Entry Points (2015)

Course Overview

Energy Systems Engineering is a multidisciplinary programme that aims to meet the current and growing challenge of dwindling fossil fuel resources and the critical demand for alternative, renewable energy sources as a national, Europe-wide and global priority. The programme covers fundamental engineering knowledge and skills in such areas as energy generation, conversion, electrical power systems and energy management (buildings, transport, industry, etc.), along with modules on energy sources, energy policy, economics and associated environmental issues.

The programme will provide you with the skills to develop as a professional engineer who specialises in dealing with the breadth of energy systems used to generate, convert, transmit and manage energy throughout multiple networks, including electrical power, fuel, IT, water, transport and cities. Optional modules will provide you with a technical focus on different sectors of the industry. The early years of the programme will cover the fundamental sciences and mathematics, along with introductory modules on energy systems and sources. Multidisciplinary energy systems design projects will be supported by advanced modules in engineering design, analysis and information technology.


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Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade Higher C3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Science) or Technology and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Minimum Grade C3 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or alternatively obtain a pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the University).

For A-Levels: A minimum of Grade C in Mathematics is required.

4 years

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades (2015)

ABB & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Mathematical Methods
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Computing

Year 2

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Algebra
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Principles of Buildings
  • Electrical Circuits and Systems
  • Theory of Machines
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Engineering Computation
  • Energy and Sustainability Laboratories and Project

Year 3 and 4

Core Topics:

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Offshore Energy
  • Electrical Power and Machines
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Programming and Modelling
  • Control Systems
  • Systems Engineering
  • Smart Grid
  • Biofuels
  • Planning and Law
  • Professional Skills and Management
  • Energy Systems Laboratory Exercises and Projects

Optional Topics:
Students will focus on civil, mechanical or electrical aspects of Energy Systems

  • Environmental and Energy Systems in Buildings
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Mechanical Design

Further Education

Students can earn PhD and MEngSc degrees, through research work, with an optional minor taught element (in the case of the MEngSc). Students can specialise in one of the departments' various areas of research in energy, working with a high degree of independence, and becoming experts on their chosen topic. This work is usually published in international conferences and journals.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Energy Systems Engineering prepares students for career opportunities in fields related to the generation, conversion, transmission and use of energy and in the design of sustainable and advanced energy technologies, the operation of power generation systems, the development of energy-efficient products and processes, manufacturing, the construction of power plants and renewable energy systems, the design and operation of smart energy management systems, consultancy, the design of efficient and sustainable buildings, power distribution, transport, environmental protection, and research.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

You will engage in energy systems design projects containing many aspects of engineering analysis and design, and that include civil, mechanical, electrical, informatics, professional skills, economics and policy. This will enable students to gain specialist knowledge in particular energy sectors, such as buildings, transportation, renewable and conventional power generation, electrical power systems, energy informatics and policy. Students will undertake a five-month (April–August), off-campus work placement following completion of their third year of study, which significantly improves their chances of obtaining employment after graduation. In the event that no external placement is available, students will be given relevant projects on campus in collaboration with college staff.

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Energy Systems Engineering
T 353 (0)91 492 664
F 353 (0)91 750 558
E energyeng@nuigalway.ie