Undergraduate Courses

BE (Honours) Energy Engineering

BE (Honours) Energy Engineering

Course Overview

The degree offers a solid foundation in engineering, covering core topics from across the various disciplines. Before moving to a greater focus on areas such as; electrical generation and distribution, automation, building design, transport and energy policy and modelling. Preparing Energy Engineering graduates for a wide range of roles, with the opportunity of making a difference to the world by challenging traditional practices with a new focus on energy and sustainability.

“This degree is challenging, but that is exactly what makes it so worthwhile. 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, Class of 2015 – 2019

Every module contains hands-on practical coursework that helps our graduates learn the skills necessary to work as a team. In 3rd year, there is an option to study abroad and every student undertakes a five-month work placement.

UCC Engineering programmes now share a common first year. In order to guarantee a place in second year Energy Engineering you should specify 'Energy Engineering' as your CK600 option. 


1st Year

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 & II (5 credits each);
  • PY1006 & PY1007 Physics for Engineers I & II (5 credits each)
  • NE1001 Introduction to Energy Engineering
  • CE1003 Engineering Structures
  • EE1005 Electrical & Electronic Systems
  • PE1003 Introduction to Process and Chemical Engineering

2nd Year

Core (All 5 credit modules)

  • AM2032 Numerical Methods and Programming
  • CE2001 Solid and Structural Mechanics
  • CE2003 & CE2004 Fluids I & II
  • EE 2012 Linear Circuit Analysis
  • EE2013 Non-Linear Circuit Analysis
  • EE2014 & EE2015 Signals and Systems I & II
  • EE2016 & EE2017 Electrical Power Engineering I & II
  • ME2002 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • PE2003 Heat Transfer

3rd Year

Core (All 5 credit modules)

  • CE3006 Construction Project Management
  • CE3007 Hydraulics
  • EE3012 Introduction to Electric Drives
  • NE3002 Energy in Buildings
  • EE3016 Control Engineering
  • NE3003 Sustainable Energy
  • ME3003 Mechanical Systems
  • EE3011 Introduction to Electrical Power Systems
  • ME3004 Applied Thermodynamics and Work Transfer
  • NE3001 Primary Energy Engineering
  • NE3094 Transportation and Energy
  • NE3021 Energy Engineering in the Commercial World (5 month Work Placement)

4th Year

Core Modules:

(Students take modules to the value of 40 credits)

  • EE4001 Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion (5 credits)
  • EE4010 Electrical Power Systems (5 credits)
  • MG4034 Entrepreneurial Business Start-Ups (5 credits)
  • NE4005 Biomass Energy (5 credits)
  • NE4006 Energy Systems in Buildings (5 credits)
  • NE4007 Computer Aided Design VII (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) (5 credits)
  • NE4020 Energy Engineering Project (10 credits)

 Elective Modules:

(And four of the following modules to the value of 20 credits)

  • NE4001 Energy Systems Modelling (5 credits)
  • NE4002 Wind Energy (5 credits)
  • NE4003 Ocean Energy (5 credits)
  • NE4008 Photovoltaic Systems (5 credits)
  • EE4002 Control Engineering II (5 credits)
  • EE4014 Industrial Automation and Control (5 credits)

See the UCC Book of Modules for a more detailed description.


Please see the Energy Engineering Course Homepage for the full course description.

Energy Engineering

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