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Course Structure

The Engineering degree programme is based on two years of general engineering, providing students with a firm grounding in the principles common to all disciplines, followed by two or three years of specialization. Students completing the four-year programme will graduate with a BAI qualification, while those who undertake the five-year programme will graduate with a master’s level or MAI qualification. You can decide which degree you wish to study for at the end of third year.

Years 1 & 2

At the end of the Senior Freshman (second) year you choose one of the five specialist areas. Students wishing to pursue the computing stream can choose from the following two options:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering (jointly run by the CS & EE depts)

Years 3 & 4 – BA, BAI in Computer Engineering

In the Junior Sophister (third) year, you will begin to encounter Computer Engineering topics at a more advanced level. At the end of third year, you will elect to enter fourth year with the intention of graduating with a BAI in Computer Engineering at the end of the year.

In fourth year, with all the basic principles at your command, you will get an opportunity to study a range of more advanced topics. You will also undertake a significant final year project. This project is an opportunity for you to pull together all you have learnt during the course to develop a new piece of knowledge; be it a new program, a new piece of hardware, a state of the art review or a new way of looking at things. The project is, in many respects, the culmination of your studies, and it should allow you to deploy and display your skills and virtuosity as you come to the end of the course.

Years 3, 4 & 5 – BA, BAI, MAI in Computer Engineering

In the Junior Sophister (third) year, you will begin to encounter Computer Engineering topics at a more advanced level. At the end of third year, you will elect to enter fourth year with the intention of graduating with a MAI in Computer Engineering at the end of the fifth year. You must achieve a mark of 50% or more to enter the MAI programme.

In the first half of fourth year, you will study a range of more advanced topics. In the second half of fourth year, you will undertake an Industrial Internship in any one of a wide range of companies. Alternatively, you may undertake an internship in a Research Laboratory. Your internship will last approximately eight months.

In the first half of fifth year, on your return from your internship, you will study a further range of topics at Master's level. Finally, in the second half of fifth year, you will select and carry out an in-depth research project and submit a dissertation.


Last updated 17 October 2016 by enquiries@scss.tcd.ie.