Master of Engineering Renewable Energy Systems
Building on world-class research in wave energy, microgeneration, climate change analysis and biology, this innovative inter-disciplinary programme addresses the needs arising from Ireland’s aspiration to become a world leader in the development and use of renewable energy.
The programme is offered on a full-time (12 month) and part-time (24 month) basis, with both an in-house lecture programme or remote learning, using the Moodle e-learning system, available. Both part-time and full-time students can combine learning modes (in-house, or e-learning) to suit their own circumstances. The ME in Sustainable Energy Systems has already had preliminary approval under the Higher Education Authority’s ‘Graduate Skills Conversion Programme’, with programme fees of approximately 2,750 euro (full-time equivalent) for the 2012/2013 academic year.
Full-time(1 Year): Students must complete 4 modules per semester and a dissertation over the summer.
Part-time(2-Years): Students must complete 2 modules per semester over 2 years and aa dissertation over the summer.
The programme contains modules in the core renewable areas of wind, ocean (tide and wave), biofuels, solar (water heating and PV cells). In addition, the integration of renewables into an electricity grid is considered in a module on grid integration and storage and the impact on climate change dealt with in a module on climate modelling. Supporting modules on engineering computation and optimisation are provided and a seminar series using high profile speakers from sustainable energy industry providers brings the programme material to life by looking at the practical design and implementation of sustainable energy systems.
The ME programme is completed with a comprehensive 4-month project which can address state-of-the-art research (in association with one of the sustainable energy research groups), consider some aspect of sustainable energy systems design, or develop a detailed implementation plan for a renewable energy case study.
One or more site visits to renewable energy installations or facilities may also be organised as part of the program Turlough Hill pumped storage factility.
Advance Control Theory
Data modelling and Analysis
Knowledge Management & Intellectual Capital
Entry criteria are reasonably flexible, and include a level 8 Honours Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or BSc in a numerate science subject. Students not possessing a BE/BSc(Eng) in Engineering or a BSc in Experimental/Applied Physics will be considered on an individual basis. The programme is designed as a skills conversion course, with no pre-requisite qualification or expertise in renewable energy.
NOTE THAT THERE IS A STRICT LIMIT OF 15 PLACES PER ANNUM ON THIS PROGRAMME
The Government white paper on “Building Ireland’s Smart Economy” identifies a number of key issues which are addressed by the ME in Renewable Energy Systems:
Promotion of lifelong learning through the provision of flexible learning programmes and the enhancement of the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in the education system,
Putting the energy/climate change agenda at the heart of Ireland’s economic renewal, and
Establishing Ireland as a leader for innovation in renewable energy technologies.
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