Taught course

Wind Energy Systems

University of Strathclyde · Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

This course is designed for people who have the ambition to strengthen, lead and transform the wind energy industry. Candidates must possess a first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or a related discipline (mechatronics, energy, control, or systems engineering), from a recognised academic institution. For applicants whose first language is not English, a recognised UKVI SELT with a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with all sub-bands at 5.5 must be demonstrated.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Strathclyde's MSc in Wind Energy Systems offers ambitious engineering graduates a unique opportunity to accelerate their careers in the high-growth global wind energy industry.
This one-year full time taught MSc programme will give you the chance to develop your technical expertise at one of Europe's leading wind, power systems and energy technology University groups - The Institute for Energy & Environment. The Institute, based within the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, is home to over 200 staff and researchers conducting strategic and applied research in the key technical and policy aspects of energy systems and houses the UK's only Wind Energy Systems Centre for Doctoral Training dedicated to pioneering research and advanced skills training in wind energy.
Research activities within these groups underpin our teaching programmes, and individual modules of this MSc are delivered by leaders in the wind and energy fields.
The course will develop and enhance your technical expertise of wind energy and deepen your understanding of the engineering, political and economic contexts of wind power. It will provide you with the advanced level of knowledge to address the current and future challenges of this exciting and dynamic sector. With our unrivalled links to key UK, global business and industry energy partners, you will have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments.
Potential employment prospects and career opportunities are excellent. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) forecasts future EU employment in wind energy related jobs to double to more than 500,000 by 2020. Alternatively, the MSc is also a great starting point for further research within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Two semesters of compulsory and optional taught modules (120 credits) are followed by a three-month practical research project (60 credits). Opportunities exist to conduct this through the Department's competitive MSc industrial internships.
Compulsory Modules
· Wind Turbine Technology
· Wind Turbine Control
- Power Systems and Wind Integration
· Assignment and Professional Studies
Optional Modules
· Socio-Economics of Energy Systems
· Power Electronics, Machines and Applications
· Power System Design, Operation and Protection
· Advanced Power System Analysis and Protection
· High Voltage Technology and Electromagnetic Compatability
· Power Electronics for Energy and Drive Control
· Power System Economics, Markets and Asset Management
· Inspection and Survey
· Geographical Information Systems
· Environmental Impact Assessment

Information for international students

Applications are open annually from 1 October - 31 August for entry that September. Submissions must be made online. There is a dedicated Induction Programme in Week 4 September which all new MSc students must attend.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4500 Scotland/EU, £9000 RUK
International students

20 funded places available for eligible Scottish and EU applicants - these places called The Royal College Wind Energy Scholarships will cover full tuition fees and provide a £3,000 stipend to support with living costs.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Elaine Black
0141 548 2170
0141 552 2487