Engineering - Sustainable Energy

University College Cork

Engineering - Sustainable Energy

Course Outline
If you want to help the world address the energy 'grand challenge' of the 21st century, then Ireland’s first Masters in Engineering Science degree programme in Sustainable Energy is for you. Our modern world depends on a secure, reliable, and affordable energy supply and Sustainable Energy is crucial to addressing some of the most challenging issues facing the world today. Our Sustainable Energy graduates will be required to source, design, convert, transmit and supply useful energy to meet our present and long-term needs for electricity, mobility and heating and cooling.

In this MEngSc programme, we consider firstly how to reduce human impact on the climate through innovative low-carbon energy supply systems and secondly, how to provide a better standard of living for the world’s growing population through access to sustainable and secure energy supplies.

This programme is open to Engineering graduates of all disciplines with an 8-month programme option leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits over two parts as follows:

Part I (50 credits)

NE4008 Photovoltaic Systems (5 credits)
NE6003 Wind Energy (5 credits)
NE6004 Biomass Energy (5 credits)
NE6005 Ocean Energy (5 credits)
NE6006 Solar and Geothermal Energy (5 credits)
NE6007 Energy Systems Modelling (5 credits)
NE6012 Energy in Buildings (5 credits)
NE6013 Sustainable Energy (5 credits)
NE6016 Energy Systems in Buildings (5 credits)
EE6048 Smart Grids (5 credits)

Depending on the background of the student, the Programme Coordinator may decide to replace some of the above modules from the following list of modules up to a maximum of 20 credits:

CE4020 Environmental Hydrodynamics (5 credits)
CE6024 Finite Element Analysis (5 credits)
CE6042 Transportation and Energy (5 credits)
EE3011 Power Electronics and AC Machine (5 credits)
EE3012 Electric Vehicle Energy Systems (5 credits)
EE4001 Energy Systems, Power Electronics and Drives (5 credits)
EE4002 Control Engineering (5 credits)
EE6035 Electrical Power Systems (5 credits)
ME6007 Mechanical Systems (5 credits)
NE6010 Offshore Wind Energy (5 credits)
NE6011Advanced Energy Systems Modelling (5 credits)
NE6014 Energy Innovation (5 credits)
NE6015 Data Analytics for Engineering (5 credits)
PE6003 Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)

In addition, all students take the following module:

NE6008 Preliminary Research Report in Sustainable Energy (10 credits)

Part II

NE6009 Dissertation in Sustainable Energy (30 credits)

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a BE (Hons) or BEng (Hons) Degree or equivalent engineering qualification, with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II (NFQ, Level 8). However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and suitable experience may be accepted subject to the approval of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). In all cases, the course of study for each candidate must be approved by the Programme Coordinator.

Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.




1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 9 September 2024

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  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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