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Computer & Communications Systems

Programme Content
The Master of Engineering in Computer and Communications Systems is a one-year, full-time, or as a two-year part-time taught postgraduate programme, worth 90 ECTS credits. It consists of ten taught modules and a major project. Each taught module is worth 6 ECTS credits and the project has a weight of 30 ECTS credits.

The full-time course runs over three academic semesters, Autumn, Spring and Summer. Taught material is presented in the Autumn and Spring semesters, and the project is completed in the Summer semester. In each of the Autumn and Spring semesters, students study five modules, three of which are compulsory and two of which are "elective", that is, chosen from a selection of available modules.

The part-time course runs over two years. In the first year, students study the compulsory modules, while in the second year they study two elective modules, while also working on their projects. Projects are completed at the end of the summer semester in the second year.

The Master of Engineering in Computer and Communications Systems will appeal to graduates with primary degrees in electronics or computing who wish to focus on a career in telecommunications, as well as to those with other science or engineering backgrounds who wish to work in the telecommunications industry. The Programme is designed to equip students with a detailed knowledge of software engineering and the skills required to apply this knowledge in the field of communications systems. The need for these skills continues to expand as telecommunications becomes an increasingly common and important part of people’s lives.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:
• Design, and develop advanced software, with emphasis on communications systems.
• Manage complex software engineering projects using up to date tools and techniques.
• Deploy and administer up to date network management technologies.
• Develop and maintain web-based application software.
• Assess security and performance issues relating to networked wireless communications systems.
• Evaluate new developments in telecommunications engineering using the relevant analysis methods.
• Develop real-time solutions for communications systems.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
The principal entry requirement for either version of the programme is a 2.2 honours (QQI Level 8) undergraduate degree in a numerate and relevant discipline. An interview may be part of the admission process.

What to include with your application:
• Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
• English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
• A one page supporting statement
• A copy of your birth certificate

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.


MECCSYTFAD: 1 year full-time or
MECCSYTPAD: 2 Years Part Time

Careers or further progression

Software and applications development engineering are among the fastest growing and most dynamic fields of today’s technology. The many career paths for graduates of this programme include web applications development, network design and management, embedded systems development, database design, as well as control and telecommunications engineering.

Since communications systems are constantly changing, the programme aims to give its graduates the skills and knowledge to adapt very quickly to new and changing technologies.

Further enquiries

Course Director:
Dr Sean McGrath
Tel : 353-61-202608
Email :

Subjects taught

The structure of the full-time programme is shown below:
Autumn Semester
• C++ Programming
• Software Engineering
• Multimedia Communications
• Digital Signal Processing
• Information Theory & Coding

Spring Semester
• Web-Based Application Design
• Real-Time Systems
• Communications & Security
• Protocols

Elective Modules (Choose 2)
• Digital Control
• Digital Communications
• Host & Network Security

• Project

Year One (Part-time)
Autumn Semester
• C++ Programming
• Software Engineering
• Multimedia Communications

Spring Semester
• Web-Based Application Design
• Real-Time Systems
• Communications & Security Protocols

Year Two (Part-time)
Autumn Semester
Elective Modules
• Digital Signal Processing
• Information Theory & Coding
• Advanced Digital System Design
• Project

Spring Semester
Elective Modules
• Digital Control
• Digital Communications
• Host & Network Security
• Advanced Topic Seminars
• Project

• Project

The project is a major component the programme (worth 30 ECTS credits). It enables students to gain experience in undertaking a significant engineering task, which will involve research into a selected topic in the area of Computer and Communications Systems, along with advanced design and implementation.

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


The MEng provides a comprehensive grounding in targeted areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Students develop a detailed knowledge of Software Engineering and its application in the field of Communications Systems.

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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