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Electrical Engineering – BEng (Hons)

  • CAO Points: 340

  • Campus: Moylish, Limerick City

  • years: 4

Course Overview

Electrical engineering is a diverse and challenging profession concerned with the design, development and control of electrical energy and equipment upon which our technological society so largely depends. Electrical engineers utilize their knowledge of devices and systems design in a multitude of areas. These include generation, transmission, distribution,control and usage of electrical energy in a safe, economic and sustainable way.

TUS’s Electrical Engineering degree is a nationally accredited and internationally recognised programme that provides a comprehensive study of electrical principles, practices and applications. This programme will provide graduates with the key skills necessary to perform roles in several industry disciplines, including power systems operation and protection, maintenance and commissioning of control and automation systems. It develops advanced knowledge in the areas of Electrical Power Systems and Power Quality and Advanced Control and Automation Systems.

This programme includes practical and project-based learning in well-equipped modern laboratories in a broad-based curriculum with strong practical content. It allows students to work in industry with placement on Year 3 of the programme. The programme includes practical and projectbased learning in well-equipped modern laboratories and builds the practical aptitude of the learners. It introduces them to key relevant technologies and the knowledge necessary for employment in the electricaland automation sectors. The department maintains close links with local industries and consequently many of our graduates are offered employment even before graduation.

Contact Details

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish and a minimum of an O4 in Mathematics.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Course Modules

  • Electrical Installation 1

    Credits: 10

    The module aims to provide the learner with the opportunity to learn, practice and develop the basic skills to complete a domestic installation, to familiarise them with the terminology, tools, materials, equipment and working practises which will form the foundation for their further development and progression.

  • Electrical Technology 1

    Credits: 10

    To introduce the learner to basic electric circuits and electrical devices.

  • Electrical Theory for Installation

    Credits: 5

    This module is designed to introduce students to the concepts of electrical power systems in a range of applications and there by develop an understanding of the relationship between supply, power, cables, protection and safety. This is linked to the Electrical Installation module.

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

    Credits: 10

    This module provides a foundation in mathematical principles: arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, elementary calculus and statistics. The theory is kept to a minimum, with problem-solving used extensively to establish and exemplify the theory. The material will provide engineering applications; the learner will be able to apply standard mathematical techniques to analyse and solve electrical, electronic and related engineering problems.

  • Engineering Science

    Credits: 5

    The aim of the module is to introduce students to a broad knowledge of fundamental Principles and Practical applications in Engineering Science neccessary to support other core modules. The module provides a comprehesive grounding in fundamental Engineering that is relevent to multiple Engineering courses in the department.

  • Engineering Professional Development 1

  • Energy Transition Introduction

  • Industrial Control Fundamentals

  • Engineering Mathematics 2 (Semester 1)

    Credits: 10

    To give the learner broad competencies in applied engineering mathematics. At the end of this module, the learner will be able to apply standard mathematical techniques to model and solve problems in engineering.

  • Industrial Installation (Semester 1)

  • Cisco IP Networking and Scripting (Semester 1)

    Credits: 10

    This module will give the learner an introduction to computer networking and scripting; providing the knowledge and skills required to build and configure a small network and examine its principle technologies and standards and provides an introduction to programming/scripting skills for automated systems.

  • Statistics & Probability (Semester 2)

  • Control Installation (Semester 2)

  • Electrical Planning & Design (Semester 2)

  • Electrical Principles 2 (Year-long module)

    Credits: 10

    To build on the material covered in Electrical Technology 1, including 3-phase systems, transformers, motors and generation with greater emphasis on practical applications.

  • Electrical & Instrumentation Drawing (Year-long module)

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the knowledge to understand and design Electrical, Instrumentation and Control drawings.

  • Equipment Control Systems (Year-long module)

    Credits: 10

    This module is designed to introduce students to electrical control systems, robotics and vision systems and develop skills and competence in their industrial applications.

  • Engineering Professional Development 2 (Year-long module)

  • Advanced PLCs, HMI & SCADA (Semester 1)

    Credits: 10

    To provide the learner with a specialised knowledge of advanced automation systems, structured programming approaches and distributed control applications. Also the learner will acquire the skills needed to successfully design, develop and integrate a SCADA solution.

  • Electrical Machines & Power Distribution (Semester 1)

    Credits: 10

    The aim of the module is to provide the learner with specialised knowledge of high, medium and low voltage electrical integration and distribution of electrical equipment, plant and AC machines.

  • Electrical Testing & Faultfinding (Semester 1)

  • Energy Storage & Analysis (Semester 1)

  • Industrial Electrical Maintenance (Semester 1)

    Credits: 5

    This module aims to provide the learner with a broad knowledge of modern industrial maintenance strategies and an efficiency management approach to industrial services in particular HVAC, compressed air, heat recovery and lighting.

  • Mathematics for Electrical Engineers (Semester 1)

    Credits: 10

    This module is designed to provide the fundamental analytical and underpining knowledge and techniques to model, analyse and solve problems in electrical engineering. The material has been designed to enable the learner to use techniques learned for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems. For example: the learner will model electrical systems by first and second order ordinary differential equations and solve by the method of Laplace transforms. The learner will decompose functions, with arbitrary period T, such as the sawtooth function, into the sum of a (possibly infinite) set of simple oscillating functions. The learner will solve a system of linear equations using matrices to determine the currents through various branches of electrical networks.

  • MV Network Operations & Switching (Semester 1)

  • Process Instrumentation & Calibration (Semester 1)


    The aim of this module is to provide learners with detailed knowledge of industrial process instrumentation, calibration and control which includes the concepts, engineering and installation of control and measurement equipment.

  • Work Placement (Semester 2)

    Credits: 10

    This placement module will provide students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained on their programme while working in a professional engineering environment. It will also afford them the opportunity to gain valuable career experience and develope their understanding of working in such an environment.

  • Advanced Automation Design (Semester 1)

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the knowledge to design and implement control solutions for interfacing with SCADA and Batch solutions. The ability to design and structure PLC programming for using Control Module libraries.

  • Advanced IP Networking (Semester 1)

  • Electrical Power Systems (Semester 1)

    Credits: 5

    The module provides an understanding of the concept of Electrical Power Systems. It provides the high level numerical analysis within Electrical Power Systems. The module develops the student’s ability to design, manage and validate Electrical Power Systems. This analysis includes power flow, system stability and voltage frequency & reactive power control in Electrical Power Systems.

  • Statistical Process Control (Semester 1)

    Credits: 5

    To give the learner broad competencies in statistical analysis and to demonstrate the role of statistics and related techniques in Quality systems. At the end of the course, students should be competent in the theoretical background and the application of statistical tools in SPC.

  • Renewable System Integration (Semester 1 Elective)

  • Robotics & Vision Inspection (Semester 1 Elective)

  • Energy Management (Semester 1 Elective)

    Credits: 5

    To provide the learner with a detailed understanding of how energy use should be monitored, analysed and managed and the appropriate strategies to achieve measurable improvements in energy performance.

  • Advanced SCADA and Industrial Networks (Semester 2)

    Credits: 5

    This module will provide the learner with the knowledge to design and implement SCADA solutions for advanced automated solutions. The knowledge acquired from the various Industrial Networks configuration will provide information in the overall design of the automated solution.

  • Electrical Protection Systems (Semester 2)

    Credits: 5

    This module develops a thorough understanding of protection and switchgear requiremets for the electrical power system. It includes the design, selection and erection of switchgear and protection systems assemblies.

  • Advanced Statistical Analysis (Semester 2)

    Credits: 5

    At the end of this course students should have the theoretical background and be competent in the application of inferential statistics and statistical methods used in the analysis of data from designed experiments.

  • Electrical Power Quality & Reliability (Semester 2)

    Credits: 5

    This module covers the topics pertinent to electric power quality and energy storage. The module includes interruptions of service, voltage flicker and control, voltage swells and sags, surges, voltage regulation, grounding, harmonics, loads, conditioning, and diagnostic equipment. It also looks at storage techniques and how they help address power quality issues. For each of the previous issues, its causes and effects, and ways to record, measure, evaluate the problems are discussed, both with theory, engineering methods and example case studies.

  • Computer System Validation (Semester 2 Elective)

    Credits: 5

    An overview of engineering approaches to validating computerized systems within a regulated industrial environment with an emphasis on the full validation lifecycle.

  • Engineering Management (Semester 2 Elective)

  • Final Year Project (Year-long module)

    Credits: 10

    The aim of this module is to develop a learners independent ability to research a topic, complete a technical project and produce a dissertation in accordance with pre-determined formats and standards.

    The topic selected must be directly relevant to the course of study being undertaken by the learner.

What can you do after this programme?

Graduates of this programme have worked in positions such as:

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Advanced Control/Automation Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Power Quality
  • Robotics Engineer

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within TUS or elsewhere.

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