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Turning the spotlight on TU Dublin’s MSc in Energy Management ­

With a Master’s degree that integrates energy, environmental issues and management, graduates of the Master of Science in Energy Management are poised to have highly-esteemed, relevant careers in the next few years.

Intended for engineers, scientists and related multi-discipline professionals, students under the program will gain the knack for managing resources and technologies in the midst of challenging environmental and financial constraints as they will be equipped to understand European energy and environmental issues in relation to the laws, standards and technologies that govern them.

The Master’s degree includes units in business, specifically organisational behaviour, business law, financial decision-making, energy supply, energy conversion and use, energy management principles and practice, energy and environmental law and policy, sustainable building design, renewable energy technologies and financial management to name some.

Working towards sustainable societies

“The MSc in Energy Management is a very relevant degree program in today’s ever-changing global environment and volatile economies,” says Jacob Kestner, Senior Vice President of EduCo in Ireland. “This is particularly ideal for professionals who are in industry sectors that are directly linked to energy, health and the environment.”

Scientists, researchers and multi-discipline professionals such as environment health officers, architects and planning officers will be in the forefront of the dynamic global landscape as they design programs and projects that will address the issues affecting communities and disrupting people’s way of life. These professionals will be better prepared to efficiently use resources that will bring about a better quality of life for society in general.

Mr Kestner adds, “The challenge of integrating energy and environmental issues such as climate change and economic policy has been an all-too-pressing concern for decisionmakers. We would like our Master’s students and future graduates to be part of these exciting developments in the future.”

Program requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Honours) with at least 2.2 honours award is required for students to proceed directly into the MSc in Energy Management program. Their IELTS should also be at least 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0 for each component.

For those who do not meet this standard requirement, they should hold the equivalent of a combination of qualifications and relevant work experience, subject to evaluation by Technological University Dublin.

For scholarships and other entry requirements, education counsellors and students may check out the EduCo Course Finder or coordinate with the EduCo representative in their region.

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Survey says 79% of international students have a positive student experience

survey of the student experience of some 40,000 students in 27 Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) reveals that 78.6% of international students are generally positive about their teaching and learning experiences. Of this number, 25% say they have ‘excellent’ interactions with academic advisors in 2019.

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement National Report 2019 also highlights the 26.35% growth of international student participation in the survey over the last three years. The number has grown from 11,406 in 2016 to 14,412 in 2019. Those invited to participate in the student experience survey included first and final year students and taught postgraduate students.

Early this year, the European Migration Network has reported that Ireland grew its international students from non-EEA (non-European Economic Area) countries by 45% over a five-year period from 2013 to 2017. A growing number of international students are choosing to study in Ireland, a country renowned for its educational offering and its increasing number of employment opportunities. In another report released by the PIE Review Edition 22, enrolments rose to 23,127 in 2016-17 from 19,679 in the 2014-15 period, and international student figures have been steadily climbing up year after year.

This steady growth came about after the Department of Education and Skills launched the Irish Government’s International Education Strategy 2016-20 which aims to grow international student numbers for both higher education and English language studies. Ireland will soon become the only English-speaking country in the European Union after Brexit.

HEIs such as Maynooth UniversityTechnological University DublinIT Sligo and Dublin City University have also noted the positive feedback from their students. International students particularly those taking their graduate degree programs have indicated that they are satisfied with quality of engagement and support being extended to them in areas that matter most such as (1) career advice, (2) placement and internship and (3) training in entrepreneurship and innovation.

“The [survey] results show some very positive signs around international student engagement with the staff in institutions and services such as career guidance and this is welcome,” says Sarah Lennon, executive director of the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).

She adds that international students are an important source of income for Irish universities, colleges and English language schools. “It is essential that we don’t just think about international students in terms of the economic impact but also their rights and welfare,” she points out. “We must also recognise that international students add to the richness of our educational institutions.”

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Students receive scholarship with IT Sligo’s MSc in Public Health Nutrition

IT Sligo has announced that international students will be entitled to a 10-15% scholarship when they enrol in the institution’s latest postgraduate course offering for the September 2020 intake. Senior Vice President for EduCo in Ireland Jacob Kestner welcomes this development and invites education agents to identify suitable applicants for the postgraduate degree.

IT Sligo’s Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition is a one-year program which offers students the opportunity to hone their skills in the practice of population and public health nutrition with the combination of theory and research.

A combined discipline-specific and research program model

Under the program, students will be required to undertake a research project, lead teams and develop their leadership skills as they advocate for changes that are relevant to public health nutrition issues in Ireland. They also get to contribute to local and national evidence bases while honing their researching and professional practice skills.

The curriculum provides lots of opportunities for students to apply their learning in different settings and may even provide a basis for addressing population and health issues in other countries as well. The MSc in Public Health Nutrition covers the following:

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition Assessment Methods    
  • Nutrition Research Methodologies    
  • Food and Nutrition Policy
  • Statistical Analysis for Nutritional Research    
  • Public Health Nutrition Interventions    
  • Leadership in Public Health Nutrition    
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Public Health Nutrition Thesis

The program thus provides students with a chance to thrive in their field and play a significant role in addressing nutrition health issues that impact populations in their respective locations.

Career opportunities for graduates

Graduates of the MSc in Public Health Nutrition may look at health promotion, government agencies, community health centres, NGOs (non-government organisations), the food industry and within national nutrition research groups for job openings.

They can take on roles such as food product development scientists, nutritionists, regulatory affairs specialists, nutritional therapists, food labelling specialists, corporate wellness consultants, food safety auditors and public health nutritionists.

Potential workplaces include the following:

  • Public health organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities
  • Training and wellness centres
  • Food manufacturing companies
  • Academic institutions
  • Community centres
  • Health food markets

A nutritionist in Ireland typically receives an annual salary of €53,472 based on salaries compiled by Indeed through job ads and anonymous employee surveys over a 3-year period.

How to get the 10-15% scholarship

Education counsellors can facilitate the student’s application and enable them to avail of the scholarship offer by completing this application form. This program is likely to be popular so an early application is encouraged.

Entry requirements for applicants include a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline. For those whose students do not meet this entry criterion, they may coordinate with their respective EduCo representatives to explore possible options.

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How DCU’s foundation programs benefit students

International students from Asia, Europe and the Middle East have extolled the benefits of Dublin City University’s International Foundation Programs (IFPs), pathway programs designed to prepare international students for entry into their bachelor’s or master’s degrees and hone their English proficiency as they interact with the university’s 16,000 students from 109 countries.

Hongtong Liu of China shares that the foundations course has been a good opportunity for her to organise her thoughts, think critically and express her ideas using the English language. She is now preparing for her master’s degree in finance which will start in September.

“Life in Dublin has been very good, within and outside the university campus. The Irish people are very friendly and very helpful. They’re lovely!” she gushed.

Fondly called Lola by her classmates and colleagues at her part-time job, Liu says that she has learned English not only in the classroom but also at work and she likes chatting with the locals for practice.

Her advice to international students: “Don’t be afraid to talk to people to improve your English. Be confident and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.” She explains further that even though some international students have no trouble reading, listening and writing in English, speaking the language is still very important.

DCU has partnered with EduCo whose local representatives in key countries worldwide have been assisting international students in their application to the foundation programs (application details below).

The university’s proud tradition of world-class academic excellence, research and innovation has placed them in QS’ Top 50 under 50 has made them International Student Barometer’s #1 university for work experience and careers advice. Students can avail of the world-class facilities and services on campus even while on the IFP. They can get the best of their education as many of the DCU degrees include either a work placement, consultancy or research project with an industry.

Academic entry requirements

Undegraduate (UG) StudyIELTS score of 6.5, with no component less than 6.012 years of school equivalent to the Irish exam system e.g. A-levels, IB or equivalent

September 2018

Postgraduate (PG) Study

IELTS score of 6.5, with no component less than 6.0

4-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with a score equivalent to 2.1 or 60%

September 2018

Foundation/English language entry requirements

The foundation program is open to UG and PG students who just fall short on the direct entry academic requirements.




One semesterIELTS score of 6.0, with no component less than 5.5 or TOEFL score of 60-78January or May 2019
Two semestersIELTS score of 5.5, with no component less than 5.0 or TOEFL score of 46-59September 2018 or January 2019

How to apply

1.) Students should specify the bachelor’s or master’s degree program that they wish to study.

2.) They may then submit their application to or their local EduCo repsentative and receive advice on the appropriate foundation program for them.

3.) Once their applications are assessed and approved, students will receive an offer to study in both the international foundation program and bachelor’s degree or master’s degree program.

4.) Students who successfully complete the IFP can then proceed to their bachelor’s or master’s degree studies.

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