Electronic Engineering (BEng) (Level 7)

  • Course Code

    MT 746

  • 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)

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.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate examination 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 MTU Cork Mathematics Exam only
Some students who apply to MTU Cork courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU Cork offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Cork Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork 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. Please click here for more information.

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 Engineering, and Physics. A 06/H7 grade in Mathematics is the minimum required although a higher grade is recommended.

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

For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here


Recorded November 2021



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. MTU Cork’s CR 061 course is designed to equip technologists to work at this level.




About the Course

CR061 Course Location: MTU Cork 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 www.cit.ie and http://e-eng.cit.ie

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.

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?
Yes. 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.”

MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

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

An expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools was released in November 2016. Its aim is to make Ireland a world-leader in STEM education at both 2nd and 3rd level. Ireland's economy depends ever more on producing high quality STEM graduates. The report encourages education providers like MTU Cork to better market its STEM programmes and to highlight career possibilities as there is a gap in awareness out there. Providers are also asked to encourage and to improve gender balances particularly in engineering – MTU Cork’s Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering fully supports this.


The MTU Cork Electronic Systems Engineer skillset creates access to many Information Communications Technology (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 www.ceia.ie


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

  • 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.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 260

CAO Cut off:

Not Specified

CAO Average:

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