Course Overview

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 60 ECTS 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.

This new programme, based at NUI Galway’s new Engineering Building, is for graduates of Level 8 BE degrees who want to develop their engineering knowledge for a career in industry or research based on energy systems applications. It is designed to meet the education standard for Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) with Engineers Ireland. It builds on the successful BE in Energy Systems Engineering, providing graduates with an opportunity to specialise further or to broaden their knowledge in engineering disciplines.

This programme is offered in the €40 million Engineering Building, a14,200 square-metre modern, energy-efficient facility, and the largest School of Engineering in the country.

The building is a “living laboratory”, which will provide high-tech working examples for engineering students to study.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Professor Gerard Hurley, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Dr John Eaton, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr Thomas Van Rensburg, Economics
Prof. Sean Leen
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Prof Peter McHugh
B.E., Sc.M.,PH.D.
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Dr Rory Monaghan
B.E., Ph.D., S.M.
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Dr Stephen Nash
B.A., B.A.I., M.Sc., Ph.D.
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Dr. Nathan Quinlan
B.E., M.Eng.Sc., D.Phil.
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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Second Class Honours in a Level 8 (bachelor’s or equivalent) engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college, with substantial elements of energy, mechanical, electrical and/or civil engineering.

Additional Requirements


9 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

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Course Outline

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.

Curriculum Information

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. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
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'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Optional CT561: Systems Modelling and Simulation - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE446: Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE450: Lean Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT861: Computing Architecture & Operating Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT874: Programming I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME521: Research Methods for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME6101: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AY872: Financial Management I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT511: Databases - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CE514: Transportation Systems and Infrastructure II - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME516: Advanced Mechanics of Materials - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CE6102: Design of Sustainable Environmental System I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE445: Digital Signal Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE357: Signals and Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EG5101: Advanced Energy Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EOS6101: Global Change - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME402: Advanced Mechanical Analysis And Design - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BME501: Advanced Finite Element Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME5171: Combustion Science and Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6113: Energy in Buildings - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE468: Estimates and Costing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6103: Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME426: Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CT549: SmartGrid - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE5120: Digital Control Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC5102: Renewable Energy Economics and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required EG6101: Energy Systems Engineering Project - 20 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There are job opportunities in design and testing, consultancy, project management, energy systems management, product development and facilities engineering. The need for graduates with skills in energy systems technologies is growing, including in building energy management, renewable energy systems, electrical power systems, smart grid and energy consultancy. Other potential roles are in the areas of energy economics, energy policy, energy regulation, energy planning and the law.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,450 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€5,226 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€20,750 p.a. 2020/21

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.

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Ms Sharon Gilmartin
T: +353 91 492 664


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)