MEngSc in Sustainable Energy

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Interested in addressing climate change? UCC has developed a Master of Engineering Science in Sustainable Energy in recognition of the growing international market for sustainable energy systems and the shortage of qualified engineers. This program is open to Engineering graduates from all disciplines with an 8-month program option leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

Program structure

In Part I, students take modules to the value of 50 credits and a Preliminary Research Report in Sustainable Energy to the value of 10 credits. Part II consists of a Thesis in Sustainable Energy to the value of 30 credits which is completed during the summer months.

Students earn 90 credits as follows:

  • Photovoltaic systems (5 credits)
  • Wind energy (5 credits)
  • Biomass energy (5 credits)
  • Ocean energy (5 credits)
  • Solar and geothermal energy (5 credits)
  • Power Systems Modeling (5 credits)
  • Energy in buildings (5 credits)
  • Sustainable energy (5 credits) 
  • Energy systems in buildings (5 credits)
  • Smart Grids (5 credits)
  • Environmental hydrodynamics (5 credits)
  • Finite Element Analysis (5 credits)
  • Transport and energy (5 credits)
  • Power electronics and AC machine (5 credits)
  • Energy Systems for Electric Vehicles (5 credits)
  • Energy systems, power electronics and drives (5 credits)
  • Control Engineering (5 credits)
  • Electrical Energy Systems (5 credits)
  • Mechanical systems (5 credits)
  • Offshore wind energy (5 credits)
  • Advanced Energy Systems Modeling (5 credits)
  • Energy innovation (5 credits)
  • Analysis Data Analysis for Engineering (5 credits)
  • Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)

In addition, all students must earn 10 credits as follows:

  • Preliminary research report on sustainable energy (10 credits)
  • Sustainable Energy Dissertation (30 credits)


Students who pass, but do not achieve the required 50% mark in all taught modules and the Preliminary Research Report, will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy. Candidates who pass Part I of the programme and do not wish to proceed to Part II may be eligible to receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

Admission requirements

  • Candidates must have an honours engineering degree or an equivalent engineering qualification. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and appropriate experience may be accepted subject to the approval of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Food Science.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or internationally recognised equivalent)

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