Wind Energy

Three great reasons to consider this course

Graduates will have: A comprehensive understanding of wind energy and the associated challenges.

Graduates will have: Solved a number of complex problems by applying state-of-the-art techniques to wind energy systems.

Graduates will have: An understanding of energy policy and its role in renewable energy development.

This programme focuses on the crucial aspects associated with development and operation of wind energy systems for electrical power generation. A student on the programme will undertake modules comprising fundamental and advanced topics relating to wind energy, such as aerodynamics, resource assessment, economics, environmental aspects, wind turbine siting, etc. This programme places a particular emphasis on energy policy and some of the important aspects of integrating wind energy systems to the national grid.

The course provides the student with a theoretical understanding of the aspects that comprise a wind energy system from a technical and economic standpoint. The programme explores energy policy and how policy can affect renewable energy development. There are four modules on this programme, each worth 7.5 ECTS credits. This course is highly focused on wind energy with two modules solely concentrated on the most pertinent technical aspects of wind energy, i.e. Wind Energy 1 & 2. The Energy Policy & Economics module, delivered on this programme, broadens the focus by exploring the effects of energy policy on the development of wind energy. The programme also contains a module that explores the challenges of integrating renewable energy systems to the national grid.

Subjects taught

This programmes includes the following modules:

Wind Energy 1
Wind Energy 2
Energy Policy and Economics
Power Systems Integration of Renewables

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a Level 8 Honours Degree in Engineering, or in the Physical or Chemical Sciences. The award must be Honours 2.1 or above. Science disciplines are restricted to: Experimental Physics, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, General Chemistry, Building Services, Telecommunications or similar.


2 semesters

Full-time and part-time delivery

Post Course Info

Career Options
The wind energy industry, nationally and internationally, particularly offshore wind energy which has seen a significant increase in development in recent years. It is expected that further career opportunities will become available in the coming years as energy policy focuses on offshore wind energy development.

Progression Options
MSc in Wind Energy, MSc in Renewable Energy Systems, Postgraduate Research

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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