Postgraduate study
Engineering

PgDip/MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems

This programme is for graduate engineers wishing to work in the electrical power industry. It develops your knowledge of electrical power and energy ystems, giving you a good understanding of the latest developments and techniques within the electrical power industry.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

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January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

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The programme is centred around three major themes:

  • electrical power networks with emphasis on conventional networks, smart grids, high voltage direct current transmission and asset management of network infrastructure
  • renewable energies with emphasis on wind and solar power
  • power electronics with emphasis on power electronic convertors in converting and controlling power flows in electrical networks and renewable energy systems.

For the postgraduate diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules.

For MSc students
For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

Course structure

Core modules

Asset Management

You gain an in-depth knowledge of asset management principles, policies and methodologies. You carry out a generic treatment of various power system equipment types with an emphasis on critical parameters at distribution level and the evolution to the wider transmission network. You also look at routine and special tests, with reference to specific pieces of equipment, along with the impact on the reliability of networks and the financial implications to operators and consumers.

Emerging Transmission Systems

You gain a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge related to modern day electrical power transmission networks. You focus on generation, transmission and distribution-side aspects that impact the functioning of the network. You study recent technological advances in the field of electrical power transmission and develop practical skills related to this area.

Power Electronics

You study power electronic converter operation, design and application. You carry out a generic treatment of various converter topologies with an emphasis on critical design parameters. You look at applications including HV DC transmission, static VAr compensation and interconnection of renewable energy sources and energy storage systems to utility grid.

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Project Management and Enterprise

This module is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to successfully project manage new product developments focusing on project management skills and processes, quality assurance issues, new product development processes and statistical analysis techniques. It provides you with an opportunity to develop a project plan for a programme of research based on scientific literature, with particular reference to key concepts such as innovation, enterprise and originality.

This fundamental project management basis is interlinked with developing an understanding of entrepreneurial best practices to enable you to transfer your ideas into the commercial arena. This element of the module focuses on intellectual property rights, legal, regulatory and ethical issues, business start-up processes and includes an element of foresight thinking.

Renewable Energy Conversion Systems

You gain an in-depth knowledge of the theory and principles of renewable energy technologies used for electricity generation. The module focuses on the principles, design, operation and grid connected applications of wind and photovoltaic technologies. It will inform you of current practices and technological advances in the field of renewables and will provide an opportunity to develop computing and practical skills related to this area.

Research and Study Skills

This module is designed to introduce you to issues which relate to research and study beyond undergraduate level.

You explore issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, creating appropriate reference material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you are introduced to the notion of ethical research and given the opportunity to further your career skills.

Smart Power Distribution

You gain an in-depth knowledge of smart power distribution principles of operation, design and utilisation. You carry out a generic treatment of various power system topologies with an emphasis on critical design parameters at distribution level and the evolution to the wider transmission network. You consider the impact on existing networks and future developmental opportunities alongside automation and control requirements that provide a smart network.

 

MSc only

Major Project

This is the culmination of the programme of studies. You undertake a challenging problem related substantially to your discipline. The project is linked where possible to an industrial or external partner organisation, which may even host your work and substantially direct the activity. Where this is not possible, a real or simulated real problem may be chosen as the subject for the work. It is, however, expected that even where the problem is simulated or hypothetical, it will be treated as if real. The project outcomes should be at a publishable standard.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems.

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Career opportunities

As an electrical power and energy systems engineer you can be involved in designing, constructing, commissioning and lifecycle maintenance of complex energy production, conversion and distribution systems.

Your work could include energy storage systems, management and efficient use of energy in building, manufacturing and processing systems. You could also be involved in work relating to the environmental and economic impact of energy usage.

Examples of the types of jobs you could be doing include:

  • designing new electrical transmission and distribution systems

  • managing maintenance and repair

  • managing operations of existing systems

  • managing operations of a wind turbine farm

  • analysing the efficiency of hydroelectric power systems

  • evaluating the economic viability of new solar power installations

  • assessing the environmental impact of energy systems.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have at least a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree, or equivalent qualification. A wide range of degree subjects are acceptable, including electrical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, power systems engineering, energy engineering and instrumentation and control engineering.

Non-UK students must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Contact details

Further information