UCC Undergraduate courses

Energy Engineering

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Energy Engineering

  • Code

    CK600

  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 Years

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    BE (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Refer to CK600. 2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; H4** in Maths or Applied Maths. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2017: 454

Course Outline

In an era of unprecedented pressure on resources, energy engineering is crucial to address some of the world's greatest challenges, namely how to meet the electricity, heating and transport energy needs of the world's growing population while reducing human impact on the climate with innovative, sustainable engineering solutions.

A highly respected engineering qualification and knowledge of real world climate issues and their prospective solutions. If I was to travel back in time, I have no hesitation in saying I would once again choose Energy Engineering!” - Rory Geary (2008 – 2012)

Through a combination of solid engineering fundamentals covered in the first two years of the course (e.g. thermodynamics, fluids, and electrical systems) and advanced energy engineering topics covered in the final two years (including power electronics, control systems, wind, solar photovoltaic and ocean energy, energy demand management and energy policy), graduates of the Energy Engineering course will be well-equipped to source, design, convert, transmit and supply useful energy to meet the world's present and long-term needs.

Modules

Year 1 Modules:

Refer to CK600

Year 2 Modules:

Numerical Methods and Programming; Solid and Structural Mechanics; Fluids; Linear Circuit Analysis; Non-Linear Circuit Analysis; Signals and Systems; Power Engineering; Heat Transfer; Engineering Statistics.

Years 3 Modules:

Construction Project Management; Hydraulics; Introduction to Electrical Power Systems; Introduction to Electric Drives; Control Engineering; Mechanical Systems; Applied Thermodynamics and Work Transfer; Primary Energy Engineering; Energy in Buildings; Energy Engineering in the Commercial World and Work Placement; Sustainable Energy; Transportation and Energy

Year 4 Modules:

Core

Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion; Electrical Power Systems; Entrepreneurial Business Start-Ups; Biomass Energy; Energy Systems in Buildings; Computer Aided Design (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning); Energy Engineering  Project

Electives

Wind Energy; Ocean Energy; Photovoltaic Systems; Control Engineering; Industrial Automation and Control; Energy Systems Modelling

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme Modules.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Lectures usually take place from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, with a small number of lectures taking place in the afternoon.

Expected lab/practical hours: Laboratory classes and individual study are normally scheduled for the afternoon.

Field trips: Fieldwork and site visits are organised as necessary.

Why Choose This Course

“This is a modern degree for a modern world that urgently needs higher quality design, more ethical engineering decisions and stronger environmental leadership.” - Vera O’Riordan (2015 – 2019)

part of your fundamental engineering education, you will develop mathematical and problem-solving abilities and apply these to open-ended and challenging energy systems design problems, both as an individual and as part of a team.

“The BE Energy Engineering degree has equipped me with the broad range of technical expertise required for my role, namely electrical, mechanical and civil engineering knowledge.” - Alan Donovan (2009-2013)

On completion of the degree course, you will have excellent IT skills, effective communication skills and will be prepared for a working environment where there is a strong emphasis on problem-solving. You will also have the 1st BE Energy programme in Ireland that was fully accredited by the professional body Engineers Ireland.

 

 

 

Placement or Study Abroad Information

At the end of Year 3, all students of Energy Engineering undertake a five-month work placement.

“There are few other undergraduate engineering courses out there that can offer such a comprehensive education” - Paul Crowley (2009-2013) Grid Controller, Gas Networks Ireland

Opportunities also exist for a small number of academically strong students to study abroad in Year 3 with full credit. Past students have spent a year at the University of California at Berkeley and Notre Dame University, USA.  

“The highlight for me was studying abroad during 3rd year in UC Davis, Los Angeles, California. UCC has great links overseas” - Rory Geary (2008-2012) Business Analyst, State Street International, Kilkenny

 

 

Skills and Careers Information

“When I was choosing my CAO preferences it was clear Energy would be a hot topic for my generation. This has held true with the security of job opportunities.” Sean Hayes (2008-2012)

Many graduates progress directly to the Energy Engineering profession, working in renewable energy engineering with e.g. Airtricity, Eirgrid, Bord Gais, ESB and ESBI. A significant number of graduates also work in energy management and intelligent efficiency in energy consultancy firms and the pharmaceuticals sector. Other graduates make use of the valuable acquired skills to embark on careers outside of engineering, in areas including software design and development, management consulting, accountancy and industrial management.

“The wide spectrum of jobs that Energy Engineering graduates can carry out is something that I find particularly appealing. The only downfall is choosing your favourite!” Colm Gallagher (2011-2015)

Postgraduate degrees, including MEngSc (e.g. in Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering;) and PhD, can be pursued by research in any one of a number of UCC’s active research groups. UCC hosts the world-leading MaREI Centre, a research and innovation hub focussing on the energy and marine sectors www.marei.ie. Areas of particular strength include marine renewable energy, biogas, energy systems modelling, wind, power electronics, renewable power systems, intelligent energy use in buildings and industry.

 

 

Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. 

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry (Joint) or Agricultural Science.

Technology is recognised for entry purposes.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

English

Irish

Maths

Lab Science

O6/H7

O6/H7

H4*

O6/H7

*If the H4 is in Applied Mathematics, a H6 in Mathematics is also required.

Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics;  if the HC2 is in Applied Mathematics, a HD3 in Mathematics is also required.

Mature applicants: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie), include a statement of interest and may be called for interview.  A H4 in Leaving Certificate Maths or Applied Maths (HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate) is required.  Approximately 2 places are available to mature students.

International Students 

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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