Entry Points (2015)

Course Overview

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is concerned with defining the technologies required for our future needs, including communication, entertainment, energy and healthcare. Electrical and Electronic Engineers are involved in advances in medical technology, e-commerce, mobile telephones, wireless communications, renewable energy and the internet. This degree programme provides students with a broad range of skills relating to all aspects of the design of electronic systems and devices. It combines coursework in different aspects of electrical and electronic engineering, as well as individual and group project work, where students design and build innovative electronic systems.

This programme provides a solid technological base from which a career in electrical and electronic engineering can be launched, along with the basic skills needed to sustain professional development throughout a graduate career. As it combines coursework, laboratory classes and projects in different aspects of electrical and electronic engineering, the programme will give graduates the knowledge and skills needed to design and develop innovation technologies for a wide range of industry sectors. It incorporates the design and development of devices, circuits and systems that are used in a wide range of high-tech products and so it will appeal to students who like to understand how technology works, and who have an interest in electrical or electronic circuits. Students who enjoy science, and particularly physics, are usually attracted to it.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade Higher C3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Science) or Technology and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Minimum Grade C3 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or alternatively obtain a pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the University).

For A -Levels: A minimum of Grade C in Mathematics is required.

4 years

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades (2015)

ABC & a (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Mathematical Methods
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Computing

Year 2

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Algebra
  • Applied Maths I & II Engineering Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Electrical Circuits and Systems I & II
  • Analogue Systems Design I
  • Microprocessor Systems Engineering I & II
  • Theory of Machines
  • Digital Systems
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Theory Programming

Year 3

  • Business Management and Finance
  • Professional Studies
  • Linear Control Systems
  • Electrical Power and Machines
  • Signals and Communications
  • Communications Systems Engineering
  • Project and laboratory work
  • Engineering Electromagnetics
  • Digital Systems
  • Analogue Systems Design

Year 4

  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Systems Design and VHDL
  • Telecommunications Software Applications
  • Project and Laboratory work
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • Advanced RF Engineering Electromagnetics
  • Systems Engineering
  • Applied Software Engineering

Further Education

Graduates can pursue postgraduate study in the college as Masters or PhD students. Students who enter postgraduate study directly from their undergraduate courses are normally admitted to the Master of Engineering Science (MEngSc) or the PhD programmes. The MEngSc degree may be obtained by course work with a minor thesis or by research work with a major thesis.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

It is expected that career opportunities for graduates of this programme will have significant growth. There is an ever-increasing emphasis on the development of intelligent electrical and electronic products to provide more effective and energy-efficient solutions in industry. Completing the BE degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers a passport to national and international career opportunities in a diverse range of industries, electrical utilities and organisations which use electrical and electronic engineering expertise. These include electronic circuit and system design; power electronics; medical electronics; healthcare; computer programming; telecommunications; automotive electronics; industrial & process automation; electrical power systems; renewable energy; consumer electronics; and broadcasting.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Students will undertake a five-month (April–August) off-campus work placement following completion of their third year of study, where they will be employed as intern electrical and electronic engineers in industry. In the event that no external placement is available, students will be given projects on campus. This Professional Experience Programme gives students an opportunity to work on projects relevant to their course of study and significantly improves their chances of obtaining employment after graduation.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Mary Costello
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
T 353 91 492728
F 353 91 494511
E mary.costello@nuigalway.ie