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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
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At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering involves developing technologies required for our future needs in such areas as communication, electrical energy, transport, healthcare and entertainment. Electrical and Electronic Engineers are involved in advances in medical technology, mobile phones, wireless communications, electrical power systems, renewable energy, electric vehicles, e-commerce and the internet-of-things. This degree programme provides students with a broad range of skills relating to all aspects of the design of electrical and 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 electrical and 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.
Integrated Masters (ME) and Work placement
All students registering for an engineering degree at NUI Galway will be enrolled on an integrated five year programme; a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) (four years, Level 8) + a Master of Engineering (ME) (one year, Level 9). Upon successful completion of the five years of study, graduates will have the educational qualifications required for progression to Chartered Engineer. Students registering for an engineering degree at NUI Galway in 2019 will make a decision at the beginning of 3rd Year to either remain on the BE+ME pathway (five years) or exit with a BE (four years). Students on the BE+ME pathway will avail of advanced engineering modules, a substantial research and development project, and a work placement of eight months duration during the 4th Year. For students exiting with a BE, the work placement (eight months) will occur during 3rd Year. Read more about Engineering Read more about Engineering work placements.
All Engineering Degrees at NUI Galway are professionally accredited by the statutory professional body, Engineers Ireland. This “Accreditation” means that the degree has been assessed and approved to meet the educational requirements for professional Engineers.
Under an international agreement (Washington Accord), any Degree accredited by the National professional body (Engineers Ireland) is recognized internationally. So having an “Accredited” degree means that employers outside of Ireland can (1) understand the quality/education achieved by a graduate and (2) know that it is equivalent to their own Education system/standards, and (3) can offer appropriate employment on this basis. For example, certain functions (sign off on large civil engineering construction projects) can only be carried out by a chartered engineer.
Engineers Ireland changed the criteria for Accreditation in 2012, and now require a Masters (Level 9) qualification as the education standard required for Registered Professional Titles of Chartered Engineer* (prior to this, a Level 8 degree was required). The changes were implemented because the standard European engineering qualification (degree or diploma) is at level 9, and European industry maintains a strict differentiation between those engineers qualified at level 9 and those qualified at level 8. Any graduate interested in working in Europe/Worldwide is now strongly advised to get an accredited level 9 award.
Engineers Ireland accreditation can be obtained at the following levels:
- Level 8: 4-year honours degree – associate engineer
- Level 9: 5-year master’s degree – chartered engineer
*A Chartered Engineer is the highest professional education standard in Engineering. A chartered Engineer is competent (because of their education and training) to assume personal responsibility for the development and application of engineering in research, design, construction, manufacturing, superintending, managing and in the education of the engineer. His/her work is predominantly intellectual and varied and not of a routine mental or physical character. It requires the exercise of original thought and judgement and the ability to supervise the technical and administrative work of others.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Dr. Brian Deegan*
Prof Gearoid OLaighin: https://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/engineering-and-informatics/gearoidolaighin/
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e., Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Scienc or Computer Science) or Technology, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Additional requirements: Minimum H4 in Mathematics or, alternatively, obtain a pass in the
Engineering Maths Qualifying Exam (held
in the University).
For A -Levels: A minimum of Grade C in Mathematics is required.
4 years/5 years
Next start date
A Level Grades (2022)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Mode of study
Years 1 covers the basics of maths and science as they apply in engineering, as well as an introduction to engineering, including engineering graphics and computing.
There are some additional maths modules in year 2, but the main focus is on introductory modules on electrical and electronic engineering, including circuit analysis, analog and digital electronics, electromagnetics and programming.
Years 3 & 4:
You make your decision at the start of year three whether to remain on the five-year integrated BE+ME programme or to exit with a BE at the end of year four. In years three and four, training in electrical and electronic circuit design continues with advanced modules in analogue and digital systems, electrical engineering and applied software. There is a greater focus on application areas such as telecommunications, microelectronics (system-on-chip), electrical power/energy, and control systems (automation). All modules include practical classes to provide you experience of hardware/software tools for circuit design and testing. These skills are developed further in project work. Modules on professional skills such as project management are also included
Year 5 optional**
At the School of Engineering we are focused on ensuring that you will be educated to the highest standards, and will have the necessary qualifications to avail of all of the professional opportunities presented to you, both in Ireland and across the world. You will be enrolled on an integrated five year programme; a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) (four years, Level 8) + a Master of Engineering (ME) (one year, Level 9). Students on the BE+ME pathway will avail of advanced engineering modules, a substantial research and development project, and a work placement. Upon successful completion of the five years of study, graduates will have the educational qualifications required for progression to Chartered Engineer. Full information on the optional 5th Year is provided at www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/electrical-electronic-engineering.html
Curriculum InformationCurriculum 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)Required MA140: Engineering Calculus - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MP120: Engineering Mechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CH140: Engineering Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EI160: Engineering Graphics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1110: Engineering Computing I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EI140: Fundamentals of Engineering - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required MM140: Engineering Mathematical Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EI150: Engineering Design - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required CT1111: Engineering Computing II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PH140: Engineering Physics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required MA2101: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ST1100: Engineering Statistics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE219: Analogue Systems Design I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE231: Electronic Instrumentation and Sensors - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE220: Digital Systems I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CT2106: Object-Oriented Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MA2102: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE230: Electrical Circuits & Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE224: Microprocessor Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE2101: Communications and Networking Foundations - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE232: Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required CT2109: Object Oriented Programming: Data Structures and Algorithms - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required EE3126: 3rd Year Project - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE345: Digital Systems II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE357: Signals and Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE4102: Secure and Wireless Communication Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE3101: Electromechanical Power Conversion - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE352: Linear Control Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required CT230: Database Systems I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE342: Analogue Systems Design II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required EE348: Engineering Electromagnetics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required EE448: Power Electronics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required CT420: Real Time Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Required EE3127: Electrical & Electronic Discipline BE Professional Experience Programme - 20 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE451: System on Chip Design I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE452: System on Chip Design II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE445: Digital Signal Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE4101: Mobile Networks: Architecture and Services - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE347: Embedded Systems Applications Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE450: Power Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required ME3102: Project Management for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required CT3112: Professional Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, suitably qualified students have the option to enrol and continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.
Students can advance to Masters level (ME) through our one year taught Masters programme (September-June) that builds on the successful completion of their undergraduate programme, subject to a sufficient standard (2nd Class Honours minimum). This programme is an integrated follow-on to the BE programme and is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineering status that will be recognised worldwide.
Masters degree education is becoming increasingly the norm internationally in Engineering, and this programme strengthens the ability of our graduates to compete nationally and internationally at the highest level for employment in industry and other sectors of the economy.
In our PhD programme students develop highly innovative state-of the-art solutions to current problems in power electronics, automotive electronics, consumer electronics, biomedical electronics and bio-inspired systems. Much of the research in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway involves a high level of interaction with the hi-tech R&D industry sector.
Why Choose This Course?
- Graduates of this programme are in high demand in a wide range of industries, including automotive electronics, microelectronics, electrical engineering, renewable energy, automation, medical devices, and telecommunication.
- Electrical & Electronic engineers work in a variety of roles including product design and development, field testing, applications engineering, electrical consultancy and project management.
- This course provides you with the skills needed to design electrical and electronic products that are ever more intelligent, energy efficient, connected and safe.
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Non EU
EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140. **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
What Employers Say
Seán Óg Ó Loideáin | Energy Systems Engineering BE & ME Graduate
The course equips you with the fundamentals of engineering whilst providing in-depth knowledge of a wide range of conventional and future energy generation technologies.