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Engineering - Sustainable Energy MEngSc

Engineering - Sustainable Energy MEngSc

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

There exists a growing international market for sustainable energy systems as these energy sources can be replenished and are virtually inexhaustible. This Engineering - Sustainable Energy M.Sc.Eng hopes to develop qualified engineers who can evaluate and design practices, technologies and systems for communities and companies.

This two-part programme is open to Engineering graduates of all disciplines.  It is unique in that one could choose not to proceed to the second part and opt to be conferred instead a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.



You may find job opportunities in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Project consultancy;
  • Urban planning;
  • Technical advice;
  • Energy trading.

You may follow careers as energy consultant, energy auditors, wind power engineer among others.

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Course Outline

In Part I, you will be taking modules totalling 50 credits and a Preliminary Research Report in Sustainable Energy (NE6008) to the value of 10 credits. Part II consists of a Dissertation in Sustainable Energy (NE6009) to the value of 30 credits which is completed over the summer months.

You will be taking 90 credits as follows:

Part I
50 credits as follows: 

NE3002 Energy in Buildings (5 credits) 
EE3011 Power Electronic Systems (5 credits)
EE4010 Electrical Power Systems (5 credits) 
NE3003 Sustainable Energy (5 credits) 
NE4006 Energy Systems in Buildings (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)

Depending on your background, the Programme Coordinator may decide to replace some of the above taught modules from the following list of modules up to a maximum of 20 credits: 
CE4001 The Engineer in Society (Law, Architecture and Planning) (5 credits)
EE3012 Electromechanical Energy Conversion (5 credits)
EE4001 Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion (5 credits)
EE4002 Control Engineering (5 credits)
EE6107 Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Drives (5 credits)
ME6007 Mechanical Systems (5 credits)
NE4008 Photovoltaic Systems (5 credits)
PE6003 Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)

In addition, all students must take 10 credits as follows: 
Preliminary Research Report in Sustainable Energy (10 credits)

Part II 
Dissertation in Sustainable Energy (30 credits)

NE6009 must be submitted on a date in September as specified by the Department

Course Info

Course Code : CKR26

College : Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Total Cost - International Fees


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is 11-September-2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

View IMPORTANT INFORMATON about APPLYING for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Academic Achievement

  • You must have a BE(Hons) or BEng (Hons) Degree or equivalent engineering qualification and
  • You have a minimum grade 2H2.
  • If you do not possess the equivalent academic qualifications and suitable experience, your application may be accepted subject to the approval of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

In all cases, the course of study for each candidate must be approved by the Programme Coordinator.  You will also be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme.

English Language Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:

  • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no indvidual section less than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section: Listening and Writing - 20; Reading - 19; Speaking - 21.
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
  • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.


If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  Send your inquiry HERE.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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