Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH306

CAO Points : 350

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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Our new degree in Robotics and Intelligent Devices blends Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, reflecting the increasing global change, blending the two subject areas. Examples of products produced from such a convergence are:
  • The new category of wearable devices (smart watches, health sensors, music players)
  • Intelligent and automated systems (self-parking cars, self-driving cars, building environment control systems, automated factories, televisions, home appliances)
  • Robotics and mobile systems (assisted living systems, manufacturing, search-and-rescue, drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - UAVs)
There is a rapid convergence of software and hardware to produce intelligent machines, in our houses, our cars, and in the form of robots. This programme combines Maynooth’s expertise and research in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science with a blend of modules on ethics, business and communications.
Students complete a range of topics from Signal Processing, Control Theory, Programming and Electronics. Through project work, students will explore robotics and intelligent devices and may focus their project work throughout the programme in a specific area of their interest or blend thematic areas.
  • Students take a common 1st year programme with Electronic Engineering (MH304).
  • Over the next 2 years you will develop a strong basis in Robotics and Intelligent Devices, while also completing a work placement (subject to availability) or a design challenge in 3rd year.
  • You will be encouraged to compete in high profile robot competitions and other competitive challenges.
  • In 4th year students choose between Robotics and Intelligent Device thematic large projects.
Course Duration: 4 Years

Students completing the degree in Robotics and Intelligent Devices will acquire strong skills in systems and knowledge of how systems fit together, through areas such as hardware, signal processing and system control. Through their combined work in hardware and software, students are equipped with a blend of skills which will lead them to work on items such as music devices, physical computer interfaces, mobile phones and healthcare systems. There is also the option of further study.
Once a student has completed the degree in Robotics and Intelligent Devices they may continue their education in Maynooth through postgraduate studies and PhD 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 O3 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 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 your application. Mathematics test and/or interview. 
O3/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. 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 2018.
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 2018 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 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics.
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
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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