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.
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.
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.