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What will I learn?


Programme Aims:

  • To provide a broadly based training in computer engineering for graduates who wish to augment their analytical skills with skills and knowledge of computer systems, computer programming, software engineering, data communications and digital electronics.
  • To provide a programme of study dedicated to computer systems and engineering, that meet the needs of graduates who wish to further develop their professional, technical and analytical skills in this discipline.

Graduate Profile

The programme will equip graduates for careers in specialised areas in organisations primarily concerned with developments in computing, software, communications and electronics. Typical careers include:

  • Engineering support of computer networks and data communications systems operations/management
  • Design and development of computer networks and telecommunication systems
  • Software engineering and consultancy personnel
  • Computer network managers/service engineers
  • Computer/software application, commissioning, implementation and support specialists
  • Design group leaders, junior project managers, software systems managers
  • Research and Development Engineers
  • Doctorate postgraduate studies

Programme Content

The Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering is a one year, full-time programme and the mode of operation is based on the modular system. It consist of a taught component extending over two semesters, and comprises ten modules in total. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma programme and achieve the University’s required academic standard, may normally proceed to the Master’s programme for a second year. The second year of the programme involves two taught modules (electives) per semester, and a research-based project work. The project is a major component of the Master’s programme and spans the entire academic year i.e. the Autumn and Spring Semesters. The project presents a piece of significant original work with high analytical content and, as such, it is expected that the results will be disseminated through publication in the research literature.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (1 Year Full-Time Grad Dip + 1 Year Full-Time Masters)

Tuition fees
€14,750.00 (13,05,351) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 September 2021


University of Limerick


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

Primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant engineering, science or technology discipline. Applications from graduates from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered.

Students may progress to the masters programme (MEng in Computer Engineering) if they attain a minimum standard of a Second Class Honours grade 2 (2.2) in the Graduate Diploma.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is a leading institution known for outstanding research based in the heart of Ireland.

  • Named the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2019
  • Ranked as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the World
  • 2,500 international students
  • Highest graduate employment rate in Ireland