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The longevity of electric vehicle power batteries is reduced by exposure to high temperatures caused due to rapid charge/discharge. Read more

The longevity of electric vehicle power batteries is reduced by exposure to high temperatures caused due to rapid charge/discharge. The objective of the project is to design a novel phase change material (PCM) thermal management system which offers the effectiveness of:

(i) increasing heat dissipation away from temperature sensitive battery cells.

(ii) recovering the rejected heat as energy storage in a protective battery cell insulation layer

Methodology proposed

-The proposed design will include finned metallic battery housings embedded in a phase change material (PCM) matrix which increases the effective thermal conductivity of the composite material.

-The system will be designed and analysed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software. This permits the modelling of natural/forced convection, conduction and phase change phenomena.

-The operating temperature of the Li-ion battery pack must be within the range of 25- 40°C to ensure optimal performance. The effectiveness of the thermal management system will be determined for three different ambient environments namely low temperatures (sub -zero), standard atmosphere temperature and high temperature.

-Full 3D modelling is advantageous as it offers calculation of the full temperature field which is critical as non- uniform temperature battery packs have a negative impact on power performance

Expected outcomes: (e.g. deliverables & strategic impacts)

-The proposed design is contemporary and will generate interest at national and international conferences. A publication in the Journal of Power Sources is envisaged.

-The improved energy efficiency of the battery assists in reducing pollutants in the environment when driving but also through less frequent charging, often from fossil fuel plants.



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Electrical Engineering is not an independent Master of Science programme, but it is an English track available in the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering. Read more

Important note

Electrical Engineering is not an independent Master of Science programme, but it is an English track available in the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering

Mission & Goals

Electrical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and engineering electromagnetics, with particular focus on electric power systems, electrical machines and their control, electronic power converters, electrical transportation systems, electrical and electronic measurements, circuit theory and electromagnetic compatibility.
An electrical engineer has a wide background of knowledge that is necessary to address ever increasing challenges of the professional and research activities. These activities span not only in the traditional field of electricity generation, transmission and distribution, but also in the multi-faceted reality of industrial and home electrical appliances and systems, the electric systems in the transportation and health-care sectors, the electromagnetic compatibility, and the measurement and diagnosis techniques, just to mention some of the most relevant possible fields of activity.
A wide and in-depth knowledge of mathematics and physics is the essential background of graduates’ qualification in electrical engineering. Fundamental is also the background in computer science, automation and electronics applied to the different areas of electrical engineering.

The programme is entirely taught in English

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

Career Opportunities

There is a steady high demand for electrical engineers: in 2010, the Master of Science graduated of that year were 60, whilst the Politecnico di Milano’s Career Service received 546 requests for employment of electrical engineers. According to the Technical Report of the Evaluation Committee of Politecnico di Milano, 88% of the Master of Science graduated in Electrical Engineer in 2007, interviewed in December 2008, declared that they would have applied again to the same Electrical Engineering Programme and the 90% of the interviewed graduated declared to have a stable, full-time employment.

- Contacts
For further information about didactic aspects of the course and curricula, visit http://www.electre.polimi.it http://www.ingpin.polimi.it or contact didattica.etec(at)polimi.it.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Electrical_eng_smartgrid.pdf
This track of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering provides tools to manage the new challenges of electricity systems involving increasing presence of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Dispersed Generation. Such a new generation paradigm drives the evolution of distribution networks towards Smart Grids. Mastering the evolution requires new professional skills, ranging from the use of information-communication technology as enabling key for enhancing traditional networks to a full knowledge of the regulation of power systems operated in liberalized energy markets. Graduates will be highly employable in the following sectors: planning and operation of distribution systems; manufacturing of RES power plants; energy market operators.
The programme is taught in English and supported by ENEL Distribuzione S.p.A

Subjects

Electric power systems; Project management: principles & tools; Electricity Market; TLC networks for electricity systems Sensors, measurements and smart metering; Electromagnetic compatibility; Electric switching apparatus (or other offered courses); Planning & operation of distribution grids with a high penetration of RES; Renewable energy sources and network interface; Regulation of electric power systems; Network automation and protection systems; tools for network simulation; Smart grids: components, functionalities & benefits

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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This course delivers a broad coverage of all major disciplines in Electrical Power, including power electronics, electric drives, electrical machine design and power systems. Read more
This course delivers a broad coverage of all major disciplines in Electrical Power, including power electronics, electric drives, electrical machine design and power systems. It also covers important electrical power themes such as renewable energy systems and electric vehicles.

The Electrical Power MSc covers the following key subject areas:
-Electrical Machines
-Power Electronics
-Electric Drives
-Power System Operation
-Control of Electrical Power

A feature of the course is design of electrical systems for transportation and renewable energy applications. This is a particular specialisation of researchers in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

You will develop a knowledge of industry standard computer aided design and analysis techniques appropriate to electrical power such as the use of software packages such as MagNet, MATLAB, Simulink, PSpice and ERACS.

Throughout the course you use industry standard test and measurement equipment, experimental hardware, and software packages relevant to the field of electrical and power engineering.

The course comprises a mixture of lectures, tutorials, coursework and practical laboratory classes. You will research a specialist topic of your choice through an in-depth project. Innovative educational techniques are designed to equip you with practical design skills and research methodologies.

As a graduate of this course you are equipped with the knowledge and practical experience to embark on a career as an engineer in the field of Electrical Power. You will also have skills in research and knowledge acquisition and a solid foundation for further postgraduate studies in the field of electrical engineering and power engineering.

Delivery

You take modules to a total value of 180 credits over three semesters. Taught modules, worth 120 credits, take place during the first and second semesters with exams held in January and May/June. An individual project, worth 60 credits, is undertaken over semesters two and three.

Background reading and design work take place during the second semester. The majority of experimental work and preparation of your dissertation takes place during the semester three.

Teaching takes place in lecture theatres equipped with audio visual equipment. Blackboard, a web based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports your taught modules. Practical sessions are in small groups with experts in the field of Power Electronics, Electric Drives, Machines, and Power Systems and in modern laboratory and computing facilities.

Employability

We collect information from our graduates six months after they leave University. This is part of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey that every UK higher education institution takes part in.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council, and therefore provides a good foundation for professional registration.

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This programme provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of sustainable energy generation, distribution and consumption. It is intended to respond to a growing skills shortage for engineers with a high level of training in renewable energy, smart grids and sustainability. Read more
This programme provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of sustainable energy generation, distribution and consumption. It is intended to respond to a growing skills shortage for engineers with a high level of training in renewable energy, smart grids and sustainability.

By the time you graduate, you will have a thorough understanding of sustainability standards, various renewable energies, smart grid and power electronics for renewable energy and energy use management in buildings, urban design and other areas. Research on sustainable energy technology has opened up many job opportunities in industry, government institutions and research centres.

What are benefits of the programme?

• studying at international university recognised throughout the world
• close cooperation with world-famous universities and research centres to solve major technical challenges including energy crises and environmental pollution
• excellent research opportunities, using advanced experimental equipment including a network analyser, power analyser, Dspace controller, wind turbine and PV testing system
• continuous development of core modules to meet the requirement of industrial innovation
• cutting-edge research in the intelligent and efficient utilisation of solar, wind energy and other renewable energy sources

Lab Facilities

Power electronics laboratory equipped with advanced experimental equipment
• Sustainable energy laboratory equipped with advanced experimental equipment including a 600W wind turbine, two 270W solar modules, batteries, an inverter with sinusoidal output and main controller
• Electric machine and power system laboratory

Modules

• Sustainable Energy and Environment
• Nuclear Energy Technology
• Power System Network and Smart Grid
• Integration of Energy Strategies in the Design of Buildings
• Photovoltaic Energy Technology
• Renewable Kinetic Energy Technologies
• Power Electronics and Applications for Renewable Energy
• Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies
• Msc Project

What are my career prospects?

Graduates of this programme will typically work on professional tasks including the implementation of sustainable energy technologies within existing or new systems, and modelling and evaluation of the impact on ecosystems, economics and society. Graduates may be employed as electric power system engineers, electric power system consultants, sustainable technology consultants, electric power projects managers, sustainable cities and building design consultants, managers and team leaders in government.

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Electrical Engineering is not an independent Master of Science programme, but it is an English track available in the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering. Read more

Important note

Electrical Engineering is not an independent Master of Science programme, but it is an English track available in the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering

Mission & Goals

Electrical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and engineering electromagnetics, with particular focus on electric power systems, electrical machines and their control, electronic power converters, electrical transportation systems, electrical and electronic measurements, circuit theory and electromagnetic compatibility.
An electrical engineer has a wide background of knowledge that is necessary to address ever increasing challenges of the professional and research activities. These activities span not only in the traditional field of electricity generation, transmission and distribution, but also in the multi-faceted reality of industrial and home electrical appliances and systems, the electric systems in the transportation and health-care sectors, the electromagnetic compatibility, and the measurement and diagnosis techniques, just to mention some of the most relevant possible fields of activity.
A wide and in-depth knowledge of mathematics and physics is the essential background of graduates’ qualification in electrical engineering. Fundamental is also the background in computer science, automation and electronics applied to the different areas of electrical engineering.

The programme is entirely taught in English

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

Career Opportunities

There is a steady high demand for electrical engineers: in 2010, the Master of Science graduated of that year were 60, whilst the Politecnico di Milano’s Career Service received 546 requests for employment of electrical engineers. According to the Technical Report of the Evaluation Committee of Politecnico di Milano, 88% of the Master of Science graduated in Electrical Engineer in 2007, interviewed in December 2008, declared that they would have applied again to the same Electrical Engineering Programme and the 90% of the interviewed graduated declared to have a stable, full-time employment.

- Contacts
For further information about didactic aspects of the course and curricula, visit http://www.electre.polimi.it http://www.ingpin.polimi.it or contact didattica.etec(at)polimi.it.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Electrical_eng_energy_ren.pdf
This track of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering aims to form graduates with a comprehensive scientific and technological background on electrical power systems. It builds on basic disciplines (covering digital signal processing, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering electromagnetics, measurements and diagnosis techniques, power electronics and electrical drives, design of electrical machines and apparatus, etc.) and provides solid skills in the areas of electrical energy and renewable sources, electrical systems in transportation, design and automation of electrical systems. Graduates will be highly employable in the sectors of generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electrical energy; manufacturing of electrical machines and power electronics equipment; industrial automation; design, production and operation of electrical systems for transportation (rail, automotive, aerospace and marine); companies operating on the electricity market.
The programme is taught in English.

Subjects

Measurement Oriented Digital Signal Processing, Electric Power Systems, Science And Technology of Electrical Materials, Power Electronics, Applied Statistics, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Electrical Switching Apparatus (or other offered courses), Construction and Design of Electrical Machines, Electric Systems for Transportation, Reliability Engineering and Quality Control, Electrical Drives

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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The Joint Master Degree in Sustainable Automotive Engineering (JMDSAE) provides courses in the field of Low Carbon Automotive Engineering and more largely in Electromobility. Read more

The Joint Master Degree in Sustainable Automotive Engineering (JMDSAE) provides courses in the field of Low Carbon Automotive Engineering and more largely in Electromobility. The partner institutions have the shared aim of promoting strong cooperation in order to implement the JMDSAE. In particular the objectives are:

  • Providing students with a broad scientific background and in-depth knowledge of the automotive related fields in order to become independent learners, capable of solving engineering problems in a multidisciplinary way.
  • Preparing graduates for the industry or for further research by equipping them with adequate knowledge and skills related to modern automotive systems.
  • Equipping graduates with the ability to critically evaluate their own work relative to other work in the field in order to establish best global practices.
  • Strengthening scientific, teaching and research collaborations within the European Union and other countries.
  • Developing a network of experts in the automotive field with leading academic and industrial partners.

Program structure

The JMDSAE consists of four semesters including an internship and a Master thesis.

Semester 1 & 2

University of Antwerp Term 1: September to December

AUTOMOTION AND ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES

  • Engine technologies and green fuels (6 ECTS)
  • Vehicle dynamics (3 ECTS)
  • Electric power subsystem in EV and HEV (6 ECTS)
  • Communication & Entrepreneurship (6 ECTS)

Loughborough University Term 2: January to March

POWERTRAIN

  • Powertrain calibration and optimization (10,5 ECTS)
  • Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains (10,5 ECTS)

University of Bordeaux Term 3: April to June

ELECTROMOBILITY

  • Design of EV/HEV powertrain (6 ECTS)
  • Analysis and modelling technical systems (6 ECTS)
  • Electro-mobility (6 ECTS)

Or:

University of Deusto Term 3: April to June

FUTURE VEHICLES

  • In-vehicle intelligent transportation (6 ECTS)
  • Vibro-acoustic comfort in electric powered (6 ECTS)
  • Lightweight structures (6 ECTS)

Semester 3: September to January

  • Compulsory internship in the industry, preferably with associated industrial partners (30ECTS).

Semester 4: February to June

  • Research thesis to be supervized by one of the partner institutions (30ECTS).

Strengths of this Master program

  • This innovative program covers different aspects of the electric/hybrid electric vehicle sector, thus responding to the ever changing energy needs of the automobile industry and the criteria of pollution reduction.
  • Courses cover the latest technological trends and knowledge in the topics of Automotion and Engine Technologies, Powertrain, Electromobility and Future Vehicles.
  • All classes are taught in English and language classes in each country are available.
  • Classes and internships take place within four different universities / countries, thus providing a rich multicultural background which develops students’ ability to adapt and work in different international environments.
  • Associated partners are leading actors within the automotive field thus providing innovative internship and networking possibilities for students.

After this Master program?

The European Commission estimates 12 million jobs within the European automotive industry. The industry also has strong economic connections to many other developing industrial sectors. There is therefore already a strong and growing need for a qualified workforce in this domain in Europe and throughout the world.

Graduates are expertly qualified to work in R&D departments that focus on the development of hybrid/electrical vehicles as well as parts of these vehicles as powertrains.



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The MSc Electrical Automotive Engineering seeks to provide a postgraduate education covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of the field. Read more

The MSc Electrical Automotive Engineering seeks to provide a postgraduate education covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of the field. The overall aim of the MSc Electrical Automotive Engineering is to:

  • Provide a deep and comprehensive understanding of the current electric/hybrid electric vehicles technology, concepts and challenges
  • Develop academic and practical skills in electric power related areas such as electrical machines and drives, power electronics and batteries covering all aspects of the vehicle’s powertrain
  • Develop a solid background on vehicle electronics, signal processing and communications needs and challenges.

This course aims to educate graduates, typically from a mechanical/automotive engineering background, in the modern area of electrical automotive engineering and provide a valuable qualification for this growing and expanding market. 

However, graduates in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer and Hardware Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Phsyics, Mathematics and other related fields of study in engineering/science would also have the required background to study this course and re-focus their know-how in automotive technology.



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Electric machines are a vital component in manufacturing, transport, and renewable energy systems. Read more

Electric machines are a vital component in manufacturing, transport, and renewable energy systems. Thermal and chemical aging of thin -film electrical insulation is a major problem in electric machines, as insulation deterioration gives rise to short circuits [1] which dramatically changes the electromagnetic circuits and causes unwanted localized Joule heating. This results in premature catastrophic failure of the electric machines due to excessive heating which destroys the insulation materials and leads to thermal runaway. Important research questions remain surrounding the simultaneous multi-stressing mechanisms acting on thin film insulation materials e.g. Polyesterimide (PEI) and Polyamide-imide (PAI). Further knowledge is needed to understand and model the multifaceted aspects of degradation and to develop non -destructive methods for the assessment of insulation health. This research will investigate the log-linear aging relationship from Arrhenius reaction theory and extend to the Zurchov [2] equation to account for mechanical stressing of composites.

Methodology Proposed

Applied aging experiments (thermal and chemical water ingress, using H2O and NaCl crystals) on existing and novel polymeric materials e.g. the structures to be studied typically comprise of conductor wires, copper (Cu), coated with a base layer of PEI and outer layer of PAI. Characterisation measurements: dielectric impedance spectroscopy, chemical Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), physical mass, peel strength and roughness, electrical resistance and breakdown voltage. Multi-physics models will also be investigated to relate the experimental findings with derived theoretical models.

Expected Outcomes

  • Graduate MSc/Ph.D. student with an applied Engineering Science thesis. Additional external funding will be sought to extend the student stipend for the Ph.D. duration.
  • Publish peer reviewed journal and conference articles. These will have a strong impact on this research field and to the wider academic and industrial community. This project will establish IT Carlow and Ireland has having expertise and specialist knowledge in the field condensed matter physics and polymer chemistry for thin-film in sulation materials for high voltage and power system applications. This will have an impact towards Ireland’s competitiveness and growth on an international level as a knowledge economy.
  • Forge strategic links and collaborations with the newly formed SFI research centre AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) centred at Trinity College Dublin. The fellowship will establish an important research strand at IT Carlow and thus pave the way for future funding bids e.g. SFI Spoke Award and European H2020.


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The Master of Science programme in Energy Engineering for an Environmentally Sustainable World (EEE-SW) is taught in English and offers a broad overview of the various technical issues related to energy and the environment. Read more

Mission and Goals

The Master of Science programme in Energy Engineering for an Environmentally Sustainable World (EEE-SW) is taught in English and offers a broad overview of the various technical issues related to energy and the environment. This special programme aims to prepare technicians capable of following and actively directing technological advances, operating effectively in a competitive and multi-disciplinary industrial context.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/energy-engineering/energy-engineering-for-an-environmentally-sustainable-world-track/

Career Opportunities

Graduates find employment in numerous industrial sectors, including industries producing and distributing energy, thermal, thermal-electric, air-conditioning and refrigeration plant design and management companies, energy management in companies or bodies with production objectives which may be far-removed energy. A Master of Science Engineer has openings in research and development as well as in activities related to the feasibility study and design of large-scale plant, innovative processes and development of technologically advanced machines and components.

For the academic year 2014-2015 prospective students with a university qualification obtained abroad can apply only for the 1st semester. This study course does not accept applications for the 2nd semester.
Applicants are required to take the GRE test (Graduate Record Examination) through ETS DI code 6939 in due time to have test scores sent to Welcome Desk Piacenza (welcome.piacenza(at)polimi.it) within the last day of the application period.

Recommended minimum GRE scores to be achieved for admission:
Verbal Reasoning: 155
Quantitative Reasoning: 155
Analytical Writing: 4.0

Only students with a Degree earned at an Italian University can apply without taking GRE test and they can also apply for admission at the 2nd semester.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Energy_Engineering_01.pdf
The programme provides a mix of design, operational and management skills, with particular emphasis on system and process engineering related to the production of basic energy carriers (electricity, heat and fuels) under tight environmental constraints. Students will learn how to evaluate and solve engineering issues (thermal, environmental, mechanical, chemical, electrical) raised by energy conversion systems, as well as analyze and assess operational and maintenance issues. Particular attention will be devoted to renewable energy sources, non-conventional energy technologies, emission control, electric systems with distributed power generation, etc. Teaching is organized around 3 core aspects: modeling and simulation tools; interdisciplinary vision; problem-solving approach. The programme is taught in English.

Subjects*

1st year – 1st semester
- Advanced Mathematical methods for energy engineering
- Advanced Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
- Fundamentals of chemical processes for energy and the environment
1st year – 2nd semester
- Turbomachinery and internal combustion engines
- Energy and environmental technologies for building systems
- Electric conversion of renewable energy sources
- Materials and manufacturing process for energy

2nd year – 1st semester
- Energy systems and low-carbon technologies
- Air pollution and control engineering
- Operation and control of machines for power generation
2nd year – 2nd semester
- Bio-energy and waste-to-energy technologies
- Smart grids and regulation for renewable energy sources
- Major independent project work

* The list and titles of the courses to be followed is undergoing a revision aimed at enhancing the focus of the programme on the connection between Energy and the Environment. This will entail a reduction of the credits devoted to manufacturing, operation and control of machines and an increase of the credits devoted to optimization methods, renewable energy, industrial ecology. The final list of courses to be taken for the Academic Year 2016-17 will be available in January 2016.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/energy-engineering/energy-engineering-for-an-environmentally-sustainable-world-track/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/energy-engineering/energy-engineering-for-an-environmentally-sustainable-world-track/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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The MSc in Science of Energy consists of.  six taught modules.  worth 10 ECTS each. These are structured around a . Read more

The MSc in Science of Energy consists of six taught modules worth 10 ECTS each. These are structured around a cross-cutting introductory module. The introductory module is designed to furnish students with all of the basic physics, chemistry and engineering concepts that are required to become an "Energy Scientist". These basics are complemented by essential "Economics of Energy" and "Principles of Energy Policy".

Now with the ability to understand and analyse the competing aspects of all of the essential science, engineering and economics pertinent to the energy discipline, the students proceed to Five specialised technically orientated core modules; "Conventional Energy Sources & Technologies", "Electric Power Generation and Distribution", "Sustainable Energy Sources & Technologies I & II", and "Managing the impact of Energy Utilisation".

With these modules completed and examined in the months September to April, students proceed to a 15 week research project worth 30 ECTS in a leading research laboratory or in industry in the months of May-August.

Course Structure

The curriculum is designed to allow students from a science, engineering, or other backgrounds with relevant experience, to gain the scientific knowledge needed to contribute to the energy sector. This can be through industry, business, academia, government policy or media communication. Students will examine the fundamental and applied science of how energy resources could be diversified from conventional polluting sources (e.g. CO2, NOX, SMOG) to renewable sources, where the sustainability of both the energy source and the conversion technology is presently unknown.

Programme at a Glance

1. Introductory Module - September to November

  • Energy Policy and Economics of Energy
  • Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer & Reaction Kinetics
  • Energy Generation & Storage Electromagnetism
  • Greenhouse Gases and the Carbon Cycle

2. Specialised Modules - December to March

  • Conventional Energy Sources & Technology
  • Electric Power Generation and Distribution
  • Sustainable Energy Sources & Technologies
  • Managing the Impact of Energy Consumption

3. Dissertation by Research - April to August

  • 15 week Research Placement in Industry or Academia

Programme Information

The programme includes interactive lessons, workshops and group projects. Students can also undertake research in the form of a company project instead of the standard dissertation.



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This course provides a specialist education in power electronics and drives techniques, and current practices. This training programme has been developed to provide an up to date and dynamic course in power electronics and drives and their applications. Read more

This course provides a specialist education in power electronics and drives techniques, and current practices.

This training programme has been developed to provide an up to date and dynamic course in power electronics and drives and their applications.

The control and conversion of electric power using solid-state techniques are now commonplace in both the domestic and industrial environments. A recent estimate suggested that over 40% of all electric power generated passes through silicon before reaching its final destination.

A knowledge and understanding of the diverse disciplines encompassed by power electronics - devices, converters, control theory and motor drive systems - is therefore essential to all power engineers.

This course aims to provide a specialist education in power electronics and drives techniques, covering key fundamental principles along with modern applications and current practices.

Key facts:

  • The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nottingham has long been at the forefront of research and teaching in the area of power electronics and drives.
  • The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • This course is accredited with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.


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Established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates, this course has been developed to provide the industry with high calibre engineers that are equipped with the necessary skills to advance vehicle technology to meet the demands of the future. Read more

Established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates, this course has been developed to provide the industry with high calibre engineers that are equipped with the necessary skills to advance vehicle technology to meet the demands of the future.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Automotive Engineering is suitable for graduates in engineering, physics or mathematics, and will prepare you for a career in this exciting field, from engine design to hybrid and electric vehicles, chassis and braking operations, and much more.

Why this course?

This course aims to provide graduates with the technical qualities, transferable skills and independent learning ability to make them effective in organisations that design and develop automotive products. Our strategic links with industry ensure that all of the course material is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organisations competing within the automotive sector. This industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable in the world for automotive companies to recruit.

We offer students the opportunity to study in a postgraduate only environment where Masters' graduates can go onto secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research. You will be taught by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners, and work alongside a strong research team at Cranfield University. Industry placements are on offer during research work.

Informed by Industry

The MSc in Automotive Engineering is directed by an Industrial Advisory Panel comprising senior engineers from the automotive sector. This maintains course relevancy and ensures that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. You will have the opportunity to meet this panel and present your individual research project to them at an annual event held in July. Panel members include:

  • Mr Rod Calvert, Automotive Management Consultant
  • Mr Doug Cross, Flybrid Automotive Ltd
  • Dr Jon Dixon, Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Dr Matthew Hancock, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mr Steve Liggins, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mr Paul McCarthy, JCB Power Systems
  • Mr Steve Miles, Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Dr Leon Rosario, Lotus Engineering
  • Mr Nuno Simoes, Multimatic Technical Centre Europe
  • Mr Steve Swift, Multimatic Technical Centre Europe
  • Dr John Temple, Nissan Technology Centre Europe
  • Mr Malcolm Thomson, AVL.

Accreditation

The MSc is accredited by Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

This course comprises eight compulsory taught modules that are assessed via a combination of written exams and individual coursework assignments, a group project and an individual research project.

Group project

You will undertake a substantial group project between October and March, which focuses on designing and optimising a particular vehicle system/assembly. This is designed to prepare you for the project-based working environment within the majority of the automotive industry.

As a group, you will be required to present your findings, market the product and demonstrate technical expertise in the form of a written submission and a presentation to the Industrial Advisory Board, academic staff and fellow students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

View details of the 2017 Group Project - Design of an autonomous (self driving) electric vehicle

Individual project

The individual research project is the largest single component of the course taking place between April and August. It allows you to develop specialist skills in an area of your choice by taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical application, usually involving a design feasibility assessment, systems analysis or facility development. Most of the projects are initiated by industrial contacts or associated with current research programmes.

In recent years, some industry sponsors have given students the opportunity to be based on site. Thesis topics will often become the basis of an employment opportunity or PhD research topic.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

Our postgraduate Automotive Engineering course provides you with the necessary skills for a career in the automotive industry. Cranfield’s automotive graduates have an excellent employment record and currently occupy positions of high responsibility in industry, such as managers of research establishments, chief engineers, engine and vehicle programme managers. Some of our graduates decide to continue their education through PhD studies with Cranfield University.

Companies that have recruited graduates of this course include:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Lotus
  • Millbrook Proving Ground
  • McLaren
  • Ricardo.

We also arrange company visits and career open days with key employers.



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Are you interested in working in the electrical power engineering and renewable energy sectors? This course will give you a thorough understanding of power electronics, electric drive systems, smart grids, wind power, photovoltaic and other distributed generation systems. Read more
Are you interested in working in the electrical power engineering and renewable energy sectors? This course will give you a thorough understanding of power electronics, electric drive systems, smart grids, wind power, photovoltaic and other distributed generation systems.

The course, which enjoys very high student satisfaction rates, has been carefully designed to meet the needs of industry. It also meets the academic requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), by whom it is fully accredited.

Electrical power engineers need to be able to work in multidisciplinary teams and to show organisational and commercial skills alongside technical knowledge. The course therefore has a strong focus on project management, self-development and employability.

You’ll benefit from the University’s excellent facilities that include specialist electrical and electronics laboratory resources. Northumbria has a well-established reputation for producing graduates who can apply their knowledge to generate creative solutions for sustainable electrical power systems.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

This course can also be started in January - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/electrical-power-engineering-msc-ft-dtfepz6/

Learn From The Best

Our teaching team includes experts from the Northumbria Photovoltaics Application Centre (NPAC) and Power and Wind Energy Research (PaWER) group. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. Our industrial links help inform our curriculums and ensure a variety of site visits and input from practitioners via guest lectures.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, computer workshops, individual tutorials, and group projects. As this is a master’s course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a practical or theoretical master’s dissertation that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, exams, technical reports and presentations.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

Learning Environment

Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for electrical power engineering. Our laboratories have equipment that includes oscilloscopes, signal generators and Labview software as well as National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to measure and control signal voltages.

Our New and Renewable Energy Laboratory is an excellent resource for research into power networks, wind energy, photovoltaics and battery testing for electric vehicles. All our facilities are backed up by a team of technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

To facilitate group projects there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. With our problem-solving approach you’ll acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills as you progress through the course. These skills will come together in the practical/theoretical dissertation that you’ll undertake, which will require independent research and appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation and synthesis.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research. Our specialist interests include electrical and electronic engineering, mobile communication, microelectronic, renewable and sustainable energy technologies, and advanced materials.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in the electrical power engineering and renewable energy sectors. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The group projects will provide experience of working with others while also raising your awareness of commercial considerations and how industry operates. One project involves the development of an innovative product that must satisfy pre-determined criteria including a realistic business model.

Your dissertation can be linked to the University’s on-going research, giving you experience of being incorporated into a pre-existing working team and environment. Alternatively you can undertake a practice-based dissertation that’s linked to a project that you’ve chosen for its relevance to your interests, self-development and career prospects.

The Advanced Practice semester will help you develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants.

A two-year master’s course, like this one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

When it comes to applying for jobs our Careers and Employment Service offers resources and support that will help you find roles matching your interests and skills. You will be able to access a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Your Future

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to start or continue a career in electrical power engineering and/or the renewable energy industry. Roles could include designing, developing and maintaining electrical control systems and components.

You could also undertake a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Commercial products today combine many technologies, and industry is increasingly interdisciplinary. This course is designed to meet this demand, giving you an interdisciplinary knowledge base in modern electronics including power, communications, control and embedded processors. Read more

Commercial products today combine many technologies, and industry is increasingly interdisciplinary. This course is designed to meet this demand, giving you an interdisciplinary knowledge base in modern electronics including power, communications, control and embedded processors.

You’ll develop a broad grasp of a range of interlocking disciplines, combining core modules developing your practical lab skills and industry awareness with a range of optional modules that allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests or career plans. Next-generation silicon technologies, electric drives and generating electric power from renewable sources are among the topics you could study.

This course will appeal to people with a broad interest in electronics and communications, as well as those who are interested in modern communications techniques, radio propagation, cellular mobile systems, control systems, power and drives, and modern system on-chip technology.

Specialist facilities

Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities. These include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives.

Depending on your choice of project, you may have use of our Terahertz photonics lab, ultrasound and bioelectronics labs, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds.

The School also contains facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility. The Faculty is also home to the £4.3 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.



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Renewable energy production is increasing rapidly and there is a global shortage of trained engineers. With this master’s course you’ll have a highly relevant qualification that’s accredited by the Engineering Council via the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Read more
Renewable energy production is increasing rapidly and there is a global shortage of trained engineers. With this master’s course you’ll have a highly relevant qualification that’s accredited by the Engineering Council via the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The course covers topics such as photovoltaic, wind, thermo-mechanical energy conversion systems, hybrid renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, building energy modelling and engineering optimisation.

The University has a well-established reputation for renewable and sustainable energy technologies.

You’ll benefit from excellent technical facilities including specialist workshops. We also have a laboratory that’s dedicated to power networks, wind energy, photovoltaics and battery testing for electric vehicles.

For more information about the January start for this course, please view the website: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/renewable-and-sustainable-energy-technologies-msc-ft-dtfrws6/

Learn From The Best

Our teaching team includes experts from Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research Group. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. Our industrial links help inform our curriculums and ensure a variety of site visits and input from practitioners via guest lectures.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, and group projects. As this is a master’s course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a master’s project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, exams, technical reports and presentations.

Module Overview
KB7003 - Building Energy and Environmental Modelling (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7030 - Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7040 - Sustainable Development for Engineering Practitioners (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7042 - Thermo-Mechanical Energy Conversion Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7043 - Multidisciplinary Design & Engineering Optimisation (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7045 - Wind, Photovoltaic and Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7052 - Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for renewable and sustainable energy technologies. For example our New and Renewable Energy Laboratory is an excellent resource for research into power networks, wind energy, photovoltaics and battery testing for electric vehicles. All our facilities are backed up by a team of technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

To facilitate group projects there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. With our problem-solving approach you’ll acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills as you progress through the course. These skills will come together in the master’s project that you’ll undertake, which will require independent research and appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation and synthesis.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research. One of Northumbria’s signature research themes is ‘Future Engineering’, which is about innovation in the engineering industry so that it’s fit for purpose in the 21st century. We also have particular interests in smart materials and sustainable technologies.

Give Your Career An Edge

MSc Renewable and Sustainable Technologies has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Chartered status is associated with improved employability and higher salaries.

The course will equip you with the expertise to design, optimise, apply and evaluate renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Your master’s project will extend your practical experience of industry-standard hardware and software tools. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

When it comes to applying for jobs our Careers and Employment Service offers resources and support that will help you find roles matching your interests and skills. You will be able to access a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Your Future

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to start or continue a career in renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Renewable energy production could increase by up to 1,000% by 2050 compared to 2010, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, so there will be a pressing need for well-trained professionals.

You could also undertake a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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