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Computer and Communications Systems MEng

Course Details


Duration: 1 Year Full-Time

Award: Masters

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr. Brendan Mullane
+353 (0) 61 202955

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, or as a two-year part-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 part-time course runs over two years. In the first year, students study the compulsory modules, while in the second year they study two elective modules, while also working on their projects. Projects are completed at the end of the summer semester in the second year.

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   Summer
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)
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
  • A one page supporting statement
  • A copy of your birth certificate


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

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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.