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Electronic Engineering (BEng) (Level 7)

  • Course Code

    CR 061

  • Field of Study

    Electronic Engineering

  • Type of Course:

    Higher Certificate,Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.

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Work Placement

There is no work placement as part of the course although the Department may assist in getting summer jobs for students.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering. A D in Pass Maths is the minimum required although a higher grade is recommended.

Course summary

This is a 3-year degree with an embedded systems spine. This means that it starts with digital electronics in 1st year and progresses through microprocessors, PICs, to firmware development and digital systems design.

Further studies

On completion of the Bachelor Degree and subject to certain conditions you may apply for entry to the final year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering (Level 8).


Electrical & Electronic Engineering



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National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy County Cork

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CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
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CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

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What is Electronic Engineering?

Small, lightweight, portable devices like Smartphones and tablets combine wireless technology with processing power to provide internet, communications and leisure functionality while on the move. They are now driving how we live, work and play. Combining low power consumption with microchip design, telecommunication and control circuitry (hardware) and the operating system software, they are the ultimate electronic system. CIT’s CR 061 course is designed to equip technologists to work at this level.




About the Course

CR061 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Electronic engineering is used for the collection, processing, and transmission of information. From the most sophisticated machines in industry, to cars, to household appliances, to personal items, all have the same thing in common: they are “intelligent”. On a printed circuit board (PCB), surrounded by analogue and digital circuitry, there is a microprocessor, or maybe several, which has a clock (heartbeat). On every cycle the microprocessor executes an instruction from whatever programming it is running (software) – this ability is what makes the system intelligent. Intelligence, control and communications, theory and practice form the core material of this course.

The course begins with digital electronics in Year 1 and progresses through microprocessors, PICs, to firmware development and digital systems design. In parallel, you will learn fundamentals of Control and Telecommunications theory and apply them using intelligent systems platforms. The result is a rounded education in electronic systems combining intelligence, control/feedback and communications.

All Level 7/8 academic years consist of 2 semesters with 6 modules in each semester. Modules can have a continuous assessment element to them and also a final exam. Other modules are 100% continuously assessed. Continuous assessment can consist of laboratory work, mini-exams, reports, presentations, etc. the emphasis is on keeping learners engaged with the course for the whole term.

Further Studies

For details, see and

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of

Question Time

What is the difference between Electronic Engineering and Electrical Engineering?
Electronic Engineering is small scale, low voltage, component level, microchips and programming. Electrical Engineering is high power, mains electricity, generation, power lines, transformers, motor/generators and, in many cases, automation.

Has the course professional accreditation?
The Level 7 in Electronic Engineering has been accredited by Engineers Ireland for Associate membership in the past and that application is up for renewal again soon.

What level of Mathematics is required?
Grade O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate examination is the minimum requirement, however, a higher grade is recommended.

Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Electronic Engineering.

graduate profile

Seán O'Sullivan
Product Support

“I graduated in 2011 with a Level 7 Degree and I am currently working in the iOS department of Apple Inc. My job is providing technical support for iPods, iPads and iPhones. It is a great place to work and the salary is excellent.

I am working very much in the area that I studied and it has equipped me very well. I can thoroughly recommend the BEng in Electronic Engineering.”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering CR061

Higher Certificate in Electronic Engineering

In its report of January 2012, the Irish Government Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGRSN) states that the country will increasingly depend on Information Communications Technology (ICT) graduates in all areas. Nationally, 75,000 people are employed in 8,000 ICT companies. The CIT
 Level 7 Electronic Engineering skillset creates access to
many ICT sector job opportunities. Technical know-how and practical ability makes the graduate highly versatile and highly marketable. For a snapshot of ICT in the greater Cork area, visit

Electronic Engineering has transformed society, pervading all industrial, commercial, social and domestic life. Growth in knowledge and techniques of these disciplines has been explosive, generating a wide range of exciting careers for both men and women as technicians and technician-engineers. Electronic Engineering careers cover a stimulating and challenging range of disciplines including Electronics, Computer Engineering & Software, Communications & Telecommunications, Control & Automation, and Electronics Manufacturing, all of which are included in the range of courses.

The electronics industry needs ever growing numbers of engineers and technicians to satisfy the demand for its products and to develop new ideas and concepts.

Bachelor Degree holders can participate in development support, testing of complex electronics equipment and in supporting computer and communications hardware and software. The qualification can provide highly satisfying and well-paid career opportunities for graduates.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Test/Development in Electronic Systems
  • Telecomms Network Software/Hardware Service/Support
  • IT Software Development

  • Product Development

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

Not Specified

CAO Average:

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