Entry Points (2017)

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.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) or Technology, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Additional Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum of Grade H4 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or, alternatively, obtain a pass in the Engineering Maths Qualifying Examination (held in the University).

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

4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

ABB & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

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

Why should I do a 5th year to obtain a Masters qualification in Engineering?

A Masters degree qualification (ME) from the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway helps you to distinguish yourself in a competitive job market. It enables you to develop specialist skills you will need to succeed at the highest levels in your chosen field. It is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, which is accredited by the Engineers Ireland under European Framework Standards. This means that the Master of Engineering degree is recognised internationally to be equivalent to accredited engineering degree programmes in many other countries (for example ABET accredited Engineering Degree programs in the United States). These 5 year qualification satisfies the requirements to allow you to apply for a Chartered Engineer title, which is a badge of excellence for the Engineering profession that is awarded for knowledge and competence. Thus with a 5 year Masters Degree in Engineering from NUI Galway, you will be able to have your qualification recognised if you want to secure high value employment in many of the world's leading Engineering/Technology companies.

Follow chosen course of Engineering to Masters level.

This programme provides training in three areas: advanced technologies in energy systems engineering, transferable skills for employment and/or a research career in the energy sector, and technology development through an energy systems engineering project.

Details for Masters level can be found here.

      • AY872 Financial Management 1
      • BME501 Advanced Finite Element Methods
      • BME6101 Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis
      • CE468 Estimates and Costing
      • CE514 Transportation Systems and Infrastructure
      • CE6102 Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems I
      • CE6103 Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems II
      • CT511 Databases
      • CT549 Smart Grid
      • CT561 Systems Modelling and Simulation
      • CT861 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
      • CT874 Programming 1
      • EG5101 Advanced Energy Systems Engineering
      • EOS6101 Global Change
      • IE450 Lean Systems
      • ME402 Advanced Mechanical Analysis and Design
      • ME426 Turbo-machines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics
      • ME432 Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • ME5103 Regulatory Affairs and Case Studies
      • ME516 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
      • ME5171 Combustion Science & Engineering
      • ME521 Research Methods for Engineers

Details for Year 5 modules can be found here.

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, suitably qualified students have the option to enrol and continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.

Students can advance to Masters level (ME) through our one year taught Masters programme (September-June) that builds on the successful completion of their undergraduate programme, subject to a sufficient standard (2nd Class Honours minimum). This programme is an integrated follow-on to the BE programme and is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineering status that will be recognised worldwide.

Masters degree education is becoming increasingly the norm internationally in Engineering, and this programme strengthens the ability of our graduates to compete nationally and internationally at the highest level for employment in industry and other sectors of the economy.

In PhD research, as well as Masters research projects, students tackle the big questions around energy in both Irish and international contexts. Topics include biomass, combustion, wave energy, and energy efficiency.

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 an eight-month (January-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

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- 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
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