School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Sustainable Systems and Energy*

CAO Code:
DC194
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
New Course, points determined August 2021
Duration
Four Years
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Introduction

BEng in Sustainable Systems and Energy: This course will give you the knowledge to meet the changing world of sustainability and the growing global challenge of transitioning to zero carbon. It's suitable for individuals who have an interest in energy, who care about the environment and who want to contribute to saving our planet. The programme focuses on how engineers can develop and deploy the materials, energy systems, factories, transport and technology of the future in a sustainable way.

About this course

This four-year BEng degree spans a range of academic themes addressing different aspects of sustainable systems and energy engineering. These include:

●    Energy systems: power systems, buildings, transport
●    Thermofluid sciences
●    Water and waste management
●    Environmental standards and risk 
●    Process design and modelling
●    Energy management
●    Mathematics and computing
●    Mechanics and mechanics of materials
●    Sustainable design and manufacture
●    Project management and professional development

The course places a strong emphasis on both academic performances in examinations and continuous assessment throughout the four years. In year 3 you will undertake a paid work placement (INTRA) for six months. This is usually with business in Ireland but there are also opportunities to work abroad.

Indicative modules 
In first year, students will follow the first year content common to all our engineering programmes at DCU. 

2nd year

●    Maths 
●    Energy and thermodynamics
●    Electrical Power and electromechanical systems
●    Fluid mechanics 
●    Mechanics of machines 1 
●    Pneumatics and control 
●    Design and solid modelling
●    Strength of materials 
●    Engineering computation
●    Manufacturing processes

3rd year

●    Measurement and signal processing 
●    Fundamentals of control 
●    Data analytics for engineers 
●    Building physics and services
●    Project and quality management 
●    Environmental legislation, standards and risk
●    Process modelling and design
●    Intra (work experience) placement

4th year

●    Water and waste management
●    Energy auditing and management
●    Energy systems decarbonisation 
●    Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
●    Mechanical systems simulation
●    Sustainable systems and energy project 

View the current course structure

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Careers

Once you graduate, you will be a strong candidate for roles in mechanical engineering such as:

●    Process engineer
●    Sustainability engineer
●    Sustainable industrial designer
●    Renewable energy engineer
●    Energy audit engineer
●    Project manager
●    Energy analyst

In these areas:

●    Transport
●    Energy
●    Utilities
●    Manufacturing (Pharmaceutical, semiconductor, food and beverage)

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 Mathematics or H4 Applied Mathematics with H5 Mathematics

Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 Mathematics or H4 Applied Mathematics with H5 Mathematics

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C Mathematics

FET Level 5

No Entry Path

EU Transfer Applications

The engineering schools consider transfer requests based on the performance of the candidate. The overall set of guidelines which is in use for HETAC/NCEA equivalent qualifications is as follows:

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate - First year (Distinction)

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate - First year (Merit plus Experience)

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma - Second year (Merit or Better)

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma - Third Year (Distinction plus a possible interview)

Please apply directly to DCU using the R10 form. Closing date for applications 1st July.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Fees

Fees Description

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form R10 by clicking here

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July