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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    02 July 2018

Course content

The MSc in Electrical Energy Systems has a particular focus on the integration of renewable generation into electricity transmission and distribution networks and on preparing students for a new era of truly ‘smart’ grids, and is designed to meet the urgent need for specialists in advanced electrical energy systems.

Overview

This course meets an urgent need for specialists in advanced electrical energy systems that are needed to design and build secure, reliable, low-carbon and affordable energy systems in developed and developing countries around the world. The programme maintains a particular focus on the integration of renewable generation in to electricity transmission and distribution networks and will prepare you for a new era of truly ‘smart’ grids.

More specifically, the programme aims to equip you with:

  • A demonstrable mastery of a broad spectrum of advanced engineering principles to real-life technological, financial, regulatory, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the electrical Energy and Power profession, and the potential to be key professional players in the wider industry, the professions, and public service.
  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights which are at the forefront of Electrical Energy Systems.
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Originality in application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the area of Electrical Energy Systems.

Distinctive features

 The distinctive features of the programme include:

  • The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • You will undertake project work in a research environment where staff were top in the UK for Research Impact in terms of their research’s reach and significance.
  • The participation of research-active staff in programme design and delivery, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have experience of working in industry.
  • The variety of advanced level modules on offer.
  • The emphasis on progression towards independent learning in preparation for lifelong learning.
  • The emphasis on acquisition of practical skills through industrially based final year group projects.
  • The approval as Further Learning by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff.

Learning and assessment

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme, and you will be required to attend lectures and participate in examples classes.

A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of study in total, which includes 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment. Therefore you are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently.

At the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom you should expect to meet with regularly.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

Career prospects

Graduates from courses such as these are in high demand and are expected to gain employment in large electrical energy utilities, electricity distribution companies, consulting companies, the public sector, eg energy agencies and the Carbon Trust, and in research and development. A number of graduates set up their own companies.


Visit the Electrical Energy Systems - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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