Postgraduate study

Advanced Power Engineering

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

Programme website: Advanced Power Engineering

The two-year MSc programme in Advanced Power Engineering is designed to train power engineers in the most current developments in the field, and help them develop fundamental and applied research skills through a combination of taught modules, workshops and a comprehensive research dissertation carried out during the second year of the programme, supported by the internationally leading experts of the Institute for Energy Systems. Our academics regularly lead or participate in large, multi-institutional and multi-national research projects in the area of electrical power engineering. The learning experience is augmented by a number of supporting activities delivered throughout the duration of the programme.

Graduates will be equipped with specialized knowledge associated with the individual modules within the programme, and will develop a deep understanding of advanced power engineering concepts fostered throughout the programme and obtained from the supplementary training activities, study projects and dissertations.

The first year of the programme develops from fundamental topics and research tools and techniques in electrical power engineering, to specialist courses on emerging technologies and advanced numerical methods for power engineering problems.

Following the summer break, the second year of the programme is fully dedicated to the Masters research project, where the students, in close collaboration with academics and researchers of the Institute for Energy Systems, put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the first year, in application to an actual power engineering problem.

The programme is delivered over 2 years. In Year 1 there are with two semesters of taught courses; in Year 2 a research project runs over two semesters leading to the submission of a Masters Thesis.

Year 1 - Semester 1

  • Power Systems & Machines MSc (10 credits)
  • Power Conversion MSc (10 credits)
  • Advanced Control for Power Engineering MSc (10 credits)
  • Power Engineering Research Techniques (10 credits)
  • Energy and Environmental Economics (10 credits)
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy (10 credits)

Semester 2

  • Power Electronics for Energy Systems MSc (10 credits)
  • Advanced Electrical Machines MSc (10 credits)
  • Power Systems Engineering and Economics (20 credits)

Course options:

  • Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids MSc (20 credits) or
  • Principles of Wind Energy (10 credits)
  • Solar Energy & Photovoltaic Systems (10 credits)

Year 2 - Semesters 1 & 2

Research Project

  • Advanced Power Engineering Dissertation (120 credits)

The above courses correspond to 120 credits of taught material, plus 120 credits of a research project.

The main objective of the programme is to train the next generation of electrical power engineers who:

  • are aware of the most recent, cutting edge developments in power engineering;
  • are able to tackle the global energy trilemma of supplying secure, equitable and environmentally sustainable energy, appreciating the technical, social and economic challenges faced in both developed and developing countries;
  • have advanced research and development skills allowing them to excel in both industrial and academic settings.

Power Engineering is one of the most in-demand professions in the UK and worldwide. Graduates from our MSc programmes go on to a wide range of activities. Some return to jobs and academia in their own countries; some take up employment with well-known companies in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere in the world, e.g. with governments, energy consultancies, energy utilities, engineering or construction companies and renewable energy developers. This programme is specifically designed for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD or taking up professional posts with demanding research and development duties.

The programme runs in a close association with other activities within the broader Electrical Engineering programme within the School, including networking events, industrial presentations and seminars. It benefits from the current strong connections with industry (coordinated by the Student Industry Liaison Manager, and existing research associations and consortia (such as the EPSRC Centre for Energy Systems Integration).

A UK 2:1 degree, or international equivalent, in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering.

Other closely related backgrounds may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section

  • PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

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We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Further information

  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3DW