UCC Undergraduate courses

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BE (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Refer to CK600. 2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; H4** in Maths or Applied Maths. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2017: 454

Course Outline

BE Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a four-year professional engineering course designed to prepare you for employment in the electrical and electronic sectors in Ireland and abroad. It has a broad-based curriculum with strong practical content, including a five-month work placement. It has an excellent record for graduate employment.

The first two years of the course will develop your scientific knowledge, especially in mathematics, physics and the fundamental electrical signal concepts.

The final two years concentrate on applied engineering topics such as:

  • the generation and distribution of electricity;
  • the development of renewable energy systems;
  • industrial automation and control;
  • telecommunications;
  • optoelectronics and photonics;
  • medical electronic systems;
  • consumer electronics;
  • the design and fabrication of microelectronic integrated circuits;

In your final year, a wide range of module options allows you to tailor your studies to suit your particular interests and career ambitions.


Year 1 Modules:

Core (All 5 credit modules)

  • MA1011 & MA1012 Mathematical Methods for Engineers I & II (5 credits each);
  • CM1001 Chemistry for Engineers;
  • CE1005 Engineering Computation and Problem Solving;
  • ME1001 Engineering Materials;
  • AM1021 & AM1022 Mechanics I and II (5 credits each);
  • PY1006 & PY1007 Physics for Engineers I and II (5 credits each);
  • PE1006 Professional Engineering Communication & Ethics;
  • EE1005 Electrical & Electronic Systems 


  • CE1003 Engineering Structures (5 credits)
  • NE1001 Introduction to Energy Engineering (5 credits);
  • PE1003 Introduction to Process and Chemical Engineering (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Linear Circuit Analysis;  Numerical Methods and Programming;  Mathematics for Engineers;  Engineering Thermodynamics;  Non-Linear Circuit Analysis;
Digital Electronics;  Electronic Circuits;  Semiconductor Materials and Devices;  Signals and Systems;  Power Engineering

Year 3 Modules:

Electromagnetic Fields for Engineers;  Telecommunications;  Power Electronic Systems;  Electromechanical Energy Conversion;  Digital Integrated Circuits;  Analogue Integrated Circuits; Heat Transfer and Cooling Systems;  Signal Processing;  Photonic Systems;  Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Commercial World;  Work Placement;  Mechanical Systems;

Study Abroad Option

In addition, you will undertake compulsory work placement, usually in industry, from May to September. Host companies are drawn from a wide variety of sectors, including power/energy, microelectronics, telecommunications, consumer electronics, etc.

Year 4 Modules:


Transmission Lines;  Final Year Project


Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion;  Control Engineering;  Biomedical Design;  Robotics;  Engineering Management;  Photovoltaic Systems;  Digital IC Design;  Analogue IC Design;  Telecommunications;  Digital Signal Processing;   Industrial Automation and Control;   Electrical Power Systems;  RF IC Design;  Processing of Integrated Circuits;  Optical Electronics

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: You will have 12-15 hours of lectures per week.

Expected lab/practical hours: You will have 6-8 hours of laboratories per week.

Projects: Some unstructured time is reserved for work on self-driven projects. In your final year, any time that is not scheduled for formal lectures is intended to be used for your large final-year project.

Some modules incorporate practical laboratories and for these you may be required to purchase basic safety items such as a laboratory coat or goggles. Other modules may require a kit of components to be purchased.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including in-class tests, laboratory reports, assignments and associated reports, projects and associated reports and oral and poster presentations. Most of the individual modules allocate 20-30% of the available marks to these continuous assessments.

The final-year project module, which has a weighting equivalent to three standard modules, is based on continuous assessment and you have to prepare project logbooks, a large project report, a seminar and an open-day presentation.

Following the third-year placement, you will also prepare a report and present a seminar.

Who Teaches this Course

Why Choose This Course

Being very relevant to today's market there's always spaces for electronic engineers

Caitlin Keane

BSc, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Our department has well-equipped laboratories with a wide range of hardware and software for the design of modern high-performance electronic systems. Our staff undertake research at the highest level and many opportunities exist for follow-on postgraduate studies.

We have close links with Ireland’s largest ICT research centre, the Tyndall National Institute, opening up further possibilities for students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies and research.

This degree course is built on a solid scientific foundation but also has a strong emphasis on practical content, reinforced by the five-month work placement at the end of Year 3 and the final-year project.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

At the end of Year 3, you will undertake a five-month work placement. Some students have an opportunity to do their placement with a company abroad. Most recently, some students have been placed with a large German engineering company and have gained valuable experience working and learning a language at the same time.

You also have an opportunity to do Year 3 at an engineering college abroad. This requires approval from the Head of the School of Engineering and depends on the availability of places at our partner institutions abroad.

Skills and Careers Information

The BE Hons (Electrical and Electronic) degree is recognised internationally and our graduates have developed successful careers within the electrical, electronic and energy engineering industries and beyond.

While a degree in electrical and electronic engineering acts as a starting point to a career as a professional engineer, the skills acquired during this course are appreciated by a range of employers, offering you the possibility of embarking on a career in many other areas, including computing, management consultancy, the finance industry, and scientific and engineering research.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. 

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry (Joint) or Agricultural Science.

Technology is recognised for entry purposes.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Lab Science





*If the H4 is in Applied Mathematics, a H6 in Mathematics is also required.

Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics;  if the HC2 is in Applied Mathematics, a HD3 in Mathematics is also required.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie), include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. A H4 in Leaving Certificate Maths or Applied Maths (HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate) is required.   Approximately two places are available on the course for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.


Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.


Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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