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Certificate in Bio-Energy

Course Points
30 ECTS Credits
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date
w/c 20th September 2021

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Graduates will have: A comprehensive understanding of bio-energy and the associated challenges
  • Graduates will have: Solved a number of complex problems by applying state-of-the-art techniques to bio-energy systems.
  • Graduates will have: An understanding of energy policy and its role in renewable energy development

Course Summary

This programme focuses on the crucial aspects associated with development and operation of bio-energy systems for the production of electricity, heat and transport fuels. A student on the programme will undertake modules comprising fundamental and advanced topics relating to bio-energy, such as thermochemical and biochemical conversion, resource assessment, economics, environmental aspects, etc. This programme places a particular emphasis on energy policy and some of the important aspects of integrating bio-energy systems to the national grid.

Important notice about this course



This course is supported by Springboard+. You can find more information on Springboard by clicking here.

The course provides the student with a theoretical understanding of the aspects that comprise a bio-energy system from a technical and economic standpoint. The programme explores energy policy and how policy can affect renewable energy development. There are four modules on this programme, each worth 7.5 ECTS credits. This course is highly focused on bio-energy with two modules solely concentrated on the most pertinent technical aspects of bio-energy, i.e. Bio-Energy 1 & 2. The Energy Policy & Economics module, delivered on this programme, broadens the focus by exploring the effects of energy policy on the development of bio-energy. The programme also contains a module that explores the challenges of integrating renewable energy systems to the national grid.

This programmes includes the following modules:

  • Bio-Energy 1
  • Bio-Energy 2
  • Energy Policy and Economics
  • Power Systems Integration of Renewables

Full-time and part-time delivery

The bio-energy industry, nationally and internationally, particularly advanced bio-energy options such as renewable gas, which is seen as a means of decarbonising heat and transport. It is expected that further career opportunities will become available in the coming years as energy policy focuses on bio-energy development.

MSc in Bio-Energy, MSc in Renewable Energy Systems, Postgraduate Research

FREE to those in receipt of an eligible DSP/Springboard payment. For more see: HEA - Springboard+ (


Candidates must hold a Level 8 Honours Degree in Engineering, or in the Physico-Chemical Sciences. The award must be Honours 2.1 or above. Science disciplines are restricted to: Experimental Physics, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, General Chemistry, Building Services, Telecommunications or similar.

Colman Ledwith (Head of Department of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering)
Phone: +353 (0)429370274

Dr Fergal O'Rourke (Lecturer - School of Engineering)
Phone: 0429370200 ext 2695

Course ID DK_EBIEN_9
Course Type Postgraduate, Springboard, Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 1 Year
Fees FREE to those in receipt of an eligible DSP/Springboard payment | A FEE OF €255 APPLIES TO EMPLOYED / SELF-EMPLOYED APPLICANTS
Starting Date w/c 20th September 2021
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Credits 30 ECTS Credits
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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Please remember to upload the required documentation (scanned copies of your existing qualification(s) and your CV) with your online application to expedite academic assessment.