This Postgraduate Certificate (Level 9) at Trinity College Dublin offers a unique opportunity to attain new knowledge and experience to effectively respond to the call 'skills to move Ireland to a low-carbon economy'.

It specifically focuses on technologies for decarbonisation of power and transport, as well as understanding the pathways and carbon impact related to the acquisition of energy critical raw materials.

The training objective of this strand is to produce 'T-shaped' graduates that are knowledgeable in the technology underpinning the existing high-carbon energy/economic system, emerging technologies, and in communication techniques that can enable a transition to a low-carbon society.

The programme will allow students to develop knowledge and skills in the rapidly evolving technologies associated with solutions for climate change and sustainability. This is embodied through the delivery of modules concerning power, transport technologies and geo resource and carbon management impacts. 

It aims to attract talented students and mobilise sustainability leaders to action within both the private and public sector, in Ireland and abroad, to deliver a low-carbon and resource-efficient society.

Programme content

Students studying the Postgraduate Certificate (30 ECTS) select three taught modules delivered by academic and industry experts from engineering and geology.

  1. MEP55B15 Low Carbon Transport Technology [10 ECTs]
  2. MEP55B16 Low Carbon Power Technology [10 ECTs]
  3. GL7003 Resource and Carbon Impact [10 ECTs]

The programme also offers students the opportunity to study a Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS), and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (90 ECTS).  The M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering consists of taught modules and a research project totalling 90 ECTS.

The taught component comprises modules (60 ECTS), while the research project and dissertation contribute 30 ECTS. This MSc course can be taken as either a full-time one year or a part-time two or three year postgraduate course.

The Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate awards do not include a research project. Part-time students may follow the staged award path over 3 years of study with a possible gap of up to one year in between.

Programme delivery

All of the modules in this strand, and in the parent course, are delivered in-situ F2F as well as being live streamed online using state of the art equipment already in use in our classrooms.

This hybrid approach is complemented by the provision of comprehensive lecture notes and recordings of live sessions to facilitate asynchronous learning needs.

This set-up is facilitated with support from the technical support staff of the School of Engineering. The blended learning will refer to QQI blended learning guidelines, and builds upon recent expertise gained during the Covid pandemic.

The course schedule and blended learning format provide unmatched flexibility for students to participate outside of standard working hours.

Some physical attendance on campus is required. For modules MEP55B15 and MEP55B16, attendance on campus for three sessions (each of three hours duration, per module) is necessary to conduct lab work and to deliver presentations.

Application details and further information

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