School of Electronic Engineering

Masters Engineering Qualifier - Electronic & Computer Engineering

Course Code:
DC847 January & September Intake
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
Delivery Modes
FT-1 Year, PT-2 Years
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Students who do not have the entry requirements to enter directly onto the Masters programmes may be offered entry on the Masters Qualifier Programme. The Master Qualifier contains the same modules as our Masters. Students on the Masters Qualifier Programme may transfer onto the Masters programme, subject to the transfer requirements and without loss of accumulated credits. A Graduate Certificate exit award is potentially available if a transfer to the Masters Programme is not possible or desirable however, a minimum of 4 advanced (Level 9) modules must be successfully completed in order to exit with a Graduate Certificate.

About this course

To give students the knowledge, experience and skills to access our Masters programme in Electronic & Computer Engineering. The MEQ course itself does not carry an award, but it offers students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in order to demonstrate their aptitude to join the Masters programmes.

View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 


Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.


Campus life

Among the student facilities in DCU are a sports complex with a 25 metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

In 2018, a purpose-built state-of-the-art new student centre - The U - was opened. This centre serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500 and is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.


Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.


Next Steps

Candidates who successfully complete the Masters Qualifier can transfer to the MEng in Electronic & Computer Engineering. Find out more here.


January & September Intake: 

Entry to the Masters Qualifier Course is available to Electronic Engineering or cognate discipline graduates with:

• An NFQ Level 8 qualification below H2.2 equivalent.

• An NFQ Level 7 qualification, with a minimum of three years relevant experience.

• Both cases are subject to an interview if deemed necessary by the Chair of Programme or Head of School.

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. 

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for qualifier courses.





Part time

EU Status Fee Part-time
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Next Steps

To apply for the January 2024 intake of this programme, please click here.  

To apply for the September 2024 intake of this programme, please click here 

Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

• Academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable.

•If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

  • Commencing January 2024: Closing date for EU applications is 1st December 2023, selecting either Full Time or Part Time 
  • Commencing September 2024: Closing date for EU applications is 31st July 2024, selecting either Full Time or Part Time

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for qualifier courses.


Application Queries

For EU applicant queries, please visit or email