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. They also enable 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.
About this course
The programme offers advanced-level courses in the theory, analysis, design and modelling of electronic and computer technology in an up-to-date, industry-relevant modern programme, which aims for students:
- 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 IoT, together with a knowledge and understanding of specialised Electronic and Computer Technology 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 Technology 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 comprising the Internet of Things.
In order to achieve the MSc in Electronic and Computer Technology with a Major in IoT a student needs to complete 90 credits in total over the duration of the programme.
Taught Modules (Choose 9 from the following set with a minimum of five EE5xxx modules):
- EE402 OOP with Embedded Systems (7.5 credits)
- EE488 Mathematical Techniques & Problem Solving (7.5 credits)
- EE452 Wireless and Mobile Communications (7.5 credits)
- EE417 Web Application Development (7.5 credits)
- EE445 Bioelectronics (7.5 credits)
- EE514 Data Analysis & Machine Learning (7.5 credits)
- EE515 Real-Time Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (7.5 credits)
- EE513 Connected Embedded Systems (7.5 credits)
- EE562 Network Stack Implementation (7.5 credits)
- EE507 Entrepreneurship for Engineers (7.5 credits)
- EE5001 Security for Wireless Networks (7.5 credits)
- EE516I Blockchain Scalability (7.5 credits)
Project Modules (both are compulsory and run in the summer months):
- EE5002 RD&I Training & Project Planning (7.5 credits)
- EE5003 MSc Project (15 credits)
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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.