Taught course

Electrical Engineering

Durham University · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree (typically equivalent to UK 2:1 Honours) or better in a subject which includes significant electrical engineering content.

Durham University Band E English requirement.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Electrical Engineering provides you with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in this vital aspect of engineering that you can apply to the global challenges of creating sustainable and resilient energy management systems.

Through a combination of theoretical and practical education and using cutting-edge tools and technologies, you will develop valuable engineering insight and apply a range of innovative solutions to help meet challenges in areas such as electricity generation from renewable and conventional sources, energy transmission and distribution and future vehicle technologies.

As well as undertaking taught modules through lectures and seminars, you will develop valuable collaborative working skills by joining with other students to carry out advanced design work, to the appropriate design standards and using complex engineering analysis tools.

You will also have the opportunity to showcase your own capacities for innovation and application by undertaking a major research and development project which will ultimately demonstrate how to address some of the key challenges in electrical engineering.

Our MSc in Electrical Engineering gives you a focused engineering perspective on the wide range of issues that exist in the industry and equips you with the ability to help meet these challenges, either by working in industry or by using knowledge and experience in a research function.

Course structure

Core modules:

Research and Development Project offers you a stimulating challenge as part of the development of your electrical engineering knowledge. With the support of a supervisor, you will identify and apply the specific methods needed to investigate your chosen subject. You will then generate data and carry out analysis in order to make recommendations and findings that you will present in a report.

Group Design Project sees your participation in a complex engineering system design task which will develop your knowledge of system design, introduce the concept of interdisciplinary design teams and will enable you to apply knowledge gained in lectures to a complex engineering problem.

Future Vehicles 4 looks at future transport devices, explaining their characteristics and their technical and economic constraints and possibilities for the future. It will introduce you to analytical methods and simulation tools for system design and analysis.

Power Electronics 4 gives you the full rundown on power electronic systems and their application to a range of renewable energy systems. You will also learn analytical and practical methods for characterising power electronic circuits and the use of simulation tools to support their conclusions.

Renewable Energy Technologies 4 provides you with an overview and description of the major renewable energy technologies and an explanation of the working principles of systems for the renewable energy technologies. It will also explain the technical, as well as economic, constraints and solutions of renewable energy technology.

Smart Energy Networks 4 describes the characteristics of energy networks, explains their working principles of systems for integrating renewable energy sources and sets out explanations for the technical constraints and potential solutions related to smart energy networks.

Electrical Energy Conversion 4 looks at the characteristics of renewable electrical energy conversion and offers explanations for the working principles of systems for renewable electrical energy conversion, and the technical and economic constraints and potential solutions associated with renewable electrical energy conversion.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Internet of Everything 4
  • Optimisation 4
  • Environmental Engineering 4

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details