Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems Decarbonisation (Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems Decarbonisation)

Dublin City University (GCESD)
Key Programme Details

Graduate Certificate in Decarbonisation and Energy Systems

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

General Information

Dr. James Carton



+353 1 7005000


School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Dublin City University
Dublin 9


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About this Course

This Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems Decarbonisation prepares graduates with the knowledge and competence to meet the growing global challenge of transitioning to zero carbon. Students will also be provided with ;the knowledge to develop environmentally sound, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy systems.

Entry Requirements

An NFQ level 8 qualification in Engineering or related disciplines
An NFQ level 7 qualification with a minimum of three years relevant engineering experience.

This entry is subject to an interview if deemed necessary by the Chair of Programme or Head(s) of School. Students who meet the minimum entry requirements are not guaranteed a place on the programme and DCU reserves the right to interview candidates to confirm their suitability for the programme. Non-Native English speakers must submit evidence of competency in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.

Long Description

A unique feature of this course is the emphasis the interlinkages to other systems such as water production, waste management and wastewater treatment as well as an understanding the importance of the social and economic aspects of a sustainable approach. Specifically, the programme will provide engineering graduates with the skills to develop as a professional engineer with knowledge & competence in:
• Energy, Sustainability and Environmental policy and compliance
• Climate Change & Decarbonisation strategies
• Advanced energy systems, transport, energy vectors, and emerging renewable energy technologies, energy modelling and analysis.
• Managing interlinking water and waste and waste water systems with energy systems with an emphasis on societal impacts.

Graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills to seek employment in every sector from energy, food and manufacturing to transport, water and waste, as both society and industry transitions to a zero carbon and sustainable future.

There are four 7.5 ECTS credit modules on this programme:

EE535 Energy System Decarbonisation
MM5XX Water & Waste Management
MM536 Advanced Sustainable Energy Systems
OI501 Technology and Career Success

Career Opportunities

Graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills to seek employment in every sector from energy, food and manufacturing to transport, water and waste, as both society and industry transitions to a sustainable future.

Some examples of how this programme prepares its graduates for careers in Sustainable Decarbonisation and Energy Systems:

• We are at the start of a global fight against climate change and transition to more sustainable energy, food and waste systems. Irelands climate action plan sets out achieving 70% electricity generation from renewable sources, 1 million electric vehicles, 500,000 homes with a B2 BER certificate or higher, and a reduction of 70% of packaging waste by 2030. In order to implement an infrastructure than can achieve these goals, Ireland needs to tackle the technical skills deficit evident in its workforce. The proposed course tackles this deficit directly by re-skilling and up-skilling people working in a range of fields, preparing students to understand energy systems and what is involved in designing solutions to mitigate climate change.
• The workplace of the future requires engineers to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skill sets. The proposed course aims to prepare students for the workplace of the future by developing their understanding of the foundations upon which energy systems are based. This approach is enables the graduates to use their knowledge and skills in a wide range of applications and companies, backed with simulation and analysis to make decisions in the real world.
• This course provides graduates with the tools to interrogate energy systems, collect and process data and develop solutions, requiring engineers to understand the underpinning principals of such engineering advances as well as being able to develop and apply scenarios to efficiently process large datasets to develop more sustainable systems.

Timetable Info

The course runs over two semesters, Sep to Dec and Jan to May, with a very flexible mode of delivery. It is possible to take all of the modules on the programme online. Normally, you will have to attend campus for your exams which will take place in December 2021 and May 2022; however, with COVID restrictions, the December exams may be taken online, while the May exams may take place on line or on campus, depending on restrictions in place at that time. In the event that participants do not complete all requirements of the programme at the end of semester 2, it is possible to resit exams in August 2022.

Delivery Notes

A Welcome Day will be held at the start of the academic year where students meet with lecturers, tutors, and other learners. This may be on line in 2021 depending on restrictions due to COVID. Students receive comprehensive multimedia instructional resources, access to DCU’s online library resources, videos and banks of self-test questions. Lecturers are subject matter experts who provide academic support online and face-to-face.

Students have access to the full range of supports provided by DCU including access to Student Advisors, Careers Advisors, Counselling Service and Personal Development as well as a dedicated careers adviser for Springboard supported students. All of these services are available online

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Dr. James Carton


School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Dublin City University
Dublin 9


+353 1 7005000


Application Procedures

Applications are submitted through the Springboard Application Website:

All applications should include the following documents with the application. Otherwise, your application cannot be processed and you may lose your opportunity for a place on the programme.

1) A scanned copy of all relevant academic transcripts. Copies of the degree parchment are not accepted.
2) Telephone contact details for two referees
3) Personal Statement detailing your prior knowledge, if any, of Artificial Intelligence as well as any industrial experience you might have.
4) A current telephone contact number
5) Applicants full current address details
6) Evidence of eligibility for funding, eg PPS number (eg a payslip if in employment) or Job seekers allowance receipt if unemployed
7) Evidence of that you meet the Residency Requirements for this programme

Decisions of the applications committee are final.