Research course

Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research (Two Year)

University of Birmingham · Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or a relevant subject. Industrial experience and CEng/IEng qualifications will also be taken into account.

Applicants with a 2.2 with high grades in relevant modules will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Our 2-year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will give you the advanced skills and specialist experience required to significantly enhance your career in the electrical power industry. The course builds on a very close involvement with the power industry and our extensive research work and expertise.

This 2-year Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of electrical power systems and renewable energy as well as advanced research skills.

It aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right advanced skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading in teams involved in the operation, control, design, and economic analysis of the electrical power systems and networks of the future – smart grids as well as developing and managing R&D programmes.

Some modules will be taught by leading industry experts, which will give you the exciting opportunity to understand the real challenges that power industry is facing, hence propose innovative solutions. In addition, students working on relevant MSc projects may have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts directly.

The 2-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will run in parallel with the existing 1-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems. The taught credits in the 1st year of the 2 Year MSc are identical to that of the 1-Year MSc while the 2nd Year is mainly focused on a research project. The 2-year programme will also be able to fill in the gap of skills between the 1-year MSc and PhD research.

It is envisaged there will be the opportunity for students to transfer between the two programmes using the University’s procedures for transfers between programmes, subject to programme requirements. This opportunity would take place at the end of the taught part of the programme.

Why study Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc at Birmingham

  • Study in our new state-of-the-art School of Engineering building which includes a 50-seat electronics and electrical focused projects space and a basement that houses a full-size set of railway points, the University’s pantograph test rig and a test track for the scaled hydrogen-powered train.
  • Postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham is a chance to learn from world leaders in their fields. This guarantees you a first-class learning experience, leading to a qualification that is respected the world over and making you an attractive prospect in a very competitive job market.
  • The programme aims to fill in the gap between the 1-year MSc and PhD study, and provide the opportunity to understand how to use the advanced methods to solve the real challenges that energy industry is facing and develop advanced research skills for advanced R&D projects. The leading power system experts from industry will provide unique course materials which may not be found elsewhere.
  • For some research projects, there will be joint supervision with industry experts as well as industry placement opportunities.
  • Our Department is recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 86% of research impact ranked as world leading or internationally excellent
  • Enjoy one of the broadest portfolios and most successful track records of collaborations with industry in the country, giving you real working knowledge and valuable experience for future employment

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The renewal of our accreditation takes us past a 40 year unbroken record of offering professional engineering qualifications.

Information for international students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band).

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities are available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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