BE Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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BE Electrical and Electronic Engineering

University College Cork
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    1st year fees
  • 476
  • Campus
  • Bachelor
  • 4 years


Electrical and Electronic Engineering applies scientific knowledge to develop a broad range of technological products and services that underpin modern society.  These include the generation and distribution of electricity, the development of renewable energy systems, industrial automation and control, telecommunications including broadband and mobile systems and medical systems. BE Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a four-year professional engineering course designed to prepare students for employment in the electrical and electronic sectors in Ireland and abroad. It has a broad curriculum with strong practical content, including a 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 fundamentals of electrical signals.

The third and fourth years of the BE 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 integrated circuits;

The final year of the BE includes  several module options allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your particular technical interests and career ambitions.

The first three years of the BE course provide an access route to the integrated masters, ME in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The ME programme has extensive industrial experience, deeper technical and professional learning and a significant final year project. It is targeted towards creating the technology leaders of the future.

Admission Requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry (Joint) and Agricultural Science. Technology can be substituted for a Lab Science subject. 

Courses Units

You need to complete 476 credit hours to successfully obtain this degree. Please check detail of study units at

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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. Further links exist with other National Centres of Excellence such as the SFI sponsored Marine Renewable Energy Institute (MaREI) (Electrical Power Engineering) and INFANT (Advanced Signal Processing for Medical Monitoring of infants).

This degree course is built on a solid scientific foundation but also has a strong emphasis on practical content, reinforced by work placements and project work.

Career Opportunities

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