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  How many hours a week would you generally spend in lectures for the Engineering courses?

 The Engineering programmes are busy and you would spend up to 35 hours a week on the Glasnevin campus, Monday - Friday. I think it is worth mentioning that this is a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and project sessions (particularly in 4th year).  

  I am interested in studying Engineering and was wondering which courses have a work placement module? 

All of our Engineering courses have a six month work placement. This happens in the third year at the end of a shortened second semester. This constitutes an important part of the programme of study and typically last 6 to 7 months. You can see more about work placeents here on the course pages 

  I don't study Engineering for the leaving cert, would this put me at a disadvantage to the other people in the course?

 No, you won't be at any disadvantage at all. Any skills from the leaving cert engineering course that are required will be covered in first year.

  Is the Maths in Engineering similar to the Maths for higher level leaving cert?

 The maths in first year builds on leaving cert higher level maths and then more advanced topics are covered in subsequent years. That's said, you will have degree options available to you with different levels of maths content, so you can choose whatever suits you best.

  What is the difference in Mechatronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering?

 Mechatronic engineering is a mix of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering (roughly about 25 hours course hours per week). This allows the engineer to design and select parts from both fields and integrate them into devices and systems. A simple example is a washing machine. A mechanical engineer would be interested in the design of the parts that make up the machine. The drum (what size, shape, materials and manufacturing processes should be used). The mechatronics engineer might look at the speed the drum should rotate at and how to control and vary this speed. They may also be interested in the different wash cycles and how to control the level of water in the drum, the temperature of the water and  how long the cycle runs for. Each of the above are controlled by sensors and a mechatronics engineer would have a good knowledge of how these sensors work and how to integrate them into a system. 

  I am interested in studying Biomedical Engineering, but I am not sure. If I go into common entry Engineering, am I guaranteed getting my favourite discipline at the end of first year ?

So far to date there have been places available for everyone who wish to change.  However, If you know you are interested in Biomedical Engineering you should apply for Biomedical.  After the first year if it is not for you, you can discuss changing course.

I am interested in the advancement of the human body through artifical limbs and pacemakers  - anything to improve the patients life and mobility.  Should I study Biomedical Engineering or Physics with Biomedical sciences? 

 Bio-medical Engineering will give you an excellent understanding of these devices. You will study how they are made, what materials to use, how to programme them and how they improve a patients life. This is a very exciting rapidly expanding area and Ireland has lots of multi-national companies working in this space. Lots of our Bio-medical students get a 3rd year placement with Bio-medical companies.

  Do you have any Civil Engineering courses?

 We do not offer Civil Engineering courses here in DCU. We do offer Mechantronic, Biomedical, Mechanical/Manufacturing and Electronic/Computer Engineering.

  What is the the difference in Enterprise Computing and Computer Applications? Would you do less computing in Enterprise Computer or is it the same with business added on?

 Enterprise computing focusses on how computers are used in business.  There is some programming, but less than the Computer applications course which is more technical.

  What type of jobs would people do after Enterprise Computing? Is this course half business and half computing?

 The students can work at anything from business analysis to programming.  The enterprise computing students learn about many different aspects of technology and can decide what they would like to when they graduate.

  Is Computers Applications (DC121) very design focused?

 Computer Application is more software / hardware development focused rather than design focused, in answer to your question you do not require any experience in CAD or programming, as all first year modules are taught at an introductionary level.

 I am wondering do you have an extra Maths exam for entry to Biomedical Engineering for leaving cert students who do not score H4?

Unfortunately we don't offer an extra Maths exam if you don't get the entry requirments of a H4 Maths or H4 Applied Maths with H5 Maths. All engineering course requirements can be found here.