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  • January 2020: Apply now to start January 2020.
 

Course overview

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.

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.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. This means that it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC. By completing this professionally accredited MSc you could benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status, and it can help improve your job prospects and enhance your career. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

 
 

Course details

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.

Engineering Research Project

On successful completion of the taught modules, you proceed to this 60-credit research project. It allows you to bring together everything you have learnt on the course to address a relevant problem.

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.

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 Enterprise

This module explores issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to further tour career skills.

You will develop specific skills that can assist in the encouragement of an enterprising, entrepreneurial mind-set that is better equipped to perceive opportunities to develop viable, practical projects from research emanating from conceptual thinking.


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.

 

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.

 
 

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.

Students with a degree awarded outside the UK must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

 

Employability

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.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,500 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£12,045 a year

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2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,500 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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  • Length: September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break
  • Enrolment date: September or January
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Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£722 for each 20 credits

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2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£722 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks
  • Attendance: Typically one day a week
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Progress

Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.

 

Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

Campus

Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.

 

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