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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software and Electronic Engineering (Add-on)

A new, two year, add-on honours degree for graduates of a relevant Level 7 degree. This course includes a semester of Work Placement or Erasmus+ Study Exchange.

Discipline: Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: Level 7 in a cognate discipline

Places: 20

Why Study?

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

Students on this course will develop advanced skills in:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Embedded systems development
  • Digital systems
  • Engineering projects

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 full semester of Work Placement in Year 1 of this add-on.

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.

Programme Modules

Year 1:

  • Advanced Java
  • OSs with Linux
  • System on Chip Design and Verification
  • Embedded Systems
  • Internet Technology
  • Maths
  • 8 Month Work Placement OR Erasmus+ Study Exchange 

Year 2:

  • Software Engineering
  • C++ 
  • App Development Network Prog w Java
  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Embedded RTOS
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Project

Career Opportunities

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.

Follow-on Studies: 

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

Essential Information: 

Work Placement

This course includes an eight month work placement in Year 1, from January to September. 

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.


Materials Fee

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. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

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