School of Electronic Engineering

B.Eng and M.Eng. in Digital Media Engineering (Bachelor Honours and Masters Degree) NO INTAKE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/2016

 
 

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CAO Code: DC199
Points Last Year: 385
Duration: 4 yrs
Type of degree: Full-time
Contact: Ms Breda McManus

Understanding the Course:

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Digital Media Engineering

Be at the heart of the digital media revolution

Digital media engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the creation, processing and presentation of digital content. If you play computer games, listen to music on your mobile phone or use social networking websites to keep in touch with your friends, then you already know what digital media engineers have to offer. This branch of engineering has a diverse range of applications and can lead to careers in a variety of interesting areas. For example, the graphics technologies used in computer game development can also be used to create advanced 3D visualisations of medical image data for use in the diagnosis of disease. All of these technologies are significantly changing the way we live. If you think you want to be a part of this change, then digital media engineering may be the degree for you.

About You:

Mathematics has played a key role in the development of digital media engineering, from the ideas behind the MPEG audio and video standards to the cryptography essential to securing online transactions. You will need to be comfortable with logical and methodical approaches to understanding these and other mathematical and algorithmic methods. Leaving Cert Honours Maths and Leaving Cert Applied Maths, when well understood, are excellent indicators of ability in the field of digital media engineering. Your thirst for knowledge and drive to contribute to society will lead to constant learning and innovation throughout your career.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University (see How to Apply section), the following entry requirements apply: HC3 in Mathematics or HC3 in Applied Mathematics with HD2 in Mathematics.

Course Structure:

You will learn the skills needed to plan, design and implement the technology of computer-based digital media processing and network-based digital media delivery. As a graduate of this course, you will possess a combination of software, electronic, signal processing, network, hardware and web-engineering expertise, as well as technical knowledge and skills. You will also have the knowledge to understand and use new and exciting digital media developments as they arise, giving you flexibility in a rapidly changing area.

This four or five-year course has five academic threads:

  • Mathematics and Science
  • Applied Engineering Sciences
  • Software Programming and IT Skills
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Discipline-specific Technologies


Each thread addresses a particular aspect of Digital Media Engineering and can run for one, two or more years.

You will have the opportunity to do individual degree-relevant projects in Year Four and in the optional Year Five. These projects will allow you to work in a specialist area of your choosing and apply the Digital Media Engineering skills that you will acquire during your studies.

The final key component of your degree is the six-month INTRA work placement in Year Three. This is usually with a business in Ireland, but some students may go abroad or get placements in research positions within DCU. Some of the biggest companies in the world offer INTRA placements, including Google, Vodafone, IBM, Philips, eBay and Microsoft. Degree-relevant work experience obtained on an INTRA placement can be extremely beneficial when it comes to finding a position as a graduate engineer.

Accredited Engineering Programmes
DCU has always been at the forefront of running accredited engineering programmes which meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

Through Engineers Ireland international agreements, Chartered Engineer accreditation is recognised by the IET (UK) and by EU nations through FEANI. It is also recognised by the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and many other countries, through the Washington Accord.

After 2012 only Masters awards can achieve Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer accreditation and DCU?s engineering programmes were the first Masters programmes in Ireland to achieve provisional accreditation status. Upon successful completion of your four-year B.Eng. (Hons) degree, and subject to meeting the relevant entry requirements, you will have the option to continue your studies on DCU?s Masters programme in the relevant area.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2014 - 2015)

Why DCU:

Why DCU?

  • State-of-the-art facilities.
  • Lots of hands-on experience in labs and on projects.
  • Industrial experience as part of the course.
  • Great employment prospects upon graduation, both at home and abroad.
  • Flexible career opportunities in a range of interesting and socially important areas. For example digital media system and product design, the smart economy, computer games technology development and smart phone application development.
  • The opportunity to be taught and supervised by some of the foremost Digital Media Engineering researchers in .
  • Option to complete a fifth year and obtain a Masters degree as part of an integrated five-year programme.
  • Accredited engineering programme.

International Students

Non-native English speakers may be eligible to apply to the International Foundation Certificate (IFC) course, which will help you to achieve the English language requirements necessary for entry to this course as well as preparing you for adjustment to university learning in the Irish context. Please click here for full details of the IFC course.

What Our Graduates Say

'DCU stands out for its excellent innovation. The programmes are tailored to suit evolving industries and the engineering facilities available are second to none. DME offers the perfect balance between hardware and software engineering - the modules centring on the core fundamentals of IT as well as emerging technologies. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect though was the 6-month industry placement programme (INTRA). This gives you that practical/work/real world experience companies really want, allied to your top University qualification.'

Noel Colleran, B.Eng. Digital Media Engineering, 2005

Career Prospects:

A degree in digital media engineering provides the skills required to pursue a career in a variety of interesting areas that have the potential to aid society and improve people's quality of life, for example:

  • Systems development for diverse database-backed web services
  • Hardware design of Digital Media Devices (phones, PDAs, mobile robots etc.)
  • Service creation for tomorrow's mobile networks
  • Technology development for the computer animation and gaming industries
  • Development of virtual reality, tele-presence and visualisation applications
  • Web applications and interfaces for delivery of content to diverse environments
  • Systems architecture design for e-commerce/B2B applications
  • Designing automated computer vision systems for medical imaging and visual inspection
  • Development of state-of-the-art interactive media systems
  • Developing archival or browsing systems for libraries of multimedia content
  • Integration and User interface design for TV/Satellite/WebTV.

Companies associated with this course as graduate employers include Intel, CEVA, Xilinx, Ericsson, Philips, Motorola, IBM, Meteor, Logica, Microsoft, Google and Symantec. Alternatively, you could opt for further academic studies in one of our highly popular taught postgraduate programmes, or perhaps even a career in research within one of our internationally recognised research groups.

What Our Graduates Say

'DCU stands out for its excellent innovation. The programmes are tailored to suit evolving industries and the engineering facilities available are second to none. DME offers the perfect balance between hardware and software engineering - the modules centring on the core fundamentals of IT as well as emerging technologies. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect though was the 6-month industry placement programme (INTRA). This gives you that practical/work/real world experience companies really want, allied to your top University qualification.'

Noel Colleran, B.Eng. Digital Media Engineering, 2005

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

HC3 in Mathematics or HC3 in Applied Mathematics with HD2 in Mathematics

GCE A Level
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A-Level C in Mathematics.

FETAC Level 5
No Entry Paths

Transfer Applications

The Schools of Engineering consider tgransfer requests based on the performance of the candidate.
The overall set of guidelines which is in use for HETAC/NCEA equivalent qualifications is:

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate (Distinction) - possible entry to Year 1.
Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate (Merit plus experience) - possible entry to Year 1.
Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma (Merit or better*) - possible entry to Year 2.
Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma (Distinction plus a possible interview*) - possible entry to Year 3.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning:
The RPL policy document for the DME programme can be found here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

EU School Leavers
Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

EU Mature Applicants
Apply through the CAO by 1st February. Mature candidates must also submit a Mature Student Supplementary form to DCU by 1st February.

EU Transfer Applicants
Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

All Non-EU Candidates
Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to the 1st July. All non-EU candidates are advised to apply early as places are limited.

Make an Application
Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at http://www.cao.ie/
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here


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