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ME 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.

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.

Candidates who have already completed a 4-year professional engineering bachelor 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

The ME (Energy Systems) is designed as a “Second Cycle” (level 9) degree programme for graduates who have already completed a “First Cycle” honours (level 8) engineering degree of at least 3 years duration. It is aimed at those who require a recognised professional qualification in Energy Systems Engineering.

Graduates with an honours degree in a mathematically-based science subject area may be eligible to take a tailored 2-year version of the programme, thereby enabling them to become professionally qualified engineers.

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.

Entry requirements

A bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) 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.


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


Careers or further progression

Participants 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: Michelle Mathews
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 1802

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Entrepreneurship in Action BMGT30090

Air Pollution BSEN30030

Process Instrumentation & Control CHEN30140

Chem Proc Sust & Ren Energy CHEN40440

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

Applications of Power Electronics EEEN40120

ME Electrical Energy Professional Work Experience (short)

ME Electrical Energy Professional Work Experience (long)

Entrepreneurship in Engineering EEEN40300

Power Electronics Technology EEEN40310

ME Elect Energy Project EEEN40360

Wind Energy EEEN40400

Power System Dynamics and Control EEEN40550

Optimisation Techniques for Engineers EEEN40580

Fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage GEOL40310

Heat Transfer MEEN20050

Measurement & Instrumentation MEEN30040

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 Composites and Polymer Engineering MEEN40110

Computational Continuum Mechanics II MEEN40150

Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics MEEN40160

Nanomaterials MEEN40180

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


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

Assessment method

Assessment will be by means of continuous assessment of assignments, laboratory and project work. There will be substantial written examination of course material. The Research Project module will require submission of a substantial final report / thesis. Assessment of this and other modules will also involve participation in several oral presentations.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:
ME Energy Systems Engineering FT (T164)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2017/2018 September

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