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. It adds an advanced practice module to our one-year master’s and is an opportunity to enhance your qualification by an internship, research or study abroad experience.

Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

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2019 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.

The two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research based internship to the one-year master’s programme.

A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting.

We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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 must have a second class (2.2) honours degree (or higher). We consider a wide range of first degree subjects, but a first degree in disciplines related to design, engineering, technology, manufacturing or applied science is most appropriate. If you are not sure if your first degree subject is eligible, please contact our admissions team.

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

  • September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information