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Postgraduate Diploma in Solar Energy

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date

Course Summary

The Postgraduate Diploma in Solar 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 solar energy industry.

Upon completion of the programme, students will:

  • be regarded by their peers as subject area specialists in the advanced modules taken in the pgDIPin Solar 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 solar 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 solar energy.
  • have the ability to systematically evaluate emerging solar energy technologies and trends.
  • have the ability to provide competent advice and consultancy to relevant bodies engaged in solar 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.

This programmes includes the following modules:

  • Solar Energy In Buildings: The applications of Solar Energy for heat and electricity and storage in Building.
  • Energy Policy & Economics: Introduction to the policies and economic considerations driving renewable energy.
  • Power system Integration of Renewables: How Renewable Energies are integrated onto and how they affect electrical grid systems.
  • Solar Energy 1: Fundamentals of Solar Energy PV and thermal.
  • Project: 30-credit supervised research project module.

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.

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

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

Course ID DK_ESOLE_9
Course Type Postgraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 9
Duration 1 Year
Starting Date September
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Credits 60
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

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).