The Master of Engineering (ME) in Energy Systems Engineering programme aims to prepare graduates to meet the engineering, economic and environmental challenges facing the energy systems of developed countries in the future.
Who is the ME Energy Systems Engineering for? The ME (Energy Systems) is designed as a “Second Cycle” (level 9) degree programme for graduates who have already completed a “First Cycle” honours (level 8) engineering degree of at least 3 years duration. It is aimed at those who require a recognised professional qualification in Energy Systems Engineering. Graduates with an honours degree in a mathematically-based science subject area may be eligible to take a tailored 2-year version of the programme, thereby enabling them to become professionally qualified engineers. Since the programme began in September 2009, applications have been received from over many different countries and, to date, graduates of 13 different nationalities from across Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa have been represented in the classes admitted. These include students educated at ten different Irish educational institutions and the list includes Mechanical, Materials, Chemical, Electrical, Electronic and Civil engineering graduates.
What will I learn? This Masters degree programme builds upon skills developed at undergraduate level through the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry and a range of engineering subjects such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, applied dynamics, measurement and instrumentation, electrical circuits and electrical engineering. The ME programme prepares engineers for work in designing and developing future energy systems and aims to deepen understanding of the interactions between these systems and the environment and energy policy, taking account of economic factors. The scope of the programme includes analysis of global energy systems, use of finite natural resources and the impact on climate. It focuses on renewable and other energy sources such as wind, wave, nuclear and solar power and on the conversion, storage and transmission by electrical and other means. The programme will also address the efficient use of energy in buildings, transport and industrial processes, together with the study of other topics such as carbon sequestration. For those with suitable prior learning, module choice within the programme may permit particular specialisation in Electric Power Systems.
Teaching Teaching will be by means of lectures, supervised laboratories, tutorials, assignments and self-directed learning. An individual Research Project will assigned to each student, supervised by a member of academic staff and undertaken over the summer (12-month programme) or during the September – to May academic session (2-year programme). Many of the projects are carried out in collaboration with industry.
Assessment Assessment will be by means of continuous assessment of assignments, laboratory and project work. There will be substantial written examination of course material. The Research Project module will require submission of a substantial final report / thesis. Assessment of this and other modules will also involve participation in several oral presentations.
Timetable / Hours The programme is modular and semesterised with full-time hours. There are two teaching semesters, i.e. Semester 1 (Autumn) and Semester 2 (Spring). Students taking the 12-month programme will undertake their Research Project during the summer period, completing in early September.
How will I benefit? Participants will receive a broad education which is built on strong theoretical foundations but retains a strong focus on real-world applications. Graduates from the programme will be fully qualified professional engineers, capable of working anywhere in the world at and advanced technical level or as a professional engineering manager.
What is the programme about? The programme focuses on the interdependence between the electricity system, building energy systems, the industrial production system, the food supply chain and the transport system, taking account of security of supply and climate impact / CO2 emissions. Whilst there is strong focus on the operation of an electricity system which utilises a large fraction of wind generation, the programme is not restricted to renewable energy systems. For example, it includes modules dealing with nuclear power, fossil fuel extraction, hydrocarbon processing, combustion of hydrocarbon fuels and carbon sequestration and storage.
The UCD academic and research staff involved are recognised as international experts in their specialist subjects and are currently leading research efforts backed by substantial funding from government and industry sources, aimed at finding practical solutions to the energy challenges facing mankind. Many of the ME (Energy Systems) research projects are carried out in collaboration with industry.
Where can I go? Participants of this (ME) Energy Systems programme will be equipped with the skill set and knowledge, vital for crucial roles in research, design and development in companies in the Energy Sector.
Graduates from this programme have obtained jobs in a wide variety of organisations in Ireland and further afield, the majority in the energy sector. Examples of employers include Mainstream Renewable Power (Dublin), ESB International (Dublin), ESB Networks (Dublin), Intel Ireland Limited, Arup (Dublin), CES Energy (Dublin), Dalkia Ltd (Dublin), Clearpower (Dublin), Fingleton White & Co (Irl.), RPS Group (Dublin), Accenture (Dublin), First Derivatives (NI), Enercon GmbH (Ireland and Germany), AptarGroup, Inc. (Galway), Tipperary Energy Agency, Zenith Technologies (Cork), ConocoPhillips (Cork), Imtech (UK), MCS Kenny (UK), Schletter UK Ltd, Schwenk Zement (Germany), KBR (UK), Sea Breeze Power Corp (Canada), KBR (Australia), and Independent Market Operator (Perth, Australia). Also, significant numbers have decided to pursue further study to PhD level, at UCD and elsewhere.
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