Engineering - Energy Systems Engineering

ME Energy Systems
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

Candidates who have already completed a 4-year professional engineering bachelor's degree may be eligible for recognition of prior learning, enabling them to complete this programme over 12 months.

Who Should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement

This professionally accredited "Second Cycle" Master of Engineering programme aims to prepare its graduates for work in designing and developing future energy systems, taking account of climate impact / CO2 emissions, security of energy supply and economic competitiveness concerns. The scope of the programme includes analysis of global energy systems, use of finite natural resources and the impact on climate. It focuses on use of fossil fuels and on renewable and other energy sources such as wind, wave, nuclear and solar power and on the conversion, storage and transmission by electrical and other means. The programme also addresses the efficient use of energy in buildings, transport and industrial processes, together with the study of other topics such as carbon capture and sequestration.

Incoming students should have a strong understanding of fundamental principles in the discipline of their "First Cycle" degree, typically in Mechanical, Electrical / Electronic or Chemical engineering, or in a strongly mathematical science discipline. Participation in this programme ensures that they broaden their education to develop a grasp of fundamental principles from across a range of other disciplines in order to equip them to tackle the complex multi-disciplinary and often conflicting issues that arise in the search for effective solutions to the energy challenges facing mankind.

The programme draws from the expertise of UCD academic staff from all of the Schools of Mechanical & Materials, Electrical & Electronic, Chemical & Bioprocess, Civil and Biosystems & Food Engineering), and also from the Schools of Physics, Earth Sciences, Economics and Business.

Teaching is by means of lectures, supervised laboratories, tutorials, assignments and self-directed learning. The full 2-year programme includes a 6-8 month industry-based internship and all students carry out an individual Research Project, supervised by a member of academic staff which is, in many cases, carried out in collaboration with industry.

Programme Outcomes
a) Advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning Energy Systems engineering.

b) The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex engineering problems

c) The ability to perform the detailed design of a novel system, component or process using analysis and interpretation of relevant data.

d) The ability to design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research (or equivalent) tools and techniques of enquiry.

e) An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people and the environment.

f) The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

g) The ability to communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large.

Student Internships
The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student's academic and career interests with practical work experience for a 6-8 month period.

The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

Professional Accreditation
The UCD ME (Energy Systems) degree programme is fully accredited at Masters level by Engineers Ireland and the programme has been awarded the EUR-ACE® Label as a Second Cycle Accredited European Engineering Programme under the EUR-ACE Framework of Standards for Accreditation of Engineering Programmes

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Entrepreneurship in ActionBMGT30090
Air PollutionBSEN30030
Chem Proc Sust & Ren EnergyCHEN40440
Process ControlCHEN40560
Environmental Engineering FundamentalsCVEN20030
Energy Economics and PolicyECON42360
Electrical and Electronic CircuitsEEEN20020
Electrical Energy SystemsEEEN20090
Power System EngineeringEEEN30070
Electrical MachinesEEEN30090
Control TheoryEEEN40010
Power System OperationEEEN40080
Power System DesignEEEN40090
Power Electronics and DrivesEEEN40100
Renewable Energy SystemsEEEN40110
Applications of Power ElectronicsEEEN40120
ME Electrical Power Professional Work Experience (short)EEEN40180
ME Electrical Power Professional Work Experience (long)EEEN40190
Entrepreneurship in EngineeringEEEN40300
Power Electronics TechnologyEEEN40310
ME Elect Energy ProjectEEEN40360
Power System Dynamics and ControlEEEN40550
Optimisation Techniques for EngineersEEEN40580
Fossil fuels, carbon capture and storageGEOL40310
Heat TransferMEEN20050
Measurement & InstrumentationMEEN30040
Engineering Thermodynamics IIMEEN30100
Professional Engineering (Finance)MEEN30140
Engineering Thermodynamics IIIMEEN40010
Mechanics of Fluids IIMEEN40020
Computational Continuum Mechanics IMEEN40050
Energy Systems and Climate ChangeMEEN40090
Advanced Polymer EngineeringMEEN40110
Computational Continuum Mechanics IIMEEN40150
Mechanics of Fluids IIIMEEN40190
Energy Systems in Buildings IIMEEN40200
Energy in TransportMEEN40210
Professional Engineering (Management)MEEN40430
ME Professional Work ExperienceMEEN40530
ME Professional Work ExperienceMEEN40540
ME (Energy) Research Project SummerMEEN40550
Research Skills and TechniquesMEEN40560
Technical CommunicationMEEN40670
Technical Comms (Online)MEEN40820
Nuclear PhysicsPHYC30090

Stage 2 Core
Research Skills and TechniquesMEEN40560
ME (Energy) Research ProjectMEEN40570

Stage 2 Option
Entrepreneurship in Action BMGT30090
Air Pollution BSEN30030
Chem Proc Sust & Ren Energy CHEN40440
Process Control CHEN40560
Data Science in Python (MD)COMP47670
Environmental Engineering Fundamentals CVEN20030
Energy Economics and Policy ECON42360
Electrical Energy Systems EEEN20090
Power System Engineering EEEN30070
Electrical Machines EEEN30090
Control Theory EEEN40010
Power System Operation EEEN40080
Power System Design EEEN40090
Renewable Energy Systems EEEN40110
Applications of Power Electronics EEEN40120
Entrepreneurship in Engineering EEEN40300
Power System Dynamics and Control EEEN40550
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers EEEN40580
Environmental Economics ENVP40230
Fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage GEOL40310
Heat Transfer MEEN20050
Engineering Thermodynamics IIMEEN30100
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
Engineering Thermodynamics IIIMEEN40010
Mechanics of Fluids IIMEEN40020
Computational Continuum Mechanics IMEEN40050
Energy Systems and Climate Change MEEN40090
Computational Continuum Mechanics IIMEEN40150
Mechanics of Fluids IIIMEEN40190
Energy Systems in Buildings IIMEEN40200
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
Technical Communication MEEN40670
Technical Comms (Online) MEEN40820
Nuclear Physics PHYC30090

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information:

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

ME Energy Systems Engineering FT (T164)


* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes




2 years full-time.


ME Energy Systems (T164) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8085
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Graduates of this ME Energy Systems programme will be equipped with the skill set and knowledge vital for crucial roles in research, design and development in companies in the energy sector. Alumni from this programme have obtained jobs in a wide variety of organisations in Ireland and further afield, the majority in the energy sector. Previous employers of ME in Energy Systems Graduates include: EirGrid (Dublin), ESB International (Dublin), ESB Networks, SEAI, Accenture (Dublin), PwC (Ireland), Arup (Ireland), EY, Mainstream Renewable Power, TerraSolar, EPRI, ElectroRoute, GridBeyond, Berkeley Lab, Berkeley (California), Commission for Energy Regulation (Dublin), Dublin Airport Authority, Intel Ireland Limited, Veolia Ireland, Irish Water, Fingleton White, Dimplex Renewables (Irl), Dynapower LLC (USA), Eclareon (Spain), Exergyn (Dublin), ThermoKing, Irish Cement, Enercon GmbH (Ireland and Germany), Imtech (UK), Independent Market Operator (Perth, Australia), Intel (Ireland), Irish Cement Limited, KBR (Australia), KBR (UK), MCS Kenny (UK), National Grid (UK), Northstar Drillstem Testers, Edmonton, (Canada), Arup, AECOM, PM Group (Ireland), RPS Group (Ireland), Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia), Schletter UK Ltd, Schwenk Zement (Germany), Sea Breeze Power Corp (Canada), EDF Energy UK (Nuclear), and Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Melbourne. Significant numbers of graduates have also decided to pursue further study to PhD level, at UCD and elsewhere.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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