Taught course

Power Electronics Machines and Drives

The University of Manchester · School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirements for a Masters course will be a minimum of an upper second class UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline. Applicants should have previously studied electronic, electrical, electromechanical, mechatronic or mechanical engineering, or another science and engineering subject providing a good background in mathematics and an appreciation of electrical engineering fundamentals.

Months of entry


Course content

The Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) course provides its students with the knowledge to design, construct and analyse integrated networks of power electronic converters, electrical machines, actuators, energy storage devices, and control systems. As a result of recent technical advances, PEMD technology is becoming commonplace and can be found for example in more-electric aircraft and ships, electric vehicles, railway systems, renewable power generation, active management of power distribution systems, automation systems for factories and industrial processes. The adoption of PEMD technology is being driven by the need to increase energy efficiency, and controllability, whilst reducing system weight and maintenance costs.

This MSc course has been designed to equip electrical engineers with the knowledge and skills that are required to design modern PEMD systems, it includes the fundamentals of electrical machine and power electronics design, system integration, control, energy management and protection. The teaching team of eight academic staff belong to the Power Conversion Group and are all actively involved in researching new aspects of machines, drives, power electronics and electrical systems, particularly for applications in transport and sustainable electricity supply. The Group's research activities and industrial links inform the course content and enrich the student experience.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
+44 (0)161 306 4822