Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc (Two Year)

Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc (Two Year): 

The 1-year Electrical Power Systems Masters/MSc is good, the 2-year Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc is even better!

The 3rd energy industry revolution is taking place where the key is the development of electrical power systems in the contexts of smart grids. Electrical power systems are playing a pivotal role in the development of a sustainable energy supply, enabling renewable energy generation. Globally there is a big shortage of skilled engineers for designing, operating, controlling and the economic analysis of future electricity networks – smart grids

The new 2-year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will give you the timely advanced skills and specialist experience required to significantly enhance your career in the electrical power industry. The programme builds on a very close involvement with the power industry, the education of power engineers and extensive research work and expertise as well as the successful experience on the 1-year MSc Electrical Power Systems at the University of Birmingham. The 2-year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will be able to fill in the gap of skills between the 1-year MSc and PhD research.

Some modules will be taught by leading industry experts, which will give you the exciting opportunity to understand the real challenges that power industry is facing, hence propose innovative solutions. In addition, students working on relevant MSc projects may have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts directly. 

The new 2-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will run in parallel with the existing 1-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems. The taught credits in the 1st year of the 2 Year MSc are identical to that of the 1-Year MSc while the 2nd Year is mainly focused on a research project. 

This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and advanced research methods. Year 1 of the programme is focussed on the taught modules covering:

  • Control concepts and methods
  • Advanced energy conversion systems and power electronic applications
  • Advanced power electronic technologies for electrical power networks – HVDC and FACTS
  • Electrical power system engineering - using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods, and design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks
  • Economic analysis of electrical power systems and electricity markets. 

While Year 2 of the programme will give you the opportunity to work on an advanced research project. For some suitable projects, in conjunction with joint industry supervisions, industry placement may be available.

It is envisaged there will be the opportunity for students to transfer between the two programmes using the University’s procedures for transfers between programmes, subject to programme requirements. This opportunity would take place at the end of the taught part of the programme.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught, continuing professional development, doctoral research, taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 24 months full-time/48 months part-time

Start date: September/October

Details

Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc (Two Year): 

This 2-year MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of electrical power systems and renewable energy as well as advanced research skills. It aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right advanced skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading in teams involved in the operation, control, design, and economic analysis of the electrical power systems and networks of the future – smart grids as well as developing and managing R&D programmes.

It will meet the demand for the research and development of sustainable electrical power systems and the demand for training and education of existing and future power engineers in the advanced concepts and designing of sustainable electrical power systems and renewable energy with significant research training.

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Why study this course

The programme aims to fill in the gap between the 1-year MSc and PhD study, and provide the opportunity to understand how to use the advanced methods to solve the real challenges that energy industry is facing and develop advanced research skills for advanced R&D projects. The leading power system experts from industry will provide unique course materials which may not be found elsewhere. 

For some research projects, there will be joint supervisions with industry experts as well as industry placement opportunities.

Modules

Compulsory Modules

  • Introductory Module for Electrical Power Systems
  • Power System Economics
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Power System Operation and Control
  • HVDC and FACTS

Optional Modules

  • Small embedded systems
  • Embedded Digital Signal 
  • ProcessingComputer and Comms Networks

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014/2015 are as follows:

UK/EU

  • FT: 1st Year £7,020 2nd Year £4,024 

International 

  • FT: 1st Year: £17,355 2nd Year: £12,565

Part-time programmes

Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. A small number of part-time programmes run for three years and in these cases the annual fees are one third of the total full-time cost. Contact us for further information.

UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.

Also see the fees for international students page.

Further funding information

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or email  financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Physics from a university of high international standing

Learn more about entry requirements.

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international student entry requirements. English language requirements can be found on this page.

How to apply

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Learning and teaching

Patterns of study 

The majority of students study our Masters programmes full time. Our programmes are also suitable for practising engineers who wish to study part-time or take a single module to earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Many modules are completed in three-day sessions allowing you to focus on one topic at a time. Following each session of lectures there is an opportunity for you to deepen your understanding through private study and in most cases there is also an assessed assignment. 

Core modules 

These modules cover the advanced specialist topics required for your specific degree programme, such as Power System Operation and Control, HVDC and FACTS and Power System Economics. These technologies are at the heart of many current developments in electrical power systems. 

Cross-programme option modules 

These options specialize in topics relevant to each degree programme and give you the opportunity to adapt the programme that you have chosen to study. The prior knowledge needed for each module is specified in the student handbook to help you make the most appropriate choice. This allows you the greatest possible freedom to customise your study package appropriately. 

Individual project 

In Year 2, you will have 12-months to work on a dedicated research project to develop your comprehensive research skills, which would be helpful to fill in the gap between the 1-year MSc and PhD. This is an opportunity for you to develop advanced specialist knowledge. Some projects are undertaken in collaboration with companies and, in some cases, you may work on company premises investigating issues of direct concern to future product development. 

Assessment and awards 

Assessment is by a combination of written examination and course work. There is a strong emphasis on course work to deepen understanding. The pass mark is 50%. A merit is awarded to students with an average of 60% or more and a distinction is awarded to students with an average of 70% or more, in both taught and project modules. There are prizes for students who perform especially well overall and for those who complete exceptionally good individual projects.

Contact

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, Professor of Electrical Power Systems
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4298 or or +44 (0) 121 414 4292
Email: x.p.zhang@bham.ac.uk

Employability

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Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

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  • Aero Engine Controls
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Ernst and Young
  • Arup
  • Glaxo SmithKline
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  • Talk Talk
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  • Communications (Electronic) Engineer - Officer
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  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Junior Business Analyst
  • Test Engineer
  • Service Specialist
  • IT Analyst
  • Development Engineer

Further study - examples of courses

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  • MSc Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • MSc Physics and Technology
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education - teaching
  • AAT accountancy

Visit the Careers section of the University website for further information.

Contact

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, Professor of Electrical Power Systems
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4298 or or +44 (0) 121 414 4292
Email: x.p.zhang@bham.ac.uk