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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

Energy Science (M.Sc.)

Course Description
This is a 1 year full time M.Sc. level course worth 90 ECTs, jointly taught between the Schools of Physics, Chemistry and Natural Science. The aim is to provide students with a science, engineering or other appropriate background, with a broad knowledge and experience of the science and application of both conventional and sustainable energy technologies. The connection between physics, chemistry, earth science and economics determines how energy is utilised, the environmental consequences of its use, and in turn determines many government policies across the globe. A working understanding of each of these areas is necessary for students inspired to pursue a career in the energy sector, or for those interested in communicating or managing the environments impact of the world's energy use, such as climate change.

The syllabus covers Energy Economics and Policy, Natural resource management, fossil and nuclear energy, conventional energy conversion devices, sustainable energy technologies, Electricity and power electronics, and mitigation of the environmental impact of Energy utilisation. Each topic starts from the fundamental scientific principles and develops to the actual engineering applications.

The course will be delivered across 6 modules each worth 10 ECTS, and will include a 30ECTS project:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Energy Science, will include lectures on Energy Economics and policy, environmental impact, and foundation courses on thermodynamics, electromagnetism and materials science.  
  • Module 2: Conventional Energy Sources and technologies, will include lectures on Fossil Fuels, Combustion, Engines and Emissions, and Nuclear reactions, materials and reactor technology.
  • Module 3: Electric Power Generation and Distribution, will include lectures on electrical machines, power electronics, power systems analysis and smart grids.
  • Module 4: Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies I, will include lectures on Electrochemical Cell technology, Photovoltaics, Carbon Dioxide Capture and storage.
  • Module 5: Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies II, will include
  • Module 6: Managing the impact of Energy Utilisation will include lectures on Wind Energy Generation and Storage, Biomass, Biofuels and Hydrogen.

Lectures will be held on a full time basis on weekdays during semester 1 and semester 2. The research project can be carried out in academia or industry and will take place in June-August.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is academically challenging and rewarding. As a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold at least a 2.1 honors degree (60%) from an Irish university, or an equivalent result from a university in another country. If you have any queries in relation to your eligibility for programmes.

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