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Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems MSc (Eng)

Course Description

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

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

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

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

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities. These include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives.

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


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

Course content

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

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

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

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

Want to find out more about your modules?

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

Course structure

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

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

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

Learning and teaching

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


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


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

Recent projects by students on this programme have included:

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

Career opportunities

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

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

This programme is also excellent preparation for PhD study. 

Visit the Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems MSc (Eng) page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles

Head of School Scholarship - School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (International applicants) - 20+ Awards

This is an automatic scholarship worth £3,000 for full time international fee paying students awarded on condition of you achieving an upper second class (or equivalent) degree.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Any international applicant who has been offered a place on any of the postgraduate masters courses within the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (the applicant must also be liable to pay full fees at the international rate of £16,800 and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award).

Application Procedure

No deadline - automatic

Further Information



Alumni Bursary - 20+ Awards

The University will pay 10% of your fees for each year of the course. If no fees paid then no bursary is awarded. This bursary is open to students who are commencing their studies from September 2013 and can not be awarded retrospectively. To receive this bursary you must not be in receipt of any other Faculty of Engineering award or scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of your fees for each year of the course


Any former student of the University of Leeds who studies a postgraduate qualification in the Faculty of Engineering.

Application Procedure

This is an automatic bursary but you have to inform us and provide evidence that you are former students of the University of Leeds.

Further Information



First Class Scholarship (Home/EU applicants) - 20+ Awards

This is an automatic scholarship awarded on condition of you achieving a first class degree, or equivalent. Applicants must be self-funding, classified as home/EU for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Any home/EU applicant who has been offered a place to study on any of the postgraduate masters courses within the Faculty of Engineering.

Application Procedure

No deadline - automatic

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in electronic or electrical engineering, mechatronics or physics. Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered if they can demonstrate specific competence in power electronics, electrical machines or drives. All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

Last Updated

09 August 2017

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