ME Energy Systems Engineering

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Program Description

ME Energy Systems Engineering

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

ME Energy Systems Engineering FT

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 master 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.

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 (Energy Systems) is designed as a “Second Cycle” (level 9) degree programme for graduates who have already completed a “First Cycle” honours (level 8) engineering degree of at least 3 years duration. It is aimed at those who require a recognised professional qualification in Energy Systems Engineering.
  • Graduates with an honours degree in a mathematically-based science subject area may be eligible to take a tailored 2-year version of the programme, thereby enabling them to become professionally qualified engineers.

Course Description

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.

Career Opportunities

Participants of this ME Energy Systems programme will be equipped with the skill set and knowledge vital for crucial roles in research, design and development in companies in the energy sector. Graduates from this programme have obtained jobs in a wide variety of organisations in Ireland and further afield, the majority in the energy sector. Perspective employers include: ESB International (Dublin), Commission for Energy Regulation (Dublin), Airport Authority, Intel Ireland Limited, Dalkia Ltd (Dublin), Accenture (Dublin), Dimplex Renewables (Irl), Enercon GmbH (Ireland and Germany), Zenith Technologies (Cork), ConocoPhillips (Cork), Imtech (UK), MCS Kenny (UK), Sellafield Ltd (UK), Schletter UK Ltd, Schwenk Zement (Germany), KBR (UK), Capula Ltd (UK), Eclareon (Spain), Dynapower LLC (USA), Sea Breeze Power Corp (Canada), KBR (Australia), and Independent Market Operator (Perth, Australia). Significant numbers of graduates have also decided to pursue further study to PhD level, at UCD and elsewhere.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

ME Energy Systems (T164) Full Time

  • EU fee per year - € 7640
  • nonEU fee per year - € 24200

***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.

Professional Accreditation

The UCD ME (Energy Systems) degree programme is fully accredited at Masters level by Engineers Ireland and the programme has been awarded the EUR-ACE® Label as a Second Cycle Accredited European Engineering Programme under the EUR-ACE Framework of Standards for Accreditation of Engineering Programmes.

Entry Requirements

  • A 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
Gavin Hickey, Energia. I chose UCD for its superior facilities, innovative research and academic credentials. This master is well suited to anyone looking to enhance their knowledge of the Energy sector an exciting area of massive economic growth and change. The course takes a detailed look at the current energy system and the potential steps that can be taken to reduce its impact on the environment. A wide range of modules is offered which looks at everything from energy economics and policy, to power systems operation, all of which provide an in-depth understanding of the energy market. An understanding of these areas is an extremely attractive quality to employers both in Ireland and abroad. An additional benefit of this course is the 6-8 month internship organised by UCD which gave me the opportunity to work in Energia. During this time, I was able to apply my technical knowledge in a practical setting and enhance my engineering and professional skills. Since finishing the Master’s, I have taken up a full-time position with Energia, the majority of my classmates have also secured jobs. I would strongly recommend the Energy Systems Masters to anybody looking to pursue a career in the energy sector.

*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 25, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
2 years
Full time
7,490 EUR
EU: fee per year - € 7490; nonEU: fee per year - € 23800
Ireland - Dublin, County Dublin
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Ireland - Dublin, County Dublin
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