Entry Points (2018)
454

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.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) or Technology, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Additional Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum of Grade H4 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or, alternatively, obtain a pass in the Engineering Maths Qualifying Examination (held in the University).

For A-Levels: A minimum of Grade C in Mathematics is required.
Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades (2018)

nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

20

Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY413

Course code

Course Outline

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Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 4 (60 Credits)

Optional CE463: Computational Methods in Energy Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EE448: Power Electronics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BME402: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW361: Planning And Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EE344: Communication Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional ME352: Mechanical Vibrations - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CT561: Systems Modelling and Simulation - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CE3113: Engineering Hydraulics II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required ME424: Energy Conversion - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EG400: Advanced Energy Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CE344: Transportation Systems and Infrastructue I - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ME4101: Combustion Science and Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EE450: Power Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ME429: Polymer Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ME426: Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional CE462: Coastal and Offshore Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional CE3101: Geomechanics and Geology - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EE224: Microprocessor Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required EG4100: Energy Systems Engineering Project - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Required CE466: Energy in Buildings - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required CT474: SmartGrid - 5 Credits - Semester 8

Further Education

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, suitably qualified students have the option to enrol and continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.

Students can advance to Masters level (ME) through our one year taught Masters programme (September-June) that builds on the successful completion of their undergraduate programme, subject to a sufficient standard (2nd Class Honours minimum). This programme is an integrated follow-on to the BE programme and is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineering status that will be recognised worldwide.

Masters degree education is becoming increasingly the norm internationally in Engineering, and this programme strengthens the ability of our graduates to compete nationally and internationally at the highest level for employment in industry and other sectors of the economy.

In PhD research, as well as Masters research projects, students tackle the big questions around energy in both Irish and international contexts. Topics include biomass, combustion, wave energy, and energy efficiency.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Energy Systems Engineering prepares students for career opportunities in fields related to the generation, conversion, transmission and use of energy and in the design of sustainable and advanced energy technologies, the operation of power generation systems, the development of energy-efficient products and processes, manufacturing, the construction of power plants and renewable energy systems, the design and operation of smart energy management systems, consultancy, the design of efficient and sustainable buildings, power distribution, transport, environmental protection, and research.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

You will engage in energy systems design projects containing many aspects of engineering analysis and design, and that include civil, mechanical, electrical, informatics, professional skills, economics and policy. This will enable students to gain specialist knowledge in particular energy sectors, such as buildings, transportation, renewable and conventional power generation, electrical power systems, energy informatics and policy. Students will undertake an eight-month (January-August), off-campus work placement following completion of their third year of study, which significantly improves their chances of obtaining employment after graduation. In the event that no external placement is available, students will be given relevant projects on campus in collaboration with college staff.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- 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.

Find out More

Energy Systems Engineering
T 353 (0)91 492 664
F 353 (0)91 750 558
E energyeng@nuigalway.ie
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