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Wind Energy Systems (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

This MSc is for ambitious engineering graduates who wish to strengthen, lead and transform the high-growth global wind energy industry.

This course offers engineering graduates the opportunity to study at one of Europe's largest and leading University power and energy technology groups - the Institute for Energy & Environment.

The Institute is home to over 200 staff and researchers conducting strategic and applied research in key technical and policy aspects of energy systems. It houses the Centres for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems, and Future Power Networks and Smart Grids, which are dedicated to pioneering research and advanced skills training.

On this course you'll develop and enhance your technical expertise of wind energy and deepen your understanding of engineering, political and economic contexts of wind power. This course will provide an advanced level of knowledge to address current and future challenges of this exciting and dynamic sector.

With links to key UK and global business and industry energy partners, you’ll have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments.

See https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/windenergysystems/

You’ll study

Two semesters of compulsory and optional classes, followed by a three-month specialist research project. There’s the opportunity to carry this out through our competitive MSc industrial internships.
The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners eg ScottishPower, Smarter Grid Solutions, SSE. You'll address real-world engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.


You'll have exclusive access to our extensive computing network and purpose built teaching spaces including our outdoor test facility for photovoltaics high voltage laboratory, equipped with the latest technologies including:
- LDS 6-digital partial discharge test & measurement system
- Marx impulse generators & GIS test rigs
- £1M distribution network and protection laboratory comprising a 100kVA microgrid, induction machines and programme load banks

You'll have access to the UK’s only high-fidelity control room simulation suite and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC). This is Europe’s first centre dedicated to the development and demonstration of “smart-grid” technologies.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for MSc. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

Learning & teaching

We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on individual subject material.

Each module comprises approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.

Individual modules are delivered by academic leaders, and with links to key UK and global industry energy partners, you'll have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments. 

The teaching and learning methods used ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.

You'll undertake group projects. These will help to develop your interpersonal, communication and transferable skills essential to a career in industry.

- Industry engagement
Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events. The department delivers monthly seminars to support students’ learning and career development. Atkins Global, BAE Systems, Iberdrola, National Grid, ScottishPower, Siemens and Rolls-Royce are just a few examples of the industry partners you can engage with during your course.


A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete at least six modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Assessment of the summer research project/internship consists of four elements, with individual criteria:
1. Interim report (10%, 1500 – 3000 words) – The purpose of this report is to provide a mechanism for supervisors to provide valuable feedback on the project’s objectives and direction.

2. Poster Presentation (15%) – A vital skill of an engineer is the ability to describe their work to others and respond to requests for information. The poster presentation is designed to give you an opportunity to practise that.

3. Final report (55%) – This assesses the communication of project objectives and context, accuracy and relevant of background material, description of practical work and results, depth and soundness of discussion and conclusions, level of engineering achievement and the quality of the report’s presentation.

4. Conduct (20%) - Independent study, project and time management are key features of university learning. The level of your initiative & independent thinking and technical understanding are assessed through project meetings with your supervisor and your written logbooks.


With the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) forecasting UK/EU employment in wind energy related jobs to double to more than 500,000 by 2020, graduates of this course have excellent career prospects.

The UK electricity supply industry is currently undergoing a challenging transition driven by the need to meet the Government's binding European targets to provide 15% of the UK's total primary energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2020.

Graduates of this course have unique access to key UK and global industry energy partners, who are committed to fulfilling these UK Government targets. These companies offer a diverse range of professional and technical employment opportunities in everything from research and development, construction and maintenance, to technical analysis and project design. Companies include Siemens Energy, Sgurr Energy, DNV GL, ScottishPower Renewables and SSE.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/electronicelectricalengineering/ourscholarships/.

Visit the Wind Energy Systems (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Georgia Tsigara

The department gave me the opportunity to study a high quality degree in a specialist area. This Royal College scholarship has been a major contributor towards helping me achieve my career goals.


The Royal College Wind Energy Scholarship - 15 Awards

The MSc Wind Energy Systems course has 15 funded places available for eligible Scottish and EU applicants for September 2016 entry.The University of Strathclyde's MSc in Wind Energy Systems offers ambitious engineering graduates a unique opportunity to accelerate their careers in the high-growth global wind energy industry.This funding, called the “Royal College Wind Energy Scholarships” cover full tuition fees and provides a £3000 stipend towards living costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Scotland/EU tuition fee and £3000 scholarship


To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:Be of Scottish or European nationality
Hold a first degree of at least upper second class honours standard in a relevant subject
Hold an offer for the MSc Wind Energy Systems
Be able to commence their MSc Wind Energy Systems in September 2016.

Application Procedure

Applicants must have submitted an application and hold an offer for the MSc degree before they can be considered for one of the awards. Award nominations are made by the Department on the basis of academic merit, professional and personal achievements, as detailed in the MSc application.Apply online at http://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/windenergysystems/For further enquiries, contact Elaine Black/Lynn Gilmour or Course Director. Dr Alasdair McDonald

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or related discipline (physics, mechatronics, control or systems engineering) from a recognised academic institution. Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not undertaken their undergraduate course in the UK must possess a recent UKVI recognised English qualification.

Course Fees

2016-17: Scotland/EU £5,000; Rest of UK £9,000; International £17,500

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