Course Overview

This degree programme is ideally suited to graduates of Level 8 B.E. degrees in Electrical / Electronic Engineering (or equivalent) who want to advance their engineering knowledge towards a career in industry or research based on electrical / electronic applications. The programme consists of 60 ECTS credits divided into three areas: advanced technologies in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (20–25 ECTS); transferrable skills for employment in industry and/or a research career (15–20 ECTS); and technology development through an Electrical & Electronic Engineering project and thesis. In order to provide graduates with flexibility to direct their careers in different sectors, project topics are available in the following technology areas:

  • Embedded Systems Design;
  • Signal Processing & Communications;
  • Power Electronics & Energy Conversion
  • Biomedical, Biometrics and Bio-inspired Electronics.

This full-time 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 status with Engineers Ireland. Recognition of the ME at Level 9 will apply for students who enter the programme with an accredited Level 8 Bachelors degree in Electrical / Electronic Engineering. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their Chartered CEng certification (who are not BE graduates from NUI Galway) 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. Therefore candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards for Chartered Engineer status. Accreditation for the programme will be sought after the first cohort of graduates emerges from the programme.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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

Requirements and Assessment

You 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 final submission date at the end of May. You will select a project in Electrical and Electronic Engineering on a state-of-the-art topic covered by our research priorities.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have Second Class Honours in a Level 8 degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college. Factors taken into account in determining admission include the  specific content of the undergraduate degree, the applicant’s performance and the availability of places.

Additional Requirements


9 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

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Course Outline

The ME 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 core Electrical and Electronic Engineering 5-credit advanced technical modules will be in topics covered by our research priorities of:

  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Signal Processing & Communications
  • Power Electronics & Energy Conversion
  • Biomedical, Biometrics and Bio-inspired Electronics

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Optional EE5118: Electronic Sports Performance Technology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AY872: Financial Management I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME521: Research Methods for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE450: Lean Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE446: Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE448: Power Electronics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CE463: Computational Methods in Energy Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT561: Systems Modelling and Simulation - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE445: Digital Signal Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE453: Telecommunications Software Applications - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE5116: Mobile Device Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE5117: Electronic Systems & Devices Experience Design - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE451: System on Chip Design I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME3104: Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT511: Databases - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME572: Human Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE6102: Power Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CT549: SmartGrid - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE502: Bioinstrumentation Design - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE590: Reconfigurable System on Chip (rSoC) Design - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EE550: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Project/Thesis - 20 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering will see NUI Galway educate a new generation of electrical and electronic engineers to even higher standards. Since 2013, the ME degree has been required to satisfy the educational requirements for progression to Chartered Engineer status. Graduates of the programme will be capable of working in any branch of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, including consultancy and contracting. As a programme that is targeted for accreditation, it will have international recognition at Level 9 through the Washington Accord.

This programme is offered within the new €40m Engineering Building, a14,200 square metre, modern, energy-efficient facility, and the largest School of Engineering in the country. The building is equipped with an extensive range of high-tech electrical and electronic engineering laboratory facilities which have been designed for teaching and research. The programme will be delivered by staff members who are world leaders in terms of research and industry interaction in the areas of power electronics, biomedical electronics and signal processing.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,250 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€5,026 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€17,750 p.a. 2019/20
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.

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Mary Costello
T: +353 91 492 728


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

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