This programme is focused on the Internet of Things [IoT] and leads to a final Award of MSc in Electronic and Computer Technology [IoT]. It aims to provide a pathway for bachelor’s degree graduates, existing ICT professionals, and those wishing to convert from associated disciplines, to acquire the necessary skills to pursue careers in the IoT technology and applications domain.
The Internet of Things [IoT] is a computing concept describing the inter-connectivity and collaboration of a wide variety of everyday physical objects connected via the internet. Rapid IoT development has been driven by ongoing research and technological advances (notably in 5G mobile communications and in Artificial Intelligence). IoT technologies are enabling a wide range of business opportunities in the context of “smart” homes, neighbourhoods and cities and in the exploitation of intelligent infrastructure and services, in areas such as transport, power and healthcare.
IoT systems involve the convergence of multiple technologies, existing and new, including Sensors & Actuators, Low-energy Communication, Networking and Cloud, Big Data & Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Security and Application Deployment and Management.
There are two intakes onto the programme, in February and September, and flexible study options are provided. Due to the scheduling of project deadlines, full-time students who start in September can complete the programme within 12 months, while full-time students who start in February can complete the programme within 18 months.
NFQ Level 9 Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate exit awards are also available.
This programme satisfies the educational requirement for an Irish Graduate Programme visa for non-EEA students.
Programme Structure Outline
Students take a total of eight taught modules plus a year-long masters project. Taught modules are taken in Semester 1 (Sept-Dec) and Semester 2 (Jan-Apr). The masters project runs from October to August of the following calendar year, so students beginning their programme in September can complete in a total of 12 months.
Students may opt to begin their programme in January (Semester 2), in which case they start their project the following October, completing the programme in a total of 18 months.
Part-time students have the flexibility of taking the programme over multiple years (up to a maximum of four years).
Note: The part-time study option is available to EU-status students only. Non-EU students who require a visa to study in Ireland must take the programme on a full-time basis.
Module and Major Choices
The MEng in Electronic and Computer Engineering programme structure and module choices may be viewed at this link.
An introduction to each Major topic is available at this link.
Please note that module and major offerings are renewed on a regular basis. Available modules are confirmed in advance of each academic year, in April/May.
The Masters Project
The masters project is a 12-month, 30-credit module that allows students to put theoretical knowledge of engineering to use in a practical project related to their major topic. Students will develop skills in planning and managing their engineering project, researching leading-edge methods and technologies, designing and implementing an engineering solution, and documenting and presenting outcomes of their key findings at a professional standard. Each student works individually with an academic member of staff acting as their project supervisor.
Key Programme Objectives
- 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 Electronic and Computer 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 Electronic and Computer Engineering together with a knowledge and understanding of specialised Electronic and Computer 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 Electronic and Computer 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 specialised Majors topics
Why do this course?
- Study part-time or full-time for maximum flexibility.
- A modern, state of the art building with excellent teaching, laboratory, workshop and computing facilities.
- High graduate employment rate.
- Provides an excellent preparation ground for Ph.D research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opportunities will arise in Irish and International high-tech industry roles, including:
Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Officer
Management Information Systems Director
Computer and Information Research Scientist
IoT Systems Architect
Computer Systems Analyst
Graduates from programmes in the School have been employed by small-to-medium (SME) companies and many multinationals including Google, Intel, Texas Instruments, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Amazon. However, the skills learned 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.
A Primary Honours degree, Level 8 with an award of H2.2 or higher in Electronic/Electrical/Computer Engineering, Applied Physics, Computer Science or other Engineering Disciplines
International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. More information about DCU's English language requirements can be found here.