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Programme Content
The Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering is a one year, full-time programme and the mode of operation is based on the modular system. It consist of a taught component extending over two semesters, and comprises ten modules in total. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma programme and achieve the University’s required academic standard, may normally proceed to the Master’s programme for a second year. The second year of the programme involves two taught modules (electives) per semester, and a research-based project work. The project is a major component of the Master’s programme and spans the entire academic year i.e. the Autumn and Spring Semesters. The project presents a piece of significant original work with high analytical content and, as such, it is expected that the results will be disseminated through publication in the research literature.

Programme Aims:
• To provide a broadly based training in computer engineering for graduates who wish to augment their analytical skills with skills and knowledge of computer systems, computer programming, software engineering, data communications and digital electronics.
• To provide a programme of study dedicated to computer systems and engineering, that meet the needs of graduates who wish to further develop their professional, technical and analytical skills in this discipline.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Primary degree (QQI Level 8) 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.

What to include with your application:
• Qualification transcripts and certificates
• English language qualification if English is not your first language
• Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
• A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


1 Year Full-Time Grad Dip
1 Year Full-Time Masters

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The programme will equip graduates for careers in specialised areas in organisations primarily concerned with developments in computing, software, communications and electronics.

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 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

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Hussain Mahdi,
Tel: 353-61-213492

Subjects taught

Year 1: Graduate Diploma
Semester 1:
• Digital Electronics 1
• C++ Programming
• Software Engineering
• Computer Networks 1
• The Engineer as a Professional

Semester 2:
• Digital Systems 4
• Real Time Systems
• Computer Networks 2
• Distributed Systems
• Engineering Management

Year 2:
Semester 3:
• Elective 1
• Elective 2
• Project 1

Electives: (Elective Modules Offered May Vary)
• Digital Signal Processing
• Information Theory & Coding
• Advanced Digital System Design

Semester 4:
• Elective 3
• Elective 4
• Project 2

Electives: (Elective modules offered may vary)
• Processor Architecture
• Digital Control
• Digital Communications
• Advanced Topic Seminars

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


The Graduate Diploma/ Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering is a two-stage programme which provides a broadly based training in computer engineering for graduates who wish to augment their analytical skills with skills and knowledge of computer systems, computer programming, software engineering, data communications and digital electronics. It offers a combined programme of study dedicated to computer systems and engineering and designed to meet the needs of above graduates who also wish to further develop their professional, technical and analytical skills in this discipline.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
• Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
• Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
• A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
• An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
• A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
• Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017

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