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    Full time & Part time available

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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

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  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Course content

The MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy places strong emphasis on state-of-the-art semiconductor devices and technologies, advanced power electronics and drives, and advanced power systems. The Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course also covers conventional and renewable energy generation technologies. Exciting new developments such as wide band gap electronics, energy harvesting, solar cells and biofuels are discussed and recent developments in power electronics are highlighted.

Key Features of MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy

  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • Taught on the brand new £450million beachside Bay Campus

The College of Engineering has an international reputation for electrical and electronics research for energy and advanced semiconductor materials and devices.

Greenhouse gas emission and, consequently, global warming are threatening the global economy and world as we know it. A non-rational use of electrical energy largely contributes to these.

Sustainable energy generation and utilisation is a vital industry in today’s energy thirsty world. Energy generation and conversion, in the most efficient way possible, is the key to reducing carbon emissions. It is an essential element of novel energy power generation system and future transportation systems. The core of an energy conversion system is the power electronics converter which in one hand ensures the maximum power capture from any energy source and on another hand controls the power quality delivered to grid. Therefore the converter parameters such as efficiency, reliability and costs are directly affecting the performance of an energy system.  

Transmission and distribution systems will encounter many challenges in the near future. Decentralisation of generation and storage systems has emerged as a promising solution. Consequently, in the near future, a power grid will no longer be a mono-directional energy flow system but a bi-directional one, requiring a much more complex management.


Modules on the MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course may include:

  • Communication Skills for Research Engineers
  • Power Semiconductor Devices
  • Wide Band-gap Electronics
  • Advanced Power Electronics and Drives
  • Modern Control Systems
  • Advanced Power Systems
  • Energy and Power Electronics Laboratory
  • Power Systems with Project
  • Computational Case Study in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy
  • Power Generation Systems
  • Environmental Analysis and Legislation


MSc Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy at Swansea University is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), as further learning to Masters level for the purposes of partially meeting the educational requirement for Engineering Council registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Study on this accredited degree will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed by Chartered Engineers. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


The Bay Campus includes an extensive Engineering Quarter, designed to capitalise on our research expertise and our collaboration with major companies.

The £450 million development project includes specialist laboratories and excellent computing facilities. £0.75 million was spent on Electronic and Electrical Engineering facilities at the Bay Campus.

Our Electronic and Electrical Engineering degrees schemes including the Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course make extensive use of our dedicated Electronics Laboratory and Electronics Project Laboratory.

Electronics Laboratory and Electronics Project Laboratory

Both are well equipped with digital oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, signal generators and soldering stations as well as PCs that are linked to the College’s network of PCs.

Individual research project

A significant component of both the undergraduate and taught MSc degrees is the individual research project.

Engineering Quarter

At the College of Engineering, we continually strive for excellence in our teaching and research. The Bay Campus provides the space for growth and enable us to build on our current success, co-locating industry with our academic staff and students including those in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy .

The Bay Campus includes purpose built facilities for students, staff and businesses allowing for the benefits of co-location, enabling applied research, an accelerated innovation pathway and employment opportunities. 

The seven buildings that form the College of Engineering house high-tech teaching and research laboratories. There are brand new lecture theatres, smaller tutorial and seminar rooms, teaching laboratories and PC facilities.

Engineering East

Engineering East is home to the Engineering Manufacturing Centre, which along with the Swansea Bay Innovation Hub, has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government.

It provides work areas and research space for staff and research students involved in Civil Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering. The building also incorporates the main workshop facilities for the whole of the College of Engineering.

As part of the College of Engineering, Engineering East has a strong focus on manufacturing industry and primarily provides a research and development resource for manufacturing applications. It houses a state-of-the-art Scanning Electron Microscope facility. In addition it is home to the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating and the SPECIFIC project.

Engineering East includes research groups studying polymers and composites, materials, civil engineering, electronics and sport and exercise science. It has eight ‘Research Hubs’ providing accommodation for up to 60 academic staff and up to 275 researchers.

The building has been designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for research particularly in manufacturing. It provides research space which is flexible and large scale allowing full size experimentation and prototype development to take place.

Key facts

  • 11,000 sqm building.
  • BREEAM Excellent rating. BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
  • Includes space for the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, (WCPC).
  • SPECIFIC pilot line, offices and laboratories.
  • Main disciplines: Civil Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Materials Engineering including testing facilities and Scanning Electron Microscopes.
  • Main engineering workshop and Formula Student workshop.
  • This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Visit the Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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