ME Electrical Energy Engineering

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Program Description

ME Electrical Energy Engineering

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

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 Energy Institute 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.

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 ME programme is targeted at mathematically strong engineering students who are interested in power systems analysis and renewables integration, and who are seeking a professional career in the power system and smart grid sectors.

Course Description

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.

Career Opportunities

By completing the ME Electrical Engineering programme, you will become a graduate with power systems expertise, whose rare skills will be attractive to a wide variety of technical and managerial roles in the electrical utility and smart grid sectors on an international scale, e.g. Alstom, ABB, EPRI, EirGrid, ESB, GE, Siemens. The ME programme also provides an excellent starting point for those aiming for a PhD programme and a research career within a university or specialised research institution.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

ME Electrical Energy Engineering (T274) Full Time

  • EU Year 1 - € 7640
  • EU Year 2 - € 7640
  • nonEU Year 1 - € 24200
  • nonEU Year 2 - € 23800

***Fees are subject to change Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Student Internships

  • The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student’s academic and career interests with paid practical work experience for a 6-8 month period.
  • The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

Entry Requirements

  • A 4-year bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honour (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.


Graduate Profile
Horea Catanase, ESB InternationalThe Energy sector is currently undergoing many changes, which pose technical challenges to transmission and distribution network operators. The Electrical Energy Masters at UCD provided me with all the tools to understand these challenges, analyse the technical requirements and be part of future solutions. The program is very well structured, allowing students to deepen their knowledge through taught modules, research and an industry placement. As part of the Masters, I undertook a six-month placement with EirGrid, the Irish Transmission System Operator. During my time there, I gained invaluable work experience and more practical knowledge of how electricity grids are operated.Completing my thesis allowed me to continue working with EirGrid, involving more practical research on short-circuit studies. Based on my thesis, I submitted a paper to a conference, which was accepted, and I will be presenting my work at the CIGRE (International Council on Large Electrical Systems) session in Paris 2018. An international event of this scale will facilitate the development of my career and allow me to expand my professional network.

*Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 23, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
2 years
Full time
7,490 EUR
EU: Year 1 - € 7490, Year 2** - € 7490; nonEU: Year 1 - € 23800
Ireland - Dublin, County Dublin
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