Engineering - Energy Systems Engineering

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This ME programme is for graduates of Level 8 BE degrees who want to develop their engineering knowledge for a career in industry or research based on energy systems applications. It is fully accredited to meet the education standard for Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, which is recognised throughout Europe and in many countries around the world. It builds on the successful BE in Energy Systems Engineering, providing graduates with an opportunity to specialise further or to broaden their knowledge in engineering disciplines.

Important information re the level of the ME qualification and students' satisfaction of accrediation requirements:

ME Programme Accreditation The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successfully completing this (Level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

The ME programme on its own is a 60 ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Education is provided in three areas: advanced technologies in energy systems engineering, transferable skills including business and information technology, and technology development or research through an energy systems engineering project. With the help of academic staff, every student will select a suite of modules tailored to their interests and knowledge.


1. This programme is run in the Alice Perry Building, a 14,200 square metre modern, energyefficient facility, which is a living laboratory and the largest engineering school in Ireland.

2. This programme offers a flexible, multidisciplinary blend of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering subjects.

3. This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland for Chartered Engineer status (if combined with an accredited bachelor's degree).

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Second Class Honours in a Level 8 (Bachelor's or equivalent) engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college, with substantial elements of energy, mechanical, electrical and/or civil engineering.


9 months, full-time

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Career Opportunities
Our graduates work in design and testing, consultancy, project management, energy systems management, product development, facilities engineering and academic research. The need for graduates with skills in energy systems technologies is growing in areas such as building energy management, renewable energy systems, electrical power systems, the smart grid and energy consultancy. Other potential roles are in the areas of energy economics, energy policy, energy regulation, energy planning and law.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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