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ME Electrical Power Engineering

2024 Details

Programme Commencing:

September 2024

Programme duration:

2 Years

ME Electrical Power Engineering

The ME Electrical Power Engineering programme is taught by world-renowned academics from the UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. The professionally accredited programme addresses the challenge of transitioning towards sustainable power systems, integrating diverse generation and demand-side technologies while maintaining stable and economic operation.


  • Delivered by a highly research active School holding a position of 101-150 in the QS World Subject Rankings
  • Delivered by World-leading Academics in Energy Systems Integration
  • Professionally accredited for Chartered Engineer status
  • Includes a paid professional work placement
  • Has exemplary employment opportunities

Why UCD?

Engineering at UCD is highly attractive to students due to the exposure to world leading researchers and the significant career prospects.

  • UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide.
  • Degrees with high employability with dedicated careers support.
  • Ireland’s largest and most international university.
  • Established in 1854 with 160 years of teaching and research excellence.

what will i study?

120 credits taught masters
65 credits taught modules
25 credits research project
30 credits professional work experience

Core modules include:

  • Applications of Power Electronics
  • Control Theory
  • Electrical Energy Thesis
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Power System Dynamics and Control
  • Power System Design
  • Power System Engineering
  • Power System Operation
  • Professional Engineering (Management)
  • Professional Work Experience (Short/Long)
  • Renewable Energy Systems

Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Applied Dynamics II
  • Communication Systems
  • Distributed Control Optimisation over Networks
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Energy Systems & Climate Change
  • Engineering Thermodynamics II
  • Entrepreneurship in Engineering
  • Fossil Fuels, Carbon Capture and Storage
  • High Voltage and Protection Systems
  • Networks and Internet Systems
  • Numerical Algorithms
  • Power Electronics Technology
  • Power System Stability Analysis
  • Signal Processing
  • Optimisation Techniques for Engineers

Six-month Professional Work Experience opportunities are offered with national and international partners involving electrical utilities, manufacturers and research institutions.

What past graduates have to say:
I chose to study engineering as I loved physics and maths in school and thought I might like to pursue a career in this area. Studying electrical engineering taught me to approach problems in a logical, analytical manner, allowing me to develop skills which are valued in a variety of industries. An electrical engineering degree from UCD opens the door to the exciting, dynamic and challenging energy industry. I graduated in 2014 and I am currently working in the power system studies group in ESB International, where I apply the skills and knowledge which I acquired in college on a daily basis.
Éadaoin McLoughlin, Graduated 2014
(Winner of the SSE Airtricity Electrical Engineering Gold Medal in 2014, for being the top ME Electrical Energy Engineering student)
What past graduates have to say:
Irene Danti Lopez
The ME in Electrical Energy Engineering provided me with a broad view and understanding of the electric power sector: from electricity markets to power electronics. Through the ME, I had the opportunity to undertake a work placement at the head research office of Electricite de France (EDF), France’s main electricity provider, an invaluable opportunity for the development of my career. Moreover, the programme’s close relation to the Electricity Research Centre provides students with substantial exposure to key companies and institutions in the energy sector. On the whole, studying at UCD equipped me with the necessary tools to confidently start my career in electrical energy engineering.
Irene Danti Lopez, Graduated 2015
(Winner of the SSE Airtricity Electrical Engineering Gold Medal in 2015, for being the top ME Electrical Energy Engineering student)
What past graduates have to say:
Ciaran Hegarty
I completed the two year ME Electrical Energy programme in May 2015. I really enjoyed the programme and the wide breadth of modules that we completed, such as control theory, power systems operations and power electronics. It gave a well-rounded education into all relevant subjects while the research project also gave us a chance to delve deeper into a relevant topic that interested us. The work placement as part of the programme was a great opportunity to gain relevant experience in the energy sector, applying the technical theory we had learned during modules in a business environment. I completed my placement with EirGrid, the Irish Transmission System Operator. Since graduating I have started working with EirGrid in the Operational Services and Performance team.
Ciaran Hegarty. Graduated 2015

Entry Requirements:

A 4-year bachelors degree with a minimum second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering Programme.

Robust Analytical competency is essential.

Other courses of interest:

ME Energy Systems

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