MEngSc in Sustainable Energy

UCC has developed a Masters in Engineering Science in Sustainable Energy, in recognition of the growing international market for sustainable energy systems and the shortage of qualified engineers. This full-time 12 month Degree programme is open to Engineering graduates of all disciplines with an 8 month programme option leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

This programme builds on and harnesses UCC’s track record in research, applied research and demonstration projects in the field of sustainable energy for over 25 years.

A SOCRATES student exchange agreement is in place with Uppsala University.


Candidates must have achieved an honours BE or BEng Degree or equivalent engineering qualification, with a minimum grade 2H2. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and suitable experience may be accepted subject to the approval of faculty. In all cases, the course of study for each candidate must be approved by the programme co-ordinator.

Application Process

University College Cork has now moved to an on-line postgraduate application system for both EU and non-EU applicants.  

EU Applicants who wish to register for the MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) at University College Cork must apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at The closing date for EU applicants is June 30 2012 for the acacdemic year 2012/2013. Further information is available from and from Graduate Studies, West Wing, University College, Cork, Ireland. Telephone: (021) 4903241 E-mail:

Non-EU Applicants

The application procedure for non-EU applicants is also through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at Information can be obtained from Further information on postgraduate studies are available from University College Cork, International Education Office, Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork Ireland. Telephone +353-21- 4904729 E-mail: The closing date for non-EU applicants is June 30 2012 for the academic year 2012/2013.


Click here for information on fees. For the academic year 2012/2013, the fees were € 6,000 for EU students and for non-EU students €14,500

The focus in this programme is on equipping the students with the information base and skill set to actively participate in this growing global market where energy / environment policy and technological innovation meet. The objectives are to provide the students with knowledge and understanding of

  • energy trends, their impacts on the environment and the engineering solutions to mitigate the damage
  • engineering of individual renewable energy sources of wind, hydro, biomass, wave, solar and geothermal
  • energy conversion processes for electrical, thermal and transport energy supply
  • the integration of intermittent renewable energy with the electricity network
  • sustainable energy end use in building design, construction and management
  • modelling sustainable energy systems incorporating technical and financial engineering, energy market structure and dynamics and fiscal policies.

Graduates from the programme will be in a key position to address the energy challenges that face the world in the short to medium term. Global energy consumption is projected by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to grow by 60% between 2004 and 2030 requiring an investment of $16 trillion. Fossil fuels are expected to account for 85% of this increase. If policies do not change, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to reach 91% above 1990 levels by 2030. The IEA further concludes that the world’s vulnerability to supply disruptions will increase as international trade expands. Sustainable energy systems can alleviate the problems caused by such a scenario, providing greater security of supply and reduced environmental impacts.

Sustainable Energy Engineering graduates from this UCC programme will have a range of interesting, challenging and rewarding career path opportunities, including within the energy supply industry, in energy consultancy, in technology transfer, in software and modelling development, providing advice to Government and Regulatory bodies, in project management and in research and development. Masters graduates are eligible for direct entry into UCC’s Doctoral degree programme in Sustainable Energy.

For further information on the MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) contact the Programme Co-ordinator  Dr. Brian Ó Gallachóir

The focus areas of research relate the different sustainable energy research teams within the Faculty. Click on the following links for more information.

Further information on the degree of MEngSc at UCC can be obtained from the following links

The programme is structured in two parts. In Part I, students will complete 10 taught modules (50 credits) within the first 8 months from the 3rd week in September. In addition to the taught modules, students must carry out a Preliminary Research Report CE6001 or EE6002, (10 credits) depending on the focus of the research.

A student who obtains an average mark of at least 50% across the taught modules and at least 50% in the Preliminary Research Report (CE6001 or EE6002), will be permitted to proceed to Part II of the programme, the Minor Research Thesis CE6002 or EE6003 (30 credits).

Students who have progressed to Part II must have achieved a pass mark of 40% in each individual module and at least 50% in CE6002 or EE6003 to be eligible for the award of the MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) Degree .

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 .

The areas of research relate to the focus activities of the different sustainable energy research teams within the Faculty. Click on the following links for more information.

Content - Taught Modules in Part I

CE3016 Sustainable Energy CE6006 Solar & Geothermal Energy
EE3011 Power Electronic Systems  EE4013 Renewable Energy Systems 
CE3010 Energy in Buildings CE4016 Energy Systems in Buildings
CE6003 Wind Energy CE6007 Energy Systems Modelling
CE6004 Biomass Energy CE6005 Hydro and Ocean Energy 


Depending on the background of the student, the programme co-ordinator may decide to replace some of the above taught modules from the following list of modules up to a maximum of 20 credits:

EE4001 Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion (5 credits)
EE4002 Control Engineering (5 credits)
EE4010 Electrical Power Systems (5 credits)
ME6007 Mechanical Systems (5 credits) 
PE6003 Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)
CE4001 The Engineer in Society (Law, Architecture and Planning) (5 credits)

Transfer to the 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. The marks gained in the MEngSc taught modules and Preliminary Research Report may be carried forward in satisfaction of the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

2012-2013 MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) Lecture Timetable 2012-2013 MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) Lecture Timetable

MEngSc in Sustaiable Energy Flyer MEngSc in Sustaiable Energy Flyer

MEngSc Course Overview MEngSc Course Overview

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