Energy Systems Engineering, B.Sc., M.E./ B.Eng.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
University College Dublin offers the Energy Systems Engineering degree which prepares students 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.


The Energy Systems Engineering degree from the University College Dublin 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.

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.

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

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 in Energy Systems taught programme.

Opportunities to date have included:
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 Years (BSc)(Hons) + 2 Years (ME) or 4 Years (BE)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First Year

  • 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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results. (If you are awaiting current year examination results you must send your results to CAO as soon as they become available. If they arrive later than 3 August, we cannot guarantee that they will be processed in time for inclusion in Round 1 offers).
  • A certified English translation of qualifications not issued originally in English, in addition to the certified copies of the documents themselves.
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language if not through school-leaving qualifications.
  • In the absence of these documents and translations the application will not be processed.

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  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

For students who choose to continue their studies in order to earn a M.E. degree: 
  • EU/EEA: 7,640 Eur/Year
  • Non-EU/EEA: 24,200 Eur/Year
For more information on tuition fees, please visit the programme website.

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


UCD is strongly committed to encouraging students with exceptional talents to develop their abilities to their full potential.  Through membership of the Academy, students displaying elite potential to international standards in academic pursuits, sports or performing arts are encouraged and supported to develop their talent further.

The UCD Ad Astra Academy provides these students with a range of benefits, mentoring and innovative supports to allow them to achieve at the highest levels.  The students in turn are expected to make a significant contribution to the Academy, the University and when they graduate, to society at large.

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