ProfDip Electronic Design

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

Ireland has a dynamic electronic design industry that employs over eight thousand people and generates export revenue of approximately €9 Billion per annum. The industry depends for its success on the continuing development of talent to the highest international standards. The Professional Diploma in Electronic Design is designed to help electronics graduates transition into design and/or to improve their professional skills.

Until recently, it has been impossible for engineers working in industry to gain access to the graduate-level electronic design modules offered by University College Dublin because attendance at the Belfield campus was compulsory; this made participation impossible for those outside Dublin and for those in full-time employment. 

By making selected modules available online, this programme provides a unique opportunity to learn from world leaders in embedded systems, power electronics, mixed-signal, RF, and microwave circuit design, while in employment. Modules are also taught by leaders in the field who regularly publish in the top journals and conferences.

Modules & Delivery Mode

The Professional Diploma in Electronic Design comprises 20 credits of Option Modules (four modules).  These modules are selected from eight modules that are offered across the Spring and Autumn Trimesters. Students taking EEEN40600 Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits are strongly advised to take EEEN40570 Analogue Integrated Circuits first. All lectures are in the morning of weekdays with labs in the afternoon. Remote lectures & labs are available for those who cannot attend in person*.

(*Please note however, some attendance may be required as some modules may have in-person exams.)

Individual Modules:
For students that are not in a position to take on the full programme a number of the modules on this programme can be taken individually via the Advance Centre  catalogue. Most modules are online so that you can fit study around your work and life.

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

Part Time option suitable for:

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

The learning outcomes are as follows:

  1. familiarity with and knowledge of prototypical analogue, mixed-signal, radiofrequency and power electronic circuits;
  2. ability to use electronic design automation (EDA) software to design circuits of medium complexity;
  3. ability to analyse and design electronic circuits to solve specified problems;
  4. the ability to communicate effectively in the field of electronic design  
  5. the ability to learn independently.

Many leading multinational companies in the electronics industry, including Analog Devices, Bosch, Cadence, Infineon, Intel, Microchip, ON Semiconductor, Qorvo, Synopsys, and Xilinx, have design centres in Ireland that specialise in some or all of digital design, power, mixed-signal and RF circuits. Electronic design companies are constantly in search of highly-skilled design engineers, and invest heavily in the professional development of their staff.

View All Modules Here

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

For those who wish to take individual modules, but not the diploma, please contact the ADVANCE Centre -

ProfDip Electronic Design (T362) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 2120
nonEU    fee per year - € 6650

***Fees are subject to change

Applicants should hold a NFQ Level 8 (or International equivalent ) BE degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.

Prof. Peter Kennedy, Programme Director

"Ireland has a long history in circuit design with deep experience in advanced signal processing, power electronics, RF and mixed-signal circuits. Due to the traditional nature of programme delivery in universities, on-campus attendance has normally been required. This programme gives design engineers who are in full-time employment a unique opportunity to take classes from some of the world’s best experts in circuit design with minimal impact on their day jobs."

The following entry routes are available:

Prof Dip Electronic Design (Sept) PT (T362)
2 Years
Part Time

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