Taught course

Electrical Transportation Systems and Infrastructure

Institution
University of Birmingham · Department of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Qualifications
MScPGCertPGDip

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to hold (or be expecting to attain) a first degree with at least a good second class honours, or an equivalent qualification in an electrical engineering discipline. Evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may also be taken into account.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This Masters programme will develop your knowledge and skills in practical electrical engineering aspects of transportation systems, with a particular focus on automotive and rail vehicles, and on power system infrastructure. Graduates of this programme will have a clear understanding of what is needed to design, build and operate these electrical transport systems and will be in demand by organisations world-wide in vehicle design, development and manufacture, and in the infrastructure to support electric transportation systems.

The course will be provided jointly by the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham, bring together expertise from both institutions and enabling students to access excellence from two research-intensive universities. Students will choose whether to base their studies from Birmingham or Nottingham: this choice will then inform the supervision of the research project which takes place during the summer period. The Autumn term will be taught at Birmingham and the Spring term, in Nottingham; the timetable will give the flexibility needed for part-time learning or for single modules to be studied as Continuing Professional Development.

This is a comprehensive programme, made up of 11 taught modules worth 120 credits, as follows, followed by a 60-credit research project.

Module title Detail

  • Maths, Physics and Electrical Principles (10 credits)
    Studied at Birmingham, comprises study towards MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate
  • Study Skills (10 credits)
    Studied at Birmingham, comprises study towards MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate
  • Kinematics of Transportation (20 credits)
    Studied at Birmingham, comprises study towards MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate
  • Railway Traction Systems (10 credits)
    Studied at Birmingham, comprises study towards MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate
  • Energy Conversion Systems (10 credits)
    Studied at Birmingham, comprises study towards MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate
  • Advanced Power Conversion (10 credits)
    Studied at Nottingham, comprises study towards MSc and PG Diploma
  • Advanced AC Drives (15 credits)
    Studied at Nottingham, comprises study towards MSc and PG Diploma
  • Power Systems for Aerospace (15 credits)
    Studied at Nottingham, comprises study towards MSc and PG Diploma
  • Technologies for the Hydrogen Transport Economy (10 credits)
    Studied at Nottingham, comprises study towards MSc and PG Diploma
  • Advanced Electrical Machines (10 credits)
    Studied at Nottingham, comprises study towards MSc and PG Diploma
  • Major Research Project (60 credits)
    Studied at Birmingham OR Nottingham, according to university of registration

The research project is taken at the university at which the student is registered and cannot be changed. It is important, therefore to consider the research topic likely to be studied.

  • Typical projects at Birmingham include: Railway Power Systems, Railway Traction Systems, Grid Connected Charging Systems, Hydrogen Hybrid Systems
  • Typical projects at Nottingham include: Marine Electrical Propulsion, Aircraft Power Systems, Advanced Electric Drives for Propulsion

Please enquire to discuss your research interests if you are unsure.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,200 FT
International students
£19,300 FT

Please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGCert

part time
12 months
full time
6 months

PGDip

part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Email
postgraduate@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Phone
0121 414 5005