Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses in Energy Engineering

Postgraduate Courses in Energy Engineering

Taught Postgraduate Programmes in Energy Engineering

MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) : Are you interested in addressing climate change? This 12 month programme provides you with the skills to contribute to the energy transition to a low carbon energy future. It is open to graduates who already hold a Bachelor degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent qualification. The programme consists of 8 months of lectures in sustainable energy topics including wind energy; wave energy; bioenergy; solar and geothermal energy;  energy systems modelling; power systems; energy in buildings, and a 4-month research project leading to a minor thesis. The full module list is outlined in the UCC Postgraduate Calendar

Graduates from our MEngSc programme are now working in a range of careers, including wind energy development, renewable heating systems, ocean energy research, project management and strategic consultancy.

Graduate Nigel Hayes says “I went from working in wind farm development for several years after the MEngSc to now Managing Director of Nordex in UK and Ireland

Graduate Catherine O’Brien says “The MEngSc programme continues to benefit me as I help clients solve problems and align their businesses with the changing utility landscape, which is increasingly positioning sustainability at the core”. 



Xiufeng Yue recently completed his Masters in Sustainable Energy. Click here for his Graduate Testimonial. 

Anga Awonke Hackula is working on his Masters in Sustainable Energy. Click here for his Testimonial. 




Postgraduate Research in Energy Engineering

There is still a great deal of research required to understand the most effective means for us to transition to a low carbon future. Thus, there is huge opportunity for Energy Engineering graduates to enter this sector in UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), and the national Marine and Renewable Energy Institute (MAREI). In the past several of our graduates have gone on to join teams across the areas of; Energy Policy and Modelling, Biofuels, Energy Management and Marine Renewables.

MEngSc (Master of Engineering Science)
This normally takes between 12 to 18 months to complete. The student, under the supervision of a member of staff, is required to submit a research thesis. The thesis is examined by an external examiner and the student normally presents for oral examination.

ME (Master of Engineering)
The Candidate must have at least 5 years of professional experience, evidence of which must be presented, and he/she must submit a satisfactory dissertation on an approved branch or branches of Engineering in which he/she has been engaged. The candidate must present himself/herself for an oral examination and may be required to present for a written examination under certain circumstances.

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
The student undertakes a period (normally three/four years) of original research, under the supervision of a member of staff, and submits a substantial research thesis for examination. An external examiner is selected with expertise in that research field to review the thesis and the student normally presents for oral examination.

HCI-Funded Sustainable Energy Courses
At UCC we have a suite of postgraduate options available to Sustainable Energy applicants. Some options can be applied to via the Springboard+/HCI platform who currently provide 90%/100% funding to EU applicants who meet their eligibility criteria. See our HCI page for more information.

It is possible to build on each route from Microcredential to PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MEngSc in Sustainable Energy:

Please go to this page for more detailed information

Energy Engineering

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