School of Electronic Engineering

MSc in Electronic & Computer Technology

Course Code:
DC895 - January FT DC896 - September FT
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
Delivery Modes
FT-1 Year, PT-2 Years
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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.   

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 some constraints]):

  • 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)

Project Modules (compulsory):

  • EE5002 RD&I Training & Project Planning (7.5 credits)

  • EE5003 MSc Project (15 credits)

For further information including the possibility of scholarship, please visit:

Why this course?

  • Established: with optional modules available, there is scope to tailor the programme to specific needs and interests.

  • Flexible: the course includes modules with on-campus/remote support, and 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: our students acquire knowledge and skills that are in high demand in industry.

  • Rewarding: our students work on a Masters 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 programme which is only available to EU students). 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. 


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

  • Technology Evangelist 

  • Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Officer

  • Management Information Systems Director

  • Computer and Information Research Scientist

  • IoT Systems Architect

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Application Developer

  • Systems Architects

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.


General Entry Requirements
  • 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.


Full time

EU Status Fee
Non EU Fee

Next Steps

Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • All applicants should apply through  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

  • Please submit certified academic transcripts for all years of study at college or university in original language*, with certified English translations if applicable,

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

  • * Where an applicant is in their final year of their undergraduate degree, please submit certified transcripts for all years completed to date.

    Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Application Deadlines

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

 For January 2021 intake:

  • Closing date for non-EU applicants is 10th December 2020.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 8th January 2021.

 For September 2021 intake:

  • Closing date for non-EU applicants is 16th July 2021.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 15th August 2021.

    Note: applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.


    Queries from EU applicants should be directed to 

    Queries from non-EU applicants should be directed to