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School of Electronic Engineering

Postgraduate Programmes

Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Is it possible to do modules individually?
Yes. Single module attendance is possible either on campus or online via the programme IPME (Individual Postgraduate Modules - Electronics). This programme may be applied through the normal application means and adhering to the normal semester application deadlines. It is also possible to take a module of a course simply to improve or refresh one's skill base, rather than to aim towards a postgraduate qualification. However, please bear in mind that the four year rule maximum applies - this effectively means that only modules completed within the last four years may be used towards a postgraduate qualification.

2.   What is the difference between a programme and a module?
A module is simply the name for a single subject within a programme. Each programme consists of a number of modules. Upon successful completion of each module a transcript is provided to the student. Successful completion of a programme will result in the respective qualification.

3.   Can courses be completed part-time?
Yes. The system available at DCU is very flexible and courses may be completed either full-time or part-time.

4.   What are the entry requirements for each of the courses?
The entry requirements for each course may be found here.

5.   How many credits is each module worth?
Each taught module is worth 7.5 credits. The dissertation (project) is worth 30 credits.

6.   How do credits and qualifications work?
Each qualification requires a certain number of credits. For example, the full Masters qualification requires 8 taught courses plus a dissertation in order to achieve the full 90 credits. That is: ( 7.5 * 8 ) = 60 + 30 (project) = 90 credits

7.   Can courses be taken over the Internet?
Yes. It is possible to take the majority of modules over the Internet. The School of Electronic Engineering has set up the RACeE (Remote Access to Continuing Engineering Education) mechanism, which facilitates this. RACeE enables students to access career relevant high level courses on an individual topic basis. The programme also allows students to prepare for a postgraduate qualification by taking selected postgraduate modules prior to registering for a postgraduate degree. For more information please proceed to the RACeE information.

8.   Is it possible to take some modules on campus and some via the web?
Yes. Any qualification may be taken using the hybrid technique of attendance on campus and the RACeE mechanism.  For example, each semester a student could take one on campus module and one module over the web.  This is particularly suited towards employees who can only take one half day from work each semester but would like to achieve the qualification in a shorter period. In fact, students are free to mix and match study mechanisms within individual modules (attending some weeks and working remotely other weeks).

9.   What do I need to do to get a full Masters qualification?
In order to achieve the full Masters qualification, 8 taught modules must be completed and a dissertation. See the Programme Structure for more details.

10.   Can qualifications be completed over a number of years?
Yes. The time to completion will vary depending on the rate at which modules are taken and credits earned.  However, students may not spend more than four years obtaining a qualification. After four years, a student may be asked to leave the programme if they have not completed the programme requirements.

11.   Is it possible to transfer from the Masters Qualifier to a Masters?
Yes. See Transfer Information.

12.   How do I qualify for the Electronic Systems Masters?
Please visit the Module Information Pages and select 'Masters in Electronic Systems' from the drop-down menu.

13.   How do I qualify for the Telecommunications Masters?
Please visit the Module Information Pages and select 'Masters in Telecommunications Engineering' from the drop-down menu.

14.   What does "Level 8" mean?
Level 8 means final year undergraduate (4th year) level. While there are some Level 8 modules made available to Masters level students, a Masters student can only complete up to 30 credits worth of Level 8 material. A Masters level qualification requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits at Level 9. This provides greater flexibility and range of modules to students on the Masters programme, while maintaining recognised standards.

15.   What does "Level 9" mean?
Level 9 means postgraduate (masters) level. A Masters level qualification requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits at Level 9 (of the 90 credits required). As the Graduate Diploma programmes have no Level 9 project (30 credits), this means that Graduate Diploma students may only complete Level 9 modules to achieve the 60 credit requirement.

16.   Does the project need to be carried out in the University?
No. The project, although normally undertaken at DCU in the case of full-time students, can be taken in industry with joint industry/university supervision. The project title and description need to be submitted to the School for evaluation well in advance of the allocation date.

17.   Can I do a project in a company?
Simply working in a company for a period is not appropriate. If you have a project description that a company proposes, then you can have this evaluated by the School. If it meets the requirements of the School (determined by staff examining the proposal), and if suitable supervision arrangements can be made then it is possible. The project must be sufficiently demanding and have the intellectual challenge that goes with a Masters qualification.

18.   How are each of the courses related?
The Masters Qualifier programme is used as an entry mechanism to the Masters programme, typically where a student has not initially met the direct entry requirements for the Masters programme. The end qualifications in all programmes are based upon the module and projects selections that have been made throughout your course of study.

19. How much do the courses cost?
See the fee structure.

20. Do you have a record of what we originally selected for 2nd Semester?
Yes - you can get this information by logging into your portal page or by contacting the Registry office.

21. Is there a fee for change of mind in modules after registration?
There is a change of module form [R-37] available from the Registry. A charge applies after the first two weeks of each individual semester. There is no charge during the first two weeks of each semester, during which students can make changes in their module.  The full list of Registry forms can be found on the Registry site at the following link.

22. Are last year's projects on the Web?
The full and final reports are NOT on the Web. Paper copies of previous projects can be provided on request. For more information regarding the project module and its requirements please visit: Project Information

23.   How many hours work does each module entail?
A typical 7.5 credit module involves 36 hrs. lecture + 12 hrs. tutorial and/or laboratory. The remainder of the 112.5 hours is private study and assignment time.

24.   Do you have any information available for international students?
Yes. A page with a number of useful links for international students can be found here.

25.   Is it possible to register in the second semester?
Yes - we have two intakes each academic year, before which you may register for a Masters, Masters Qualifier or for Individual Postgraduate Modules.

26.   If you fail a module, is it possible to take repeats in August?
Yes - From the 2009/2010 academic year onwards, there are now *resits* in the taught masters modules. Resits take place in August of each year. In addition, a module which is failed in the resit exams, may be registered for in the following year. However, Marks and Standards has specific regulations limiting the number of failed attempts and the maximum duration of study on a programme. It is important that students familiarise themselves with the Marks and Standards of the university.

15.   Do all courses have the same duration and structure?
No. The make up of a module in terms of the division between lecture, assignment etc., varies from subject to subject. Select any of the modules from the Module Information Pages for further information.