Electrical energy networks and the methods by which electrical energy is generated are changing. Generating resources are being connected to the distribution network rather than the transmission network. These distributed resources include renewables and conventional thermal plant. The techniques used to generate electrical power are also changing. This includes increased renewable generation, primarily from wind resources, and embedded generation which includes co-generating (thermal and electrical) plant. The integration of distributed generation within existing networks causes particular problems in the control of power flow, power quality and protection. Also exploiting renewable resources requires novel and innovative engineering.
Graduates of this course will develop critical understanding of the significant changes electrical energy networks and the methods of electrical generation are currently, and for the foreseeable future, engaged in and the implications of these changes. This course will develop graduates of a calibre capable of developing and implementing creative solutions to the problems encountered in renewable energy and distributed generation and the supply of electrical energy in general.
- Scholarship Opportunity Scottish Funding Council has made available 20 scholarships covering fees only to students with Scottish backgrounds. These will be spread over all our Energy based MSc programmes. There is no separate application process for this. If you are eligible, you will be considered automatically. You will be notified through the summer if you have been selected.
Core courses - Foundations of Energy - Electrical Power Systems - Renewable Energy Technologies - Research Methods Critical Analysis and Project Planning - Distributed Generation - Project Phase 1 - Renewable Generation and Conversion - Demand Management and Energy Storage - MSc Project
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme: - 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5); - 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills); - 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
We will pay a percentage of your fee - this year it was 20%
Value of Scholarship(s)
You need to have taken your undergraduate degree at Heriot-Watt but all alumni are welcome to be included
We should pick this up automatically as part of the application procedure
Scottish Funding Council
A number of SFC (Scottish Funding Council) Key Skills Funded Places are available for students resident in Scotland. These fully-funded places cover the tuition fees for the following postgraduate programmes that meet the skills demands from key sectors of industry:
Value of Scholarship(s)
Scottish residents.For energy-related MSc programmes and MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering and MSc Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices.
Simply state in the online application form that you believe to be eligible and wish to be considered