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Software and Electronic Engineering honours degree

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software and Electronic Engineering

This new, four year honours degree prepares graduates to work as software and electronic engineers in a variety of research and development settings within the tech industry.

Discipline: Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Programme Code: 

GA580

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: Minimum LC grade of O4/H7 in Mathematics, in addition to general entry requirements

Places: 40

CAO Round 1 Points: N/A (New course)

Why Study?

This new degree offers students a unique opportunity to develop both software and electronic engineering skills.

Electronic engineering includes hardware technology, software technology, and the integration of both, in application areas including:

  • Communications
  • Networking
  • Information technology
  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Entertainment
  • Mobile technologies
  • The internet of things

The programme emphasises the application of scientific, mathematical, social and economic principles to real world engineering problems.

Software engineering is a major stream within this programme, including design methodologies, test methodologies, using industry standard tools, and programming in a number of programming languages.

A major area of opportunities for graduates, is as software engineers, in the field of electronic engineering, in the ICT industry.

Students on this course will develop advanced skills in:

  • Software Programming
  • Networking
  • Embedded Systems Development
  • Digital Systems
  • Engineering projects with an emphasis on the Internet of Things

There is a strong emphasis on lab based skills, with students spending over 50% of their time on projects, labs and practical applications.

The course also includes a valuable eight-month Work Placement in Year 3. Alternatively, students can avail of an Erasmus+ study placement in a partner college in Europe.

Employment potential for graduates is excellent - there is a high demand for graduates with ICT/software/electronic engineering skills.  Graduates have gained employment with companies such as HP, CISCO, Avaya, Ericsson, Analog Devices, Intel and SAP.

*Please note there is NO Leaving Certificate honours mathematics requirement for this course.

Programme Modules

Year 1

  • Software Programming
  • Introduction to C Programming
  • Electrical Theory
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Industrial Automation
  • Telecommunications
  • Learning & Innovation Skills
  • Maths
  • Project Build and Test

Year 2

  • C/C++ Programming
  • Introduction to Java Programming
  • Analogue Devices
  • Electronic Design Automation
  • Computer Engineering
  • Internet Technology
  • Civic Engagement/ PASS/ Communication Skills
  • Maths
  • Internet of Things Project

Year 3:

  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Applied Linux
  • System on Chip Design and Verification
  • Embedded Systems
  • Internet Technology
  • Maths
  • 8 Month Work Placement OR (Project, The Next Step, Project Management, Python Programming, Software Testing, Lean Enterprise)

Year 4:

  • Software Engineering
  • C++ Programming
  • Network Programming with Java
  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Embedded Real Time Operating Systems
  • Mobile App Development
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Project

Career Opportunities

A graduate from the programme will have career opportunities in a wide range of software and electronic industries including:

  • Mobile and Wireless Systems Development
  • Software Development
  • Computer Networks
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Integrated Circuit Technology – System On Chip
  • Sensors and Sensor Networks
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Automation Control Systems
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Robotics

According to the report ‘Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025’ issued by the Department of Education and Skills, there is a high demand nationally for graduates with Level 8 ICT/software/electronic skills. 

‘EGFSN (Expert Group on Future Skills Needs) research indicates a current demand for high-level ICT skills at an average 8,000 new job openings per annum. Of these, it was estimated by the EGFSN that 85% of the job openings would be for high-level ICT professionals at NFQ Level 8 +.'

Students have gained employment in many well-known companies such as:

  • Cisco
  • Intel (Shannon)
  • SAP
  • HP
  • Analog Devices
  • Valeo Vision Systems
  • Avaya
  • Ericsson
  • IBM
  • GM

Other graduates have joined smaller companies in a variety of research and development roles.

Post-graduate Studies: 

Graduates will be eligible to pursue Level 9 opportunities in Ireland or overseas.

Essential Information: 

This course includes an eight-month work placement in Year 3, from January to August. This provides students with valuable work experience and provides access to potential employment opportunities. Many students will be expected to obtain full-time jobs at companies where they have been placed.

Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities.

Contact Us

Contact: 

Des O’Reilly is Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

He will be happy to help you with any enquiries.

You can contact him on:

Tel: +353 91 742203

Email: des.oreilly@gmit.ie