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Energy Innovation for Zero Carbon



Course format Online
Date 2023-09-11 - 2024-09-02
Duration 2 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost National/EU student:8.250€ Subsidised under HCI (Human Capital Initiative):825€/Free

The PG Diploma in Energy Innovation for Zero Carbon at UCC was designed to provide the energy engineering knowledge base required for engineers and engineering practitioners (non-engineers undertaking engineering roles) to switch to this area of growing employment opportunities.
Our Energy Innovation for Zero Carbon programme makes a vital contribution to the energy sector, as Ireland fulfills its international commitments for climate change, and addresses the energy production revolution that is required.
Designed by the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, in collaboration with industry, we designed the Energy Innovation for Zero Carbon diploma to target individuals who would reskill or upskill towards employment in the energy sectors including:
• local and national planning authorities
• design engineering and engineering supply companies providing services to the majorenergy producers
• the major energy producers
The diploma combines theory and practice with an enterprise and application angle of cutting-edge technology in renewable energy and carbon neutrality.


Second Class Honours Grade 2 (or equivalent) in a primary honours degree (ISCED Level 6) in any discipline of Engineering or equivalent

Applicants must have a Second Class Honours Grade 2 (or equivalent) in a primary honours degree (ISCED Level 6) in any discipline of Engineering or equivalent
• A pass in any accredited level 6 Engineering degree followed by professional experience deemed of sufficient added value, pending assessment by the Programme Director.
A quota will be allocated to applicants who do not meet these entry requirements. These applicants will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning and assessed on the following factors:
- Academic achievement
- Prior Work Experience
- Letter of Reference
- Personal Statement
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency (B2 or equivalent)

Application procedure

Apply through the online platform Springboard+:

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

At UCC we are uniquely placed to cultivate your interest in the renewable energy sector, both in terms of facilities and world-class researchers/instructors. In addition, UCC houses the main premises of MaREI, the inter-institutional Marine and Renewable Energy Institute, which is a world-class facility supported by Science Foundation Ireland.
You will be taught by experts that are among the top scientists in Ireland in Engineering and Technology, with international recognition in areas such as marine energy, wind energy, biogas production, decarbonation, and the circular economy.
Renewable energy companies in Ireland are entering a major growth phase, as many significant investments materialise. Virtually every industrial company in Ireland is also exploring decarbonation and environmentally friendly energy solutions, including the construction industry, down to the level of individual households.
The job opportunities for engineers with qualifications in renewable energy systems and zero carbon strategies are set to continue growing as Ireland meets its international targets for climate impact mitigation.


ISCED Categories

Offshore and renewable energy