Bachelor of Engineering (Energy Systems)

College of Engineering & Informatics

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Energy Systems Engineering

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Studying Energy Systems Engineering

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.


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.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 505

A Level Grades (2015): ABB & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 43

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.

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,268 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- 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.