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Engineering - Electronic System Design

This M.Eng programme is targeted specifically at the area of Electronic Design Engineering. There is a wide breadth and depth requirement in the techniques regarded as indispensable for the design of modern complex electronic products. In the field of Electronic Design Engineering it is unlikely that any single individual will possess all the required skills to sufficient depth. In reality each individual Engineer must endeavour to reach a depth of knowledge in a chosen speciality to allow participation in that discipline as part of a team. The Engineer must also possess a breadth of skills and knowledge to ensure they are not too constrained by their speciality and also to allow for constructive interaction with Engineers from other disciplines.

Electronic systems can be viewed as a combination of analogue, digital and software sub-systems. Design problems or tasks are often partitioned into sub-systems in each of these categories, and perhaps some others, where they can be tackled by specialist Engineers. Modern Engineers need specialist knowledge i.e. the depth of knowledge to function effectively but must also understand more than just their narrow area and in smaller companies will be required to contribute across a broader spectrum of skills. For example, digital designers need to understand clock skew, cross talk, fan out limitations and much more to be effective while software engineers performing real time software design typically must understand the principles of microprocessor performance and input/output latencies to be effective. This Masters Degree Programme aims to give the students the necessary depth and breadth of knowledge to be effective at a professional level.

This M.Eng programme requires the student to take modules in the major (i.e. depth) area while also taking additional modules to give breadth to their studies. This combination of modules delivers the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills required of a modern graduate. The student is also required to study a module on Technical Innovation and Research Methods which aims to provide lifelong learning and self-learning skills in the crucially important area of research and innovation. In total the student will take eight taught modules. The Project and dissertation permits further opportunity for skills, knowledge and expertise to be developed and practiced.

About the Course
The Masters Degree in Electronic Design Engineering is designed to meet the needs of both students and employer. High Tech Electronic Engineering companies (SYNOPSYS, XILINX, ACTEL, INTEL and others), were involved in the design and review of this Masters Degree Programme along with academics in IT Tallaght and other third Level Colleges. The programme equips the student with advanced design and analysis skills which are applied to leading edge design problems using the latest tool sets. Graduates will have Design-Engineering skills and expertise that will be of particular value to the Semiconductor, Networking and Wireless Industries. It is likely that many of the course participants will already be employed in one of these sectors and this qualification will help move their career to the next level.

Entry requirements

(a) Engineering Graduates
• Applicants who hold a Bachelors Degree at honours level 8 in Electronic Engineering, at a minimum award level of 2nd class honours grade 2 (2.2), are eligible for entry to the programme.

• Applicants who hold a Bachelors Degree at honours level 8 in Electronic Engineering (level 8) , at and award level of PASS are eligible for entry to the programme subject to relevant experience and an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

(b) Graduates in Equivalent Cognate Fields

• Applicants who hold a Bachelors Degree at honours level 8 in an equivalent relevant cognate field (e.g. scientific, mathematical or engineering discipline) at a minimum award level of 2nd class honours grade 2 (2.2), are eligible for entry to the programme subject to interview to determine their suitability for entry.

• Applicants who hold a Bachelors Degree at honours level 8 in an equivalent relevant cognate field (e.g. scientific, mathematical or engineering discipline) at and award level of PASS, are eligible for entry to the programme subject to relevant postgraduate experience and an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

Duration

2 years part time.

Careers or further progression

This programme is aimed at the development of intellectual competencies to a M.Eng degree level in respect of design engineering skills and it also attempts to raise the value added by engineering professionals to their employers. It provides for technology and competitiveness enhancement in a strategically important industry as recommended by government advisors.

The programme provides a valuable progression route from undergraduate to M.Eng degree, as well as providing a continuing professional development option for Electronic Engineering professionals in industry. Students will study a range of topics which are directly relevant to electronic design engineering and will have the opportunity of acquiring and developing more specialist knowledge through the dissertation element of the programme which accounts for one third of the credits on offer. The programme will provide specialised content in emerging areas and will also develop the graduate’s research skills. The programme focuses on innovation as a skill in its own right and to this end has a mandatory module on Innovation and Research Methods.

The programme is aimed at Electronic Engineering graduates or graduates of other related disciplines working within the ICT sector wishing to develop their knowledge of Electronic Design Engineering to M.Eng level.

Further enquiries

Head of Department of Electronic Engineering:
James Wright
Tel: 01 404 2502

Subjects taught

Year 5
Digital System Design 1
Digital System Modelling
High Frequency Design
Engineering Software
Technical Innovation and Research methods
Digital Systems Design II
Digital System Verification
Project & Dissertation
Radio Frequency Design OR
Engineering Software Design

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Recognised Internationally
Membership of Engineers Ireland

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