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Faculty of Engineering and Computing

MEng in Telecommunications Engineering

Master of Engineering in Telecommunications Engineering

  • PAC CodeDC804 (FT) DC806 (PT)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration Continuous

This programme is at the highest European Masters degree level. It offers advanced-level courses in the theory, analysis, design, modelling and manufacturing of telecommunications systems. Students can decide when to join and how to study (remote, part time and full time options available). Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate exit awards are also available.

Areas covered include Optical Communications Systems, Data Network Protocols, Broadband Networks, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Wireless and Mobile Communications, Internetwork Security, and Digital Signal Processing.


  • To obtain a systematic understanding of the theory, concepts and methods at the forefront of knowledge pertaining to selected topics chosen from a wide set within Telecommunications Engineering
  • To form a critical awareness of the present-day state-of-the-art and current developments and research at the forefront of a range of selected specialised areas in Telecommunications Engineering together with a knowledge and understanding of specialised Telecom engineering practice, methods and techniques
  • To develop the ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve engineering problems and to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements related to Telecommunications Engineering problems.
  • To develop the skills to design components, systems or processes to meet specific needs and the knowledge and understanding of analysis and design processes and techniques and the ability to apply them in unfamiliar situations
  • To allow a more intensive exposure to modern, industry relevant technologies through optional Major in Network Implementation.
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  • Established: with more than 20 modules available, there is great scope to tailor the programme to specific needs and interests in the largest and longest-running programme of its type in the country.
  • Flexible: combine full-time/part-time, on-campus/remote, a choice of two starting times each year.
  • Modern: the course is continually kept up-to-date to reflect changing technological advances in industry and research.
  • Relevant: acquire knowledge and skills that are in high demand in industry.
  • Rewarding: work on a Master's project in some of the top research labs in the country.

International Students

Non-EU students are only recruited onto the Masters Programme (not onto the Qualifier). Entry will be considered on the basis of meeting or exceeding the recognised equivalent of the stated entry requirements and of meeting the DCU English language requirements. For applicants who have not fully met the DCU English language requirements, the Masters programme accepts students who have completed the Pre-Masters International Foundation Programme (IFP). Students who have completed the IFP are guaranteed a place on their target programme in DCU. Visit for further details.


Opportunities will arise in Irish and International high-tech industry roles, including:

  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Management Engineer
  • Software Engineer

The skills learned, however, are fundamental and can also be applied to many other disciplines. In addition the Masters project will also greatly improve the graduate's employment potential.


General Entry Requirements

The following general requirements apply:

An honours degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Computer Sciences or other Engineering disciplines is a normal requirement for direct entry onto the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma/M.Eng programmes, however:

There are two entry routes for both the Graduate Certificate/Diploma:

- A basic primary degree in a relevant disciple


- A related Diploma plus a minimum of three years relevant experience. Applicants applying via this route will also be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Non-EU applicants are assessed under the same criteria as specified above and their qualifications are also checked for equivalence using the NARIC system (UK National Academic Recognition Information Center).

Existing students have the performance-related options of transferring between programmes, such as moving from the Graduate Diploma to the Masters. For more information please see the page regarding Programme Transfer.

For those taking a single module a recommendation from the module coordinator is required.

Please note that all applications are subject to review/approval by the Programme Chair.

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.

Important Note:

Students who meet the minimum entry requirements are not guaranteed a place on the programme and DCU reserves the right to interview candidates to confirm their suitability for the programme.

Dates for Submission of Applications - September 2017

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

This programme has two intakes in every academic year, i.e. September and February. The closing dates for both intakes are as follows:




February 2017 Intake

DC805 (F/T) / DC807 (P/T)

10th December 2016


 September 2017 Intake

 DC804 (F/T) / DC806 (P/T)

EU - 31st July 2017

Non-EU - 11th July 2017


Queries on completed applications can be made by e-mail to