Master of Engineering in Electrical Power Engineering

General

Program Description

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

The Energy Institute (EI) at University College Dublin is a global research leader in energy systems integration. The ME Electrical Power Engineering programme is taught by world-renowned academics from the Institute. The professionally accredited programme addresses the challenge of transitioning towards sustainable power systems and 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. If you are a mathematically strong engineering student who is interested in power systems analysis and renewables integration, and you are seeking a professional career in the power system and smart grid sectors, then this programme is ideal for you.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Who should apply?

Full-Time option suitable for:
  • Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non-EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

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.

  • A wide range of core and optional modules delivered by engineers with international reputations.
  • Delivered by a highly research-active School composed of many internationally high-profile academics including five IEEE Fellows.
  • This programme is also taught by academics from the world-leading Energy Institute for the integration of renewables into power systems and energy systems.
  • 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.

Vision and Values Statement

The ME degree in Electrical Power 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 provides 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.

Programme Outcomes

  • Advanced knowledge & understanding of the mathematical and analytical techniques and technologies underpinning the electrical energy engineering field, including state of 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.
  • 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.
  • Advanced knowledge & understanding of the mathematical and analytical techniques and technologies underpinning the electrical energy engineering field, including state of the art research techniques, with a focus on sustainable power systems, smart grid applications and power electronics technology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity

By completing the ME Electrical Power 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. ABB, Alstom, EDF, EirGrid, EPRI, ESB, GE, NREL, 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.

What modules can I take?

Core modules include:
  • Applications of Power Electronics
  • Control Theory
  • Electrical Power Thesis
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Power System Design
  • Power System Dynamics and Control
  • Power System Engineering
  • Power System Operation
  • Professional Engineering (Management)
  • Professional Work Experience
  • Renewable Energy Systems
Optional modules include:
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Applied Dynamics II
  • Data Science in Python
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Energy Systems & Climate Change
  • Engineering Thermodynamics II
  • Entrepreneurship in Engineering
  • Fossil Fuels, Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Networks and Internet Systems
  • Numerical Algorithms
  • Optimisation Techniques for Engineers
  • Power Electronics Technology
  • Signal Processing

*Please note these modules are subject to change for the 2020/21 intake.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

ME Electrical Power Engineering (T335) Full-Time
  • non-EU: Year 1 - € 25600
  • non-EU: Year 2 - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change.

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.

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 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 ME programme is professionally accredited by Engineers Ireland and recognised by the Washington Accord for Chartered Engineer status.

Entry Requirements

  • An undergraduate honours degree (NFQ level 8) with minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in an Electrical or Electronic 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.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Testimonial

Graduate Profile
Daniel Levie, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory

I was originally attracted to UCD due to its national and international standing. UCD is also the only university in Ireland that offers this degree, which specialises in power systems engineering, including design and operations.

The master's programme offers a long work placement of six to eight months, which enabled me to gain professional work experience and discover what working in an engineering company in the power and energy sector really entails. I worked for EirGrid, the Irish transmission system operator, in the operations section of the company, and the experience really boosted my technical skills and expanded my professional network.

My masters at UCD has been an amazing journey, in which I have learned about exciting technologies that will shape the electrical grid and energy industry and cutting-edge research that will drive future power systems. The programme also gave me the opportunity to conduct exciting research as part of my thesis, which has led to a job as an electrical markets engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States.

Facilities and Resources

A wide range of modern industry-standard software tools for power system analysis and laboratory facilities are integrated into the taught and project-based modules. A real-time digital simulator and smart grid consumer laboratory (supported by EPRI) are also available for hardware in the loop testing and development of prototypes.

Last updated December 2019

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