Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Research Centre in Ireland

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MSc Computing, MSc Information Systems Management, MSc Intelligent Systems and MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics are eligible to apply for this opportunity, with students from other relevant programmes/modules being considered. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The purpose of this trip is to visit the MaREI facilities in Cork in order to understand how marine and renewable energy research takes place from multiple perspectives. The MaREI development and innovation centre, is indeed an unmissable venue to visit for students willing to learn how interdisciplinary activities, from both the theoretical the industrial side, can coexist in the same context as it combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners.

The MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork and has over 200 researchers working across 6 academic institutions collaborating with over 45 industry partners. Students will benefit from visiting MaREI facilities as they will get to attend short talks on what is currently done to carry out research in renewable energy in terms of hydrodynamic, numerical modelling, control and forecasting algorithms.

In addition, students will get to see which pieces of software are employed to design mooring systems and array optimisation for the deployment of multiple devices. State-of-the-art control algorithms for devices such as wave makers, which are used at MaREI for validating hydrodynamic models and determine key parameters (e.g. maximum device loading), will also be illustrated.

Cultural activities

Cork has many attractions to be enjoyed. On the itinerary is The English Market in the heart of the city. The English market has a mid-19th century architecture and offers locally produced artisan food. It has been visited by both the Queen and Prince Charles.

Also on the itinerary is the Fitgerald Park, a tranquil relaxing place with beautiful trees, flower beds and rose gardens. Several other activities can be enjoyed by the students on their own, such as the 600 year old Blarney Castle considered a world landmark. Students can also visit Cork City Gaol, a former prison now a museum as well as St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a Gothic revival three spire cathedral. Other activities to be enjoyed are a visit to Crawford Art Gallery which boasts of over 200,000 visitors a year.

Students can also visit the nearby Cobh City, a few minutes away from Cork to enjoy a Titanic Experience as well as the Cobh Museum which holds the last written record for the RMS Titanic in the Pilot’s Log book. These are only a few of many attractions the city of Cork offers.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

Ireland, along with the UK, is a member of the Common Travel Area. British nationals travelling from the UK don’t need a passport to visit Ireland. However, Irish immigration officers will check the ID of all passengers arriving by air from the UK and may ask for proof of nationality, particularly if you were born outside the UK. You are therefore advised to take your British passport with you.

Students of all other nationalities should check the entry requirements to the Republic of Ireland before applying.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Wednesday 19 June 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 23 June 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food and drink
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 25 February 2019 9am