ME Electronic and Computer Engineering

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

Ireland has evolved into one of the world’s most important centres for high-tech businesses. The ICT sector in Ireland is a thriving and growing industry with 9 of the top 10 global ICT companies maintaining a presence in Ireland. The economic contribution of the sector is substantial. The ICT industry is responsible for approximately 25% of Ireland’s total turnover, representing one-third of Ireland’s exports by value. This ME in Electronic & Computer Engineering is a two-year programme designed to develop professional engineers who can excel in the electronic and computer sectors worldwide.

Delivered by a highly research-intensive School composed of many internationally high-profile academics including five IEEE Fellows. This two-year programme provides 6-8 months’ professional work experience as an embedded element of the programme and you will gain an advanced understanding of a broad range of areas within electronic and computer engineering, and develop your skills in design, innovation and problem solving.  A range of advanced topics from electronic engineering, computer science and business with options that allow you to tailor your degree to suit your interests.

Module Information:
Under the "What modules can I take?" section below you will see general module information, for a more detailed description, including module selection rules click here.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The ME in Electronic and Computer Engineering is a two-year programme that educates professional engineers who can excel in the burgeoning worldwide electronic and computer sectors. The programme can be taken by graduates with an honours bachelor's degree in electronic engineering or a closely related discipline.   The student is provided with a deep understanding of a wide range of topics pertinent to the electronic and computer hardware and software industries.  Knowledge and skills are built through a mix of taught courses, laboratory work, a major project and professional work experience.  The qualification meets the international requirements for chartered professional engineers. Teaching methods vary, to suit the wide range of subjects.  The strong laboratory component allows students to experience the practical side of electronic engineering, while assignments provide design and problem-solving challenges.  In the final year, a substantial project draws together many of the separate strands of learning, with a stress on independent learning and communication skills.  Throughout the programme there is a strong emphasis on the mathematical and analytical underpinnings of the discipline providing an excellent foundation for entry into advanced research programmes in academia and industry.

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning electronic enginerring with a special emphasis on computer and communication systems.
  • The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex engineering problems.
  • The ability to perform the detailed design of novel systems and processes using analysis and knowledge of advanced communication and computer systems.
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments, and apply and evaluate a range of standard and specialised research tools, analytical techniques and methods of enquiry using industry standard software tools and laboratory facilities.
  • An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in research and in the practice of electronic engineering.
  • The ability to work effectively as an individual and in teams, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning, thus offering a foundation for entry into advanced research programmes.
  • The ability to communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with the engineering community and with society at large.

There are excellent job opportunities available in the ICT sector in Ireland. The Irish Government is to amend the work permit processing system in a bid to attract overseas workers to fill skill gaps in crucial areas like ICT and engineering. The Government has an ongoing commitment to generate thousands of jobs in the ICT sector every year. At present there are as many as 5,000 job vacancies in Ireland’s burgeoning ICT sector and this gap could grow as Ireland hurtles towards becoming the digital capital of Europe. Prospective employers include Accenture, Analog Devices, Intel, Microsoft, SAP, Synopsys and Xilinx.

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This section links to general module information, for a more detailed description including module selection rules click here.

ME Electronic and Computer Engineering (T163) Full Time
EU          Year 1 - € 9300
nonEU    Year 1 - € 29100
EU          Year 2 - € 8830 aa
nonEU    Year 2 - € 27720 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2024 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2023/24
***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student’s academic and career interests with practical work experience for a 6-8 month period. 

The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

The ME programme is professionally accredited by Engineers Ireland and recognised by the Washington Accord for Chartered Engineer status.

  • An undergraduate honours degree (NFQ level 8)  with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in an Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering programme.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information 
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Profile - Ruth Fitzmaurice, Intel

"I studied electronic and electrical engineering at UCD and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2017. I then moved on to complete a masters in electronic and computer engineering also in UCD. When looking at postgraduate courses, the electronic and computer engineering masters at UCD stood out to me due to its excellent facilities and respected lecturers. The two-year course includes an 8-month internship, 3 trimesters of taught subjects and an 8-month research project. For my internship, I worked with the Internet-of-Things and Wearables Group at Intel. Working within Intel as an intern gave me the opportunity to enhance the technical and problem-solving skills I acquired throughout my previous three years at UCD. Both my electronic engineering degrees from UCD have given me the knowledge and experience that I will use in the future and therefore I would strongly recommend this course. I am currently working as a Graduate Product Development Engineer with the Manufacturing Verification and Performance Group in Intel."

The following entry routes are available:

ME Electronic and Computer Engineering FT (T163)
2 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised