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Energy Systems

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

The ME in Energy Systems Engineering prepares graduates to meet the engineering, economic and environmental challenges facing the energy systems of developed and developing countries. Graduates of this programme gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex multi-disciplinary and often conflicting issues that arise in the search for effective solutions.

Graduates will also be capable of working anywhere in the world at an advanced technical level or as a professional engineering manager. 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

Course Description
The ME programme prepares engineers for work in designing and developing future energy systems and aims to deepen understanding of the interactions between these systems and the environment and energy policy, taking account of economic factors. The scope of the programme includes analysis of global energy systems, use of finite natural resources and the impact on climate. It focuses 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 will also address the efficient use of energy in buildings, transport and industrial processes, together with the study of other topics such as carbon sequestration.

Participants will receive a broad education which is built on strong theoretical foundations but retains a strong focus on real-world applications.

This 2 year Masters includes a 6-8 professional work experience internship.

Graduates will gain a strong understanding of the complex multi-disciplinary and often conflicting issues that arise in the search for effective solutions to the energy challenges.

This Masters is professionally accredited and teaching is provided by academic experts drawn from all five UCD Schools of Engineering and from other disciplines.

Vision & Value Statements

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.

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.

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: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/

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

Duration

2 years, full time.

Timetable / Hours
The programme is modular and semesterised with full-time hours. There are two teaching semesters, i.e. Semester 1 (Autumn) and Semester 2 (Spring). Students taking the 12-month programme will undertake their Research Project during the summer period, completing in early September.

Number of credits

120

Careers or further progression

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. Graduates from this programme have obtained jobs in a wide variety of organisations in Ireland and further afield, the majority in the energy sector.

Perspective employers include: ESB International (Dublin), Commission for Energy Regulation (Dublin), Airport Authority, Intel Ireland Limited, Dalkia Ltd (Dublin), Accenture (Dublin), Dimplex Renewables (Irl), Enercon GmbH (Ireland and Germany), Zenith Technologies (Cork), ConocoPhillips (Cork), Imtech (UK), MCS Kenny (UK), Sellafield Ltd (UK), Schletter UK Ltd, Schwenk Zement (Germany), KBR (UK), Capula Ltd (UK), Eclareon (Spain), Dynapower LLC (USA), Sea Breeze Power Corp (Canada), KBR (Australia), and Independent Market Operator (Perth, Australia). Significant numbers of graduates have also decided to pursue further study to PhD level, at UCD and elsewhere.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Entrepreneurship in Action BMGT30090
Air Pollution BSEN30030
Chem Proc Sust & Ren Energy CHEN40440
Process Control CHEN40560
Environmental Engineering Fundamentals CVEN20030
Energy Economics and Policy ECON42360
Electrical and Electronic Circuits EEEN20020
Electrical Energy Systems EEEN20090
Power System Engineering EEEN30070
Electrical Machines EEEN30090
Control Theory EEEN40010
Power System Operation EEEN40080
Power System Design EEEN40090
Power Electronics and Drives EEEN40100
Renewable Energy Systems EEEN40110
Applications of Power Electronics EEEN40120
ME Electrical Energy Professional Work Experience (short) EEEN40180
ME Electrical Energy Professional Work Experience (long)EEEN40190
Entrepreneurship in Engineering EEEN40300
Power Electronics Technology EEEN40310
ME Elect Energy Project EEEN40360
Power System Dynamics and Control EEEN40550
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers EEEN40580
Fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage GEOL40310
Heat Transfer MEEN20050
Measurement & Instrumentation
Engineering Thermodynamics II MEEN30100
Professional Engineering (Finance)MEEN30140
Engineering Thermodynamics III MEEN40010
Mechanics of Fluids II MEEN40020
Computational Continuum Mechanics I MEEN40050
Energy Systems and Climate Change MEEN40090
Advanced Polymer Engineering MEEN40110
Computational Continuum Mechanics II MEEN40150
Mechanics of Fluids III MEEN40190
Energy Systems in Buildings II MEEN40200
Energy in Transport MEEN40210
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
ME Professional Work Experience MEEN40530
ME Professional Work Experience MEEN40540
ME (Energy) Research Project Summer MEEN40550
Research Skills and Techniques MEEN40560
ME (Energy) Research Project MEEN40570
Technical Communication MEEN40670
Technical Comms (Online) MEEN40820
Nuclear Physics PHYC30090

Stage 2 - Core

Research Skills and Techniques MEEN40560
ME (Energy) Research Project MEEN40570

Stage 2 - Option
Entrepreneurship in Action MGT30090
Air Pollution BSEN30030
Chem Proc Sust & Ren Energy CHEN40440
Process Control CHEN40560
Environmental Engineering Fundamentals CVEN20030
Energy Economics and Policy ECON42360
Electrical and Electronic Circuits EEEN20020
Electrical Energy Systems EEEN20090
Power System Engineering EEEN30070
Electrical Machines EEEN30090
Control Theory EEEN40010
Power System Operation EEEN40080
Power System Design EEEN40090
Power Electronics and Drives EEEN40100
Renewable Energy Systems EEEN40110
Applications of Power Electronics EEEN40120
Entrepreneurship in Engineering EEEN40300
Power Electronics Technology EEEN40310
ME Elect Energy Project EEEN40360
Power System Dynamics and Control EEEN40550
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers EEEN40580
Fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage GEOL40310
Heat Transfer MEEN20050
Engineering Thermodynamics II MEEN30100
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
Engineering Thermodynamics III MEEN40010
Mechanics of Fluids II MEEN40020
Computational Continuum Mechanics I MEEN40050
Energy Systems and Climate Change MEEN40090
Computational Continuum Mechanics II MEEN40150
Mechanics of Fluids III MEEN40190
Energy Systems in Buildings II MEEN40200
Energy in Transport MEEN40210
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
ME (Energy) Research Project Summer MEEN40550
Technical Communication MEEN40670
Technical Comms (Online) MEEN40820
Nuclear Physics PHYC30090

Comment

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

Application date

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:
ME Energy Systems Engineering FT (T164)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *
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* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

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 http://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/scholarshipsfinances/scholarships/.

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see: www.ucd.ie/eacollege/study/noneuscholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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