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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. The ME programme is professionally accredited by Engineers Ireland and recognised by the Washington Accord for Chartered Engineer status.

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.

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.

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

Careers & Employability
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

Air Pollution

Chem Proc Sust & Ren Energy

Process Control

Environmental Engineering Fundamentals

Energy Economics and Policy

Electrical and Electronic Circuits

Electrical Energy Systems

Power System Engineering

Electrical Machines

Control Theory

Power System Operation

Power System Design

Power Electronics and Drives

Applications of Power Electronics

ME Electrical Energy Professional Work Experience (short)

ME Electrical Energy Professional Work Experience (long)

Entrepreneurship in Engineering

Power Electronics Technology

ME Elect Energy Project

Wind Energy

Power System Dynamics and Control

Optimisation Techniques for Engineers

Fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage

Heat Transfer

Measurement & Instrumentation

Engineering Thermodynamics II

Professional Engineering (Finance)

Engineering Thermodynamics III

Mechanics of Fluids II

Computational Continuum Mechanics I

Energy Systems and Climate Change

Advanced Polymer Engineering

Computational Continuum Mechanics II

Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics


Mechanics of Fluids III

Energy Systems in Buildings II

Energy in Transport

Professional Engineering (Management)

ME Professional Work Experience

ME Professional Work Experience

ME (Energy) Research Project Summer

Research Skills and Techniques

ME (Energy) Research Project

Technical Communication

Technical Comms (Online)

Nuclear Physics


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)
2 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

* 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 - € 7830
nonEU fee per year - € 24800

***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

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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