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Who's the UCD MScSustainable Energy and Green Technologies for?
The UCD MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies focuses on Advanced Education and Training in: development and optimization of renewable energy resource exploitation; efficiency in energy generation and utilisation pathways (including energy conservation); mitigation of environmental impacts, and; preparation for business innovation and job creations opportunities in Renewable Energy Systems technology development.
The UCD MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies programme is underpinned by the best European practice by incorporating compatible EU policy drivers such as the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) for energy research, current R&D in Green Technologies (through ongoing and research initiatives under the Charles Parsons Energy Research programme), and the collaboration with internationally acknowledged experts in the subject domains from universities, research institutions and industry. This enables it to maintain relevance of its academic and research training, and therefore enhance employability of its graduates.

How will I benefit?
Graduate of the MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies will be able to:
(1)Use their acquired knowledge to perform detailed feasibility studies, scientific analyses, and conduct research on sustainable energy systems and green technologies; from exploration, deployment and technical aspects of utilization, to environmental, social and economic impact analyses.
(2)Use their practical knowledge to support local industry and community organizations in development and utilization of renewable energy technologies, as well as help supporting increased use of sustainable energy principles on a national basis (including development and/or enhancement of policies and standards).
(3)Apply innovative technical solutions to problems in sustainable energy deployment, including demonstration of understanding of the process of identifying, capturing, developing and commercializing opportunities arising from their research.

What is the programme about?
The Government White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland – The Energy Policy Framework 2007-2020 details policy on the future development of Ireland’s energy system. It addresses the three key policy issues of sustainability, energy security and competitiveness. An overriding disquiet is the challenge of addressing the environmental impacts of energy use, i.e., reducing energy related greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy. The proportion of fossil fuels in Ireland’s overall energy system is still among the highest in the world. Ireland’s commitments within the EU mean that a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions must be achieved by 2020, primarily by changes in energy provision and use of energy. Vision for the Strategy for Energy Research in Ireland [Irish Energy Research Council, 2008] is; “Ireland meeting its energy system requirements in a manner that addresses the challenges of energy security and environmental sustainability informed, underpinned and facilitated by highly motivated and strongly coordinated teams of energy researchers of world class standard operating in a stable, adequately resourced and continuous research environment”. The strategy recognizes that while urgent action is needed, fostering excellence in energy research and development requires sustained commitment, based on a strong research capability that will also provide a resource for innovation in energy-related products and services.
The EU countries including Ireland are committed to global agreements on GHG abatement and there is growing potential to develop smart economy driven, innovative businesses in this area. The MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies programme will tap directly into this exciting and in-demand area, by providing advanced education at the highest level, supported by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Charles Parson’s Energy Research Group in the UCD Bioresources Research Centre (BRC) in the School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine (SAFSVM). Formation of SAFSVM is founded on a range of fundamental changes within Ireland and the EU, including, among others; the requirement for knowledge based national economy, driven by highly skilled researchers, where innovation drives industrial growth and underpinned by world-class science.

Programme Highlights
Teaching methods: Combination of lectures, small group work, renewable energy systems seminars and study tours, computer laboratory-based activities and private study.
Class profile: Irish and international students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.
Class size: Maximum class size of 25 students.

Where can I go after the programme?
Graduates of the UCD MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies programme will have competences and skill sets for employment in companies and organisations geared to planning, deploying and utilising a wide range of Green Technologies systems including environmental impact mitigation. Typical opportunities will be in waste-to-energy facilities, biogas plants, ethanol production facilities, district-heating operations, renewable energy research laboratories, facilities utilizing wind energy (including wind farms), solar energy, biomass and hydrogen energy, as well as leading energy utility companies, and research institutions.
The knowledge and skill gained from the Innovation and Technology Transfer module specifically provides graduates with unique insights into entrepreneurial process from identification of the innovative idea through to the launch of a successful business. It also covers management process required to transform an innovative idea into a commercial opportunity or business proposition in the Green Technologies sector.

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