Postgraduate study
Engineering

MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems (with Advanced Practice)

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

Course information

Full-time

  • 2 years

More full-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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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.

There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems – one year full time
  • MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems – two years part time
  • MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.The MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc.

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

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.

Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Techniques

You are introduced to the theory, principles and techniques of data acquisition and digital processing including sampling, and digital signal analysis in time and frequency domains. You also consider the impact of digital technologies on the design of modern industrial measurement systems. The industrial software for measurement systems is introduced with series of real measurement applications.

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.

Research Project (Advanced Practice)

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.

 

Advanced Practice options

Research Internship

Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Study Abroad

Take part in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities and experience study, student life and culture in a different environment. This option offers a valuable life experience and enhances your ability to adapt to working and living internationally. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

 

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.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

How you are assessed

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

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

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 can include energy storage systems, management and efficient use of energy in building, manufacturing and processing systems. You can 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

You are normally expected to have at least a 2.2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) qualification including subjects in engineering and science. A 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

  • 2 years

More full-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information