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Energy Science

This course is designed for students from science and engineering disciplines who are interested in the science and socio-economics of global energy utilisation. In particular, this course will focus on how that demand is being met and how conventional energy resources and technologies can or cannot be replaced by more sustainable resources and technologies.

Students must complete six mandatory taught modules beginning with the introductory module "Introduction to Energy Science", before undertaking; Conventional Energy Sources and Technologies, Electric Power Generation and Distribution, Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies I and II, and Managing the Impact of Energy Utilisation. Each taught module contains continuous assessment and examination components. Students also prepare a dissertation based on research conducted within a research group of one of the Schools of Physics, Chemistry or Department of Geology, School of Natural Sciences.

The MSc programme in Energy Science is a one year full time or two year part time postgraduate course designed to provide graduate scientists and engineers with specific knowledge of the scientific factors that determine society's use of Energy, and the environmental consequences of this usage. The connection between physics, chemistry, earth science and economics determines how energy is used, and in turn determines many government policies across the globe. A working understanding of each of these areas is necessary for students inspired to pursue a career in the energy sector, or for those interested in communicating or managing the environmental impact of the world's energy use. Graduates from this course will be excellently equipped to pursue a career in any aspect of the Energy arena.

Course Structure: The MSc Energy Science syllabus consists of six unique modules specifically designed to educate students on the major aspects contributing to the Science of Energy. Each topic starts from the fundamental scientific principles and develops to the actual engineering implementations. The syllabus is arranged as below, with Modules I-III to be completed and examined in the 1st academic term, and Modules IV-VI taught and examined in the second academic term. The total taught content is values at 60 ECTS, with the students also completing a research project and dissertation for a further 30 ECTS during Hilary and Trinity terms, achieving the award of MSC Energy Science.

Entry requirements

This MSc is suitable for graduates who have achieved an upper second class honours degree or the international equivalent in either a physical science, earth science or engineering subject. However, applications from similarly qualified candidates from other disciplines are welcome if they can demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge or interest in the Energy sector. Applicants whose first language is not English or has not completed their undergraduate degree through the medium of English are welcome but will be required to satisfy the College definitions of what is a satisfactory command of the English language.


1 year full time or 2 year part time.

Further enquiries

Course Director Assistant Professor Stephen Dooley
Telephone Number: +353 1896 2030
Course Email:

Subjects taught

Module I CH7001: Introduction to Energy Science 10 ECTS
(1) Introduction to Energy Science
(2) Environmental Impact of Energy Utilisation
(3) Economics of Energy & Energy Regulation & Policy
(4) Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics and Heat Transfer
(5) Energy Storage Electromagnetism (6) Materials for Energy Applications

Module II PY7001: Conventional Energy Sources and Technologies 10 ECTS
(7) Fossil Fuels, Combustion, Engines and Emissions
(8) Nuclear Energy Reactions, Materials and Reactor Technologies

Module III PY7002: Electric Power Generation and Distribution 10 ECTS
(9) Electric Machines and Power Electronics
(10) Power Systems Analysis and Smart Grids

Module IV CH7002: Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies I 10 ECTS
(11) Electrochemical Cell Technology
(12) Wind Energy Generation and Utilisation

Module V CH7003: Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies II 10 ECTS
(13) Photovoltaics
(14) Biomass, Biofuels and Hydrogen
(15) Carbon Dioxide and Capture & Storage

Module VI GL7001: Managing the Impact of Energy Utilisation 10 ECTS
(16) Raw Materials and Natural Resource Management
(17) Energy Critical Raw Materials (18) Nuclear Safety and Environmental Impact

Application date

Closing Date 2nd July 2018

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2018

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