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Engineering – Sustainable Energy

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Course Fact File
Duration1 Year Full-time
Teaching ModeFull-time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date9 September 2024

Course Outline

If you want to help the world address the energy 'grand challenge' of the 21st century, then Ireland’s first Masters in Engineering Science degree programme in Sustainable Energy is for you. Our modern world depends on a secure, reliable, and affordable energy supply and Sustainable Energy is crucial to addressing some of the most challenging issues facing the world today. Our Sustainable Energy graduates will be required to source, design, convert, transmit and supply useful energy to meet our present and long-term needs for electricity, mobility and heating and cooling.

In this MEngSc programme, we consider firstly how to reduce human impact on the climate through innovative low-carbon energy supply systems and secondly, how to provide a better standard of living for the world’s growing population through access to sustainable and secure energy supplies.

This programme is open to Engineering graduates of all disciplines with an 8-month programme option leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

Programme Content

Students take 90 credits over two parts as follows:

Part I (50 credits)

  • NE4008 Photovoltaic Systems (5 credits)
  • NE6003 Wind Energy (5 credits)
  • NE6004 Biomass Energy (5 credits)
  • NE6005 Ocean Energy (5 credits)
  • NE6006 Solar and Geothermal Energy (5 credits)
  • NE6007 Energy Systems Modelling (5 credits)
  • NE6012 Energy in Buildings (5 credits)
  • NE6013 Sustainable Energy (5 credits) 
  • NE6016 Energy Systems in Buildings (5 credits)
  • EE6048 Smart Grids (5 credits)

Depending on the background of the student, the Programme Coordinator may decide to replace some of the above modules from the following list of modules up to a maximum of 20 credits:

  • CE4020 Environmental Hydrodynamics (5 credits)
  • CE6024 Finite Element Analysis (5 credits)
  • CE6042 Transportation and Energy (5 credits)
  • EE3011 Power Electronics and AC Machine (5 credits)
  • EE3012 Electric Vehicle Energy Systems (5 credits)
  • EE4001 Energy Systems, Power Electronics and Drives (5 credits)
  • EE4002 Control Engineering (5 credits)
  • EE6035 Electrical Power Systems (5 credits)
  • ME6007 Mechanical Systems (5 credits)
  • NE6010 Offshore Wind Energy (5 credits)
  • NE6011Advanced Energy Systems Modelling (5 credits)
  • NE6014 Energy Innovation (5 credits)
  • NE6015 Data Analytics for Engineering (5 credits)
  • PE6003 Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)

In addition, all students take the following module:

  • NE6008 Preliminary Research Report in Sustainable Energy (10 credits)

Part II 

  • NE6009 Dissertation in Sustainable Energy (30 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy
Students who pass but fail to achieve the requisite grade of 50% across the taught modules and the Preliminary Research Report will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy. Candidates passing Part I of the programme who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Why Choose This Course

Completing the Master’s programme opened a whole new realm of employment opportunities to me that had not been accessible before...

Peter Hourihan, MEngSc Graduate

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Why you should join our UCC community...

Xiufeng Yue, UCC Sustainable Energy graduate & PhD student

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Our Energy Engineering school is committed to energy research, development, and innovation and we are fortunate to have access to a large number of campus-based research groups. The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at UCC has over 200 researchers working across six academic institutions collaborating with over 45 industry partners. The ERI coordinates our innovation centre MaREI: MaREI combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical, and socio-economic challenges across marine and renewable energy sectors. 

Energy Engineering research at UCC encompasses many aspects of energy generation, transmission, distribution, end-use, and policy, and our active research groups include the following:


  • Candidates must have a BE (Hons) or BEng (Hons) Degree or equivalent engineering qualification, with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II (NFQ, Level 8). However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and suitable experience may be accepted subject to the approval of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). In all cases, the course of study for each candidate must be approved by the Programme Coordinator.
  • Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

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

  • 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants) 

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • Please upload your CV here.
  • Please enter the name and email address of two referees.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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