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    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    5 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    16 January 2018

Course content

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.


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.

Teaching and learning

Once you register for the course, you will be assigned a Course Advisor, who will stay with you throughout your studies and can be contacted by phone or email whenever you have a question or a concern.

Your Course Advisor will be able to guide you through your choice of units and help you to schedule and register for them. They will be familiar with all aspects of your course and your own progress and timetable and will be able to provide support on a wide range of issues or refer you to University specialist support services if necessary - such as the Careers Service, Counselling Service or Disability Support.

For each technical unit, you will be assigned an Academic Tutor with expertise in the particular subject area you will be studying. Your tutor will introduce themselves at the start of each unit to outline the material and plans for assessment. They will host regular online group discussions to review the content being presented that week and to give you the opportunity to engage with other students. They will also maintain and monitor a range of other tools including forums, blogs and live chat sessions, in case you have any questions about the course content.

You will typically need to commit around 15 hours per week during each unit taken when studying for your distance learning MSc. It is important to make sure your employer supports you by allowing suitable time to be spent on your studies.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit will require you to submit one or more pieces of coursework and a final assessment. Your Tutor will provide the exact details of how each activity contributes to your final marks for a given unit. The coursework will often involve using specialist software packages which we will make available to you.

You will also be provided with regular opportunities to assess your progress through self-tests that do not count towards your final mark. Your Tutor will seek to support you if you are having difficulty with a particular subject area and your Course Advisor will be there to help if there are any other issues affecting your studies.

Career opportunities

This distance learning course is an extension of the longstanding full time Electrical Power Systems Engineering MSc at the University of Manchester. 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.

Many of our applications are from people already working in industry (but this is by no means a requirement) who are aiming to use this course to further propel their career. The majority of our applicants have come from system/network operators, manufacturers of power system components, consultancies, the oil & gas industry, and large construction companies.

Visit the Electrical Power Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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