Courses at DCU
School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Sustainable Systems and Energy (Awaiting final Accreditation)

CAO Code:
DC194
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points:
-
Duration
Four Years
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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 focus of this programme is on how materials, energy systems, factories, transport and technology of the future are developed and deployed in a sustainable way.

This is a new programme for 2021 intake.

This four-year BEng degree (with the option to undertake an integrated Masters degree from Year 3 subject to achieving a H2.2 or higher in Years 1 and 2) has a range of academic themes, with each theme addressing a particular aspect of sustainable systems and energy engineering.

Themes:

  • Energy Storage and Recovery
  • Renewable Sources of Energy
  • Whole Life Cycle Analysis
  • Thermofluid Sciences
  • Replacement of Polluting Substances, Recycling and Upcycling
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • 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 (10 months for integrated MEng students). This is usually with business in Ireland but there are also opportunities to work abroad.

What will be Taught on the Programme Years 2 - 4?

Not finalised yet the following is an indication of the modules on the programmes from years 2 - 4.

2nd year

  • Maths 
  • Renewable Energy and Thermodynamics
  • Power cycles 
  • Fluid Mechanics 
  • Mechanics of Machines 1 
  • Pneumatics and Control 
  • Whole Life Cycle Analysis and energy modelling 
  • Introduction to economics 

3rd year

  • Mechanics of Machines 2 
  • Measurement and Signal processing 
  • Fundamentals of control 
  • Data analytics for engineers 
  • Heat transfer and fluid mechanics 
  • Energy regulation 
  • Pumping systems
  • Project and Quality Management 
  • Energy system modelling 1 (Buildings etc)
  • Intra Placement

 4th year

  • Energy system modelling 2 
  • Energy system auditing 
  • Whole Life Cycle Analysis application and Case Studies 
  • Manufacture automation 
  • Control systems analysis 
  • Energy policies (national and global)
  • Sustainable Systems and Energy Project 

Additional Modules may include

  • Supply chain
  • Technologies of the future perhaps 
  • Transport technologies 

 

 

 

View the current course structure

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.

This is a new programme for 2021 intake.

You will have the opportunity to work as:

  • Sustainability Engineer
  • Sustainable Industrial Designer
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Energy Audit Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Energy Analyst

In these areas:

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food and Beverage
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Business

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)

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

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 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