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School of Electronic Engineering

B.Eng. in Electronic and Computer Engineering (DC190)

At the heart of invention

First Year Engineering: (Mobile Robotics EM106) 2014/2015


This programme is for you if you want to acquire a creative approach to problem-solving, and gain a critical awareness of the impact of electronics and computers on society. Solid theoretical study and significant practical laboratory work combine on this programme to give you the knowledge and skills to become a qualified electronic and computer engineer with the ability to innovate and adapt within an exciting and rapidly changing industry.

What is the programme about?

First Year Engineering: (Mobile Robotics EM106) 2013/2014


As well as knowledge of the science and mathematics foundations needed by the electronic and computer engineer, this course develops expertise in object-oriented and embedded software, in electronic circuit analysis and design, and in control system design. You will learn how to model and analyse the dynamics of a wide range of technological systems, and will be skilled in subjects such as analogue and digital systems, microelectronics, mechatronic systems, computer architecture, electromagnetics and ultra high speed communications.

Programme Structure

The programme is a four-year, full-time, NFQ-Level 8 honours degree programme. The curriculum of the first three years and the core modules in Year Four are common to all ECE students. In Year Four, students select a Major option and gain relevant skills through Major-specific modules and an individual undergraduate graduation project. The following Major options are available:

  • Systems and Devices: This is a specialisation in core electronics and semiconductor technologies that underpin research priority areas from sensors, diagnostics, medical devices, digital control of mechatronic systems to optical communications and novel materials.
  • Internet of Things: The Internet transformed the world of human access to knowledge and information in unimaginable ways; the Internet of Things is about to unleash an almost inconceivable transformation of the man-made environment in which we live. It focuses on devices communicating to and through the Internet. This Major underpins research priority areas in smart cities and energy-efficient devices and networks.
  • High-Speed Communications: This focuses on devices communicating to devices at high speed, for example, optical networks and high-speed wireless technologies. It underpins research priority areas on next generation networks that support evolving demands from devices and applications.
  • Digital Interaction: This takes you into the realms of humans communicating to devices, and devices communicating to the world. It underpins research priority areas in human-machine interfaces. Key Year Four modules in this area include Human Computer Interface Technology, Web Application Development and Image Processing & Analysis.

These Majors reflect modern trends in Electronic and Computer Engineering and research priority areas within the School of Electronic Engineering. These Majors will be adapted over time so that our graduates always have the most relevant and up-to-date technology and expertise. You will have the opportunity to do an individual Major-relevant project in final year. These capstone projects will allow you to work in a specialist area of your choosing, to apply the electronic and computer engineering skills that you will have acquired during your studies, and to demonstrate your innovative capabilities, capacity for independent learning, and technical expertise. The Faculty of Engineering and Computing provides a Year Four project Expo as a showcase to bring your expertise to the attention of interested employers.

Some of the areas you will learn about on this programme

  • The role and responsibilities of the engineer in society
  • Electronic /photonic devices and systems
  • Internet of things
  • Telecommunications

Masters Programmes in Electronic Engineering

Upon successful completion of your four year B.Eng.(Hons) engineering degree with at least a H2.2 award, either in DCU or elsewhere, you will have the option to continue your studies to Masters level under a number of exciting and flexible programme options:

  1. M.Eng. in Electronic Systems (Optional Majors in the following)
    • Major in Nanoelectronics and Photonics
    • Major in Image Processing and Analysis
  2. M.Eng. in Telecommunications Engineering (Optional Major in the following)
    • Major in Network Implementation
  3. MEng in Healthcare Technologies – This is a Masters programme specifically designed for Electronic Engineering graduates that specialises in developing devices and products for the medical and healthcare environment and is presented via the 3U Partnership of DCU, Maynooth and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI)
For more information about the Masters programme, please visit the following link: Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Career Prospects

Engineering @ DCU

Qualified electronic engineers are sought after by both Irish and international organisations in the electronics sector and beyond. Typically, they are employed as engineers in the following areas:

  • Research and Development
  • Design
  • Management
  • Production
  • Sales

More Information

To find out more information about this programme, contact the School Secretary at +353 1 7005131