Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Communications

Bachelor of Engineering Electronic Communications

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

​This course covers a range of topics in the mobile and wireless communications fields. How we generate and consume information has moved more and more to the wireless space. This drives demand for ever faster wireless networks. The Internet of Things will be a significant consumer of network capacity. The increased bandwidth requirement will require a cohort of skilled graduates to fill roles in this area. The design and deployment of 5G networks will provide significant opportunities.

What will I experience?

AIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Informatics is housed in one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities of its kind in the country. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies.

What do I do in the common first year?

  • Building and testing electronic circuits based on the Arduino microcontroller
  • Configuring small networks based on Cisco CCENT
  • How a computer works inside the box, based on CompTIA A+
  • Introduction to Java programming
  • Complete an electronic project
  • Computer Applications (Microsoft Office User System)
  • Mathematics

Year 2 and 3 extend your knowledge and application of computer and communications engineering, you will complete a predefined project in year 2 and have the opportunity to develop your understanding in a particular area of interest in Year 3 with your own project. The project could be in an area such as Internet of Things / connected devices or the wider electronics and communications area.

Additional Information


Graduates of this programme are deemed to have reached the educational standard of Associate Engineer by Engineers Ireland. This qualification is recognised under the Sydney Accord, by more than 40 countries world-wide, including the EU, the US, Australia and Canada.

This programme is undergoing a review. Please consult this site for updates.

Assessment Information

A range of assessment methods are used on this programme. A high % of the overall programme assessment is by way of continuous assessment and project work undertaken by the students, this more closely mimics the work environment. The type of continuous assessment used will vary by module, it can comprise lab reports, skills exams, multiple choice exams, coding design, business plan or project progress reports, project thesis, presentations.

Final exams which place at the end of the semester. Further details will be included in the course manual students receive at the start of the year.

Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Year
Course Award:
Bachelor of Engineering
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Electronics & Informatics
Minimum Entry Requirements:

​CAO Applicants, please refer to AL 701 ICT Engineering. This is the common entry route to this programme.

Applicants with previous qualifications or experience in this area may apply for advanced entry to year 2 or 3 of the programme as appropriate. Contact AIT Admissions.


Engineers Ireland; AEng MIEI


Course Structure

Year 1

​ICT Engineering Common year 1;

Computer Systems, Interface Electronics, Networks, Software Development, Mathematics, Electronics Workshop, Communications, Computer Applications

Year 2

ICT Engineering Common Year 2:

​Electronics, Wireless LAN’s, Mathematics, Software Development, Engineering Economics, Communication Systems, Digital Electronics, Business Environment and Systems, Project

Year 3

Mobile Networks, Digital Signal Processing, Mobile Computing, Digital Modulation, Mathematics, Data Communications and Networks, Business Environment and Systems, Radio Communications, Enterprise WLAN, Project

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Students graduating from this course will be in a position to take up careers as communications engineers in a range of industries. Possible employers include: Google, Microsoft, Vodafone, 3, Eir, Intel, Yahoo!, Amazon, VMWare and Ericsson

Further Study

As a graduate you are eligible to apply to join the BEng (Hons) in Software Engineering (Level 8) or BSc (Hons) in Network Management and Cloud Infrastructure at AIT or related programmes at other third-level institutions.

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