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MSc in Renewable Energy Systems

Course Duration
3 Semesters
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
20 Places

Course Summary

The M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Systems is designed to produce graduates with a good theoretical and practical understanding of renewable energy technologies. The programme critically investigates the energy output from wind, solar, ocean and biomass technologies from a technical and economic viewpoint.

The primary aim of the M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Systems is to produce effective engineers and technical workers for a professional career in energy and, in particular, renewable energy.

The programme spans a minimum of three semesters, i.e. beginning in September of the first year and ending in following September (one calendar year).

The programme consists of a taught syllabus, that includes assignments, and an individual research thesis. Lectures are generally convened on Mondays and Fridays.

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Renewable Energy (mandatory)
  • Wind Energy 1 (mandatory)
  • Solar Energy 1 (mandatory)
  • Water Power 1 (mandatory)
  • Bio-Energy 1 (mandatory)

Semester 2

  • Energy Policy and Economics (mandatory)
  • Grid Integration of Renewables (mandatory)
  • Research Methods (mandatory)
  • Wind Energy 2 (elective, i.e. not mandatory)
  • Ocean Energy (elective, i.e. not mandatory)
  • Solar Energy 2 (elective, i.e. not mandatory)
  • Bio-Energy 2 (elective, i.e. not mandatory)

Semester 3

  • Research Project write up (mandatory for M.Sc.)

All mandatory subjects, including the research project, plus any two of the elective lecture modules, are required for successful completion of the M.Sc. programme.

Students completing all mandatory subjects but not the research project can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Systems.

The M.Sc. degree spans a minimum of three semesters. This includes two semesters of teaching and one dedicated to the thesis write up.

Graduates of the M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Systems programme will be equipped with the skillset and knowledge for crucial roles in research, design and development in companies in the energy sector. 

Graduates from this programme have obtained employment from a vast variety of companies throughout Ireland and further afield. Also, some graduates have decided to pursue further study in the energy domain to PhD level, at Dundalk Institute of Technology and other universities.

Graduates may progress to research PhD programmes either in DkIT or other institutions.

A second class honours degree (2.2) in an engineering or science discipline is the basic requirement. Candidates with alternative qualifications are also encouraged to apply.

The closing date for applications is usually June 20th each year however, applications may still be considered after this date. Depending on the number of applications, candidates may be short-listed, i.e. a qualified applicant is not automatically guaranteed a place. 

Dr Paul MacArtain (Head of Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering)

Course Type Postgraduate
Study Mode Full-Time, Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 3 Semesters
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).