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Who is it for?

This course has been designed for both practising engineers and those considering a career in engineering. It will provide you with an in-depth insight into the technical workings, management and economics of the electrical power industry.


This programme has been designed to meet the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. The aims are to produce graduates of a high calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of power systems and networks of the future.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide you with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods
  • Provide an advanced education in electrical power engineering
  • Give you the education, knowledge and the skills you need to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing electricity supply industry
  • Provide a sound understanding of the principles and techniques of electrical power engineering.
  • Give a broad knowledge of the issues and problems faced by electrical power engineers
  • Give a solid working knowledge of the techniques used to solve these problems
  • Provide a foundation in power systems principles for graduates with an engineering background
  • Demonstrate the practical relevance of these principles to the operation of successful enterprises in the broad field of electrical power engineering
  • Familiarise professional engineers and graduates with the theory and application of new technologies applied to power systems.

Academic facilities

As a student in City's Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, you will benefit from a recent lab equipment upgrade worth £130,000. The equipment is essential in training students to be highly skilled professionals in the energy industry and includes:

  • Photovoltaic trainers
  • Three-phase synchronous machines
  • AC motor speed control machines
  • Single- and three-phase transformers
  • Thryistor controllers
  • A power systems mainframe
  • Power systems virtual instrumentation.

The photovoltaic trainer, is a desk-top instrument which teaches the fundamental principles of photovoltaic energy. The 'photovoltaic effect' is a method of energy generation which converts solar radiation into an electrical current using semiconductors arranged into solar cells.

Teaching and learning

Modules are delivered by academics actively involved in energy related research, as well as visiting lecturers from the power industry who provide a valuable insight into the operation of energy companies.

Industry professionals give several seminars throughout the year.

At least two industrial trips are organised per academic year.


The modules for this course are delivered over two semesters, with weekly lessons scheduled over two days a week. This course is organised into eight modules provided on a weekly basis. The third semester is spent completing a project that involves writing a dissertation and presenting your findings.

You are normally required to complete all the taught modules successfully before progressing to the dissertation.

Career prospects

This MSc will prepare you for careers that encompass a variety of roles in the power industry – from technical aspects to management roles.

Previous graduates have secured jobs as engineers, managers and analysts in the power sector, with companies such as:

  • OFGEM.
  • National Grid.
  • UK Power Networks.
  • EON.
  • EDF.
  • Vattenfall.
  • Caterpillar.
  • Railroad.

As a graduate of this course, you may also wish to further your research in the energy field by considering a PhD.

Visit the Renewable Energy and Power Systems Management (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!






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