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Electrical Power Systems (MSc)

Course Description

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.


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.

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/

Visit the Electrical Power Systems (MSc) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gregory Otoide

3910.gif Knowing that the University of Bath is ranked amongst the top universities in electrical/electronic engineering was a huge selling point for me. Furthermore, it boasts one of the best research facilities in the country and I wanted nothing more than to be part of a leading institution such as this.

The most rewarding parts of the programme have been the group project work which has greatly developed my problem-solving, conflict-resolution and communication skills, essential skills for life.

I think the most impressive thing about the programme at the University of Bath is the structure of the academic year. The transitions between the three phases of technical study, project management and individual project have been seamless compared to other universities’ curricula.

I recently got offered a job to work as a technical graduate for an engineering company based in Cambridge. I owe this mostly to the tireless support and guidance I have received from the dedicated careers service at the University of Bath, to which I am very grateful.

Bath is a beautiful city, possessing just the right balance between vibrancy and serenity. The Students Union' is very welcoming and active. I have been involved with lots of different activities and societies outside of the class room; basketball, football, the Afro-Caribbean society and the Christian Union, to name a few. Additionally, I have found the student support to be faultless. I always know where to go to get help, and each time there is someone at hand to point me in the right direction.

I really appreciate how the academic staff always have their doors open, willing to offer help or advice whenever it is needed.


Faculty of Engineering and Design Elite MSc Scholarships - 20+ Awards

There are 20 Faculty of Engineering and Design Elite MSc Scholarships each worth £2,000 for international fee-paying full-time taught masters applicants from any country for MSc programmes in Engineering.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- for full-time study only on any MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering and Design (not distance learning programmes)
- international applicants who have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer for a full-time MSc programme and pay overseas fees are eligible.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information



PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

For the academic year 2016/17 we have 30 bursaries of £6,000 each available for new UK Masters students.We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information



University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

There are 75 scholarships worth up to £3,000 each in the University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme (UoBISS). See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)



These are for international fee-paying full-time taught post-graduate masters applicants from any country. This scheme includes stand-alone Masters of Research (MRes) programmes.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or strong second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent in Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, Physics or Maths.

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