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.
• 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.
This course is presented as a one-year, full time Masters level programme.
The programme takes place over two stages: In Stage 1 students follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, whilst Stage 2 consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.
Research Study Advanced Power Systems & High Voltage Technology Advanced Power Electronics and Drives Alternative Energy Systems Magnetic Devices: Transducers, Sensors and Actuators Management in Industry Distributed Generation, System Design and Regulation Power System Protection Power Systems Analysis Smart Grids and Active Network Devices Dissertation [Electrical Energy Systems]
Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting Energy Management Energy Studies
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.
Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.
Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher.
Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate for the achievement of at least 60 credits
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.