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Electronic Engineering (BEng Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code

    CR 590

  • Field of Study

    Electronic Engineering

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BEng (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

4 Year (8 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 six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six 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 in this programme.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and English.

Course summary

All 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. The course involves theory, practice, and project work. The technical subjects are supported by a range of professional development modules which work on the individual’s ability to communicate, work in teams and understand business concepts. The programme is supported by well-equipped laboratories and workshops and department staff are drawn from a wide range of electronic engineering technologies.


Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Further Study Courses

The Department has designed a taught masters programme for CR590 graduates entitled an M.Eng in Embedded Systems Engineering. This Masters has 2 semesters from Sept to May, as normal, followed by a full time project which takes place in industry or in one of the Department research groups. The project will last for a period of 4-6 months after which the student will write a dissertation.  Alternatively, CR590 graduates can apply to do a Masters by research which normally carries a scholarship and lasts for 2 years. Masters graduates, taught or research, are then entitled to progress onto a PhD programme which lasts a minimum of 3 years and also carries a scholarship.



26th October 
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy County Cork

17th November 
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
18th November
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

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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 590 programme is designed to equip engineers to work at this level.

about the course

CR590 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 and 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.

This Level 8 programme starts with the basics of electronics, i.e. analogue and digital circuits and computer programming and progresses upwards to modern electronic systems which can be found in computers, mobile phones, medical devices, cars, etc. Course work involves theory, practice, and project work.

Further Studies

For details

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT:

Question Time

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

Can you give me examples of the type of work I will be able to do?
Test, develop, design electronic circuits or microchips (hardware), write programmes (software) for products, computer packages, games, mobile phone networks, provide technical support for products.

Will I be working in a factory?
The majority of electronic engineers work in nice offices! A huge amount of work is actually done on computers. But if it’s hardware then it will need building and testing in a lab. Mostly, the product will then be outsourced to cheaper parts of the world for manufacture.

graduate profile

Ciara Murphy
Transmission Engineer

“After graduation, I worked with Surecom Network Solutions in Dublin. My projects include planning radio links in the UK and planning sites in Australia to support their telecoms network.


The work involves equipment specification, installation and operation. On other projects, I have worked in conjunction with O2 and Vodafone.

It is very interesting and I have already gained so much experience. My Degree was a great foundation in many ways.”

Module Information for the BEng (Honours) 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 in all areas on Information Communications Technology (ICT) graduates. Nationally, 75,000 people are employed in 8,000 ICT companies. The CIT Electronic Systems Engineer skillset creates access to many ICT sector job opportunities. Technical know-how, ability to problem solve, and to learn independently makes the graduate highly versatile and highly marketable. For a snapshot of ICT in the greater Cork area, visit

The CR 590 graduate is well trained in logic, problem solving, teamwork and self motivated learning. There is no limit or boundary on the sort of job a person with this skillset could take on. Within the field of engineering, they will be equipped with knowledge and application experience to walk into any industry and be in familiar surroundings. The Department has always and continues to have a significant interaction with industry. This occurs through programme validation, external examiners, and collaborations in applications for research funding.

Potential Areas of Employment

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

  • IT Software Development
  • R & D in 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.

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CAO Cut off:

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Mr Michael Murray
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