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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.

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.

Vision and Values Statement

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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

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

Application date

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 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:2018/2019 September

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