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What is the Course about?

Electronics is at the heart of everyday life. Consumer electronics, mobile devices, vehicles, renewable energy systems, medical devices, wearable fitness technologies, as well as advanced robotics are now ubiquitous. As these technologies continue to evolve and grow, skilled electronic engineers continue to work at the forefront of this technological revolution. Electronic engineers work on cutting-edge research and development (R&D), advanced semi-conductor fabrication, design, prototyping, software simulation, coding, new product and applications development.

Course Structure

Our electronics courses offer a blended mix of theory classes, practical laboratories as well as project-based learning elements (hands-on). Extensive use is also made of computer-aided design (CAD) software tools and simulation resources.

Is this course for you?

  • Master problem solving and critical thinking
  • Develop practical prototyping CAD, and teamwork skills
  • Learn circuit design, coding & analysis techniques
  • Understand how the internet operates

If you want to work towards advancing electronics and new technologies for the benefit of humanity, then maybe this is the course for you.

Special Features:

  • Blend of theory, practical laboratory classes and hands-on project-based learning throughout.
  • Latest computer aided design CAD software, tools and simulation laboratories is used, e.g. Proteus, Cadence, Vivado and MATLAB.
  • Our students have achieved prestigious awards at national competitions, e.g. MIDAS Ireland Electronics Winner in 2019 and runners-up in 2018 and 2017.
  • Exit Awards:
    • Higher Certificate in Electronic Engineering (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.
    • Bachelor of Electronic Engineering (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals (M) Development on GNU/Linux (M)
Electronic Engineering Practice 1 (M) Electrical and Electronic Circuits (M)
Engineering Science (M) Electronic Engineering Practice 2 (M)
Mathematics and Computer Applications 1 (M) Mathematics and Computer Applications 2 (M)
Programming Systems (M) Technical Communications (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Analogue and Digital Electronics 1 (M) Analogue and Digital Electronics 2 (M)
Computer Programming (M) Electronic Communications 2 (M)
Electronic Communications 1 (M) Embedded Systems 1 (M)
Engineering Mathematics 1 (M) Engineering Mathematics 2 (M)
System Design and Test (M) Satellite and Microwave Systems (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Analysis of Analogue Circuits (M) Industrial Studies (M)
Computer Networks 1 (M) Work Placement (M)
Digital Communications (M) Development Project (Engineering) (E)
Embedded Systems 2 (M) Computer Networks 2 (E)
Engineering Mathematics 3 (M) Network Programmability and Automation (E)
Software Defined Radio (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (M) Digital Systems (M)
Hardware Description Language (M) Microelectronic Design 2 (M)
Microelectronic Design 1 (M) Professional Studies (M)
Research Project (Engineering) (M) Signals and Systems 2 (M)
Signals and Systems 1 (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 &4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can progress to postgraduate study at either Masters (NFQ Level 9) or Doctoral (NFQ Level 10) level at IT Carlow or another third level institution.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

A wide range of career opportunities exist which covers different areas and branches of electronic engineering. The electronics and ICT industry in Ireland continues to thrive and has an export revenue of over 10 billion per year. Ireland has similarities with Silicon Valley in San Francisco, in that all of the major electronics companies are based here, e.g. Intel, Apple, Analog Devices, Qualcomm, Dell, Microchip, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Xilinx, ARM, Cypress, HUAWEI and Maxim Integrated to name but a few. All of these high-tech companies require a continuous supply of talented electronic engineering graduates.


Course Leader

Dr Violeta McLoone

Assistant Lecturer -

Call: +353599175400

Email: [email protected]