Energy Science

Trinity College Dublin

Energy Science

The syllabus covers many topics, including energy economics and policy; natural resource management; fossil and nuclear energy; conventional energy conversion devices; sustainable energy technologies; power systems, power electronics and electrical systems; and the environmental impact of energy usage.

From the fundamental scientific principles to the challenges of application, each topic is presented using the combined expertise of our multidisciplinary teaching staff.

Is This Course For Me?
Determining how energy is utilised and the environmental consequences of its use can determine many government policies across the globe. Those interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector therefore require a deep understanding of the scientific and engineering theory and challenges relevant to the area. This knowledge is particularly important for those interested in communicating or managing the environment’s impact of the world’s energy use e.g. through climate change.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The M.Sc. in Energy Sciences is delivered full-time over one year. The course comprises six compulsory modules, carrying 10 ECTS credits each, and a Research Project module carrying 30 ECTS credits, for a total 90 ECTS for the course.

Lectures will be held on a full-time basis on weekdays during Semester One and Semester Two according to the Trinity academic calendar.

Students who do not progress to the research project may opt to exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Energy Science. This is subject to the student’s performance throughout the course.

Course Content
The course will be delivered through six taught modules, which include: Introduction to Energy Science; Conventional Energy Sources and Technologies; Power Systems, Power Electronics and Electrical Systems; Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies I; Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies II; and Managing the Impact of Energy Utilisation.

Students will also complete a research project under the supervision of one of our academic research staff or as a relevant industry-based project.

Entry requirements

This M.Sc. programme is suitable for graduates who have achieved an upper second-class (2.1) Honours degree or the international equivalent in either Physical Sciences or Engineering. However, applications from similarly qualified candidates from other disciplines are welcome if they can demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge or interest in Energy Science.


1 year full time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2024

Closing Date 31st July 2024

Post Course Info

Graduates of the M.Sc. in Energy Science have knowledge and skills applicable to a host of energy orientated industries, including power generation and distribution, electronics, automotive, aviation, construction, and oil and gas. For graduates interested in academic research, the societal pursuit of clean and secure energy is at the heart of the research agenda of every major country.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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