Course Overview

This new programme, based at NUI Galway’s new Engineering Building, is for graduates of Level 8 BE degrees who want to develop their engineering knowledge for a career in industry or research based on energy systems applications. It is designed to meet the education standard for Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) with Engineers Ireland. It builds on the successful BE in Energy Systems Engineering, providing graduates with an opportunity to specialise further or to broaden their knowledge in engineering disciplines.

This programme is offered in the new €40 million Engineering Building, a14,200 square-metre modern, energy-efficient facility, and the largest School of Engineering in the country.

The building is a “living laboratory”, which will provide high-tech working examples for engineering students to study.

Accreditation and Chartered Status

The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation, consisting of a 4-year level 8 Bachelor’s degree followed by a 1-year level 9 Master’s degree. Successful completion of this ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 programme, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng MIEI) status in Ireland. Applicants who are not BE graduates from NUI Galway, wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification, should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 and Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Therefore candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Professor Gerard Hurley, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Professor Sean Leen, Mechanical Engineering
Professor Peter McHugh, Biomedical Engineering
Professor Peter Croot, Earth & Ocean Sciences
Dr Eoghan Clifford, Civil Engineering
Dr Peter Croot, Earth & Ocean Sciences
Dr Maeve Duffy, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Dr John Eaton, Mechanical Engineering
Dr Marcus Keane, Civil Engineering
Dr Hugh Melvin, Information Technology
Dr Rory Monaghan, Energy Systems Engineering
Dr Stephen Nash, Civil Engineering
Dr Nathan Quinlan, Mechanical Engineering
Dr Thomas Van Rensburg, Economics

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have Second Class Honours in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third level college.

Additional Requirements


9 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

This programme provides training in three areas: advanced technologies in energy systems engineering, transferable skills for employment and/or a research career in the energy sector, and technology development through an energy systems engineering project.

Transferable skills:

  • Project Management
  • Environmental Economics
  • Engineering Finance
  • Engineering Research Methods
  • Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lean Systems
  • Applied Statistics for Engineers
  • Advanced Applied Maths
  • Internet Programming
  • Database Development

Advanced Technologies:

  • Global Change
  • Smart Grid Sustainable Energy & Buildings
  • Advanced Energy Systems Engineering
  • Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis
  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • Coastal & Offshore Engineering
  • Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems I
  • The Built Environment
  • Integrated Engineering Design Project
  • Power Electronics
  • Advanced Power Electronics
  • Power Systems
  • Power Machines & Control
  • Communications Systems Engineering
  • Thermal Energy Conversion
  • Turbomachines & Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • Combustion Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanical Analysis & Design.

Modules are subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There are job opportunities in design and testing, consultancy, project management, energy systems management, product development and facilities engineering. The need for graduates with skills in energy systems technologies is growing, including in building energy management, renewable energy systems, electrical power systems, smart grid and energy consultancy. Other potential roles are in the areas of energy economics, energy policy, energy regulation, energy planning and the law.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,050 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,826 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Find out More

Ms Sharon Gilmartin
T: +353 91 492 664