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Energy Systems

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost National/EU student:8.830€/year International student:27.720€/year

The ME Energy Systems 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. 

Application procedure

Application directly through Applications System:

Grant opportunities

HEA Free Fees Scheme (FFI): the Irish Exchequer will pay tuition fees to the University on behalf of students registered for the first time on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate degree programmes.
SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland:
Application through:
The award or denial of this grant is completely dependant upon the Student Grant Appeals Body 

Learning outcomes

 • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning Energy Systems engineering.
• The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex engineering problems
• The ability to perform the detailed design of a novel system, component or process using analysis and interpretation of relevant data.
• The ability to design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research (or equivalent) tools and techniques of enquiry.
• 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.
• The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.
• The ability to communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large.


Graduates of Level 6 Bachelors of Engineering, Physical Science, Environmental studies, or equivalent

An honours undergraduate degree  (ISCED level6, NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours 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 (B2).
 • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements (B2, or equivalent), may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. 

ISCED Categories

Offshore and renewable energy