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The 1-year Electrical Power Systems Masters/MSc is good, the 2-year Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc is even better!. Read more
The 1-year Electrical Power Systems Masters/MSc is good, the 2-year Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc is even better!

The 3rd energy industry revolution is taking place where the key is the development of electrical power systems in the contexts of smart grids. Electrical power systems are playing a pivotal role in the development of a sustainable energy supply, enabling renewable energy generation. Globally there is a big shortage of skilled engineers for designing, operating, controlling and the economic analysis of future electricity networks – smart grids

The new 2-year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will give you the timely advanced skills and specialist experience required to significantly enhance your career in the electrical power industry. The programme builds on a very close involvement with the power industry, the education of power engineers and extensive research work and expertise as well as the successful experience on the 1-year MSc Electrical Power Systems at the University of Birmingham. The 2-year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will be able to fill in the gap of skills between the 1-year MSc and PhD research.

Some modules will be taught by leading industry experts, which will give you the exciting opportunity to understand the real challenges that power industry is facing, hence propose innovative solutions. In addition, students working on relevant MSc projects may have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts directly.

The new 2-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will run in parallel with the existing 1-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems. The taught credits in the 1st year of the 2 Year MSc are identical to that of the 1-Year MSc while the 2nd Year is mainly focused on a research project.

This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and advanced research methods. Year 1 of the programme is focussed on the taught modules covering:

Control concepts and methods
Advanced energy conversion systems and power electronic applications
Advanced power electronic technologies for electrical power networks – HVDC and FACTS
Electrical power system engineering - using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods, and design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks
Economic analysis of electrical power systems and electricity markets.
While Year 2 of the programme will give you the opportunity to work on an advanced research project. For some suitable projects, in conjunction with joint industry supervisions, industry placement may be available.

It is envisaged there will be the opportunity for students to transfer between the two programmes using the University’s procedures for transfers between programmes, subject to programme requirements. This opportunity would take place at the end of the taught part of the programme.

About the School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, is an exceptionally broad subject. It sits between Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, Materials Science, Education, Biological and Medical Sciences, with interfaces to many other areas of engineering such as transportation systems, renewable energy systems and the built environment.
Our students study in modern, purpose built and up to date facilities in the Gisbert Kapp building, which houses dedicated state-of-theart teaching and research facilities. The Department has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and boasts an annual research fund of more than £4 million a year. This means that wherever your interest lies, you can be sure you’ll be taught by experts in the field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Effective use of renewable energy and improvements in the efficiency of power generation facilities will enable better energy management in the future and help reduce environmental impact. Read more

Why take this course?

Effective use of renewable energy and improvements in the efficiency of power generation facilities will enable better energy management in the future and help reduce environmental impact. This course responds to an urgent need for specialists in energy and power systems management, as well as a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in this field.

The course provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will equip both graduates and working professionals in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. It offers skills for operation, control, design, regulation and management of power systems and networks of the future. You will also receive training in and understanding of energy production, delivery, consumption and efficiency.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Benefit from experts in the industry who will deliver part of the course as visiting lecturers, bringing professional expertise and industry-relevant material
Be encouraged to reach a level of competence and professionalism where you can effectively integrate your technical and non-technical knowledge to solve a range of problems of a complex nature
Learn in a challenging and stimulating study environment
Develop a range of key skills by means of opportunities provided in the study units
Being an MSc course, you are encouraged and expected to be able to reach a level of competence and professionalism where you can effectively integrate your technical and non-technical knowledge to solve a range of problems of a complex nature.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course will help to maximise your career potential in this field and equips you to work as an engineer, at an advanced level, in the fields of energy and power systems management.

Module Details

You will study several key topics and complete a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry. Experts from Industry (STS Nuclear) deliver part of the course as visiting lecturers, bringing professional expertise and industry-relevant material to the programme.

Here are the units you will study:

Power Systems Technology: This unit provides an in-depth overview of contemporary electrical power systems. It covers the elements of electrical power systems including generation, transmission and distribution in the mixed energy source paradigm.

Electrical Machines and drives: Provides an in-depth overview of the operational principles and physical design of DC and AC electrical machines as well as broad understanding of concepts of power electronics and power electronic converters, so that you can describe their application and selection criteria. You will develop an understanding of the issues present in converter design, including the impact of physical layout and heat dissipation.

Energy Systems: Focuses on the techniques and principles of operation of thermodynamics and combustion systems, as well as the provision and management of energy. It also focuses on power generation and combined systems, BioMass processers application of heat and fluid transfer.

Renewable and Alternative Energy: Provides an in-depth coverage of the principles of renewable and alternative energy systems: Winds, Solar, BioMass, Geothermal, Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Technologies and Nuclear Energy.

Nuclear Technology: A study of nuclear engineering including the theory of atomic and nuclear physics, methods and benefits of generating electricity from nuclear power plants, and the effects of ionising radiation. The nuclear fuel cycle and the associated environmental impacts are also considered. The development of international guidance on nuclear and radiological safety and a comparison of national regulatory structures are analysed. The importance of safety cultures, safety behaviours and safety cases is a key element throughout this module.

Energy Management: The unit is specifically designed to provide the students with the basic of economical analysis and evaluation of energy projects and asset management as well as risk and hazard assessment, comprising legislation, hazard identification and quantification, quantified risk analyses, methods of elimination/mitigation, economic appraisal of integrated renewable, and petroleum projects; with numerous pertinent case studies.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis and you will spend a significant amount of time in our Energy, Power systems and Electronic laboratories.

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

Written examinations
Coursework
Laboratory-based project work
A major individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

This course is designed to respond to a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in energy and power systems management. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this ever expanding and dynamic field.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests ranging from overall system design to the more detailed development of subsystems. You will acquire the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in energy and power systems management and in the use of state-of-the-art computational tools, the design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks and regulatory frameworks. For practicing engineers with professional business experience, the course is an opportunity to update your knowledge of current design practice and also to familiarise themselves with developments in codes and methods of analysis.

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This course has been designed to meet the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. Read more
This course has been designed to meet the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for both practicing engineers and those considering a career in engineering.

The course has been designed to provide an in-depth insight into the technical workings, management and economics of the electrical power industry.

Objectives

This programme has been designed to meet the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. The aims are to produce graduates of a high calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of power systems and networks of the future.

The programme aims to:
-Provide you with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods.
-Provide an advanced education in electrical power engineering.
-Give you the education, knowledge and the skills you need to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing electricity supply industry.
-Provide a sound understanding of the principles and techniques of electrical power engineering.
-Give a broad knowledge of the issues and problems faced by electrical power engineers.
-Give a solid working knowledge of the techniques used to solve these problems.
-Provide a foundation in power systems principles for graduates with an engineering background.
-Demonstrate the practical relevance of these principles to the operation of successful enterprises in the broad field of electrical power engineering.
-Familiarise professional engineers and graduates with the theory and application of new technologies applied to power systems.

Academic facilities

Students in City's Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering benefit from a recent lab equipment upgrade worth £130,000. This includes photovoltaic trainers, three phase synchronous machines, AC motor speed control machines, single and three phase transformers, thryistor controllers, a power systems mainframe and power systems virtual instrumentation.

The equipment is essential in training students to be highly skilled professionals in the energy industry.

The photovoltaic trainer, for instance, is a desk-top instrument which teaches the fundamental principles of photovoltaic energy. The 'photovoltaic effect' is a method of energy generation which converts solar radiation into an electrical current using semiconductors arranged into solar cells.

Teaching and learning

Modules are delivered by academics actively involved in energy related research, as well as visiting lecturers from the power industry who provide a valuable insight into the operation of energy companies.

Industry professionals give several seminars throughout the year. At least two industrial trips are organised per academic year.

Modules

The modules for this course are delivered over two semesters, with weekly lessons scheduled over two days a week. The third semester is spent completing a project that involves writing a dissertation and presenting findings. This course is organised into eight modules provided on a weekly basis.

Course content
-Introduction to Power Systems & Energy Management EPM874 (15 credits)
-Systems Modelling EPM744 (15 credits)
-Renewable Energy Fundamentals and Sustainable Energy Technologies EPM879 (15 credits)
-Transmission and Distribution Systems Management EPM875 (15 credits)
-Power Systems Design and Simulation EPM423 (15 credits)
-Power Electronics EPM501 (15 credits)
-Power Systems Protection and Grid Stability EPM990 (15 credits)
-Economics of the Power Industry EPM101 (15 credits)
-Dissertation EPM949 (60 credits)

Career prospects

Graduates are prepared for careers that encompass a variety of roles in the power industry, from technical aspects to management roles. Previously graduates have found jobs as engineers, managers and analysts in the power sector, with companies such as:
-OFGEM
-National Grid
-UK Power Networks
-EON
-EDF
-Vattenfall
-Caterpillar
-Railroad
-Graduates may also wish to further their research in the energy field by considering a PhD

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The 3rd energy industry revolution is taking place where the key is the development of electrical power systems in the contexts of smart grids. Read more
The 3rd energy industry revolution is taking place where the key is the development of electrical power systems in the contexts of smart grids. Electrical power systems are playing a pivotal role in the development of a sustainable energy supply, enabling renewable energy generation. Globally there is a big shortage of skilled engineers for designing, operating, controlling and the economic analysis of future electricity networks – smart grids

The MSc Electrical Power Systems will give you the timely skills and specialist knowledge required to significantly enhance your career prospects in the electrical power industry. This programme will develop your power engineering skills through expert teaching and extensive research work undertaken in collaboration with power industry partners.

Some modules will be taught by leading industry experts, offering exciting opportunities to understand the real challenges that the power industry is facing and will work with you to develop and provide innovative solutions. In addition, students working on relevant MSc projects may have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts directly

This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

Control concepts and methods
Advanced energy conversion systems and power electronic applications
Advanced power electronic technologies for electrical power networks – HVDC and FACTS
Electrical power system engineering - using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods, and design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks;
Economic analysis of electrical power systems and electricity markets.

About the School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, is an exceptionally broad subject. It sits between Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, Materials Science, Education, Biological and Medical Sciences, with interfaces to many other areas of engineering such as transportation systems, renewable energy systems and the built environment.
Our students study in modern, purpose built and up to date facilities in the Gisbert Kapp building, which houses dedicated state-of-theart teaching and research facilities. The Department has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and boasts an annual research fund of more than £4 million a year. This means that wherever your interest lies, you can be sure you’ll be taught by experts in the field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The Power Systems Engineering MSc is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work at a professional level in industries involved in the production, distribution and consumption of energy and power. Read more
The Power Systems Engineering MSc is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work at a professional level in industries involved in the production, distribution and consumption of energy and power. This wide range of industries includes transport, conventional and renewable power generation.

Degree information

Students study analysis and design of conventional and renewable machinery systems and the use of computers in their advanced engineering analysis. Students gain knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering principles, quantitative methods, and mathematical and computer modelling alongside an awareness of the codes of practice, standards and quality issues within the modern industrial world. They also take modules in project management.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (75 credits).

Core modules
-Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems
-Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives
-Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion
-New and Renewable Energy Systems
-Project Management
-Group Project

Optional modules
-Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
-Vibrations, Acoustics and Control
-Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a project report and oral presentation. In many cases the work has some input from industry.

Teaching and learning
This dynamic programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, practical laboratory work and coursework assignments, (including computational analysis). Assessment is through written, oral and viva voce examinations and coursework (including the evaluation of laboratory reports, technical and project reports, problem-solving exercises, computational and modelling skills and oral presentations).

Careers

The Power Systems Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Engineering Council as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2012 student cohort intake onwards.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Junior Project Manager, Pinnacle Developments Ltd
-Electrical Engineer, BP
-Traction Power Specialist, Mott MacDonald
-PhD High Power Engineering, University of Leicester
-Power Engineer, General Electric (GE)

Employability
Delivered by leading research and academic staff from across UCL, you will definitely have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas through cross-fertilisation with collaborating companies and governmental bodies such as BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Lloyds Register and TfL who provide specialised lectures and are key to our research success. We will encourage you to develop networks through the programme itself and via the department’s careers programme which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The department has an international reputation for the excellence of its research which is funded by numerous bodies including: EPSRC, EU, Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK Ministry of Defence, BAe Systems, Cosworth Technology, Ebara, Jaguar Cars, Shell, and BP.

The Power Systems Engineering MSc is accredited under UK-SPEC by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST). This programme also constitutes in part the requirement to obtain Chartered Engineering status.

UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen, in recent years, unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. Highlights of this include an extensive workshop, four engine test cells of the highest specification, a fuel cell laboratory, an electrical power laboratory and a new fluid mechanics laboratory.

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The world demand for energy, in particular electricity, will increase significantly over the next decade and beyond. There are many challenges to be addressed in order to meet this ever-increasing demand, electrical and electronic engineers will provide key solutions to these problems. Read more
The world demand for energy, in particular electricity, will increase significantly over the next decade and beyond. There are many challenges to be addressed in order to meet this ever-increasing demand, electrical and electronic engineers will provide key solutions to these problems.

There are tremendous opportunities for us to make a significant impact that will shape the future, and this programme has been carefully designed and developed for this.

Our degree programmes are developed with industry partners to provide you with a career focused degree.

This programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and networks. The operating principles, monitoring, optimisation and control of modern power systems are discussed in detail.

The environmental challenges, renewable energy generation, smart grid, high voltage power engineering and research and management skills are also addressed in this one-year programme. In addition, site visit and practical sessions are included. The programme has been carefully developed for graduates with electrical/electronic or related backgrounds to meet the increasing demand from the energy and power industry.

To meet the increasing demands for MSc students with industry experience, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics has introduced a 2-year MSc programme for graduates of the highest calibre to develop advanced knowledge and skills in energy and power systems and give students the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through valuable work experience during a one year industrial placement.

Graduates will be capable of undertaking research and development work in energy and power systems, and also developing and managing R&D programmes.

This 2-year MSc programme EEEI shares the same taught modules with its equivalent 1-year MSc in Energy and Power Systems (EEEP) in year 1. But unlike the 1-year MSc students who do their MSc project over the summer, students on the 2 year MSc (EEEI) are required to undertake an industrial project and placement (either in the UK or overseas) in year 2, typically 30 weeks from September to next June.

This opportunity to work in industry will help students strengthen their career options by

Undertaking the project work in an industrial setting;
Applying theory learnt in the classroom to real-world practice;
Developing communications and interpersonal skills;
Building networks and knowledge which will be invaluable throughout their career.

The placement

During the placement year students will spend time working in a relevant company suitable for the MSc. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical engineering experience which will boost students’ CV, build networks and develop confidence in a working environment. Many placement students continue their relationship with the placement provider by undertaking relevant projects and may ultimately return to work for the company when they graduate.

The University of Liverpool has a dedicated team to help students find a suitable placement. Preparation for the placement is provided by the University’s Careers and Employability Services (CES) who assist students in finding a placement, help students produce a professional CV and prepare students for placement interviews. Placements can be near or far in the UK or overseas.

The University has very good links with industry; companies (such as ARM Plc) have offered our MSc students competitive placements. Although industry placements are not guaranteed, the University offers students opportunities and support throughout the process to ensure that the chance for a student to find a placement is high.

If a student is unable to secure a suitable placement by the end of April during year 1, the student will be transferred onto the 1-year MSc to undertake the MSc project over the summer and graduate after one year.

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Electricity is playing an increasing role as we look to develop low carbon sources of energy. The design of electrical power systems is becoming increasingly complex, to manage intermittent sources of generation, and increased levels of demand from new types of load such as electric vehicles. Read more
Electricity is playing an increasing role as we look to develop low carbon sources of energy. The design of electrical power systems is becoming increasingly complex, to manage intermittent sources of generation, and increased levels of demand from new types of load such as electric vehicles.

The Distance Learning MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering allows engineers working in the sector to enhance their skills. It provides them with the tools and techniques to keep pace with the rapidly evolving electricity industry. The course covers the latest developments in the electricity industry and delivers up-to-date training in all aspects of electrical power systems.

Aims

The course will develop your understanding of how these future electrical networks will be designed and operated. It will provide you with a solid understanding of the characteristics of components such as generators, lines, cables, transformers and power electronics devices. It will provide you with the skills you need to carry out power flow and fault calculations, learning how these techniques are used to study the behaviour of large systems. The course also covers a range of other topics such as HVDC, how renewable generation is integrated into a power system, the increasing importance of smart grids, and how to assess and remedy power quality problems.The course is based on the long-running MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering delivered by The University of Manchester. On graduation you will be a member of a network of global alumni, many in senior positions in the electricity supply industry.

The course has been designed to support those working in industry. Multiple entry points exist and the course can be completed in a timescale that suits your needs. Your dissertation project will ideally be based on a problem you and your company need to resolve, ensuring the programme delivers value for both you and your employer.

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The MSc Electrical Power Systems will give you the skills and specialist experience required to significantly enhance your career in the electrical power industry. Read more
The MSc Electrical Power Systems will give you the skills and specialist experience required to significantly enhance your career in the electrical power industry.

The course builds on a long-term involvement with the power industry, the education of power engineers and extensive research work and expertise within the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.

It will not only help prepare you for an exciting career in the industry, but it will also help prepare you to continue your studies onto a Doctor of Philosophy research programme.

Many distinction-level graduates from this programme stay on for a PhD, often funded in part by the University of Bath.

Learning outcomes

The MSc will equip you with the ability to make an immediate engineering contribution to industry in electrical power systems analysis, planning, operation and management.

You will be able to perform in-depth engineering work on defined tasks requiring research, personal project management and innovative thinking.

The course provides its graduates with the underpinning knowledge of business operation and project team working that leads to maximised impact within the industrial setting.

Collaborative working

The course includes traditionally taught subject-specific units and business and group-orientated modular work. These offer you the chance to gain experience in design, project management and creativity, while working with students from other subjects.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/taught-programmes/power/index.html

- Group project work
In semester 2 you undertake a cross-disciplinary group activity for your professional development, simulating a typical industrial work situation.

- Individual project work
In the final semester, you undertake an individual research project directly related to key current research at the University, often commissioned by industry.

Structure

See programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ee/ee-proglist-pg.html#C) for more detail on individual units.

Semester 1 (October-January):
- Five taught units
- Includes coursework involving laboratory or small project sessions
- Typically each unit consists of 22 hours of lectures, may involve a number of hours of tutorials/exercises and laboratory activity and approximately 70 hours of private study (report writing, laboratory results processing and revision for examinations)

Semester 2 (February-May):
In Semester 2 you will study both technical specialist units and project-based units. You will gain analytical and team working skills to enable you to deal with the open-ended tasks that typically arise in practice in present-day engineering.

- The semester aims to develop your professional understanding of engineering in a business environment and is taught by academic staff with extensive experience in industry
- Group projects in which students work in a multi-disciplinary team to solve a conceptual structural engineering design problem, just as an industrial design team would operate
- Individual project preliminary work and engineering project management units

Summer/Dissertation Period (June-September):
- Individual project leading to MSc dissertation
- Depending on the chosen area of interest, the individual project may involve theoretical and/or experimental activities; for both such activities students can use the department computer suites and well-equipped and newly refurbished laboratories for experimental work. The individual projects are generally carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. A number of industrially-based projects are available to students

Subjects Covered

Professional skills for engineering practice
Power system plant
Power quality
Electrical energy systems & analysis
Control of power systems
Power electronics & machines
Power system protection

Career Options

Recent recruiters include:

- Guam Power Authority
- Scottish and Southern Energy
- Central Electricity Board
- Barbados Light & Power Co. Ltd.
- First Hydro
- National Grid
- British Power International
- Buro Happold

We also encourage the best of our MSc students to continue their studies with us to PhD level.

Accreditation:
Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (http://www.theiet.org/academics/accreditation/). Individuals with awards from accredited programmes will avoid some or all of the detailed assessment of the educational requirements necessary for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, making the registration process more straightforward.

About the department

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering offers a broad spectrum of research expertise supported by state-of-the-art facilities. Its international reputation reflects substantial levels of research income and journal publication, and it offers outstanding opportunities in postgraduate research.

91% of our research activity was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/performance/).

Postgraduate facilities:
The postgraduate laboratories are well-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Postgraduate facilities include PCs and powerful workstations which also give direct and ready access to the University’s central computer system and the internet. Additional specialist research facilities are available within the department’s three research centres.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/

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Power system engineering is about keeping things in balance. Not just the balance between generation and load or between production and consumption of reactive power. Read more
Power system engineering is about keeping things in balance. Not just the balance between generation and load or between production and consumption of reactive power. It is also about the balance between the cost of energy and its environmental impact or the balance between the reliability of the supply and the investments needed to develop the system. This course will teach you how to quantify both sides of these equations and then how to improve the balances through technological advances and the implementation of sophisticated computing techniques.

In the first semester you learn how power systems are designed and operated. This involves studying not only the characteristics of the various components (generators, lines, cables, transformers and power electronics devices) but also how these components interact. Through lectures and computer based exercises you become familiar with power flow and fault calculations and you learn how the techniques used to study the behaviour of large systems. Experiments in our high voltage laboratory give you an appreciation for the challenges of insulation co-ordination.

During the second semester the course units explore in more depth the 'operation' and the 'plant' aspects of power systems. For example, you will study how renewable generation is integrated in a power system or how to assess and remedy power quality problems.

Prior to your summer break a preliminary study and the outline of your MSc dissertation project is completed, this is fully developed throughout the second year of the course. The yearlong enhanced individual research provides you great opportunities to develop advanced research skills and to explore in depth some of the topics discussed during the course. This includes training in research methods, and advanced simulation and experimental techniques in power systems and high voltage engineering as well as academic paper writing and poster and paper presentation.

Aims

-Provide an advanced education in electrical power engineering.
-Give graduates the education, the knowledge and the skills they need to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing electricity supply industry.
-Give a sound understanding of the principles and techniques of electrical power engineering.
-Give a broad knowledge of the issues and problems faced by electrical power engineers.
-Give a solid working knowledge of the techniques used to solve these problems.
-Educate students with advanced research skills necessary to address current and future technological advancements.

Coursework and assessment

You are required to take seven examinations. In addition, course work (eg lab reports) accounts for typically 20% of the mark for each course unit. One course units is assessed on the basis of coursework only.

The enhanced research project is assessed on the basis of a research poster, an extended abstract, a research papers and a dissertation of about 70 pages.

Course unit details

Course units typically include:
-Electrical Power Fundamentals
-Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems
-Power System Plant, Asset Management and Condition Monitoring
-Power System Operation and Economics
-Power System Dynamics and Quality of Supply
-Power System Protection
-Smart Grids and Sustainable Electricity Systems
-Techniques for Research and Industry

Career opportunities

Over the last thirty years, hundreds of students from around the world have come to the University to obtain an MSc in Electrical Power Engineering or similar. After graduation, they went on to work for electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, specialised software houses, universities and consultancy companies.

This course also provides the students with additional research skills necessary for starting a PhD degree or entering an industrial research and development career.

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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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Power system engineering is about keeping things in balance. Not just the balance between generation and load or between production and consumption of reactive power. Read more
Power system engineering is about keeping things in balance. Not just the balance between generation and load or between production and consumption of reactive power. It is also about the balance between the cost of energy and its environmental impact or the balance between the reliability of the supply and the investments needed to develop the system. These programmes will teach you how to quantify both sides of these equations and then how to improve the balances through technological advances and the implementation of sophisticated computing techniques.

During the second semester the course units explore in more depth the 'operation' and the 'plant' aspects of power systems. For example, you will study how renewable generation is integrated in a power system or how to assess and remedy power quality problems.

During the summer, your MSc dissertation project gives you a chance to develop your research skills and to explore in depth one of the topics discussed during the course.

Aims

-Provide an advanced education in electrical power engineering.
-Give graduates the education, the knowledge and the skills they need to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing electricity supply industry.
-Give a sound understanding of the principles and techniques of electrical power engineering.
-Give a broad knowledge of the issues and problems faced by electrical power engineers.
-Give a solid working knowledge of the techniques used to solve these problems.

Coursework and assessment

You are required to take seven examinations. In addition, course work (eg lab reports) accounts for typically 20% of the mark for each course unit. One course units is assessed on the basis of course work only. The summer research project is assessed on the basis of a dissertation of about 50 pages.

Career opportunities

Over the last thirty years, hundreds of students from around the world have come to the University to obtain an MSc in Electrical Power Engineering or similar. After graduation, they went on to work for electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, specialised software houses, universities and consultancy companies.

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The world demand for energy, in particular electricity, will increase significantly over the next decade and beyond. There are many challenges to be addressed in order to meet this ever-increasing demand, electrical and electronic engineers will provide key solutions to these problems. Read more
The world demand for energy, in particular electricity, will increase significantly over the next decade and beyond. There are many challenges to be addressed in order to meet this ever-increasing demand, electrical and electronic engineers will provide key solutions to these problems.

There are tremendous opportunities for us to make a significant impact that will shape the future, and this programme has been carefully designed and developed for this.

Our degree programmes are developed with industry partners to provide you with a career focused degree.

This programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and networks. The operating principles, monitoring, optimisation and control of modern power systems are discussed in detail.

The environmental challenges, renewable energy generation, smart grid, high voltage power engineering and research and management skills are also addressed in this one-year programme. In addition, site visit and practical sessions are included. The programme has been carefully developed for graduates with electrical/electronic or related backgrounds to meet the increasing demand from the energy and power industry.

Projects

Project work contributes 60 credits, which will be based on a topic of industrial or scientific relevance, and will be carried out in laboratories in the University or at an approved placement in industry. The project is examined by oral presentation and dissertation, and award of the MSc (Eng) degree will require evidence of in-depth understanding, mastery of research techniques, ability to analyse assembled data, and assessment of outcomes.

Why Electrical Engineering and Electronics?

World-class facilities, including top industry standard laboratories

We have specialist facilities for processing semiconductor devices, optical imaging spectroscopy and sensing, technological plasmas, equipment for testing switch gear, specialist robot laboratories, clean room laboratories, e-automation, RF Engineering, bio-nano engineering labs and excellent mechanical and electrical workshops.

A leading centre for electrical and electronic engineering expertise

We are closely involved with over 50 prominent companies and research organisations worldwide, many of which not only fund and collaborate with us but also make a vital contribution to developing our students.

Career prospects

Our postgraduate students get to be a part of the cutting edge research projects being undertaken by our academic staff.

Here are some of the areas these projects cover:-

Molecular and semiconductor integrated circuit electronics
Technological plasmas
Communications
Digital signal processing
Optoelectronics
Nanotechnology
Robotics
Free electron lasers
Power electronics
Energy efficient systems
E-Automation
Intelligence engineering.

You'll get plenty of industry exposure too. Our industrial partners include ARM Holdings Plc, a top 200 UK company that specialises in microprocessor design and development.

As a result our postgraduates have an impressive record of securing employment after graduation in a wide range of careers not limited to engineering.

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COURSE AIMS. This MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. Read more
COURSE AIMS
This MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. This programme aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading in teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of the power systems and networks of the future.

This programme also aims to provide 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.
Who should Study this Course?
This newly designed M.Sc. programme is appropriate for those seeking an in-depth knowledge of sustainable electrictrical power including:

Graduates in power or electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related disciplines who aspire to work in the electrical power industry;
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 MODULES

Sustainable Power Generation

Generation costing of solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, wind, hydro, tidal, and wave.
Storage technologies and energy conversion: practical understanding and limitations.
Embedded renewable generation: technical challenges, opportunities and connection in electrical transmission and distribution grids.

Energy Economics and Power Markets

Principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, and operation of electricity markets.
Restructuring and deregulation in generation, transmission, and distribution.
Concepts of transmission congestion and demand side management.

Power System Analysis and Security

Capabilities and limitations of modern power systems design.
Accurate use of power systems modelling and analysis of secure operation.
Computational techniques for power systems modelling, optimal power flow, mathematical programming, heuristic methods, artificially intelligent methods.

Power System Operation and Management

Business drivers and technical requirements for operational management.
In-depth knowledge of operational management software.
Energy balance and intermittency in sustainable electrical power system operation and management.

Power Electronics and FACTS

Practical understanding of how to design advanced power electronic circuits.
Modern power electronic integration techniques and state-of-the-art Flexible AC Transmission Systems.
Capabilities and limitations of different power electronic circuits.
Integration of power electronic circuits into Flexible AC Transmission Systems.

Power System Stability and Control

How to ensure effective power system stability and control power system operation using computational methods.
Power system stability problems, static and dynamic, relaying and protection, stability control and protection design, excitation and power system stabilisers.

Project Management

Formal methods and skills to function effectively at high levels of project management.
Development of skills to achieve practical business objectives.

Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop
You will gain experience and expertise with industry relevant tools and techniques through hands-on workshop environments. These practical sessions involve individual and group work. Typical assignments include:

Sustainable generation scheduling.
Integration of renewable energy sources.
Computer simulation of active power filters.
Phase-controlled rectifiers.
Power network security.
Sustainable electrical power system stability control.
Electricity market auctions.
Sustainable electrical power system investment and planning.

Project
This provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply your knowledge and develop deep understanding in a specialised aspect of your choice. Projects can be university or industry and company sponsored students have the opportunity to develop their company’s future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of the student by the collaborating company.

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This course aims to provide a broad-based understanding of the subject and then a study of in-depth topics covering modern technology for Power Systems, Power Electronics and related subjects. Read more
This course aims to provide a broad-based understanding of the subject and then a study of in-depth topics covering modern technology for Power Systems, Power Electronics and related subjects. It will prepare students for a career as a professional engineer working in research, design or industrial applications.

The modular structure of the MSc in Electrical Engineering offers students a great deal of flexibility, allowing them to choose the
modules that most reflect their interests and feed into their research project. The modules cover the following subjects; power electronics, drives, power systems (including distributed generation and wind power), design of single and multi-variable control systems, motor and generator design, instrumentation and measurement. This course is suitable for graduates of related disciplines who wish to convert to electrical engineering.

Students will develop:
up-to-date knowledge of electrical engineering, including design and modelling techniques and applications
the ability to plan and undertake an individual project
interpersonal, communication and professional skills
the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports
the technical skills to equip them for a leading career in electrical engineering, especially in the areas of power electronics, power systems, electrical machines and control

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, an individual research project is undertaken during the summer term.

Previous research projects on this course have included:
Modular converter topologies for power system applications
Predictive control for an uninterruptable power supply
Power systems stability enhancement using Static Converter (STATCOM)
Sensorless permanent magnet motor drives for more electric aircraft applications

Scholarship information can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/graduateschool/funding/index.aspx

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The MSc in Smart Grid Demand Management (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-smart-grid-demand-management/ ) has been designed to progress students with an Electrical or Mechanical Engineering background to an expert in the understanding of a smart grid. Read more

Overview

The MSc in Smart Grid Demand Management (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-smart-grid-demand-management/ ) has been designed to progress students with an Electrical or Mechanical Engineering background to an expert in the understanding of a smart grid. By following a carefully selected set of courses covering energy resources (fossil and renewable), conversion technologies, electrical power generation, energy storage technologies, demand management, and energy economics. Graduates of this programme will be confident in all aspects of this subject. With a clear focus on smart Grid and Demand Management the programme provides;
- Knowledge and understanding of advanced scientific and mathematical principles relevant to the understanding, analysis and modelling of a smart grid.
- An understanding of fundamental facts, concepts, and technologies for demand management and energy storage.
- Knowledge and skill to apply engineering principles to design a system, component or process
- An ability to undertake independent research.
- Professional attitudes to implementation of safety and concepts embodied by sustainability.
- An ability to communicate effectively
- Familiarity with the application of relevant computer tools to the profession.

All aspects of the smart grid are integrated in a dedicated smart grid modelling course, which provides the mathematical and computational skills to model a smart grid. This course is unique to this programme and will give graduates the skills they need to enhance their career prospects.

The Scottish Funding Council has made available 20 scholarships covering fees only to students with Scottish backgrounds. 5 of these places are reserved for applicants to this programme in the first instance. The remaining places are spread over all our Energy based MSc programmes. There is no separate application process for this. If you are eligible, you will be considered automatically. You will be notified through the summer if you have been selected.

Scholarships available

We have a number of fully funded Scottish Funding Council (SFC) scholarships available for students resident in Scotland applying for Smart Grid Demand Management MSc. Find out more about this scholarship and how to apply http://www.hw.ac.uk/student-life/scholarships/postgraduate-funded-places.htm .

Programme content

Semester One - All courses are Mandatory
- B51ET Foundations of Energy
This course provides the foundations for the quantitative analysis of energy resources and conversion efficiencies through various technologies. It also places energy production and consumption into the wider field of environmental and socio-economic factors

- B51GE Renewable Energy Technologies
This course introduces the range of Renewable Energy resources together with established and emerging technologies. It provides the skills for a quantitative assessment of the Renewable Energy resources and the expected energy and power output from typical or specific installations.

- B31GA Electrical Power Systems
This course covers the operation of interconnected electrical power systems. Such interconnected power systems combine a number of different components, generators, transmission lines, transformers and motors, which must be appreciated to understand the operation of the interconnected system.

- C21EN Environmental and Energy Economics
This course introduces students to the core concepts and methods of modern economics, and environmental and energy economics in particular.

Semester Two – All courses are Mandatory
- B31GG Smart grid modeling
This course introduces the mathematical skills to model the operation of an electricity or energy network at a statistical and dynamical level, incorporating key elements of a smart grid, including technological constraints, economic drivers and information exchange.

- B31GB Distributed Generation
This course equips students with an understanding of the role of distributed generation in electrical energy networks. It provides students with an overview of distributed generation techniques and describes the contribution of distributed generation to network security. The course introduces the economics of distributed generation and the assessment of distributed generation schemes. It introduces students to the concept of intermittent sources and their contribution to capacity in electrical power systems and provides a detailed review of the reliability, fault and stability studies of distributed generation schemes.

- B51GK Demand Management and Energy Storage
This course provides students with an overview of demand-side management and its contribution to network capacity and security. It reviews energy storage technologies and their contribution to the integration of renewable generation and the operation of large-scale electrical network. It introduces students to the methods of interfacing energy storage mechanisms to electrical networks. The course describes the contribution energy storage technology can make to transportation and industry

- B81EZ Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
This course provides research training and addresses literature review skills, project planning, data analysis and presentation with a focus to critically discuss literature, and use data to support an argument.

- B31VZ MSc Project
An individual project led by a research active member of staff or an industrial partner on a topic relevant to smart grid technology, demand management technologies or approaches or smart grid/ electricity / energy systems modelling.

English language requirements

If you are not from a UKBA recognised English speaking country, we will need to see evidence of your English language ability. If your first degree was taught in English a letter from them confirming this will be sufficient. Otherwise the minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

The University offers a range English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
- 3 weeks English refreshers course (for students who meet the English condition for the MSc but wish to refresh their English skills prior to starting).

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-smart-grid-demand-management/

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