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Postgraduate Diploma in Bio-Energy (Full-Time)

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date
September 2020 (TBC)

Course Summary

The Springboard+ funded Postgraduate Diploma in Bio-Energy is a 1-year full-time programme aimed at producing graduates with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and some level of practical knowledge, with a highly developed research capability and innovation skills to enable their professional development as leaders in the Bio-Energy industry.

Important notice about this course


  • This course is supported by Springboard+. You can find more information on Springboard by clicking here.
  • This programme is subject to final validation.

Upon completion of the programme, students will:

  • be regarded by their peers as subject area specialists in the advanced modules taken in the PGdip in Bio-Energy, and leaders in the field covered by their research project, with an advanced understanding of the knowledge base in these areas and an appreciation of how this equips them to offer leadership in the area of Bio-Energy.
  • have excellent teamwork skills with the ability to take responsibility for the work of individuals and groups, and have developed a high level of competence in initiating, leading and managing technology projects.
  • have the capacity to apply advanced theoretical knowledge to solve complex problems in the field of Bio-Energy.
  • have the ability to systematically evaluate emerging Bio-Energy technologies and trends.
  • have the ability to provide competent advice and consultancy to relevant bodies engaged in Bio-Energy.
  • have a profound respect for intellectual integrity and for the ethics of scholarship.
  • have highly developed research skills including the ability, as listed below:
    • to evaluate and synthesise the academic research and professional literature base.
    • to select and apply standard and customised research tools and techniques of enquiry forming a solid foundation for pursuing further industrial or academic research.
    • to formulate judgements and synthesise conclusions following the completion of a systematic piece of research.
    • to communicate these conclusions to a variety of audiences in an articulate and convincing fashion.
    • to reflect on and evaluate his/her own performance, career and professional development.

Please note: This programme is funded for eligible applicants via Springboard+ 2020 (as part of the Human Capital Initiative (Pillar 1).

This programmes includes the following modules:

  • Bio-Energy 1: Fundamentals of Bio energy
  • Bio-Energy 2: Advanced Bio-Energy
  • Power system Integration of Renewables: How Renewable Energies are integrated onto and how they affect electrical grid systems
  • Energy Policy and Economics: Introduction to the policies and economic considerations driving renewable energy
  • Project: 30-credit supervised research project module.

€590.90 (or FREE to eligible candidates)

The following are eligible to apply for courses in 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements):

  • Returners: May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
  • People in employment: May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
  • The unemployed or formerly self-employed: All courses are open to these categories of applicants
  • Recent Graduates: One-year full-time and two-year part-time ICT Skills Conversion courses are open to recent graduates. However, to participate in an NFQ Level 9 (Post-Graduate) course, 2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee (€590.90).

For more information of fees and eligibility criteria, please visit the Springboard+ Website. You may also contact Dr Tim McCormac for more information about Fees for this programme:

DkIT Graduate Office
Unit 13, Regional Development Centre


T. +353 (0)429370458

Applicants will require a level 8 degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2). Suitable candidates who do not meet this criteria may be considered for the programme based on other qualifications and/or work experience.

In such cases, the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy process will be applied. DkIT recognizes that knowledge, skills and competencies can be acquired from a range of learning experiences, including formal and informal. Through its RPL policy, the Institute commits to giving appropriate recognition to all relevant learning, irrespective of mode or place of learning.The focus of the RPL process is on the outcomes rather than the process of learning. RPL candidates will need to demonstrate the appropriate academic level of their learning and, where relevant, produce evidence of practical skills.

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

Dr Tim McCormac (Head of Research & Graduate Studies)
Phone: +353 (0)429370458

Course ID N/A
Level 9
Duration 1 Year
Credits 60
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €590.90 (or FREE to eligible candidates)
Starting Date September 2020 (TBC)
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How to Apply

You can enrol online for this course today via Springboard+ by clicking the button below and following the instructions to apply.


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