Engineering - Computer Engineering

Key programme benefits to future students
Students with previous science and engineering backgrounds will learn to apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills to many general areas relating to computer engineering, developing key proficiencies in software and digital systems.

The curriculum provides excellent access to state-of-the-art innovation in computer networking, security systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning, software development. The electronics department works closely with industry to keep the material up to date and highly relevant to support future career development.

After the first year Students will have an option to exit with a graduate diploma or proceed on to a second year to complete a Masters programme. The Masters programme places significant emphasis on a research and development project that helps the student gain deep understanding of their chosen topic. This project is typically highly regarded by future employers.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• Digital Electronics 1
• Computer Engineering Fundamentals
• Software Engineering
• Computer Networks 1
• Introduction to Web and Database Technology

Spring Modules
• Project 1 (Computer Engineering)
• Digital Systems 4
• Real-Time Systems
• Computer Networks 2
• Operating Systems for Computer Engineers
• Project Identification and Specification

Summer Modules
• Project 2 (Computer Engineering)

Elective Modules
Network and Host Security | Digital Control | Digital Communications

Year 2
Elective Modules
Digital Signal Processing | Information Theory & Coding | Cryptography and Security Fundamentals | Multimedia Communications

Entry requirements

Primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant engineering, science or technology discipline. Applications from graduates from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered.

Students may progress to the masters programme (MEng in Computer Engineering) if they attain a minimum standard of a Second Class Honourss grade 2 (2.2) in the Graduate Diploma.

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
Typical careers include: Engineering support of computer networks and data communications systems operations/management; Design and development of computer networks and telecommunication systems; Software engineering and consultancy personnel; Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence, Postgraduate Diploma Level 9 (NFQ) Computer Engineering, Grad Dip/MEng Level 9 (NFQ) Computer network managers/service engineers; Computer/software application, commissioning, implementation and support specialists; Design group leaders, junior project managers, software systems managers; Research and Development Engineers; Doctorate postgraduate studies.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PGDip /MEng

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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