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UCC Postgraduate courses

Engineering – Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Course Fact File
Duration1 Year Full-time
Teaching ModeFull-time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date9 September 2024

Course Outline

Electrical and Electronic Engineering drives many of the technological advances that we see in our fast-changing world, from smart grids and robotics to smartphones and the internet of things. It is an exciting and challenging career choice, characterised by constant personal development, innovation, and invention.

The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) at UCC aims to build on the engineering foundations of your undergraduate degree with this postgraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEngSc) programme. The MEngSc programme will help you to develop advanced engineering skills and introduce you to key innovations in this field. As part of this degree, you will carry out a substantial research project. There is also the opportunity to apply for a paid summer industrial placement.

Part I of the programme comprises 50 credits of taught courses and a preliminary research report worth 10 credits. These are assessed using a combination of written examinations and continuous assessment. Successful completion of the initial tranche of coursework modules qualifies the student to progress to Part II.

Part II requires a research dissertation in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (30 credits).


All modules 5 credits unless otherwise noted.

  • EE6019 Research Report (10 credits)

Group A (at least 35 credits)

  • CS6327 Internet of Things: Technology and Application
  • EE6024 Engineering Machine Learning Solutions
  • EE6034 Optoelectronic Communications and Optoelectronics,
  • EE6035 Electrical Power Systems
  • EE6036 Design of RF Integrated Circuits
  • EE6038 Advanced VLSI Design
  • EE6040 Mobile and Cellular Communications
  • EE6041 Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • EE6042 Frequency Synthesizers for Wireless and Cellular Systems
  • EE6043 Design of Digital Integrated Circuits
  • EE6044 Advanced Analogue IC Design
  • EE6045 Data Converter Techniques: Circuits and Architectures
  • EE6047 Semiconductor IC Processing
  • EE6048 Smart Grids
  • EE6049 Design of Analogue Integrated Circuits
  • ME6009 Industrial Automation and Control

Group B (choose up to 15 credits)

  • CS6301 Design of Cyber-Physical Systems
  • CS6322 Optimisation
  • CS6325 Network Security
  • CS6506 Programming in Python
  • CS6507 Programming in Python with Data Science Applications
  • EE4001 Energy Systems, Power Electronics and Drives
  • EE4002 Control Engineering II
  • EE4004 Telecommunications II
  • EE4012 Biomedical Systems
  • EE4019 Photonic Signals and Systems Application
  • ME6008 Robotics
  • ME6012 Advanced Robotics
  • NE4008 Photovoltaic Systems
  • ST6030 Foundations of Statistical Data Analytics

Research project module

  • EE6023 Dissertation in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (30 credits)

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Why Choose This Course

UCC Research Institutes

The School of Engineering has a close relationship with large UCC research institutions such as the Tyndall National Institute and MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research. Staff from these institutes teach on many of our modules in the School of Engineering and supervise several research projects each year.

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research, and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between disciplines such as engineering, computing, and technology.

Available Scholarships

We support our postgraduate community by offering scholarships and bursaries to prospective and current students. Please see the SEFS Scholarships and Funding PG page for more information.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

There is the opportunity in this program to participate in our work-placement scheme, to develop transferable and professional skills through an internship or placement (paid or unpaid) relevant to electrical, electronic, or microelectronic engineering. Many of our students have successfully obtained paid work placements with well-known high-tech companies that have facilities in the Cork area. Where the opportunity arises, a research project or work placement can take place outside Ireland.

Skills and Careers Information

Our MEngSc graduates hold leadership positions in some of the top employers both in Ireland and internationally. Our graduates will have a competitive advantage in the jobs market by virtue of the cutting edge expertise obtained through their research project and the advanced and specialised coursework in Electrical and Electronic Engineering – particularly in areas which are now in high demand, such as machine learning, smart grids, embedded systems, and the internet of things.


  • Candidates must have a BE (Hons) Degree in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or equivalent engineering qualification, with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I (NFQ Level 8)
  • Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme.
  • Candidates must be approved by the MEngSc (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) course team and/or the Director of the MEngSc (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) Programme.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

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

  • 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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