ME Electrical Energy Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
The ME Electrical Energy Engineering programme is taught by world-renowned academics from the Energy Institute (EI). The professionally accredited programme addresses the challenge of transitioning towards sustainable power systems, integrating diverse generation and demand-side technologies while maintaining stable and economic operation. It provides strong training in various aspects of electrical engineering and enhances this through a major research project and professional work experience.
A wide range of core and optional modules delivered by engineers with international reputations, including academic staff from the world-leading Electricity Research Centre in grid integration of renewables.
Delivered by a highly research active school holding a position of 101-150 in the QS World Subject Rankings.
This programme will provide you with a strong educational foundation in power systems and power electronics analysis & design, renewable energy sources and smart grid applications.
This programme will provide you with an engineering qualification fully compliant with the Masters level accreditation requirements of Engineers Ireland.
The 2 year programme comprises subject areas relating to power system analysis & design, power electronics applications & design, sustainable power systems, smart grid communication architectures and electricity market operations, in addition to a major research project and a professional work experience opportunity.
Vision and Values Statement
The ME degree in Electrical Energy Engineering is a two-year programme that educates professional engineers to excel at an advanced technical level, or as a professional engineering manager, in the expanding sustainable power system and smart grid sectors anywhere in the world. The strong emphasis within the programme on the mathematical and analytical underpinnings of the discipline also provide an excellent foundation for entry into advanced research programmes. The programme can be taken by graduates with an honours bachelor's (first cycle) degree in electrical engineering or a closely related discipline. A one-year (three-semester) version of the programme is also available for suitably qualified applicants. Graduates will receive an advanced engineering education in subject areas related to power system analysis & design, power electronics applications & design, sustainable power systems, smart grid communication architectures and electricity market operations.
Individual modules are taught by a strong cohort of experienced and internationally recognised academic staff (forming part of the world-leading Energy Institute for the integration of renewables into power systems), with expertise in all the core areas of Electrical Engineering. Teaching methods and assessment procedures vary across the programme to suit the wide range of subjects offered, and include individual and group analytical studies, practical work, development of research conference papers and project funding proposals, and group debates. There is a strong laboratory component, allowing students to experience the practical aspects of electrical energy engineering, while assignments provide complex design and problem-solving challenges. In the first year, a six month work experience internship is an integral part of the programme, building upon the strong collaborative links with a large number of companies, both indigenous and multinational companies, for placements within Ireland and internationally. In the final year, a substantial research project draws together many of the separate strands of learning, with an emphasis on independent learning, research methods, technical design & analysis, and communication skills.
The programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland, fully satisfying new international educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.
Advanced knowledge & understanding of the mathematical and analytical techniques and technologies underpinning the electrical energy engineering field, including state oft the art research techniques, with a focus on sustainable power systems, smart grid applications and power electronics technology
The ability to identify, formulate, model, critically analyse, optimise and solve complex electrical engineering problems, placed in the wide context of smart grid applications, power electronic systems and electricity market economics
The ability to perform the detailed design of electrical networks, power system components and power electronic systems using advanced and research level analytical techniques, and a critical interpretation of relevant data
The ability to design, conduct and critically evaluate experiments, and apply and assess a range of standard and specialised research tools, advanced analytical techniques and methods of enquiry using industry standard software tools, specialist research tools and laboratory facilities
A strong understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of electrical energy engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people and the environment
The ability to work highly effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning, and so offering a strong foundation for entry into advanced research programmes
The ability to communicate effectively on complex engineering activities, fully recognising multidisciplinary aspects, with the engineering community, individual research disciplines and with society at large