Electronic Engineering - Embedded & Wireless Systems

In the world of increasingly connected things and people, Electronic Engineers develop the technology that is the interface between the digital and the physical worlds. With the increasing pervasiveness of electronics enhanced things, and the need for ever-present wirefree communication, there is an increasing demand for Electronic Engineers to fulfil the existing and future needs of the smart economy; Electronic Engineers who understand the unique problems of real time application deadlines, resource constrained computing environments, and embedded intelligence. This taught postgraduate programme addresses this need with graduates who can design solutions based on solid understanding of the wireless environment and electronic hardware.

The internet of things will lead to billions of wirelessly connected devices that will fundamentally change our approach to wireless systems and networks. To address this, there is a need for well qualified graduates who can design solutions based on solid understanding of the wireless environment and electronic hardware.

Entry requirements

At least 2:2 grade Degree (Hon.) in Electronic, Electrical, Computer, or Telecommunications Engineering. Other qualifications will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Some embedded systems modules have a prerequisite of programming in C, C++, or another relevant programming language. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHJ50: 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this course will have enhanced qualifications
and up to date knowledge of modern techniques that enables them to operate effectively in the wireless communications and embedded systems space. Both of these areas are seeing business growth and yet experiencing a shortage of suitably skilled engineers. This programme provides the foundation to significantly enhance your job prospects in these fields.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Rudi Villing
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 6057
Web: electronic-engineering

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The programme provides two specialized module sets that introduce advanced techniques and topical content: one focusing on wireless communications and the other on embedded systems. These are supported by core modules which provide techniques that are widely applied and reusable across a range of engineering applications. The programme includes a large project element to allow students to demonstrate their expertise in their chosen specialism.

Note: APPLICANTS FOR MHJ50 - ME ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING/MHJ52 - POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING should check the selection of modules available on the Department website, as module availability may differ year to year.


Engineering is perhaps best defined as the science of creating innovative, efficient and useful systems to serve society in almost every domain of endeavour. It is a creative and intellectually-challenging profession for people who want to solve real world problems and participate in the development of technology, systems, and devices, both locally and globally. Engineering at Maynooth immerses students in all the key elements of electronic and computing systems to prepare them for their professional career.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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