Course Details

Course Code:
1 Year Full-Time
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Brendan Mullane
Email: Telephone: +353 (0) 61 202955

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Brief Description

The MEng provides a comprehensive grounding in targeted areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).  Students develop a detailed knowledge of Software Engineering and its application in the field of Communications Systems.

The Master of Engineering in Computer and Communications Systems will appeal to graduates with primary degrees in electronics or computing who wish to focus on a career in telecommunications, as well as to those with other science or engineering backgrounds who wish to work in the telecommunications industry. The Programme is designed to equip students with a detailed knowledge of software engineering and the skills required to apply this knowledge in the field of communications systems. The need for these skills continues to expand as telecommunications becomes an increasingly common and important part of people’s lives.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Design, and develop advanced software, with emphasis on communications systems.
  • Manage complex software engineering projects using up to date tools and techniques.
  • Deploy and administer up to date network management technologies.
  • Develop and maintain web-based application software.
  • Assess security and performance issues relating to networked wireless communications systems.
  • Evaluate new developments in telecommunications engineering using the relevant analysis methods.
  • Develop real-time solutions for communications systems.

The Master of Engineering in Computer and Communications Systems is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme, worth 90 ECTS credits. It consists of ten taught modules and a major project. Each taught module is worth 6 ECTS credits and the project has a weight of 30 ECTS credits.

The full-time course runs over three academic semesters, Autumn, Spring and Summer. Taught material is presented in the Autumn and Spring semesters, and the project is completed in the Summer semester. In each of the Autumn and Spring semesters, students study five modules, three of which are compulsory and two of which are "elective", that is, chosen from a selection of available modules.

The structure of the full-time programme is shown below:
Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer       
  • C++ Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Information Theory & Coding


  • Project 1
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Communications & Security Protocols 
 Elective Modules (Choose 2)
  • Digital Control
  • Digital Communications
  • Network and Host Security
  • Project 2

*Part-time variant currently not running.

Year One (Part-time)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester       Summer   
  • C++ Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Multimedia Communications 
  • Project 1
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Communications & Security Protocols 

Year Two  (Part-time)

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester


Elective Modules

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Information Theory & Coding
  • Advanced Digital System Design
  • Project

Elective Modules

  • Digital Control
  • Digital Communications
  • Host & Network Security
  • Advanced Topic Seminars
  • Project
  •    Project 2


The project is a major component the programme (worth 30 ECTS credits). It enables students to gain experience in undertaking a significant engineering task, which will involve research into a selected topic in the area of Computer and Communications Systems, along with advanced design and implementation.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

The principal entry requirement for either version of the programme is a 2.2 honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) (or better) undergraduate degree in a numerate and relevant discipline. An interview may be part of the admission process.


  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • A one page supporting statement
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €6,950 

Non- EU - €17,702

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email


Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

Software and applications development engineering are among the fastest growing and most dynamic fields of today’s technology. The many career paths for graduates of this programme include web applications development, network design and management, embedded systems development, database design, as well as control and telecommunications engineering.

Since communications systems are constantly changing, the programme aims to give its graduates the skills and knowledge to adapt very quickly to new and changing technologies.