE4522 Digital Systems 1
ME4001 Introduction to Engineering 1 MA4002 Engineering Mathematics 2
ME4121 Engineering Science 1    


Semester 3 Title Semester 4 Title
CE4703 Computer Software 3 EE4044 Communications and Network Protocols
EE4003 The Engineer as a Professional EE4214 Control 1
EE4313 Active Circuit Design 1 EE4314 Active Circuit Design 2
EE4523 Digital Systems 2 EE4524 Digital Systems 3
MA4003 Engineering Mathematics 2 MA4004 Engineering Mathematics 4

Each student will complete their Cooperative Education placement during the summer at the end of year two and into semester one of year three. Students, whilst on Cooperative Education, will be asked to select their BEng major option for semester two of year three.  Students will also state wither they wish to graduate with a BEng degree award at the end of year four or to continue onto the MEng degree track at the end of year four the further year of the programme.  All students will however follow one of the following BEng major options in year three. 


Semester 5 Title Semester 6 Title
  Cooperative Education EE4024 Electrical Energy (Electrical machines)
    EE4216 Control 2
    EE4816 Signals and Systems 1
    ET4014 Data Security
    ET4224 Robotics 1: Sensors and Actuators
Semester 7 Title Semester 8 Title
CE4317 Introduction to Data Engineering and Machine Learning EE4038 Power Electronics
EE4031 Modern Electrical Power Systems EE4042 Energy Demand Management
EE4047 Electrical Engineering Project 1 EE4048 Electrical Engineering Project 2
ET4031 Electrical Automation PH4038 Energy Storage
PH4003 Mechanical Energy PH4042 Thermal Physics


Year 4

Semester 7 Title Semester 8 Title Summer Title
CE4317 Introduction to Data Engineering and Machine Learning EE4038 Power Electronics ME4049 Engineering Project
EE4031 Modern Electrical Power Systems EE4042 Energy Demand Management    
ET4021 Electronics Life Cycle Engineering EE4052 Master of Engineering Project Preparation    
ET4031 Electrical Automation PH4038 Energy Storage    
PH4003 Mechanical Energy PH4042 Thermal Physics    


Year 5


Semester 9 Title Semester 10 Title
EE4041 Electrification of Transport EE6062 Integrated Master of Engineering Project 2
EE6061 Integrated Master of Engineering Project 1    
  Elective - choose 2   Elective - choose 3
PH4007 Solar and Nuclear Energy EE6452 Digital Control
PH4013 Earth Science ME4526 Introduction to Heat Transfer
PH4027 Wind, Ocean and Hydro Energy ME6201 Engineering for Net Zero Carbon
    PH4072 Electromagnetism

Entry requirements

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Minimum grades

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.

Subject requirements

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, Computer Science, Construction Studies, Design & Communication Graphics/Technical Drawing, Technology, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths.

Additional considerations

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.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Visit the UL Undergraduate Admissions QQI site for a full list of modules.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply


Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.

Fees and funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €4,262
SUSI pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €4,262
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student pays Tuition Fees €4,262
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

Non-EU Students

Student pays Tuition Fees €20,542
Student pays Student Levy €100

Student course fees are comprised of the following components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The current student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Levy of €100. Please note the Student Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

  • Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
  • EU Fee Status: You satisfy both the citizenship and residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees.
  • Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

These scholarships are available for all courses

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

Future graduates of the BE/ME Electrical Engineering programme are expected to be in high demand as we transition to a more sustainable energy system. will prepare you for a wide range of potential careers across this sector. You might go to work in power generation, distribution, energy storage or energy management. 

We also anticipate major sources of employment in the mid-west region in line with the ambition to make the Shannon Estuary a hub for harnessing the potential of offshore wind generated electricity. Such major industrial projects such as the production of green hydrogen or sustainable aviation fuels will also require electrical engineering graduates.  

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. We plan for the new BE/ME in Electrical Engineering to become accredited once students have graduated from the programme, in accordance with Engineers Ireland rules.