UCC Undergraduate courses

Energy Engineering

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Energy Engineering

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 Years

  • Teaching Mode


  • 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.

Through a combination of solid engineering fundamentals covered in the first two years of the course (eg 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.


Year 1 Modules:

Core (All 5 credit modules)

  • MA1011 & MA1012 Mathematical Methods for Engineers I & II (5 credits each);
  • CM1001 Chemistry for Engineers;
  • CE1005 Engineering Computation and Problem Solving;
  • ME1001 Engineering Materials;
  • AM1021 & AM1022 Mechanics I and II (5 credits each);
  • PY1006 & PY1007 Physics for Engineers I and II (5 credits each);
  • PE1006 Professional Engineering Communication & Ethics;
  • NE1001 Introduction to Energy Engineering 


  • CE1003 Engineering Structures (5 credits);
  • EE1005 Electrical & Electronic Systems (5 credits);
  • PE1003 Introduction to Process and Chemical Engineering (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

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

Years 3 Modules:

Construction Project Management;  Hydraulics;  Power Electronic Systems;  Electromechanical Energy Conversion;  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:


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


Wind Energy;  Ocean Energy;  Photovoltaic Systems

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

As part of your fundamental engineering education, you will develop mathematical and problem-solving abilities. This is achieved by a combination of in-depth theoretical development in the fundamental engineering sciences with application of these principles to open-ended and challenging energy systems design problems, both as an individual and as part of a team. 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 as well as a degree in Energy Engineering fully recognised by Engineers Ireland as a Chartered Engineer Accredited Programme.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

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

Some students have an opportunity to do their placement with a company abroad, such as in the UK, Europe or the US. Most recently, some students have been placed with a large German engineering company and have gained valuable experience working and learning a language at the same time.

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.

Skills and Careers Information

The long-term demand for energy engineers beyond 2020 in Ireland is reflected in the Government White Paper and National Development Plan and mirrored in an increase in career opportunities globally, where the International Energy Agency estimated a cumulative investment of $20 trillion was required in the period 2005 to 2030.

Employers have responded positively to the Energy Engineering course, with many graduates progressing directly to the profession, taking up positions with companies that have a particular interest in renewable energy engineering, e.g. Airtricity, Eirgrid, Bord Gais, ESB, ESBI. Graduates may work as electrical power engineers and opportunities are also available in the significant growth area of efficient energy management. 

Career opportunities for engineers are many and varied, and some graduates use the valuable acquired skills to embark on careers outside of engineering, in areas including software design and development, management consulting, accountancy and industrial management.

Postgraduate degrees, including MEngSc (e.g. in Electrical Engineering;  Mechanical Engineering;  Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction) and PhD, can be pursued by research in any one of a number of active research groups, where there is a strong emphasis on sustainable energy technology and policy. Areas of particular strength include wind, marine and biomass energy, power electronics, renewable power systems, efficient utilisation of energy in buildings and industry, sustainable energy policy. Nearly all research positions are externally funded.


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:




Lab Science





*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.