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If you want to work on solutions to the world’s energy problems, Energy Systems Engineering at UCD is for you. This degree prepares you to meet the engineering, economic and environmental challenges of the future. It focuses on the interdependence between electricity systems, building energy systems, the industrial production system, the food supply chain and the transport system.
Maintenance of current living standards in the developed world, as well as aggressive renewable energy targets as defined by the EU, will demand new ways to use energy more efficiently, as well as requiring much bigger contributions from solar, wind, biomass, nuclear and advanced fossil fuel technologies. This degree provides students with a strong understanding of the complex multi-disciplinary and often conflicting issues that arise in the search for effective solutions to the energy challenges of the future.
Key Fact: Energy Systems Engineers work towards alternative solutions to the dwindling supply of fossil fuels, such as solar, wind, biomass & nuclear to meet the energy demands of our developed world.
All DN150 students follow a common first year which includes modules in:
- Energy Engineering
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Creativity in Design
Second to Fifth Year
Sample modules for Energy Systems Engineering students include:
- Mechanics of Fluids
- Electrical and Electronic Circuits
- Engineering Thermodynamics
- Electrical Energy Systems
- Power System Engineering
- Air Pollution
- Measurement and Instrumentation
- Energy Systems & Climate Change
- Wind Energy
- Energy Economics
- Power System Operation
- Energy Systems in Buildings
A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials as well as participating in laboratory-based workshops and undertaking independent study.
Academic Entry Requirements
UCD requires Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education (grade 11) + 1 or 2 years of a Bachelor Degree (minimum average ≥ 3) at a recognised university.
English Language Requirements
Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through a recognised English language test, as outlined below.
- Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
- Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted.
UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +.
- In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required.
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).
There is a number of scholarships available for international students.