Limerick Institute of Technology

As from 2021, Limerick Institute of Technology is joining the SESyM adventure! The course delivery is still pending final agreement by the university, but you can already apply to start in September, applicants will be regularly updated on this point.

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) founded in 1852 is a public, multi-campus institute of higher education in the Mid-West of Ireland. On course to becoming a Technological University, LIT collaborates with industry to offer career-focused programmes across disciplines including engineering, science, information technology, business, finance, marketing, food & tourism, social-care, humanities, sport and art & design. We enable over 7,000 students to gain qualifications ranging in order from Higher Certificate up to Honours Bachelors Degree, taught Masters, Graduate Diplomas and Masters and PhD by research. The Institute encompasses thriving modern research centres and centres for enterprise incubation.

LIT collaborate with many multinational technology & engineering companies across the range of sectors for which we offer programmes. Our global Industry partners are engaged with LIT in ongoing programme review – to ensure the content, technologies and learning-outcomes for our students are consistent with their immediate skill-needs, producing ‘job-ready’ graduates. Many of our programmes incorporate industry work-placements. All of our programmes engage students with industry-led, real-life, problem-based scenarios as an integrated part of the learning.

20 minutes from Shannon International Airport, Limerick City is a major hub of learning with 20% of its populating made up of Students in Higher Education. Set in the heart of the scenic Mid-West, on Ireland’s Atlantic Coast, the region itself offers superb opportunities to take-in breath-taking scenery, to enjoy the great outdoors and to engage with the deep, varied and passionate sporting heritage of the region.

Our welcoming, friendly, and multicultural campus community enables you to expand your network of friends and professional contacts globally, whatever your field of studies. We invite you to join our growing international community.

Practical Information

Teaching methods
  • Teaching methods

The LIT European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management will follow the time schedule set out below in coordination with the partner universities’ existing and approved programmes:

  • Core: Total of 30 ECTS credits, starts in September/early October, ends by the end of January
  • Specialisation: Total of 30 ECTS credits, starts at the latest mid- February, ends at the end of May/beginning of June.
  • Project: Total of 30 ECTS credits, last six months, starts in June, ends by the end of November or early December.

Each student must study at least one Course Section in a different country from the other two.

  • Details of the Programmes three sections

1.Core:
The core provides a solid foundation in systems management with legal, environmental, economic, social and technical aspects. Theoretical courses which also examine the socioeconomic issues surrounding the deployment of these technologies are supported by laboratory workshops. The studies for the core will be delivered in English. The Core provider is LIT.

Core modules/subjects or Strands:

  • Energy Policy & Trends
  • Energy Technologies, Solutions & Application
  • Smart Energy Systems & Services
  • Energy Markets, Finance & Law
  • Energy Systems Models & Scenarios
  • Research Methods

30 ECTS credits will be awarded for passing the core semester following harmonised learning outcomes.

2.Specialisation:
A specialisation focused on a particular topic selected from: system innovation management or sustainable energy management. The specialisation sections run from February to the end of May or June depending on the specialisation. The student specialises in one of the following:

  • System Innovation Management – taught at Hanze UAS (NL)
  • Sustainable Energy and ICT – taught at Howest (Belgium)
  • Sustainable Energy Management – taught at the University of Zaragoza (Spain)

3.Project/Thesis:
Upon completion of the specialisation, the student gains practical or research experience through a project undertaken in industry, a research laboratory, or in the College. A wide variety of projects can be proposed and it gives flexibility to the student and the project provider to define the project. The student is welcome to propose his/her own project. Learners are expected to look for companies or research centres wishing to offer them a project individually. A qualified person from the specialisation University will give students advice about how to proceed in finding the best project to suit their qualifications and expectations.

The student can also discuss directly with the project provider for the practical arrangements (allowance, accommodation, etc.). When a student proposes his or her own project it must be validated by the core and specialisation providers before being accepted. Students are advised to ask the project host in order to seek insurance for them while working on the host company’s premises.

During the project, the student progress is monitored by:

  • A Supervisor from the core provider
  • A professional tutor from the project provider

The project is presented in Brussels, the student is also required to write a master thesis. The project is marked by the core provider (the university where the student studied in the first semester).

Location

Limerick City:

Limerick is located in the Mid West of Ireland. It is a young, warm, welcoming and vibrant city – and with 3 major colleges located here almost 50% of our population is under 30, with 1 in 5 of every person in Limerick being a student in Higher Education. It is a very student orientated city – and has even been recognised by UNESCO as a centre for learning excellence.

In 2017 Limerick was voted European City of the Future. We are the commercial capital of the mid-west region and are in the top 10 cities in all of Europe for attracting investment, growth and opportunity.

One of the most attractive points about Limerick city is our living costs. We are 50% more affordable to live in than Dublin and 20% more affordable than Cork & Galway. It means students who choose Limerick as their study destination do not need to give up anything – they will get a great city life, with part time job opportunities and all at an affordable cost.

Limerick is perfectly located – we are very central and are just a short journey from Ireland’s other major cities (just an hour from Galway, over an hour from Cork and 2 hours from Dublin). We are all connected by bus and train services so students coming to study in Limerick have the opportunity to travel all across Ireland during their studies.

Moylish Campus:

The Moylish Campus is located on the outskirts of Limerick city and is the largest of LIT’s campuses.
More than 6,000 students study in the three faculties represented on campus. The campus offers a rich array of sporting, cultural and educational events and facilities, and has a proud record of achievement across all faculties.

Network

LIT is highly connected with the energy sector and associated industry at a local, regional, National and international level.  Within Ireland it works extensively with energy companies, utilities, consultants and other research organisations on the design, development and delivery of academic programmes in the energy field.  Within the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) field the Development Unit (https://lit.ie/rdi/development) leads much of the Institutes energy R&D.  Currently with a staff of 20 the Development Unit works across projects in the field of sustainable energy, climate action, rural development and social enterprise.  It currently coordinates or partners in 7 major EU energy projects in the field of heat pumps, energy renovation, sustainable energy finance and energy skills and knowledge.

The Centre for Energy Efficiency and Deep Decarbonization [CEEDD] based at the Limerick Institute of Technology campuses in Limerick and Thurles (County Tipperary), brings together expertise from 16 Academic Researchers with a sterling track record in energy projects in housing, communities and industry. The Centre is deeply involved in public engagement, education, training and skills development through innovative programmes from Level 5 to 8 on the EQF.  In Research & Development, the Centre is a leading partner in a range of European and National Projects and has extensive collaboration with Research Centres across Europe and beyond. With projects valued in excess of €25 million successfully delivered, the research staff have an excellent reputation and extensive list of publications and academic postgraduates.  CEEDDs key research topics include;

  • Pathways for Deep Decarbonization,
  • Energy Management Systems,
  • Energy Efficiency Strategies, Validation & Financing,
  • Renewable Energy Sources, Generation & Storage,
  • Energy Monitoring, Embedded Systems (IoT) and Data Analytics,
  • Behavioral Change and Climate Action.

LIT is a member of EUREC, the European Heat Pumps Association (EHPA), The European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (www.fedarene.org) and also has a strategic relationship with the Tipperary Energy Agency (www.tippenergy.ie).

Admission requirements and tuition fees

Minimum entry requirements for stage 1:

Level 8 Bachelor’s (honours) degree in a cognate area.
or
Considerable relevant experience that is deemed equivalent to the academic admission requirements, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning.
or
Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered.

All candidates must satisfy the language requirements of their chosen Core Provider and meet a minimum standard of English. International learners must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language for example IELTS 6.5

Visa, insurance and other practical matters

Should you have any queries as an international applicant our Office of International Services are more than happy to assist at international@lit.ie

More information on visas for Ireland can be found here: INIS (Visa & Immigration) www.inis.gov.ie

Accommodation

LIT does not offer on-campus accommodation. However, we do have a number of recommended student accommodation providers that we work closely with:

Moylish Campus:
»Thomond Student Village Just a short walk from campus, buses run throughout the day from the village to campus.
»Cratloe Student Village Just a short walk from campus, buses run throughout the day from the village to campus.

House Shares:
There are house share available for students who are studying at any of our campuses. You will find an accommodation section on our website »www.lit.ie/accommodation

Please note: Students should exercise caution when booking accommodation. Do not hand over/send any money to landlords until you are sure it is legitimate. You should also make sure to get a receipt for any deposit/rent paid.

Contact details

For more information about the programme at LIT please check the website or contact the programme leader David.Honan

Phone:   +353 61 293232
                 +353 87 2394433
Email: David.Honan@lit.ie