Postgraduate degree programme: Electrical Power Systems Masters/MSc
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 MSc Electrical Power Systems will give you the timely skills and specialist knowledge required to significantly enhance your career prospects in the electrical power industry. This programme will develop your power engineering skills through expert teaching and extensive research work undertaken in collaboration with power industry partners.
Some modules will be taught by leading industry experts, offering exciting opportunities to understand the real challenges that the power industry is facing and will work with you to develop and provide innovative solutions. In addition, students working on relevant MSc projects may have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts directly
This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:
- 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.
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Postgraduate degree programme: Electrical Power Systems Masters/MSc
This 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. It aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right 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.
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 understanding of sustainable electrical power systems and renewable energy.
The course is to fill in the gap between theory and practice and provide the opportunity to understand how to use the advanced methods to solve the real challenges that energy industry is facing. The leading power system experts from industry will provide unique course materials which may not be found elsewhere.
- Introductory Module for Electrical Power Systems
- Power System Economics
- Intelligent Systems
- Power System Operation and Control
- HVDC and FACTS
- MSc Project
- Small Embedded Systems
- Embedded Digital Signal Processing
- Computer and Comms Networks
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Tuition fees for 2017/18 are as follows:
UK/EU students: £8,910 full-time, £4455 part-time
International students: £19,890
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Scholarships and studentships
Some students on this programme receive BBSRC or EPSRC funding.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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A 2:2 Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Physics.
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We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international student entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply
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Patterns of study
The majority of students study our taught 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 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.
There is a shared introduction to topics from communications engineering, requirements analysis and object-oriented design, and an introduction to and recap of C programming. For the communications engineering programmes there is an introduction to key issues in the design of antennas, radio frequency circuits and link budgets. For the computing programmes there is an introduction to object-oriented programming.
These modules cover the advanced specialist topics required for your specific degree programme, such as statistical signal processing and coding and advanced digital design. These technologies are at the heart of many current developments in modern electronic 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.
This is an opportunity for you to develop 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. Typical projects include the development of hardware for automotive radar signal processing and the detection of leaks in landfill sites, wireless access systems, 3G mobile radio for light aircraft, the creation of 3D worlds for surgery simulation and wearable computing.
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.
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