Engineering - Embedded Systems Engineering

This programme will prepare students for a career in the rapidly growing embedded systems industry or in embedded systems research. With a strong emphasis on project based learning, the course will deliver practical skills in embedded system design and development in addition to associated underlying principles.

The programme aims to provide an opportunity for further development for Level 8 qualification holders who want to specialise in the area of Embedded Systems, i.e. sensor hardware, microprocessor systems, high level programming, network concepts, physical embedding, digital hardware design, middleware and wired/wireless communications.

The programme will satisfy the needs of industry at embedded systems level for Level 9 electronic engineering personnel.

Shared Delivery between full-time and part-time students.
Module delivery is shared between full and part-time students. On accumulating 90 credits through part-time or full-time learning the learner is eligible for the MEng in Embedded Systems Engineering. There are exit awards at Certificate level (30 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma level (60 credits).

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants are required to have an Honours Degree in Engineering in Electronic Engineering (Level 8) or equivalent or cognate discipline equivalent at merit or distinction level.

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

The elective modules afford the learner the opportunity to deepen his/ her skills set in a selected area or focus. The elective modules offered are delivered subject to demand and resource availability.

Semester 1
• Transferable Research Skills
• Wireless Sensor Nodes
• Team Project: Design
• Embedded Software Design
• Embedded Software for Networks
• Networking Embedded Systems

Semester 2
• Managing Innovation
• Team Project: Implementation (10 ECTS)

Elective (Choose 3)
• Embedded Networking Technology
• Distributed Embedded Software
• Embedded Hardware Design
• Physical Layer Design

Semester 3
• Embedded Systems Project (30 ECTS)


M.Eng.: 90
P.Grad.Dip.: 60


Full-time: 1 Year (3 Semesters, September to September).
Part-Time: Can register for 1 or more available modules per semester.

No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours week: 18
Which days: Variable (daytime/evening)
Duration: Three semesters

This course is offered under a credit based structure. It consists of 3 terms over a calendar year, Sept - Sept.

Terms 1 and 2 are 30 credits each and consist mostly of taught elements;

Term 3 involves a 30-credit project to take place in industry or in a Department research group.


Full-time: EU Applicants €5,500
Non EU Applicants €12,000

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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