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MSc Sustainable Electrical Power

Course Description

This MSc programme meets 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. This programme aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading in teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of the power systems and networks of the future.

This programme also aims to provide 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.
Who should Study this Course?
This newly designed M.Sc. programme is appropriate for those seeking an in-depth knowledge of sustainable electrictrical power including:

Graduates in power or electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related disciplines who aspire to work in the electrical power industry;
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.


Sustainable Power Generation

Generation costing of solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, wind, hydro, tidal, and wave.
Storage technologies and energy conversion: practical understanding and limitations.
Embedded renewable generation: technical challenges, opportunities and connection in electrical transmission and distribution grids.

Energy Economics and Power Markets

Principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, and operation of electricity markets.
Restructuring and deregulation in generation, transmission, and distribution.
Concepts of transmission congestion and demand side management.

Power System Analysis and Security

Capabilities and limitations of modern power systems design.
Accurate use of power systems modelling and analysis of secure operation.
Computational techniques for power systems modelling, optimal power flow, mathematical programming, heuristic methods, artificially intelligent methods.

Power System Operation and Management

Business drivers and technical requirements for operational management.
In-depth knowledge of operational management software.
Energy balance and intermittency in sustainable electrical power system operation and management.

Power Electronics and FACTS

Practical understanding of how to design advanced power electronic circuits.
Modern power electronic integration techniques and state-of-the-art Flexible AC Transmission Systems.
Capabilities and limitations of different power electronic circuits.
Integration of power electronic circuits into Flexible AC Transmission Systems.

Power System Stability and Control

How to ensure effective power system stability and control power system operation using computational methods.
Power system stability problems, static and dynamic, relaying and protection, stability control and protection design, excitation and power system stabilisers.

Project Management

Formal methods and skills to function effectively at high levels of project management.
Development of skills to achieve practical business objectives.

Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop
You will gain experience and expertise with industry relevant tools and techniques through hands-on workshop environments. These practical sessions involve individual and group work. Typical assignments include:

Sustainable generation scheduling.
Integration of renewable energy sources.
Computer simulation of active power filters.
Phase-controlled rectifiers.
Power network security.
Sustainable electrical power system stability control.
Electricity market auctions.
Sustainable electrical power system investment and planning.

This provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply your knowledge and develop deep understanding in a specialised aspect of your choice. Projects can be university or industry and company sponsored students have the opportunity to develop their company’s future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of the student by the collaborating company.

Visit the MSc Sustainable Electrical Power 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

Applicants to the MSc programme should possess or hope to obtain a good UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in Power Systems; Electrical or Electronic Engineering; Physics; Mathematics; or a related subject. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English Language RequirementsIELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4) TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17) Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)

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