Research course

Smart Grid Systems

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 in a technical discipline, electrical power system engineering preferred.

Months of entry


Course content

Spurred by the recent and ongoing growth of renewable generation in the electricity system there is much current interest in ‘smart’ electricity distribution grids. System smartness will allow for time-shifting of electricity demand and in the future will better incorporate electricity and other energy storage systems. In this way a smart and renewables-based electricity system promises to deliver low-carbon electricity. What, however, will these changes imply for electricity system reliability? This aspect is a key focus of our research interest.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Professor William J. Nuttall

          +44 (0)1908 655113