Taught course

Future Power Networks

Imperial College London · Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

Our academic entry requirement is the equivalent of a UK first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering or a related subject/equivalent from overseas. We would be looking for a high first class honours with a final year mark of 75%.

Months of entry


Course content

This new MSc course develops skills in planning, designing and operating in the 21st century electricity industry driven by clean and low carbon energy sources.

Electricity networks worldwide have been transitioning at an unprecedented rate with energy consumption predicted to grow by 56% in the next 25 years.

Against this backdrop, and the realisation that there has been a lost generation of electrical engineers specialising in power systems, there is now a desperate need to train more power engineers.

The course content draws on our last 10 years of research expertise in the areas of power system control, economics and power electronics.

Graduates from the course will gain:

  • an understanding of operating practice, design standard and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry
  • knowledge of power transmission and distribution grid operation code
  • competency in the advanced modelling and analysis of a large system
  • competency in advanced signal and data analysis
  • operating knowledge of commonly adopted power system simulation tools (DigSilent, EMTDC-PSCAD, Matlab, PSSE and Power System Toolbox)

Graduates will be equipped to pursue careers that involve design, modelling, analysis and control, and the business aspects of bulk electric power supply systems.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The course is one-year full-time consisting of four compulsory modules and four optional modules run during the Autumn (October–December) and Spring (January–April) terms. These include both coursework and students will take eight written exams on the studied modules in the Summer term (May–June).

Students will also undertake an individual research project; three months part-time (January–March) and four months full-time (June–September). Assessment consists of a dissertation and an oral presentation. The report will be read and marked by two academic staffs and vetted by the external examiner.


Students take the 4 core modules and choose 4–5 optional modules.

Core modules:

  • HVDC technology and control
  • Optimisation
  • Power system dynamics, stability and control
  • Smart grid technologies

Optional modules:

  • Sustainable electrical systems
  • Power system economics
  • Energy business
  • Traffic theory and queuing systems
  • Probability and stochastic processes
  • Digital signal processing and filters
  • Spectral estimation and adaptive signal processing
  • Stability and control of non-linear systems
  • Design of linear multivariable control systems
  • Estimation and fault detection
  • Systems identification
  • Wavelets and applications

Information for international students

OVERSEAS applicants should check the general guidance on how qualifications awarded by overseas institutions satisfy the College's minimum academic requirements. http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/entryrequirements/graduate

CHINESE applicants must read the information at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/electricalengineering/courses/msc/chineseuniversities

Fees and funding

UK students
£12,000 (2017 entry)
International students
£29,000 (2017 entry)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33

Course contact details

Ms Kay Hancox