Postgraduate study

Advanced Power Engineering MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Placements/internships

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 specialised 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. For the research project there is an option to either carry it out within one of our power research groups, or as an industrial placement at a collaborating company in the power sector.

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

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

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)

Year 1 - Semester 2

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

You must choose 20 credits from the following optional courses:

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

Year 2 - Semesters 1 and 2

  • Research Project: Advanced Power Engineering Dissertation (120 credits)

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScAdvanced Power Engineering2 YearsFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

The research project, carried out during the second year, there is an option to either carry it out within one of our power research groups, or as an industrial placement at a collaborating company in the power sector.

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

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • 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 Academic: 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

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScAdvanced Power Engineering2 YearsFull-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Taught Student Conversion Officer, Flora Reynolds
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3565
  • Contact: pgtenquiries@eng.ed.ac.uk
  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3DW

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.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Postgraduate Taught Student Conversion Officer, Flora Reynolds
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3565
  • Contact: pgtenquiries@eng.ed.ac.uk
  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3DW