LM118 – Bachelor/Masters of Engineering in Electronic & Computer Engineering

The E&CE Department offers the following undergraduate Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degree programmes.

LM118 – Bachelor/Masters of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering

Honours Bachelor Degree | Baitsiléir Innealtóireachta in Innealtóireacht Leictreonaic agus Ríomhaire

This new Electronic and Computer Engineering degree has been developed in conjunction with industrial employers, to meet the demand for engineering graduates with strong skills in software and hardware engineering, along with mathematical analysis ability.

Course Code: LM118
Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
(Level 8)
Length: 4 Years
Contact: Dr Colin Fitzpatrick
Phone: + 353 61 233561
Email: colin.fitzpatrick@ul.ie

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LM118 BE/ME Electronic & Computer Engineering

This bachelor degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering is designed to meet the demand for engineers that will power Ireland’s and Europe’s future economy through the use of smart technologies. The degree programme has been developed in partnership with industrial employers, to meet the demand for engineering graduates with strong skills in software and hardware engineering, along with corresponding design and analysis abilities. This degree programme will build upon and further grow the reputation of the many UL graduates in the Electronic and Computer Engineering discipline who have achieved high-ranking positions in industry as well as founding and developing their own companies.

This programme provides great flexibility for students where at the end of their second year, they can choose their specialist area of study for years three and four of the programme. Students can choose one of the following technology areas for study: Computer Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Robotics Engineering, and Electrical Energy Engineering. Alternatively students can choose a General option, where they can select modules from the other defined degree options.

LM118 Structure

LM118 Structure

The first two years of the programme provides students with a strong practical and theoretical foundation in: computing and programming languages, software, digital and analogue electronics, electrical science, and engineering mathematics.

Students will be advised and guided by a personal adviser towards their choice of degree option to be undertaken in the final two years of the programme. The option choices include: Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Robotic Engineering, Electrical Energy Engineering and a General option which allows the students to select their own topics of interest from the other four options.

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LM118 Programme of Study in more detail. (Click Here for module outline descriptions)

The programme is broken into two parts.

  1. Years 1 and 2 are common to all the degree options.
  2. Years 3 and 4 of all degree options have some common modules but they are designed to offer specialist modules in each option area.
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Computer Engineering

LM118 Computer Engineering Option

Computers and Communications have transformed our lives and daily interactions with others. Advances in software and hardware engineer­ing have enabled developments in wireless communications, personal computing and information technology.

Computer engineers work at the forefront of technology in important application areas which include mobile phone systems, sensor networks, gaming, health monitoring, medical diagnostics, the In­ternet, smart transport and energy management systems.

The programme of study in Computer Engineering includes:

  • Software – software engineering, distributed and real-time software design, advanced operating systems and language processors.
  • Data and Telecommunications – networks and the Internet, communications, protocols and security.
  • Digital Electronics – integrated circuits (ICs) and computer architectures.
  • Control – advanced control systems and machine vision.
  • Signal Processing – digital signal processing and coding theory.
Electronic Engineering

LM118 Electronic Engineering Option

Electronic Engineering is the core discipline that has ena­bled the remarkable technology advances of recent years. Electronic Engineers have brought us mobile phones, digital cameras, security systems, improved weather forecasting, electronic medical devices and so many other things that we now take for granted. These advances are seen in terms of the ever increasing performance and miniaturisationin areas such as medical devices, mobile communications, audio and video products, and personal computers.

All these are made possi­ble by the continuing new developments in Electronics.  This engineering stream places you at the forefront of technology with significant and diverse employment opportunities: green technology, embedded systems’ design, microelectronics, telecommunications, health, transport, energy systems and entertainment.

The programme of study in Electronic Engineering includes:

  • Circuit Design – integrated circuits (ICs), analogue circuits and digital circuits.
  • Data and Telecommunications – networks, communications and protocols.
  • Electrical Engineering – power systems, power electronics and electromagnetics.
  • Control – advanced control systems, sensors and actuators.
  • Signal Processing – signal processing and VLSI signal processing.
Robotic Engineering

LM118 Robotic Engineering Option

Robotics is an exciting area of computer-controlled technology. Robotics, Control and Software Engineering applications help in the development of many ‘high tech’systems, such as used in space exploration, deep-ocean systems, transport, product manufactur­ing, medical equipment and entertainment systems.

Robotic engineers have available a diverse range of employment opportunities, ranging over: gaming, aircraft (auto pilot, flight control, navigation) and automotive (engine management, braking control, collision avoidance) design, industrial automation and field robotics (space, sub-sea and surgical).

The programme of study in Robotic Engineering includes:

  • Robotics – advanced robotics systems, artificial intelligence and machine vision.
  • Control – advanced control systems and digital control systems.
  • Software – software engineering, distributed and real-time software design.
  • Automation – industrial automation, sensors and actuators.
Electrical Energy Engineering

LM118 Electrical Energy Engineering Option

Recently there has been a worldwide shift towards a refocused commitment on the topic of energy. Irish and world governments are making huge economic commitments to future energy programmes.

Energy generation from sources such as: fossil fuel and renewable sources generally result in much of this energy being converted into electrical energy. Thus electrical energy engineering is an impor­tant element of this activity.

There is an increas­ing demand (with excellent opportunities) for the next generation of electrical energy engineers, to work on new solutions for the electrical energy grid, based on wind, solar, ocean, wave and other renewable forms of energy.

The programme of study in Electrical Energy Engineering includes:

  • Electrical Engineering– generation (conventional and renewable), power systems, power electronics and high voltage engineering.
  • Physics– thermal physics, mechanical energy and electrical energy.
  • Control– advanced control systems, sensors and actuators.
  • Environment– electronic monitoring and control systems for the built environment.
General Engineering

General Engineering Option

This General option is aimed at students who have a broad interest in the areas of electrical and computer engineering, and will allow them to explore several topics of the other four degree options. For example, a student may take a complete degree option but then select other modules from the wide range of relevant modules on offer within the department.

Within the other degree options there are sets of related modules, which can be taken separately in this option.

This option is also designed to cater for students who would wish to Study Abroad, where flexibility is generally required.

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