Master of Engineering (Energy Systems Engineering)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

The ME in Energy Systems Engineering is designed for graduates of Level 8 BE degrees who want to advance their engineering knowledge towards a career in industry or research based on energy systems applications. It is a one year programme (September–June) that builds on the successful BE in Energy Systems Engineering to provide graduates with an opportunity to specialise further within their chosen discipline, or to broaden their knowledge in cognate engineering disciplines. It is delivered collaboratively by lecturers in Civil, Electrical & Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, with input on energy context from the College of Science and the College of Business, Public Policy & Law. The programme is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineering status that will be recognized worldwide. 

The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successfully completing this (level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

The ME programme on its own is a 60ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate Engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a Second Class Honours Degree in a Level 8 Engineering programme (or equivalent).

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 20

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The ME in Energy Systems Engineering is a 1 year, full-time, 60 ECTS programme running over the academic year from September to June. It provides training in 3 areas: advanced technologies in energy systems engineering, transferrable skills for employment and/or a research career in the energy sector, and technology development through an energy systems engineering project. In order to provide graduates with flexibility to direct their careers in different energy sectors, students are provided with a choice of taught modules as follows:
15–20 ECTS Transferable skills (3 – 4 modules):
Project Management
Environmental Economics 
Engineering Finance
Engineering Research Methods
Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Lean Systems
Applied Statistics for Engineers
Advanced Applied Maths
Internet Programming 
Database Development
20–25 ECTS Advanced Technologies (4–5 modules):
Global Climate Change
Smart Grid
Sustainable Energy & Buildings
Advanced Energy Systems Engineering
Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis
Advanced Finite Element Analysis
Coastal & Offshore Engineering
Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems I 
The Built Environment 
Integrated Engineering Design Project
Power Electronics
Advanced Power Electronics
Power Systems
Power, Machines & Control
Communications Systems Engineering
Thermal Energy Conversion
Turbomachines & Advanced Fluid Dynamics
Combustion Science and Engineering
Advanced Mechanical Analysis & Design
Taught modules will be assessed by a combination of exams (end of semester) and continuous assessment. In addition, each student will complete a technology development project that focuses on one of the current areas of research in energy systems engineering within the College of Engineering & Informatics. The project accounts for 20 of a total of 60 ECTS required for completion of the ME programme, and students will be advised to choose transferrable skills and advanced technology modules (to a total of 40 ECTS) to complement their chosen project topic. 

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Professor Gerard Hurley, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Professor Sean Leen, Mechanical Engineering
Professor Peter McHugh, Biomedical Engineering
Professor Peter Croot, Earth & Ocean Sciences
Dr Eoghan Clifford, Civil Engineering
Dr Peter Croot, Earth & Ocean Sciences
Dr Maeve Duffy, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Dr John Eaton, Mechanical Engineering
Dr Marcus Keane, Civil Engineering
Dr Hugh Melvin, Information Technology
Dr Rory Monaghan, Energy Systems Engineering
Dr Stephen Nash, Civil Engineering
Dr Nathan Quinlan, Mechanical Engineering
Dr Thomas Van Rensburg, Economics

Find out more

T: +353 91 492664

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,900 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,676 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.