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Energy Infrastructure - MEng

Status:


Level

9

Duration

1 Year

Department

Built Environment


Start Date

04/09/2023

Course Type

Postgraduate Taught courses

Location

Limerick

Today’s energy systems are highly interdependent and very heterogeneous. The infrastructure that supports the generation and distribution of energy is varied, complex and dependent on a range of practical engineering and geographical considerations. This complex infrastructure requires and understanding of a range of interdisciplinary concepts for its design, construction, operation and maintenance.

This programme is designed to arm learners with the knowledge and imbue them with the practical skills for construction, analysis and management of energy infrastructure projects.

The programme will be delivered over two academic semesters in a blended mode, predominately through online lectures taking place in the evenings with additional focused practical sessions taking place in TUS state of the art laboratories.

What are the entry requirements?

Applications will be considered from level 8 honours graduates in engineering or cognate disciplines. Graduates who hold equivalent qualifications in related disciplines or who have relevant industrial experience will be considered for places on a case-by-case basis in line with TUS’ RPL policy. In line with institute policies, non-native English speakers are required to have an IELTS level of 6.5 or higher.

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What modules will I study?

  • Semester 1

    Title: Energy Infrastructure

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable the learner to appreciate and critique the current portfolio of sustainable energy infrastructure used both nationally and internationally.


    Title: Planning Process and Environmental Regulations

    Credits: 5

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    An overview of the theory, demands and constraints of plan making in the marine and terrestrial environment with respect to strategic development and coincident protection of ecosystems, resources and local concerns. Emphasis will be on current planning and regulatory tools and the use of software to assist decision-making in spatial planing for strategic infrastructure projects.


    Title: Research Methods & Professional Practice

    Credits: 10

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    This module will equip learners to critically explore the development and completion of applied research methodologies using structured, responsible tools and actions while imbuing learners with work-ready skills for industrial practice. The students will be introduced to the key concepts involved in research and project management and develop their understanding of the uses and relevance of the major methodologies employed. The requirement for ethics and social responsibility are emphasised throughout, inclusive of data collection and compilation, project planning and dissemination of results.


    Title: Sustainable Energy Systems 1 (Design):

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to cater for learners to build from the basics a knowledge of energy and energy systems, working towards the culmination of being able to critically evaluate sustainable energy systems. Module lectures and labs primarily concentrate on the general design and utilisation of sustainable energy systems, with analysis of systems conducted through self-directed learning with appropriate advisory feedback.


    Title: Utilisation of Renewable Energy

    Credits: 5

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    This module will enable the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of the technologies and the opportunities associated with the utilisation of excess renewable energy generation.


  • Semester 2

    Title: Dissertation

    Credits: 30

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    In this module, the learner will write a dissertation on an approved applied topic to deepen specialist skills relevant to the programme. As part of the dissertation, the student will prepare a proposal, critically review the literature on the topic, complete all relevant research and write the dissertation. The research to be undertaken will be of a contextualised, specialised nature utilising advanced technologies and techniques relevant to the programme. They will subsequently present their findings and works to their advisors, peers, and faculty.


    Title: Work Placement & Professional Practice

    Credits: 30

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    The Work Placement & Professional Practice module provides learners with a comprehensive experience of the working environment while deepening specialist skills relevant to the programme. The module responds to the requirements of industry and relevant professional bodies as it facilitates in-depth student induction, extended professional practice, and immersion in contextualised specialised technologies and techniques. They will subsequently present the learnings from their professional practice to advisors, peers, and faculty.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Candidates may be considered for progression to a level 10 Doctorate programme in a related area.

What are the career prospects?

In a December 2018 report for the Oireachtas library, It has been estimated that measures required to meet our 2020 renewable energy targets could deliver between 2,500 and 5,550 jobs in the bioenergy sector and up to 4,000 in onshore wind deployment. Analysis by SEAI, IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, along with the then Departments of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) found that sustainable energy is already worth €1.5 billion a year to Ireland, and it currently employs 18,000 people. This programme aims to create graduates who are directly addressing this gap in Irish industry with strong employment prospects regionally and nationally.