Master of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

NUI Galway is pleased to offer a one year taught masters (ME) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  This is a full-time programme that is being offered for the first time in 2013.  It has a weighting of 60 ECTS, starting in September and running to June of the following year.  The programme is at level 9 in the Irish qualifications system and it has been designed to meet the educational requirements necessary for progression to Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland.  Accreditation for the programme will be sought after the first cohort of graduates emerges from the programme. NUI Galway has a long tradition of providing a high quality accredited bachelor degree (BE) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and in Electronic and Computer Engineering.  The new programme builds on this experience and the ME will see NUI Galway educate a new generation of engineers to even higher standards. 

The Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successfully completing this (level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

ME Programme

The ME programme on its own is a 60ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate Engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is Second Class Honours Degree in a Level 8 degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third level college.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: Course not available for entry 2015

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 20

Closing date: Course not available for entry 2015

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The ME in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has three primary elements; (i) advanced core modules in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, (ii) an individual capstone project and (iii) modules on transferrable skills and personal development.  The student will take a number of taught modules (40 ECTS) and these will be examined at end of semester examinations in December and April and/or through assignments and continuous assessment.  The individual project will run throughout the year with a submission date at the end of May. Projects will be available across all branches of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the student will work with an individual supervisor.  The student may also wish to propose a project of his/her own.  Core Electrical and Electronic Engineering 5-credit modules will include:

Reconfigurable System on Chip

  • Biomedical Instrumentation Design
  • Power Systems
  • Advanced Power Electronics
  • Smart Grid
  • Embedded Image Processing
  • Emerging Web Media
  • Financial Signal Processing and Modelling
  • Financial Engineering Methods for Derrivates and Risk Management
  • IT Module

Available modules in the area of transferrable skills will include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Engineering Finance
  • Engineering Research Methods
  • Advanced Statistics for Engineers
  • Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

The majority of lecturers on this course are from the core Electrical and Electronic Engineering discipline.  Additional lecturing support will be provided by expert practitioners from industry and by staff from disciplines that are cognate to Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  The core Electrical and Electronic Engineering staff are:

Prof. Gearóid Ó Laighin, (Head of Electrical & Electronic Eng) 
Prof. Gerard Hurley 
Dr. Edward Jones 
Dr. Peter Corcoran
Dr. Fearghal Morgan 
Dr. Maeve Duffy
Dr Martin Glavin
Mr. Liam Kilmartin
Dr. John Breslin

Find out more

Mary Costello
T: +353 91 492 728

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,900 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,676 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.