The standard academic entry requirements for a masters course will be an upper second class UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline.
To progress to the second year, you must be performing at Distinction Level. Students who do not meet the criteria to progress to the second year will be automatically converted to the one year course.
Months of entry
Power system engineering is about keeping things in balance. Not just the balance between generation and load or between production and consumption of reactive power. It is also about the balance between the cost of energy and its environmental impact or the balance between the reliability of the supply and the investments needed to develop the system. This course will teach you how to quantify both sides of these equations and then how to improve the balances through technological advances and the implementation of sophisticated computing techniques.
In the first semester you learn how power systems are designed and operated. This involves studying not only the characteristics of the various components (generators, lines, cables, transformers and power electronics devices) but also how these components interact. Through lectures and computer based exercises you become familiar with power flow and fault calculations and you learn how the techniques used to study the behaviour of large systems. Experiments in our high voltage laboratory give you an appreciation for the challenges of insulation co-ordination.
During the second semester the course units explore in more depth the 'operation' and the 'plant' aspects of power systems. For example, you will study how renewable generation is integrated in a power system or how to assess and remedy power quality problems.
Prior to your summer break a preliminary study and the outline of your MSc dissertation project is completed, this is fully developed throughout the second year of the course. The yearlong enhanced individual research provides you great opportunities to develop advanced research skills and to explore in depth some of the topics discussed during the course. This includes training in research methods, and advanced simulation and experimental techniques in power systems and high voltage engineering as well as academic paper writing and poster and paper presentation.
Information for international students
You will need to be able to demonstrate competency in the English language and if do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a test such as:
- IELTS score of 6.5 overall with at least three sub-test at 6.0 or above and no sub-test below 5.5
- TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall with no sub-test of less than 22
- Pearson PTE score of 59 overall with no sub-test of less than 51
- Cambridge CPE grade C
If you do not currently have an English Language qualification at the required level then it may be possible to arrange a pre-sessional course, the duration of which will depend on your current English language qualification. For more information on the pre-sessional English language courses please visit the University Language Centre website .
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- +44 (0)161 306 4822