LM118 – Bachelor/Masters of Engineering in Electronic & Computer Engineering

The E&CE Department offers the following undergraduate Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degree programmes.

LM118 – Bachelor/Masters of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering

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The Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) and Masters of Engineering (M.E.) degree has been developed in conjunction with industrial employers, to meet the demand for engineering graduates with strong skills in software and hardware engineering, along with mathematical analysis ability.

Course Code: LM118
Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
(Level 8)
Length: 4 Years
Contact: Dr Colin Fitzpatrick
Phone: + 353 61 233561
Email: colin.fitzpatrick@ul.ie

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LM118 BE/ME Electronic & Computer Engineering

The Electronic and Computer Engineering degree has been developed in conjunction with employers, to meet the demand for male and female graduates with strong skills in software and hardware engineering, along with mathematical analysis ability.

The Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) and Masters of Engineering (M.E.) are 4 years and 5 years in duration respectively and will give you the skills to employ and develop technologies to tackle many of the challenges of the coming decades including energy, climate change, health and well-being as well as other innovative areas such as entertainment and self-driving vehicles.

Graduates of this degree programme will play key roles in the research, design, development, test and installation of future systems. They will frequently work in teams to tackle challenging problems. The programme is fully ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) compliant, allowing student mobility across Europe.

You have the choice at the end of second year to select a major option from five major options – Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Robotic Engineering, Electrical Energy Engineering, and a General option.

In third year you can choose to move to a Masters track which will allow you to graduate with a Masters Degree after five years of study.

This degree is accredited by Engineers Ireland meaning that it is recognised around the world.

This programme provides great flexibility for students where at the end of their second year, they can choose their specialist area of study for years three and four of the programme. Students can choose one of the following technology areas for study: Computer Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Robotics Engineering, and Electrical Energy Engineering. Alternatively students can choose a General option, where they can select modules from the other defined degree options.

LM118 Structure

LM118 Structure

The first two years of the programme will provide you with a strong practical and theoretical foundation in: computing and programming languages, software, digital and analogue electronics, electrical science, and engineering mathematics. During these first two years you will be guided towards your choice of a major option to be undertaken in the final two years of the programme.

Work experience is provided through a positive and motivating thirty-week period of Cooperative Education, which is an integral part of the programme. Co-op will provide you with experience and practice in the field of your chosen major option area.

For years 3 and 4, you will select one of the major options. You will also have the freedom to choose a General option, where you can select modules from the various major option streams – instead of specialising on a single major option. In the final year (year 4) you will undertake a major individual project, which in general solves a real-world problem. The project involves advanced design and implementation work, and builds confidence by putting into practice the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout the course.

At the end of year 3 you will have the option to move to the Masters stream which will give you the opportunity to study some more advanced modules in specialist areas of electronics and computing and you will do a more in-depth research project over years 4 and 5. You will then graduate with a Masters in Electronic & Computer Engineering.

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Full programme outline of the Bachelor of Engineering Electronic Computer Engineering (B.E.) and Masters of Engineering (M.E.) can be viewed here.

The programme is broken into two parts.

  1. Years 1 and 2 are common to all the degree options.
  2. Years 3 and 4 of all degree options have some common modules but they are designed to offer specialist modules in each option area. Students can pursue the 5th year element of this programme however this dependent on achieving a QCA>=2.6 after semester 6.

To view module descriptors of the BE/ME in more detail click here 

Computer Engineering

LM118 Computer Engineering Option

Computer engineers will work in important application areas which include mobile phone systems, gaming, medical diagnostic and monitoring equipment, the Internet, smart transport and energy management systems etc. Material covered in this option includes:

Software, Digital Electronics, Control, Data and Telecommunications, Signal Processing

Electronic Engineering

LM118 Electronic Engineering Option

Electronic Engineers have brought us mobile phones, digital cameras, security systems, improved weather forecasting, electronic medical devices and so many other things that we now take for granted. Material covered in this option includes:

Circuit Design, Data and Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Control, Signal Processing

Robotic Engineering

LM118 Robotic Engineering Option

Robotics is an exciting area of computer-controlled technology. Robotic applications are found in space exploration, deep-ocean systems, transport, product manufacturing, medical equipment, entertainment systems etc. Material covered in this option includes:

Artificial intelligence, machine vision, automation, software

Electrical Energy Engineering

LM118 Electrical Energy Engineering Option

Recent times have seen a worldwide shift towards a refocused commitment on the topic of energy. Electrical energy power engineering is an important element of this activity and there is an increasing need for engineers in this discipline to work on new solutions for the electrical energy grid based on wind, solar, ocean, wave and other renewable forms of energy. Material covered in this option includes:

Electrical Engineering, Power electronics, Energy Management, Smart Grids

General Engineering

General Engineering Option

This General option is aimed at students who have a broad interest in the areas of electrical and computer engineering, and will allow them to explore several topics of the other four degree options. For example, a student may take a complete degree option but then select other modules from the wide range of relevant modules on offer within the department.

Within the other degree options there are sets of related modules, which can be taken separately in this option.

This option is also designed to cater for students who would wish to Study Abroad, where flexibility is generally required.

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