The Postgraduate Diploma in Microelectronic Design is a full-time programme running for 9 months or a part-time programme running over 18 months Note: This programme was discontinued in 2013/14 and replaced by the MEngSc (Electrical and Electronic Engineering). The currriculum detailed below applies only to students who entered prior to 2013/14 therefore.
In order to be permitted to proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma in Microelectronic Design, a candidate must either hold a BE (Hons) Degree in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering (or equivalent Engineering qualification), with a minimum grade of Pass. Decisions on eligibility will be taken by the Head of the School of Engineering, subject to the approval of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.
Students take six core modules from Group One (to the value of 30 credits), four optional modules from Group Two (to the value of 20 credits) and a Research Report (UE6019 - 10 credits).
The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the Director of the MEngSc (Microelectronic Design) programme.
The programme of study for part-time students must be approved in advance by the Director of the MEngSc (Microelectronic Design) programme.
Group One (core modules)
UE6006 Advanced Analog IC Design (5 credits)
UE6008 Microsystems Technology and Applications (5 credits)
UE6009 Data Converter IC Design (5 credits)
UE6010 System Level Design (5 credits)
UE6014 Design for Test (5 credits)
UE6015 Advanced Radio-Frequency IC Design (5 credits)
Group Two (elective modules)
Students select 20 credits from the following:
CS4617 Advanced Computer Architecture I (5 credits)
CS6311 Mobile Networks Protocols (5 credits)
CS6322 Optimization (5 credits)
EE4004 Telecommunications (5 credits)
EE4007 Optical Electronics (5 credits)
EE4008 Digital Signal Processing (5 credits)
EE4011 RF IC Design (5 credits)
EE4012 Biomedical Design (5 credits)
EE6006 VLSI Digital Signal Processing (5 credits)
EE6020 Optical Detectors (5 credits)
UE4001 Digital IC Design (5 credits)
UE4002 Analogue IC Design (5 credits)
UE4008 Processing of Integrated Circuits (5 credits)
UE6005 Nanoelectronics (5 credits)
UE6011 Frequency Synthesizer Design (5 credits)
UE6022 Packaging and Reliability (5 credits)
In addition, students take:
UE6019 Research Report (10 credits)
Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules, 2013/2014.
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2014 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2013/2014.
MEngSc (Microelectronic Design)
Students obtaining an average mark of at least 60% in the Postgraduate Diploma in Microelectronic Design, including at least 60% in the Research Report (UE6019), may opt to transfer to Part II of the MEngSc (Microelectronic Design), and will complete the Research Project (UE6020 - 30 credits) over the summer months.
Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Microelectronic Design (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: