CAO (Higher Education)

Degree - Honours Bachelor

Software and Electronic Engineering

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
Course Code
NFQ Type
4 Years
Full Time
CAO Points 2019
Points Change

Course Summary

You will learn about computers, electronics, networking and programming, from the basic transistor to the Internet Of Things.

There is a particular focus on software and embedded system development. State-of-the-art programming languages and software engineering techniques are taught and used. Computer networking and professional development also form key components of the programme.

We pride ourselves on our innovative learning environment which uses team-and problem-based techniques; this means less teaching and more learning for you.

An eight month work placement is offered in the third year of the programme. This enables students to apply their knowledge and develop their skills within high tech work environments such as Cisco, Intel, Ericsson, Analog Devices, SAP, Avaya, Valeo and Boston Scientific.

Course Details

College Link > GA580 - Software and Electronic Engineering

Colleges often have information about the course on their own website, along with other useful information relating to the college. (Note: Not always available)

Career Sectors

This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.

Entry Requirements

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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.

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The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Career Progression

Students have gained employment in many well-known companies such as:

  • Cisco
  • Intel (Shannon)
  • SAP
  • HP
  • Analog Devices
  • Valeo Vision Systems
  • Avaya
  • Ericsson
  • IBM
  • GM

Other graduates have joined smaller companies in a variety of research and development roles.

Further Research

Qualifax Course Page

Qualifax is the National Learners Database. (Note: Link not always available)

DISCLAIMER: These links are to official sources of information for this course - we accept no responsibility for the information on them.

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