Energy Systems Engineering

Course Information

BSc (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9) or BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2016: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) + 2 Years (ME) or 4 Years (BE)
Average Intake: 250

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics (Min H4 in LC or equivalent), one laboratory science subject (Min H6 in LC or equivalent) & two other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

If you want to work on solutions to the world’s energy problems, Energy Systems Engineering at UCD is for you. This degree prepares you to meet the engineering, economic and environmental challenges of the future. It focuses on the interdependence between electricity systems, building energy systems, the industrial production system, the food supply chain and the transport system.

Maintenance of current living standards in the developed world, as well as aggressive renewable energy targets as defined by the EU, will demand new ways to use energy more efficiently, as well as requiring much bigger contributions from solar, wind, biomass, nuclear and advanced fossil fuel technologies. This degree provides students with a strong understanding of the complex multi-disciplinary and often conflicting issues that arise in the search for effective solutions to the energy challenges of the future.

Key Fact: Energy Systems Engineers work towards alternative solutions to the dwindling supply of fossil fuels, such as solar, wind, biomass & nuclear to meet the energy demands of our developed world.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME Energy Systems Engineering course. Six to eight month internships (the majority of which are paid), have included the following companies: Glen Dimplex, Arup and RPS Group.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge that are vital for crucial roles in research design and development in the energy sector. You can also pursue graduate study internationally or through the UCD Master of Engineering (Energy Systems) taught course.

What Will I Study

First Year
All DN150 students follow a common first year which includes modules in:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Creativity in Design

Second to Fifth Year
Sample modules for Energy Systems Engineering students include:

  • Mechanics of Fluids
  • Electrical and Electronic Circuits
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Power System Engineering
  • Air Pollution
  • Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Energy Systems & Climate Change
  • Wind Energy
  • Energy Economics
  • Power System Operation
  • Energy Systems in Buildings

A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials as well as participating in laboratory-based workshops and undertaking independent study.

A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your research project.

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International Study Opportunities

Opportunities to date have included:

  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


“Energy Systems Engineering at UCD is suitable for anyone interested in a career in energy, from offshore oil exploration to renewable energy integration. The course offers a broad range of subjects which not only cover the technical aspects of engineering but also the associated economic and social challenges we face today. Having completed this degree, I feel that Energy Systems Engineering at UCD has provided me with the best platform to forge a successful career in the energy sector and I would recommend it to anyone looking to follow the same career path.”

Gavin Hickey, 5th Year Student