Faculty of Engineering and Computing

MEng in Electronic Systems

Master of Engineering in Electronic Systems

  • PAC CodeDC800 (FT) DC802 (PT)
  • Course type Postgraduate
  • Qualification Masters Degree
  • Delivery Modes Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration Continuous

This programme is at the highest European Masters degree level. It offers advanced-level courses in the theory, analysis, design, modelling and manufacture of electronic systems. Students have the option of specialising in one of three areas: Internet of Things (IOT), Nanotechnology or Image Processing and Analysis.

There are two intakes on to the programme and flexible study options are provided. Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate exit awards are also available.


  • To obtain a systematic understanding of the theory, concepts and methods at the forefront of knowledge pertaining to selected topics chosen from a wide set within Electronic Engineering
  • To form a critical awareness of the present-day state-of-the-art and current developments and research at the forefront of a range of selected specialised areas in Electronic Engineering together with a knowledge and understanding of specialised electronic engineering practice, methods and techniques
  • To develop the ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve engineering problems and to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements related to Electronic Engineering problems.
  • To develop the skills to design components, systems or processes to meet specific needs and the knowledge and understanding of analysis and design processes and techniques and the ability to apply them in unfamiliar situations
  • To allow a more intensive exposure to modern, industry relevant technologies through optional Majors in the Internet of Things (IoT), Nanotechnology or Image Processing and Analysis.
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  • Established: with more than 20 modules available, there is great scope to tailor the programme to specific needs and interests in the largest and longest-running programme of its type in the country.
  • Flexible: combine full-time/part-time, on-campus/remote, a choice of two starting times each year.
  • Modern: the course is continually kept up-to-date to reflect changing technological advances in industry and research.
  • Relevant: acquire knowledge and skills that are in high demand in industry.
  • Rewarding: work on a Master's project in some of the top research labs in the country.

International Students

Non-EU students are only recruited onto the Masters Programme (not onto the Qualifier programme which is only available to EU students). Entry will be considered on the basis of meeting or exceeding the recognised equivalent of the stated entry requirements and of meeting the DCU English language requirements. For applicants who have not fully met the DCU English language requirements, the Masters programme accepts students who have completed the Pre-Masters International Foundation Programme (IFP). Students who have completed the IFP are guaranteed a place on their target programme in DCU.

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Opportunities will arise in Irish and International high-tech industry roles, including:

  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Management Engineer
  • Software Engineer

Graduates have been employed by companies including Google, Intel, Oracle, IBM and Boston Scientific.

The skills learned, however, are fundamental and can also be applied to many other disciplines. In addition the Masters project will also greatly improve the graduate's employment potential.


General Entry Requirements

The following general requirements apply:

An honours degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Computer Sciences or other Engineering disciplines is a normal requirement for direct entry onto the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma/M.Eng programmes, however:

There are two entry routes for both the Graduate Certificate/Diploma:

  • A basic primary degree in a relevant disciple


  • A related Diploma plus a minimum of three years relevant experience. Applicants applying via this route will also be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Non-EU applicants are assessed under the same criteria as specified above and their qualifications are also checked for equivalence using the NARIC system (UK National Academic Recognition Information Center).

Existing students have the performance-related options of transferring between programmes, such as moving from the Graduate Diploma to the Masters. For more information please see the page regarding Programme Transfer.

For those taking a single module a recommendation from the module coordinator is required.

Please note that all applications are subject to review/approval by the Programme Chair.


Important Note:

Students who meet the minimum entry requirements are not guaranteed a place on the programme and DCU reserves the right to interview candidates to confirm their suitability for the programme.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Dates for Submission of Applications for September 2017

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

This programme has two intakes in every academic year, ie. September and February. Closing dates for each intake are as follows:




February 2017 Intake

DC801 (F/T) / DC803 (P/T)

10th December 2016


September 2017


DC800 (F/T) / DC802 (P/T)

EU - 31st July 2017 

Non-EU - 11th July 2017



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