School of Electronic Engineering

Common Entry into Engineering

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Engineers invent and design things, they make things work and analyse and solve problems, often using mathematical and software tools. Their impact on the world is pervasive and often pioneering.

Engineering solutions help patients with enhanced diagnostic imaging, improved hearing devices, better blood vessel implants and laser surgery. Engineering solutions continue to improve the way we live, driving advances in digital technology, such as the Internet of Things and Smart Cities, that have the possibility of revolutionising how we interact with technology, while at the same time improving sustainability through advances in areas such as energy efficiency and green energy technologies. Some of the most recent and exciting innovations in the energy sector, including wave energy converters, bioreactors and combined heat and power units, are also the work of engineers.


If you’re interested in engineering, but haven’t yet made a choice between courses, the Common Entry into Engineering (Undenominated Entry) option is designed to help you make a decision while still earning credit towards your ultimate degree.

The Common Entry into Engineering (Undenominated Entry) offers a common first year with all other engineering courses. On completion of the common first year, you may choose to pursue one of the following honours degrees:

Please note that common entry does not mean an extra year added to the course; after completion of the one-year Common Entry into Engineering course, you’ll continue in the second year of your chosen degree course.

Explore different engineering field before committing to specific course
State-of-the-art facilities
Lots of hands-on experience in labs
Industrial experience as part of the course
Great and varied employment prospects upon graduation
View the current course structure

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.



A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

As an engineer, you can find yourself at the heart of just about any field, from high-tech industry and medicine to financial services, energy-aware technologies and biotechnology—the cutting-edge dynamic industries of tomorrow.

After you complete your first year Common Entry you will move into one of the listed degree programmes across both the School of Electronic Engineering or the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing. Please view careers listed under each programme.


Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 Mathematics or H4 Applied Mathematics with H5 Mathematics

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C Mathematics

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

EU Transfer Applications

The engineering schools consider transfer requests based on the performance of the candidate. The overall

set of guidelines which is in use for HETAC/NCEA equivalent qualifications is as follows:

Qualification Possible Point of Entry

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National CertificateFirst year


Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National CertificateFirst year

(Merit plus Experience)

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National

Diploma (Merit or Better)Second year

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National

Diploma (Distinction plus a possible interview)Third year

Please apply directly to DCU using the R10 form. Closing date for applications 1st July.

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.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form R10 by clicking here