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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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The MSc Power Electronics, Machines and Drives is a flexible study programme designed for UK industrially-based, part-time students. Read more
The MSc Power Electronics, Machines and Drives is a flexible study programme designed for UK industrially-based, part-time students. It enables you to combine traditional classroom-based study with modern web-based distance learning.
This part-time MSc was originally set up with EPSRC funding to provide a training programme in power electronics, machines and drives, and their applications. The course material is regularly reviewed and updated to meet the needs of engineers in industry.

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, machines and motor drives - 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, machines and drives techniques, covering key fundamental principles along with modern applications and current practices.

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On the MSc in Power Electronics and Control, the development of skills and advancement of knowledge focus on enabling you to solve multidisciplinary problems related to energy conversion, renewable energy systems integration and energy efficiency. Read more
On the MSc in Power Electronics and Control, the development of skills and advancement of knowledge focus on enabling you to solve multidisciplinary problems related to energy conversion, renewable energy systems integration and energy efficiency. Alongside this there will be the opportunity for you to develop practical skills for the analysis, design and application of power conversion systems in key areas of industry.

You will cover subject specific subjects such as Advanced Power Electronics and Control and Control of Engineering Systems alongside cohort taught subjects to develop their management skills and their employability.

The successful postgraduates of the course will acquire the knowledge and understanding, intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for the analysis and synthesis of problems in engineering and manufacturing through a combination of experimental, simulation, research methods and case studies. You can expect to gain work in a range of disciplines within a variety of industries from specialist technical roles to positions of management responsibility.

Why choose this course?

-Gain experience of integrating and designing systems that are based on renewable energy systems.
-Develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental technologies used in the control and conversion of electric power.
-Supported by the School which has over 25 years' experience of teaching electronic engineering and has established an excellent international reputation in this field.
-We offer extensive lab facilities for engineering students, including the latest software packages.

Careers

You will typically be employed to manage power systems projects and deploy appropriate tools to create/manage applications. Within your area of expertise, you will be making independent design decisions on mission-critical systems.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff is always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. In addition, our staff are active in research and useful elements of it are reflected on the learning experience.

The School of Engineering and Technology has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussions with staff and other students.

A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School of Engineering and Technology has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible.

Structure

Modules
-Advanced Power Electronics and Control
-Artificial Intelligence
-Control of Engineering Systems
-Digital Signal Processing and Processes
-Embedded Control Systems
-MSc Project
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grids Technology

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Master's course in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy places strong emphasis on state-of-the-art semiconductor devices and technologies, advanced power electronics and drives, and advanced power systems. The Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course also covers conventional and renewable energy generation technologies. Exciting new developments such as wide band gap electronics, energy harvesting, solar cells and biofuels are discussed and recent developments in power electronics are highlighted.

Key Features of MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy

The College of Engineering has an international reputation for electrical and electronics research for energy and advanced semiconductor materials and devices.

Greenhouse gas emission and, consequently, global warming are threatening the global economy and world as we know it. A non-rational use of electrical energy largely contributes to these.

Sustainable energy generation and utilisation is a vital industry in today’s energy thirsty world. Energy generation and conversion, in the most efficient way possible, is the key to reducing carbon emissions. It is an essential element of novel energy power generation system and future transportation systems. The core of an energy conversion system is the power electronics converter which in one hand ensures the maximum power capture from any energy source and on another hand controls the power quality delivered to grid. Therefore the converter parameters such as efficiency, reliability and costs are directly affecting the performance of an energy system.

Transmission and distribution systems will encounter many challenges in the near future. Decentralisation of generation and storage systems has emerged as a promising solution. Consequently, in the near future, a power grid will no longer be a mono-directional energy flow system but a bi-directional one, requiring a much more complex management.

The MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy is modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time Delivery mode

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Modules

Modules on the MSc Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course can vary each year but you could expect to study:

Advanced Power Electronics and Drives

Power Semiconductor Devices

Advanced Power Systems

Energy and Power Engineering Laboratory

Power Generation Systems

Modern Control Systems

Wide Band-Gap Electronics

Environmental Analysis and Legislation

Communication Skills for Research Engineers

Optimisation

Facilities

The new home of MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy is at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Engineering at Swansea University has extensive IT facilities and provides extensive software licenses and packages to support teaching. In addition the University provides open access IT resources.

Our new WOLFSON Foundation funded Power Electronics and Power System (PEPS) laboratory well-appointed with the state-of the-art equipment supports student research projects.

Careers

Employment in growing renewable energy sector, power electronic and semiconductor sector, electric/hybrid vehicle industry.

The MSc Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy is for graduates who may want to extend their technical knowledge and for professional applicants be provided with fast-track career development. This MSc addresses the skills shortage within the power electronics for renewable energy sector.

Links with industry

BT, Siemens, Plessey, GE Lighting, Schlumberger, Cogsys, Morganite, Newbridge Networks, Alstom, City Technology, BNR Europe, Philips, SWALEC, DERA, BTG, X-Fab, ZETEX Diodes, IQE, IBM, TSMC, IR, Toyota, Hitachi.

As a student on the MSc Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course, you will learn about numerical simulation techniques and have the opportunity to visit electronics industries with links to Swansea.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

With recent academic appointments strengthening electronics research at the College, the Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) has been re-launched to support these activities.

The Centre aims to represent all major electronics research within the College and to promote the Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree.

Best known for its research in ground-breaking Power IC technology, the key technology for more energy efficient electronics, the Centre is also a world leader in semiconductor device modelling, FEM and compact modelling.



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About the course. The deployment of power electronic converters and electrical machines continues to grow at a rapid rate in sectors such as hybrid and all-electric vehicles, aerospace, renewables and advanced industrial automation. Read more

About the course

The deployment of power electronic converters and electrical machines continues to grow at a rapid rate in sectors such as hybrid and all-electric vehicles, aerospace, renewables and advanced industrial automation.

In many of these applications, high performance components are combined into sophisticated motion control and energy management systems. This course will give you a rigorous and in-depth knowledge of the key component technologies and their integration into advanced systems.

Our graduates are in demand

Many go to work in industry as engineers for large national and international companies, including ARUP, Ericsson Communications, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Intel Asia Pacific.

Real-world applications

This is a research environment. What we teach is based on the latest ideas. The work you do on your course is directly connected to real-world applications.

We work with government research laboratories, industrial companies and other prestigious universities. Significant funding from UK research councils, the European Union and industry means you have access to the best facilities.

How we teach

You’ll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us among the UK top five for this subject. Our courses are centred around finding solutions to problems, in lectures, seminars, exercises and through project work.

Accreditation

All of our MSc courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), except the MSc(Eng) Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives and MSc(Eng) Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing. We are seeking accreditation for these courses.

Core modules

  • Power Electronic Converters
  • AC Machines
  • Permanent Magnet Machines and Actuators
  • Motion Control and Servo Drives
  • Advanced Control of Electric Drives
  • Energy Storage and Management
  • MSc Individual Project
  • Major Research Project

Examples of optional modules

  • Power Semiconductor Devices
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Packaging and Reliability of Microsystems
  • Electronic Communication Technologies
  • Systems Design

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through research-led teaching, lectures, laboratories, seminars, tutorials and coursework exercises. Assessment is by examinations, coursework and a project dissertation with poster presentation.




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NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?. If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Electrical Engineering. Read more
NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?
If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Electrical Engineering. It includes an extra semester of preliminary study to prepare you for postgraduate learning in the UK. We strongly recommend that all international students take this option as it is proven to improve your chances of success. Take a look at this alternative course here.

About this course
The modern power system is evolving with increasing use of power electronics, integration of renewable sources such as wind and solar development of embedded generation and microgrids. The MSc Electrical Engineering award is designed to produce engineers who are capable of engineering such a system. .

Core modules are:
-Research Methods & Project Management
-Power Electronics in Electrical Utility Systems
-Advanced Power Systems Analysis
-Power System Protection
-Flexible AC Transmission Systems and Custom Power
-MSc Project

Option Modules are:​
-Energy Management
-Control Systems
-Photovoltaic Technology

Course content

The theme of the award is Power Electronics in Electrical supply industry. The module content and the award structure are designed so that this theme permeates through the award. The key modules, which have industrial input are "Power Electronics in Electric Utility Systems" , "Flexible AC Transmission systems" and "Power System Protection" . The option modules such as Energy Management and Control systems provide the students with the additional knowledge and skills for the formation of a true power electronics engineer. You will study 4 modules in the first semester.

In the second semester you will study 4 further modules. Upon successful completion of the project you will be awarded the MSc. Your study length can be variable depending on how much time you spend in industry which could include vacation work.

Employment opportunities

Career prospects are excellent. There is a severe shortage of Electrical Engineers worldwide. In particular the renewable energy sector is expanding and it is predicted that 1.5 million jobs will be available worldwide. The worldwide investment in renewable energy was $270 billion in 2014 according to UNEP's 9th "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015. Best students are being offered jobs even before they complete the award.

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This one-year programme is designed to equip graduates and professionals with a broad and robust training on modern power engineering technologies, with a strong focus on renewable energy conversion and smart grids. Read more

This one-year programme is designed to equip graduates and professionals with a broad and robust training on modern power engineering technologies, with a strong focus on renewable energy conversion and smart grids. It is suitable for recent graduates who wish to develop the specialist knowledge and skills relevant to this industry and is also suitable as advanced study in preparation for research work in an academic or industrial environment.

In semesters 1 and 2, the programmes comprises a mixture of taught courses, workshops and a group design project, led by leading experts in the field, covering the key topics in power systems, electrical machines and power electronics. The final part of the programme is an individual dissertation, which provides a good opportunity for students to apply their acquired skills to real problems in electrical power engineering.

This one year programme at the University of Edinburgh will immerse the students in the most current developments in the area of Electrical Power Engineering, through a combination of taught modules, workshops, a research dissertation, and a range of supporting activities delivered by internationally leading experts in the field. The programme develops through the year from advanced fundamental topics and research tools and techniques in electrical power engineering, to specialist courses on emerging technologies and advanced numerical methods for power engineering problems, and culminates in the summer dissertation project where the acquired skills in various areas are put into practice in application to an actual power engineering problem.

Topics covered within the individual courses of the programme, include (but are not limited to):

  • Fundamental and emerging power engineering technologies
  • Advanced numerical methods in application to electrical power engineering problems
  • Modern power conversion components & systems
  • Integration of renewable energy in the power system
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Electrical engineering aspects of energy storage
  • Power, telecommunications & control aspects of smart grids
  • Research and innovation management techniques.

In addition, our MSc students actively engage in research as part of their dissertation projects either within the Institute for Energy Systems or with industry, with some joining our PhD community afterwards.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses, followed by a research project leading to the submission of a Master’s Thesis.

Semester 1

  • Power Electronics, Machines & Systems
  • Power Engineering Research Techniques
  • Energy & Environmental Economics
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy

Semester 2

  • Power Conversion and Control
  • Power Systems Engineering & Economics
  • Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids

Research Project

  • Electrical Power Engineering Dissertation

The above courses correspond to 120 credits of taught material, plus 60 credits of a research project.

Learning outcomes

The main objective of the programme is to train the next generation of electrical power engineers who:

  • are aware of the most recent, cutting edge developments in power engineering;
  • have skills and training needed in both industrial and academic settings;
  • are able to tackle the global energy trilemma of supplying secure, equitable and environmentally sustainable energy, while appreciating the technical, social and economic challenges faced in both developed and developing countries.

Career opportunities

Governments worldwide are putting in place plans to decarbonise and modernise their electricity sector. A transition to a green economy will require a highly skilled workforce led by electrical power engineers with a solid academic background, an appreciation of the trajectory of the industry and an understanding of the challenges and implications brought about by the introduction of new power technologies.

According to the Institution for Engineering & Technology (IET): “The business of managing and distributing power in the UK is beginning to undergo revolutionary changes and [power] engineers are the people who will play a pivotal role in keeping the lights on”. This also holds true in many other developed and developing countries in the world.

Power engineers are employed in public/governmental organisations as well as in the private sector and cover areas spanning from generation, to conversion and transmission of electrical power, design and manufacturing of power components and systems, and energy policy and commerce. In the UK, experienced, chartered power engineers can earn around £45,000 a year on average*.

The programme will run in a close association with other activities within the broader Electrical Engineering programme within the School, including networking events, industrial presentations and seminars. It will benefit from the current strong connections with industry (coordinated by the Student Industry Liaison Manager, and existing research associations and consortia (such as the EPSRC Centre for Energy Systems Integration).



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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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With an ever growing demand for skilled electronic engineers, our course will equip you with the skills and expertise you’ll need to meet the challenges of a constantly changing industrial world. Read more
With an ever growing demand for skilled electronic engineers, our course will equip you with the skills and expertise you’ll need to meet the challenges of a constantly changing industrial world.

Your course will have a new home in Compass House, which will extend our campus along East Road. You’ll have the latest technology at your fingertips and be able to collaborate with other students on innovative projects to hone your skills.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/electronic-and-electrical-engineering

Our course covers a number of contemporary topics, including power electronics, signal processing, renewable systems, holistic modeling of electronic systems and image processing. Building on your previous experience, and with developed practical skills, you’ll leave with the expert knowledge and understanding to practice safely and effectively in a wide range of environments.

Cambridge is home to the Silicon Fen, Europe’s largest high-technology commercial research and development centre. We have excellent, established links with many employers in the sector including:

- ARM Ltd
- British Computer Society
- Cambridge Network
- Cambridge Silicon Radio
- E2V
- Ford Motor Company
- Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems
- South East Essex PCT

Our specially equipped laboratories provide you with the essential tools you need in the field of industrial electronics and microelectronics. Among other features they are equipped with wind and solar energy systems, development boards with FPGA circuits and power electronics modules. You’ll also have access to our CAD laboratories with the very latest software.

This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/electronic-and-electrical-engineering

Our course is designed to address the challenges of the modern industrial world. It focuses on power electronics, renewable systems, signal processing, holistic modelling of electronic systems and image processing. The main aims of the course are to:
• Meet a local, national and international demand for skilled electronic and electrical engineers.
• Provide an opportunity for students to gain in-depth relevant specialist knowledge in electronics systems design.
• Synthesise formal solutions through the application of specialist knowledge to design and create innovative electronic and electrical circuits.
• Perform and develop objective and critical analysis skills necessary to synthesis effective solutions when presented with a set of specifications.
• Equip you with the appropriate depth in understanding of electronic engineering development tools and techniques.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:
• Exercise an in-depth understanding of the design mechanisms which can be used to create electronic and electrical designs and critically evaluate their effectiveness.
• Demonstrate an ability to deal with complex and interdependent design issues both systematically and creatively in a sustainability context.
• Analyse and devise strategies to design, evaluate and optimise microelectronics based systems.
• Critically evaluate the tools and techniques required to create microelectronics circuits which satisfy specifications.
• Analyse current research and technical problems within the discipline for further reflection for evaluation and critique.
• Recognise your obligations to function in a professional, moral and ethical way.
• Synthesise original circuit design from a knowledge of current tools, methodologies and strategies.
• Critically survey current and recent practice in the field of electronic and electrical engineering, in a sustainability context, in order to identify examples of best practice and to propose new hypotheses.
• Develop the ability to act autonomously to plan and manage a project through its life cycle, and to reflect on the outcomes.
• Define the goals, parameters and methodology of a research and development activity.

Careers

The possibilities that are open to you range from design or systems engineering, to medical electronics, environmental monitoring, sound technology biophysics or microelectronics. Across industry, whether it’s in process control, construction and building or services, teaching and beyond, there’ll be opportunities to find your own specialist niche.

Core modules

Sustainable Technologies
DSP Applications and ARM® Technology
Digital Systems Design with VHDL and FPGAs
Power Conversion Systems
Remote Sensing and the Internet of Things
Research Methods
Major Project

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through exams and written assignments based on case studies and scenarios.

Facilities

Our Department has specialist laboratories for electronics and microelectronics, equipped with wind and solar energy systems, power electronics modules, development boards with FPGA circuits and more. Our laboratories are designed, maintained, and operated by an in-house team of technical experts. Students also benefit from access to a wide range of central computing and media facilities.

We also operate modern electronic Computer Aided Design labs loaded with the latest software that includes Integrated Synthesis Environment Design Suite, Matlab, Simulink and other relevant software.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

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Gaining essential knowledge and skills in designing, managing, controlling and analysing the 21st century electric grid, you will bridge the gap that the Electrical Power industry is facing. Read more

Gaining essential knowledge and skills in designing, managing, controlling and analysing the 21st century electric grid, you will bridge the gap that the Electrical Power industry is facing. As an Electrical Power Engineer you will play a vital role in the development of a sustainable energy market. Your role will enable the merger of new technologies and the integration of renewable sources in the industry.

The MSc Electrical Power Engineering offers very exciting opportunities to understand the real challenges in future power networks and to develop innovative solutions.

GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment has almost 3 decades worth of graduates in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering field and this new Masters has been developed with UK-SPEC/IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) to develop motivated and critical thinkers for the industry.

Students on the MSc Electrical Power Engineering programme are encouraged to join the IET and the Energy Institute (EI) and to participate in the activities which are frequently hosted by GCU. Involvement in the activities of the engineering institutions is an important aspect of career development for you as a student engineer, especially from the point of view of the eventual attainment of Chartered Engineer Status.

What you will study

Through the world class research led activities you will undertake you will develop proficiency in:

  • Exploring operational principles and management of future power networks and the importance of network asset management
  • Analyse and design power systems problems
  • Managerial, communication and information technology skills
  • Innovative thinking to accommodate future technological changes
  • Sufficiently wide perspective of the subject area to evaluate problem solving approaches.

Module information

Project Planning & Management

This module aims to develop in the student, the ability to select, develop and plan an MSc research project; to research and critically analyse the literature associated with the project; to present research findings effectively; and to be able to apply a competent process of thinking to all aspects of the project. In addition, the module aims to give the student an appreciation of the relationship between these skills and those associated with industrial project management.

Power Electronics and Drive Systems

This module examines Electro-magnetism and rare earth permanent magnets. It illustrates the applications of power electronic devices in addition to control and design of converter circuits and determination of filter technologies based on harmonic calculations. Characteristics of modern power electronic devices, driver circuits and protection. Also, it shows analysis and design of practical applications of electrical machines and power electronic systems.

Power System Operation & Protection

Critically analyse and assess technical requirements for power system operation, management and planning. It also develops a comprehensive view of power flow analysis, stability and protections. Appropriate modelling, analysis and design skills of AC power systems in steady state and in post-fault operation will be introduced.

Control Systems

This module aims to consolidate advanced classical and modern control design techniques encompassing the practical considerations in applying control design in an industrial environment. The appropriateness and difficulties encountered in applying various design techniques in practice is explored.

Energy Audit and Energy Asset Management

This module provides an understanding of the basic concepts and exposure to the relevant international standards in the areas of interests before it focuses the strategies and procedures of carrying out energy audit and asset management. The module will focus on life cycle management, including commissioning/decommissioning of equipment, techniques available for condition monitoring and statistical tools for remaining life and risk analysis.

Smart Grid & Sustainable Energy Systems

The module aims to introduce smart grids and renewable energy systems. It equips students with a detailed knowledge and problem solving skills of the engineering aspects of smart grids and the renewable generation of electricity.

Advanced AC and DC Transmission Systems

The module aims to equip the students with the knowledge and skills required for the design and analysis of hybrid modern AC/DC power systems. This module develops the students' understanding of FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission Systems), HVDC and other emerging power electronics applications for power systems and puts emphasis on the skills required to analyse and design such systems.

Condition Monitoring

This module aims to provide an understanding of both Mechanical and Electrical Condition monitoring and associated instrumentation requirements for successful condition monitoring. The application of standard and non-standard electrical condition monitoring systems to a range of electrical plant will be explained. The students learn to use condition monitoring tools and then to evaluate the data provided by them.

MSc Dissertation

The project acts as a vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in some specialist area. It serves to develop and extend a range of high-level 'thinking' skills, including analysing and synthesising skills and affords the opportunity for the student to demonstrate initiative and creativity in a major piece of technological work.



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This programme is for graduate engineers wishing to work in the electrical power industry. It develops your knowledge of electrical power and energy systems, giving you a good understanding of the latest developments and techniques within the electrical power industry. Read more

This programme is for graduate engineers wishing to work in the electrical power industry. It develops your knowledge of electrical power and energy systems, giving you a good understanding of the latest developments and techniques within the electrical power industry.

Course details

The programme is centred around three major themes:

  • electrical power networks with emphasis on conventional networks, smart grids, high voltage direct current transmission and asset management of network infrastructure
  • renewable energies with emphasis on wind and solar power
  • power electronics with emphasis on power electronic convertors in converting and controlling power flows in electrical networks and renewable energy systems.

There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems – one year full time
  • MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems – two years part time
  • MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.The MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc.

What you study

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Asset Management
  • Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Techniques
  • Emerging Transmission Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills
  • Project Management and Enterprise
  • Renewable Energy Conversion Systems
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Research Project (Advanced Practice)
  • Smart Power Distribution

Advanced Practice options

  • Research Internship
  • Study Abroad
  • Vocational Internship

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems. 

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. It may include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

Employability

As an electrical power and energy systems engineer you can be involved in designing, constructing, commissioning and lifecycle maintenance of complex energy production, conversion and distribution systems. 

Your work can include energy storage systems, management and efficient use of energy in building, manufacturing and processing systems. You can also be involved in work relating to the environmental and economic impact of energy usage.

Examples of the types of jobs you could be doing include:

  • designing new electrical transmission and distribution systems
  • managing maintenance and repair
  • managing operations of existing systems
  • managing operations of a wind turbine farm
  • analysing the efficiency of hydroelectric power systems
  • evaluating the economic viability of new solar power installations
  • assessing the environmental impact of energy systems.


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This MSc programme in Sustainable Electrical Power aims to produce graduates capable of leading teams which will operate, control, design, regulate and manage the power systems and networks of the future. Read more

About the course

This MSc programme in Sustainable Electrical Power aims to produce graduates capable of leading teams which will operate, control, design, regulate and manage the power systems and networks of the future.

The course equips graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

-Power system engineering – using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods.
-Design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks.
-Regulatory frameworks for, and operation of, power systems and electricity markets.

The programme features practical workshops and the option of an industry-based dissertation. Students benefit from our high performance lab and computing facilities, including a grid-enabled cluster of processors. We’re also home to a world leading research group, the Brunel Institute of Power Systems.

Aims

Sustainable energy is a vital, growing sector and this newly designed MSc programme meets industry’s demand for engineers with advanced knowledge of sustainable electrical power and energy generation systems.

The course is suitable for:
- Graduates in power or electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related disciplines who aspire to work in the electrical power industry, especially within the renewable energy sector.
- Industrially experienced graduate engineers and managers who recognise the importance of developing new analytical and critical skills, and state-of-the-art methodologies associated with the development sustainable electrical power systems.

Course Content

Compulsory Modules:

Energy Economics and Power Markets
Power System Operation and Management
Power Electronics and FACTS
Power System Analysis and Security
Sustainable Power Generation
Power System Stability and Control
Project Management
Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop
Project & Dissertation

Special Features

All students enrolled in the course have the opportunity to develop real-world skills with the best globally available, cutting-edge power analysis software and tools. The course is also supported by a wide range of application oriented power engineering experiments carried out in a modern well-equipped practical power systems laboratory.

The Brunel Institute of Power Systems is an internationally leading research group specialising in the optimal design, operation and modelling of power systems, as well as in the economics of electricity markets.

Our high performance computing capability is considerable including a recently installed grid-enabled cluster of processors consisting of 20 dual processor nodes with dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

Major power system software are available including MATLAB/SIMULINK, Orcad, PSCAD, DigSILENT, IPSA, ETAP, and PowerWorld.

Electronic and Computer Engineering is one of the largest disciplines at Brunel University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £7.5 million and strong links with industry.

Our laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. We have comprehensive computing resources in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The discipline is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.

We have a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:

-Media Communications
-Wireless Networks and Communications
-Power Systems
-Electronic Systems
-Sensors and Instrumentation.

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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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This programme is for graduate engineers wishing to work in the electrical power industry. It develops your knowledge of electrical power and energy ystems, giving you a good understanding of the latest developments and techniques within the electrical power industry. Read more

This programme is for graduate engineers wishing to work in the electrical power industry. It develops your knowledge of electrical power and energy ystems, giving you a good understanding of the latest developments and techniques within the electrical power industry.

Course details

The programme is centred around three major themes:

  • electrical power networks with emphasis on conventional networks, smart grids, high voltage direct current transmission and asset management of network infrastructure
  • renewable energies with emphasis on wind and solar power
  • power electronics with emphasis on power electronic convertors in converting and controlling power flows in electrical networks and renewable energy systems.

What you study

For the postgraduate diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. 

For MSc students

For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Asset Management
  • Emerging Transmission Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills
  • Project Management and Enterprise
  • Renewable Energy Conversion Systems
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Smart Power Distribution

MSc only

  • Major Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems. 

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Employability

As an electrical power and energy systems engineer you can be involved in designing, constructing, commissioning and lifecycle maintenance of complex energy production, conversion and distribution systems. 

Your work could include energy storage systems, management and efficient use of energy in building, manufacturing and processing systems.

You could also be involved in work relating to the environmental and economic impact of energy usage.

Examples of the types of jobs you could be doing include:

  • designing new electrical transmission and distribution systems
  • managing maintenance and repair
  • managing operations of existing systems
  • managing operations of a wind turbine farm
  • analysing the efficiency of hydroelectric power systems
  • evaluating the economic viability of new solar power installations
  • assessing the environmental impact of energy systems.


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