Embedded Systems Engineering (Specialist Diploma) (Blended Learning) (January 2021)

University of Limerick (21SDEMSETPBD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Electronic & Computer Engineering (E&CE)

General Information

Ask for a Springboard+ Co-ordinator




061-202605 or 061-234379


Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX


Springboard+ Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

The Application closing date for this course is now Sunday January 10th 2021.

Embedded systems are the cornerstone of most modern 'intelligent' devices – diverse consumer items such as smartphones, digital TV and washing machines to more complex systems such as automotive navigation and control systems. The applications of embedded systems spans many sectors of the economy including consumer electronics, transportation, safety and security and medical applications.
The rapid growth of applications in the Embedded Systems area requires skilled engineers who have the necessary specific hardware and software expertise. The Specialist Diploma in Embedded Systems Engineering is designed for experienced ICT professionals who wish to upskill to meet the emerging skills gap in the Embedded Systems area.

This one-year course delivery is normally on a part-time (evening on-campus) + online basis. However, it is now planned to be delivered in line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation. As a result, this course will now be delivered in a part-time blended format for Semester 1 at least.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please consult this section of the University of Limerick website:

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.


The Programme objective is to equip the student with essential knowledge and skills required to design real-time, high performance compact-code embedded systems. This includes analysis of embedded processors and architectures and methods and techniques for programming real time systems.

Entry Requirements

Level 8 honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering/ computing/mathematics or technology discipline; and relevant programming experience in C or C++ or related languages.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology sector (minimum 5 years) are encouraged to apply under the University Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.

Long Description

The programme consists of four taught modules and a project/research module. The total credit weighting of the course is 36 ECTS credits.

For Job-seekers: The programme is also suitable for applicants with a previous history of employment who meet the entry requirements and who may require additional upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment. For those currently not in employment, the programme includes a credit-bearing Career Development/Job Readiness module. Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students in attaining employment.


EE5012 Operating Systems: multitasking operating systems in single processor systems using a Unix/linux operating system
ED5502 Digital Systems: Microcontroller architecture and programming using ARM Cortex architecture
EE6422 Real Time System Design: Real-time system design concepts, techniques and methodologies at application and system level
ED5031 Software Engineering: Understanding and applying approaches to software development in the Embedded Systems environment
IE2011 Industry-based Project: Research analysis of industry-relevant Security application
CA4003 Career Development: An optional module for those students who wish to pursue this professional development workshop. Which prepare learners with CV and career coaching, develop a LinkedIn/online presence, physical presentation and interviews skills.

Timetable Info

This is traditionally a part-time course where classes are delivered 1 evening a week. However, due to the current situation regarding Covid-19 restrictions this course will be delivered fully online for Semester 1. Then Semester 2 should return to on campus sessions which take place on a Wednesday evening, every week of semester.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please regularly consult this section of the University of Limerick website:

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Ask for a Springboard+ Co-ordinator


Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX


061-202605 or 061-234379



RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2020 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures


Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2).
You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- Digital quality head and shoulders photograph.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €450 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
In order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €450 as outlined above. The remaining €200 is due by 15th January 2021.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:

NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)