Taught course

Electrical Power Systems Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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. These programmes 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 autumn, you learn how power systems are designed and operated. This involves studying not only the characteristics of the various components (generators, lines, cables, transformers, 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 spring, you have the opportunity to choose course units that explore in more depth either the 'systems' or the 'plant' aspects of power systems. For example, you might study how renewable generation is integrated in a power system or how to assess and remedy power quality problems. During the summer, your MSc dissertation project gives you a chance to develop your research skills and to explore in depth one of the topics discussed during the course.

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English TOEFL paper-based test score of 570, computer-based test score of 230 both with a TWE score of 5.0, or an IELTS test score of 6.5 with no sub-test being below 5.5 is required, but other qualifications considered.

Fees and funding

Please see www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Dissertation40 (8000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
0161 306 4701
0161 306 4644