MEngSc Electrical Power Networks

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The modern power system is in the midst of a radical change as it transitions to the use of increased variable renewable generation, deals growing demands for electrification of transport and heating and the integration of new smart grid control approaches. This 1 year MEngSc in Electrical Power Networks is specifically designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the design and operation of electrical power networks in the context of the transition to a more sustainable energy system. The programme is taught by world renowned academics with a strong track record in power systems and energy research. Teaching is underpinned and supported by the research agenda of the UCD Energy Institute which is working towards a net zero carbon future. The programme will provide you with advanced training in various aspects of electrical engineering and equip you with the skills required to pursue a career in the rapidly evolving power system and smart grid sectors. If you are a mathematically strong engineering student who is interested in being part of the transition to a more sustainable future and you are seeking a professional career in the power system and smart grid sectors, then this programme is ideal for you.

Delivered by a highly research-active School composed of many internationally high-profile academics, including five IEEE Fellows. This programme is also taught by academics from the world-leading Energy Institute for the integration of renewables into power systems and energy systems.

Module Information:

Under the "What modules can I take?" section below you will see general module information, for a more detailed description including module selection rules click here.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The MEngSc Electrical Power Networks is a one-year programme that educates professional engineers to excel at an advanced technical level, or as a professional engineering manager, in the expanding sustainable power system and smart grid sectors anywhere in the world. The strong emphasis within the programme on the mathematical and analytical underpinnings of the discipline also provide an excellent foundation for entry into advanced research programmes. The programme can be taken by graduates with an honours bachelor's (first cycle) degree in electrical engineering or a closely related discipline. Graduates will receive an advanced engineering education in subject areas related to power system analysis & design, power electronics applications & design, sustainable power systems, smart grid communication architectures and electricity market operations.

Individual modules are taught by a strong cohort of experienced and internationally recognised academic staff (forming part of the world-leading Energy Institute for the integration of renewables into power systems), with expertise in all the core areas of Electrical Engineering. Teaching methods and assessment procedures vary across the programme to suit the wide range of subjects offered, and include individual and group analytical studies, and practical work. There is a strong laboratory component, allowing students to experience the practical aspects of electrical energy engineering, while assignments provide complex design and problem-solving challenges. In the final trimester, a substantial research project draws together many of the separate strands of learning, with an emphasis on independent learning, research methods, technical design & analysis, and communication skills.

  • Advanced knowledge & understanding of the mathematical and analytical techniques and technologies underpinning the electrical energy engineering field, including state oft the art research techniques, with a focus on sustainable power systems, smart grid applications and power electronics technology
  • The ability to identify, formulate, model, critically analyse, optimise and solve complex electrical engineering problems, placed in the wide context of smart grid applications, power electronic systems and electricity market economics
  • The ability to perform the detailed design of electrical networks, power system components and power electronic systems using advanced and research level analytical techniques, and a critical interpretation of relevant data
  • The ability to design, conduct and critically evaluate experiments, and apply and assess a range of standard and specialised research tools, advanced analytical techniques and methods of enquiry using industry standard software tools, specialist research tools and laboratory facilities
  • A strong understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of electrical energy engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people and the environment
  • The ability to work highly effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning, and so offering a strong foundation for entry into advanced research programmes
  • The ability to communicate effectively on complex engineering activities, fully recognising multidisciplinary aspects, with the engineering community, individual research disciplines and with society at large 

By completing the MEngSc Electrical Power Networks programme, you will become a graduate with power systems expertise, whose rare skills will be attractive to a wide variety of technical and managerial roles in the electrical utility and smart grid sectors on an international scale, e.g. ABB, Alstom, EDF, EirGrid, EPRI, ESB, GE, NREL, Siemens. The MEngSc programme also provides an excellent starting point for those aiming for a PhD programme and a research career within a university or specialised research institution.

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MEngSc Electrical Power Networks (T378) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9300
nonEU    fee per year - € 29100

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalent in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, power systems, power electronics, and energy-related subjects.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Students who do not meet the IELTS requirement may wish to consider taking the Pre-Sessional or Pre-Masters Pathway. Full details

Assoc Professor Terence O'Donnell, Programme Director

"Achieving a decarbonized and sustainable energy system to help mitigate climate change is one of the major challenges facing humanity today. The electrical power system has a central role to play in this as emphasis is placed on increasing renewable generation and electrification of the transport and heating sectors. These developments are rapidly changing the way the power system is planned, designed and operated.   Ireland is at the forefront of these changes with ambitious targets to reach 80% renewable generation by 2030, reduce green house gas emissions by 51% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.  Consequently demand for employment in the sectors related to renewable energy and smart grid management has never been higher.  The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UCD and the UCD Energy Institute have built a strong track record of research in power systems. The academics involved in this  MEngSc programme in Electrical Power Networks bring this wealth of research experience to their teaching.  Should you be interested in pursuing a career in research then opportunities for continuing studies though PhD programmes are also available."

A wide range of modern industry standard software tools for power system analysis and laboratory facilities are integrated into the taught and project-based modules. A real-time digital simulator and smart grid consumer laboratory (supported by EPRI) are also available for hardware in the loop testing and development of prototypes.

The following entry routes are available:

MEngSc Electrical Power Networks FT (T378)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised