BEng in Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Gain the knowledge and the skills to be at the heart of innovation!
This degree is a unique blend of electronic and computer engineering providing essential skills from both fields. The programme has been designed in consultation with industry experts to meet the ever growing demands of electronic and computer industries. You will be trained to design integrated electronics and computer systems with critical expertise in hardware and software technologies.
An electronic and computer engineer is a problem solver by nature—a person who wonders about how things work and how to make things right. 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.
Mathematics is the universal language of engineering, and you’ll need to be comfortable with logical and methodical approaches to understanding real-world phenomena. Leaving Cert Honours in Mathematics and (where available) Leaving Cert in Applied Mathematics, when well understood, are excellent indicators of ability in the field of electronic and computer engineering.
Your thirst for knowledge and drive to contribute to society will lead to constant learning and innovation throughout your career. It’s no surprise then that 33% of the S&P 500 CEOs’ undergraduate degrees are in engineering—higher than any other discipline.
You’ll choose from four majors: Nanotechnology and Photonics, Advanced Data Networks, Digital Interaction, or The Internet of Things.
The option to continue to fifth year leading to a Masters in Electronic Systems or Masters in Telecommunications Engineering is subject to achieving a H2.2 or above in the four-year BEng in ECE course.
Electronic and Computer Engineering connects computing and electronics, software and hardware. The course offers a great balance between practice and theory and is well structured for students from all levels. The course also offers a 6 month INTRA work placement in Year 3.
I would recommend DCU to anyone who would like to learn many essential hands-onskills both in experience and theory. I think DCU offers all the things you need to go out into the world to be a real engineer.
Liviu Alexandru Nastase, Electronic and Computer Engineering
In Year Three, you’ll participate in a six-month INTRA (INtegrated TRAining) work placement. INTRA ensures that you will have the opportunity to apply and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired on our programmes in a practical setting before you graduate. You will build experience, confidence and connections for the future.
Placements are usually paid engineering internships with a business in Ireland, but some of our students go abroad or choose to take up a research position here in the university. Some of the biggest companies in the world offer DCU ECE INTRA placements, including IBM, Philips, Google, and Microsoft. Other recent INTRA employers with a global reach included Xilinx, Cisco, Synopsys, AOL, Analog Devices, Mastercard, Deloitte and Touche, Accenture, SAP Ireland, Cypress Semiconductor Ireland, Tektronix Communications and Xerox. DCU engineering students recently completed INTRA abroad with NVIDIA in Santa Clara and Irdeto in The Netherlands, while more local INTRA employers with well-recognised names include Electric Ireland and the Irish Aviation Authority.
Degree-relevant work experience obtained on an INTRA placement can be extremely beneficial when it comes to finding a position as a graduate engineer.
In Year Four you’ll also do an individual Major-relevant project that will allow you to work in a specialist area of your choosing and apply the electronic and computer engineering skills that you will have acquired during your studies.
This project provides a capstone to your undergraduate career where you can 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 prospective employers.
The course has a strong emphasis on project work (both team and individual). Each year, students are given a series of challenging tasks.
Explore a selection of projects from previous years.
Optional One-Year Masters
An optional Year Five will fast-track you to a Masters in Electronic Systems, Telecommunications Engineering, or Digital Health and Medical Technologies. This will allow you to complete your engineering education to Masters level (NFQ Level 9) if you so wish, thereby broadening and deepening your engineering expertise, and making your engineering education comparable with the European standard of five years of education to professional engineering status. Upon successful completion of your four year Honours Bachelor Engineering Degree with at least a H2.2 award, you will have the option to continue your studies to Masters level under a number of exciting and flexible programme options.