Maynooth University Department of Electronic Engineering


Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH304

CAO Points : 333

Closing Date : 01 July 2021

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The Maynooth University Electronic Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Ireland and is recognised internationally.

  • Through our research programmes, Electronic Engineering at Maynooth has developed world-class expertise in the area of mobile communications, biomedical diagnostics and technologies, and the intelligent control of large machines such as Robots or wave machines.
  • Each of these areas is matched to rapidly growing industries and excellent job opportunities. By bringing this deep knowledge to all the undergraduate programmes, we provide our graduates with a world-class electronic engineering education but also a head start in these exciting and developing areas.
  • Students progressing into the 5th year Master’s route, have the option in 4th year to complete one of the following: 6 month industry work experience / Erasmus or Research Internship or Project.

Students take the same modules in first, second and third year. In fourth year, students specialise in one of the following three options:
> Electronic Engineering with Computers (COE)
> Electronic Engineering (EEG)
> Electronic Engineering with Communications (COM)

  • A transfer pathway exists from first year MH201 BSc Science to second year MH304 Engineering for students who have taken Engineering Science, Computer Science, Mathematics and one other subject. Students must attain 50% in the first sitting of first year examinations. There is no limit on places.
  • Third year students complete 9 taught modules (5 credits each) over semester 1 & 2, and a community-based PBL (Project Based Learning) module (15 credits) in semester 2.
  • Students have two progression routes out of the programme to qualification, depending on their grade average in third year
  • In fourth year students specialise in one of the following three options, completing their degree with a BE honours:

> Electronic Engineering with Computers (COE)
> Electronic Engineering (EEG)
> Electronic Engineering with Communications (COM)


Students with a minimum of 2:2 grade (50%) in third year may complete a further 2 years to graduate with an ME in Electronic Engineering.
Industrial work experience is available to students in the fourth year of the 5 year Masters. Students may alternatively choose Erasmus, Study
Abroad or a Research Internship or Project (subject to availability).

Course Duration: 4 years

The Maynooth University Electronic Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Ireland and is recognised internationally. Our graduates are equipped to work in silicon chip manufacturing and design (e.g. Intel), communications companies and in the development of products closely combining hardware and software.

  • Students have the opportunity to graduate after 5 years with an ME in Electronic Engineering (master’s level). This degree will exempt holders from any further written examination on the path to qualify as a Chartered Engineer. Beyond electronic engineering, our graduates have the software skills to work in most software companies, and the problem solving and mathematical skills for many roles in the financial and management sectors.
  • Our postgraduate programmes currently include (visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options):
    • MEng Electronic Engineering (Embedded and Wireless Systems)
    • 3U Master of Engineering in Digital Health and Medical Technologies
    • Structured PhD and MEngSc programmes
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes N/A H4
Science Yes O6 H7

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature student applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on application and Interview. Applicants may be required to take a Mathematics Test.
H4 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required. An Engineering Mathematics Exam is available in late August for students who have not attained the required H4 in Mathematics.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2021.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2021 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2021

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Applicants: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Technology) & *H4 Mathematics.
*Applicants who do not achieve the H4 in their Leaving Certificate Mathematics exam can sit the Engineering Mathematics Examination held in late August. The exam is based on Paper 1 of the Leaving Certificate curriculum. Applicants must achieve at least H4 grade in this exam, along with the other entry requirements, in order to be accepted on to our Electronic Engineering degree (MH304). Applicants under 23 years of age need to have attained at least 300 points in their Leaving Certificate or equivalent plus basic entry requirements.
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Click here for details about the 2nd year optional Electives available in this degree. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.


The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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