B.Eng. (Hons)/M.Eng. in Digital Media Engineering
Dublin City University – DC199

4 year full-time course

Course Overview

Digital media engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the creation, processing and presentation of digital content. If you play computer games, listen to music on your mobile phone or use social networking websites to keep in touch with your friends, then you already know what digital media engineers have to offer. This branch of engineering has a diverse range of applications and can lead to careers in a variety of interesting areas. For example, the graphics technologies used in computer game development can also be used to create advanced 3D visualisations of medical image data for use in the diagnosis of disease. All of these technologies are significantly changing the way we live. If you think you want to be a part of this change, then digital media engineering may be the degree for you.

Mathematics has played a key role in the development of digital media engineering, from the ideas behind the MPEG audio and video standards to the cryptography essential to securing online transactions. You will need to be comfortable with logical and methodical approaches to understanding these and other mathematical and algorithmic methods. Leaving Cert Honours Maths and Leaving Cert Applied Maths, when well understood, are excellent indicators of ability in the field of digital media engineering. Your thirst for knowledge and drive to contribute to society will lead to constant learning and innovation throughout your career.

Course content

You will learn the skills needed to plan, design and implement the technology of computer-based digital media processing and network-based digital media delivery. As a graduate of this course, you will possess a combination of software, electronic, signal processing, network, hardware and web-engineering expertise, as well as technical knowledge and skills. You will also have the knowledge to understand and use new and exciting digital media developments as they arise, giving you flexibility in a rapidly changing area.

This four or five-year course has five academic threads:

  • Mathematics and Science
  • Applied Engineering Sciences
  • Software Programming and IT Skills
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Discipline-specific Technologies

Each thread addresses a particular aspect of Digital Media Engineering and can run for one, two or more years.

You will have the opportunity to do individual degree-relevant projects in Year Four and in the optional Year Five. These projects will allow you to work in a specialist area of your choosing and apply the Digital Media Engineering skills that you will acquire during your studies.

Work placement/Internship

The final key component of your degree is the six-month INTRA work placement in Year Three. This is usually with a business in Ireland, but some students may go abroad or get placements in research positions within DCU. Some of the biggest companies in the world offer INTRA placements, including Google, Vodafone, IBM, Philips, eBay and Microsoft. Degree-relevant work experience obtained on an INTRA placement can be extremely beneficial when it comes to finding a position as a graduate engineer.

Career prospects; Further studies

A degree in digital media engineering provides the skills required to pursue a career in a variety of interesting areas that have the potential to aid society and improve people’s quality of life, for example:

  • Systems development for diverse database-backed web services
  • Hardware design of Digital Media Devices (phones, PDAs, mobile robots etc.)
  • Service creation for tomorrow’s mobile networks
  • Technology development for the computer animation and gaming industries
  • Development of virtual reality, tele-presence and visualisation applications
  • Web applications and interfaces for delivery of content to diverse environments
  • Systems architecture design for e-commerce/B2B applications
  • Designing automated computer vision systems for medical imaging and visual inspection
  • Development of state-of-the-art interactive media systems
  • Developing archival or browsing systems for libraries of multimedia content
  • Integration and User interface design for TV/Satellite/WebTV.

Upon successful completion of your four-year B.Eng. (Hons) degree, and subject to meeting the relevant entry requirements, you will have the option to continue your studies on DCU:s Masters programme in the relevant area.

Entry requirements

Points in 2013: 385. Points may vary yearly.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: HC3 in Mathematics or HC3 in Applied Mathematics with HD2 in Mathematics/GCE A-Level C in Mathematics. No FETAC level 5 entry paths. Transfer applications and international students welcome.

Contact details

Ms Breda McManus