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Sustainable Electrical Power - MSc

Course Description

About the course

This MSc programme in Sustainable Electrical Power aims to produce graduates capable of leading teams which will operate, control, design, regulate and manage the power systems and networks of the future.

The course equips graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

-Power system engineering – using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods.
-Design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks.
-Regulatory frameworks for, and operation of, power systems and electricity markets.

The programme features practical workshops and the option of an industry-based dissertation. Students benefit from our high performance lab and computing facilities, including a grid-enabled cluster of processors. We’re also home to a world leading research group, the Brunel Institute of Power Systems.


Sustainable energy is a vital, growing sector and this newly designed MSc programme meets industry’s demand for engineers with advanced knowledge of sustainable electrical power and energy generation systems.

The course is suitable for:
- Graduates in power or electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related disciplines who aspire to work in the electrical power industry, especially within the renewable energy sector.
- Industrially experienced graduate engineers and managers who recognise the importance of developing new analytical and critical skills, and state-of-the-art methodologies associated with the development sustainable electrical power systems.

Course Content

Compulsory Modules:

Energy Economics and Power Markets
Power System Operation and Management
Power Electronics and FACTS
Power System Analysis and Security
Sustainable Power Generation
Power System Stability and Control
Project Management
Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop
Project & Dissertation

Special Features

All students enrolled in the course have the opportunity to develop real-world skills with the best globally available, cutting-edge power analysis software and tools. The course is also supported by a wide range of application oriented power engineering experiments carried out in a modern well-equipped practical power systems laboratory.

The Brunel Institute of Power Systems is an internationally leading research group specialising in the optimal design, operation and modelling of power systems, as well as in the economics of electricity markets.

Our high performance computing capability is considerable including a recently installed grid-enabled cluster of processors consisting of 20 dual processor nodes with dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

Major power system software are available including MATLAB/SIMULINK, Orcad, PSCAD, DigSILENT, IPSA, ETAP, and PowerWorld.

Electronic and Computer Engineering is one of the largest disciplines at Brunel University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £7.5 million and strong links with industry.

Our laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. We have comprehensive computing resources in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The discipline is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.

We have a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:

-Media Communications
-Wireless Networks and Communications
-Power Systems
-Electronic Systems
-Sensors and Instrumentation.

Visit the Sustainable Electrical Power - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Victor Mtembo

99.jpg The course was very intense and covered most aspects of Power Systems Engineering. The facilities at Brunel are very good with a new Sustainable Electrical Power lab. The lecturers always kept their doors open for any questions and encouraged me to aim high and do better at all stages of the course. The Placement and Careers Service was very useful in preparing me for searching for a job at the end of my course.

My dissertation was entitled, ‘A Novel Econometric Model for Peak Demand Forecasting’. This involved using historical socio-economic data such as temperature, GDP, population and Consumer Price Index to predict Peak Electricity Demand for Zimbabwe for the next 5 years. The topic involved working with databases. I also had the opportunity to consult statisticians from the Mathematics Department. Dr David Cappitt helped me understand statistical concepts which were crucial to carrying out my dissertation successfully. This has proved helpful in my new role where power system analysis involves working with a lot of data.
I chose this topic because it involves something which Power Systems Engineers do in order to be able to plan and manage the electrical supply system.

The MSc Sustainable Electrical Power has helped me realise my dream of re-launching my engineering career after a ten year hiatus. I got a job as a Power System Engineer which I started two weeks before graduation. I am now planning to get Chartered Engineering status within the next two to three years. My job title is Power System Engineer at National Grid. My day to day activities are power system analysis and modelling on the Integrated Energy Management System - IEMS.

The Brunel MSc modules of Power System Analysis and Security, Power System Stability and Control and Power System Operation and Management are very central to the work I do. The computer laboratory workshop exercises gave me the practical skills and knowledge of using power system analysis software. It looks like the MSc course was designed with this job in mind.

To conclude, taking the MSc was one the best decisions I have ever made. The course prepared me well for the Power System Engineering job that I hold today. Doing this course has enabled me to gain skills and knowledge which have allowed me to get back to Engineering.


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Power Systems; Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants with Physics or Mathematics subjects with a minimum 3 years relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. For international and EU entry requirements please see the website View Website

Last Updated

07 June 2017

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