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Do you want to be able to help design the next generation of renewable energy systems, clean cars and aircraft? Do you want to be able to invent the electrical systems for future factories and robots?. Read more
Do you want to be able to help design the next generation of renewable energy systems, clean cars and aircraft? Do you want to be able to invent the electrical systems for future factories and robots?

The Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) is a 1 year degree course that provides its students with the knowledge to design, construct and analyse integrated networks of power electronic converters, electrical machines, actuators, energy storage devices, and control systems. As a result of recent technical advances, PEMD technology is becoming commonplace and can be found for example in more-electric aircraft and ships, electric vehicles, railway systems, renewable power generation, active management of power distribution systems, automation systems for factories and industrial processes. The adoption of PEMD technology is being driven by the need to increase energy efficiency, and controllability, whilst reducing system weight and maintenance costs.

This MSc course has been designed to equip electrical engineers with the knowledge and skills that are required to design modern PEMD systems, it includes the fundamentals of electrical machine and power electronics design, system integration, control, energy management and protection. The teaching team of eight academic staff belong to the Power Conversion Group and are all actively involved in researching new aspects of machines, drives, power electronics and electrical systems, particularly for applications in transport and sustainable electricity supply. The Group's research activities and industrial links inform the course content and enrich the student experience.

Aims

-To enable you to gain experience in the design and analysis of systems in electrical engineering, for example renewable energy, more-electric aircraft, vehicles, and next-generation electric power transmission
-To enable you to critically evaluate electrical machine and converter technology applied in manufacturing, power systems and transport industries
-To employ recent developments in these research areas and to prepare students who wish to continue on to research studies
-To develop your ability to integrate strands of machines, power electronics, drives and their control

The MSc course begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of converters, machines, actuators and relevant control systems. The course will give you a high level of exposure to system integration and is illustrated by a broad range of high-technology activities related to industrial and other systems.

The next five course units give specialist tuition on advanced topics including machine design, systems analysis, converter circuits and applications. In addition to lectures, tutorials, design exercises and enquiry-based learning, you will attend industrial seminars and practical laboratories which employ mainly industrial equipment. The course will include a `mechatronic' emphasis in examining how system blocks interact and ensuring that electrical and mechanical systems work together.

The summer is spent on this individual dissertation project, which is strongly supported by the Power Conversion Research Group's research base (including the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre) and extensive industrial contacts. Cutting-edge research areas include versatile power and conversion systems for a variety of applications, including more-electric aircraft and ships, electric and hybrid vehicles, automation systems and autonomous/micro-grid power systems.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the course will have acquired in-depth education in modern design, broad exposure to the expanding range of applications, hands-on experience and integration into state-of-the-art systems. These comprise the special knowledge and skills needed for a professional career in energy conversion systems, an area in which engineers are in demand for key power electronic/drives/automation industries.

Industry's competitive edge relies on high-technology drives and in the integration of systems to provide superior overall performance. Applications include the `more electric aircraft', electric transport and high-reliability systems.

Our students have been employed by companies such as:
-ABB
-BAE Systems
-Cummings Turbo Technologies
-GE Energy
-National Instruments
-Rolls-Royce
-Siemens

Opportunities also exist for further study to doctoral level (PhD) in the Power Conversion Group's recently re-equipped and expanding research laboratories.

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Renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions now top the global environmental agenda. This programme addresses the fundamentals of renewable energy and shows how solar, wind and other such energy sources can be efficiently integrated into practical power systems. Read more

Renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions now top the global environmental agenda. This programme addresses the fundamentals of renewable energy and shows how solar, wind and other such energy sources can be efficiently integrated into practical power systems.

You’ll study core power engineering topics such as power electronic converters, machines and control alongside modules specific to renewable energy sources, on topics like power system modelling, analysis and power converters.

At the same time, you’ll study a unique set of modules on the efficient generation of electricity from solar and wind power, as well as integrating renewable generators into micro-grids, with stability analysis and active power management. Power electronics design is covered in depth, including conventional and emerging converter topologies and advances in semiconductor power devices.

You’ll be prepared to meet the renewable energy challenges of the 21st century in a wide range of careers.

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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 research project, you may also have access to our labs in ultrasound and bioelectronics or our Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility.

Accreditation

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

Course content

Core modules that run throughout the year will allow you to take part in different lab-based projects and explore different forms of renewable energy as well as how they can be integrated into electricity systems. You’ll also consider how renewable source-powered generations can be integrated into the grid and analysis and design of control systems.

To build your understanding of the global electronics industry, you’ll also complete a dissertation. This could take the form of a business, manufacturing or outsourcing plan, a proposal for research funding or an essay on a specific aspect of the industry.

You’ll complete your studies with three optional modules, selecting one from each of three pairs that cover different topics. If you have no experience of c-programming you’ll take a module that develops those skills, or another focusing on software development. You’ll choose between Power Electronics and Drives and Electric Drives and take another module from Energy Management and Conservation and Energy in Buildings.

Over the summer months you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research groups, focusing on a specialist topic in power electronics, power engineering and control and selecting the appropriate research methods.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Industry Dissertation 15 credits
  • Mini Projects and Laboratory 15 credits
  • Grid-Connected Microgeneration Systems 15 credits
  • Micro-grid Laboratory 15 credits
  • Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources 15 credits
  • Control Systems Design 15 credits
  • Main Project 45 credits

Optional modules

  • Energy Management and Conservation 15 credits
  • Micro- and Nano-Electromechanical Systems 15 credits
  • Power Electronics and Drives 15 credits
  • Electric Drives 15 credits
  • Programming 15 credits
  • Software Development 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems MSc(Eng) in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Projects

The research project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Recent projects by students on this programme have included:

  • Power Flow Control of a Distribution Network using FACTS Devices
  • Module Integrated Converters for Photovoltaic Energy Systems
  • Modelling and Control of Parallel Connected Inverters
  • Power Regulation in the Power System using an Energy Storage Device
  • Application of Current Source Converters to Power Flow Control in a Power System
  • Control of a Renewable Energy System based Microgrid having an Energy Storage System as Backup
  • Control of a Grid Connected Wind Energy System under Abnormal Operating Conditions
  • DC-AC Inverter for grid-side connection of an induction generator
  • Modelling and control of a DC motor simulating a wind turbine

Career opportunities

Renewable energy and efficient power conversion systems are of immense importance worldwide and graduates of this course can expect to find jobs in a wide variety of industries including the electronics, automotive, transport, construction, industrial automation, power utility, energy, oil and environmental sectors.

You’ll be well-placed to develop practical solutions to the problem of integrating renewable energy systems into established electricity distribution networks. You should be able to contribute to strategic planning, systems implementation and operation of sustainable power generation systems.

This programme is also excellent preparation for PhD study. 



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This programme for graduates in electronic engineering or similar subjects will prepare you to become a senior manager or entrepreneur in global companies, where understanding technology and managing innovation in business are key to success. Read more

This programme for graduates in electronic engineering or similar subjects will prepare you to become a senior manager or entrepreneur in global companies, where understanding technology and managing innovation in business are key to success.

Jointly delivered by the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Leeds University Business School, the course allows you to tailor the programme of studies to your needs, selecting optional modules from three engineering themes and four business themes. A set of core modules provides the foundation of your knowledge and skills.

You’ll be taught by leading experts in technology and in business management, with practical lab classes and project work allowing you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying topics from your lectures and tutorials to real-life engineering and business situations.

This joint programme offers a unique opportunity to enhance both your technical and managerial skills.

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in areas pertinent to emerging and developing technologies. These technologies include future wireless and optical communications systems, renewable energy systems, ultrasound and bioelectronics systems, as well as nano, terahertz, and quantum technologies.

Leeds University Business School is also a leading international business school, globally, in the top 1%. It has world ranked programmes and internationally recognised teaching. You'll leave as a graduate of one of the top ten universities targeted by key employers such as Google, HSBC, Rolls-Royce and the Civil Services.

Course content

A set of compulsory modules form the core of the programme, developing your understanding of the electronics and technology industries as well as fundamental business management topics.

You’ll study the principles of managing innovation and gain an understanding of risk perception, as well as operations and supply chain management. A dissertation will allow you to research and gain an in-depth understanding of key issues in developing technologies. Your research project will allow you to study how a new technology in electronic, electrical or communications engineering is being applied to a commercial environment.

To complete your studies, you’ll gain additional specialist knowledge through your choice of optional modules related to a range of different themes. You don’t have to choose modules from within the same themes – you can study topics as diverse or as specialised as you want to reflect your own interests or career plans.

Themes include healthcare technologies, energy, information management and other topics that reflect the research strengths of both Leeds University Business School and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. We will expect you to take one or two optional modules offered by LUBS.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Engineering, Technology and Business Management module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Industry Dissertation 15 credits
  • Engineering, Technology and Business Management Project 45 credits
  • Risk Perception and Communication 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Managing for Innovation 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Wireless Communications Systems Design 15 credits
  • Communication Network Design 15 credits
  • Optical Communications Networks 15 credits
  • Data Communications and Network Security 15 credits
  • Micro- and Nano-Electromechanical Systems 15 credits
  • Grid-Connected Microgeneration Systems 15 credits
  • Micro-grid Laboratory 15 credits
  • Power Electronics and Drives 15 credits
  • Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources 15 credits
  • Electric Drives 15 credits
  • Control Systems Design 15 credits
  • Electric Power Generation and Distribution 15 credits
  • Digital Media Engineering 15 credits
  • Medical Electronics and E-Health 15 credits
  • Programming 15 credits
  • Software Development 15 credits
  • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
  • Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks 15 credits
  • Creative Industries Management 15 credits
  • Advanced Management Decision Making 15 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Engineering Technology and Business Management MSc(Eng) in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Career opportunities

The combination of technical and business knowledge you’ll gain from this programme will leave you well-placed for senior roles in the electronics industry, with sectors including energy and power, telecommunications, consumer electronics and aerospace. Many such organisations need engineers with a deep understanding of business and management issues.

More and more graduates are also finding careers in a range of companies that are applying digital technologies to improve their business.

Careers support

You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.

The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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This two-year Erasmus Mundus masters course has been developed by 4 leading European universities in partnership with 16 major international companies/organisations to respond to key challenges facing the energy sector. Read more
This two-year Erasmus Mundus masters course has been developed by 4 leading European universities in partnership with 16 major international companies/organisations to respond to key challenges facing the energy sector:

the development of new energy sources and understanding their implications on power systems
identifying methods to reduce CO2 emissions by increasing energy efficiency and using cleaner energy sources
One solution explored by this masters programme is the development of electric and hybrid electric vehicles which will help reduce CO2 emissions and lessen our reliance on fossil fuels. This innovative programme also looks at electrical power systems, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and has a strong focus on innovation and sustainability issues.

Students will investigate:

the management of generation technologies, particularly renewable energy sources
grid connection interfaces including electronic power converters
transport and distribution systems, including smart grids and micro-grid concept
the impact of electrical transportation systems (EV/HEV) on the electrical network
power electronics applications for EV/HEV

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