Energy Science

Trinity College Dublin

Energy Science

The aim is to provide students with a broad knowledge and experience of both the science and application of conventional and sustainable energy technologies.

Determining how energy is utilised and the environmental consequences of its use can determine many government policies across the globe. Therefore, those interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector 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.

The MSc in Energy Science 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
• 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.

Subjects taught

The course will be delivered through 6 taught modules (each worth 10 ECTS) and followed by a research project (worth 30 ECTS). The research project is either completed under the supervision of one of our academic research staff or as a relevant industry-based project.

Topics covered in each taught module are as follows:
• Module 1: Introduction to Energy Science: Energy economics and policy, environmental impact, and foundation courses on thermodynamics, electromagnetism and materials for energy.
• Module 2: Conventional Energy Sources and Technologies: Fossil fuels, combustion, engines and emissions, and nuclear reactions, materials and reactor technology.
• Module 3: Power Systems, Power Electronics and Electrical Systems: electrical machines, power electronics, power systems analysis and smart grids.
• Module 4: Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies I: Electrochemical cell technology, photovoltaics, carbon dioxide capture and storage.
• Module 5: Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies II: Biomass, biofuels and hydrogen production, and wind energy generation and storage.
• Module 6: Managing the Impact of Energy Utilisation: Raw materials and natural resource management, techniques for quantitative analysis and characterisation of energy critical raw materials, nuclear safety and environmental impact.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
The MSc is suitable for graduates who have achieved an upper second class honours degree or the international equivalent in either Chemistry, Physics or Engineering. However, applications from similarly qualified candidates from other disciplines are welcome if they can demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge and interest in Energy Science.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2023


1 year full time

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  • 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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