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.

EU Referendum

Answering your questions and concerns about the outcome of the EU referendum.

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.

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.

Hear from Professor Xiao Ping Zhang about the programme:

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.

Related links

Why study this course

Postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham is a chance to learn from world leaders in their fields. This guarantees you a first-class learning experience, leading to a qualification that is respected the world over and making you an attractive prospectin a  very competitive job market.

This programme will develop your power engineering skills through expert teaching and extensive research work undertaken in collaboration with power industry partners. 

Some modules are taught by leading industry experts, offering exciting opportunities to understand the real challenges that the power industry and how to develop innovative solutions.

Why choose Birmingham?

  • All courses with the department are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Gain the opportunity to take the next step towards Chartered Engineer status
  • The Department is recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 86% of research impact ranked as world leading or internationally excellent
  • Enjoy one of the broadest portfolios and most successful track records of collaborations with industry in the country, giving you real working knowledge and valuable experience for future employment

Modules

The course is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice and help you understand how to use the advanced methods to solve the real challenges the energy industry is facing. This course consists of 180 credits.

Modules

  • Introductory Module for Electrical Power Systems – 20 credits
  • Power System Economics - 20 credits
  • Power System Stability, Control and Protection - 20 credits
  • Power System Operation and Control - 20 credits
  • HVDC and FACTS - 20 credits
  • Renewable Energy Systems Integration - 20 credits
  • MSc Project - 60 credits

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Related staff

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

  • UK/EU students: £9,270 full-time, £4635 part-time
  • International students: £20,610
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

TEH Automotive Scholarship for Malaysian students

This Scholarship has been made possible by a generous donation from Dato Robert Tan Eng Hwa, (BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1977), the Chief Operating Officer of APM Automotive Holdings Berhad. Learn more about the TEH Automotive Scholarship.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or a relevant subject. Industrial experience and CEng/IEng qualifications will also be taken into account. Applicants with a 2.2 with high grades in relevant modules will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about entry requirements

International students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 02 July 2018 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2018 made after this date; a new application should be made for September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2019 on  Monday 1  October 2018.

UK/EU (non-Tier 4) students

The application deadline is Friday 21 September 2018. Applications will reopen for 2019 on Monday 1 October 2018.

Before you make your application

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

Apply now

This programme will develop your power engineering skills through expert teachingan d extensive research work undertaken in collaboration with power industry partners.

Some modules are taught by leading industry experts, offering exciting opportunities to understand the real challenges that the power industry and how to develop innovative solutions.

While most students study the course full-time, it is also suitable for practising engineers wishing to study part-time or take a single module to given them CPD points. The modules are completed in three-day sessions allowing you to focus one topic at a time.

This course 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 who will be much in demand due to their skills, knowledge and ability to lead in teams involved in the operation, control, design, and economic analysis of the electrical power systems and networks of the future – smart grids.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

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.