Postgraduate study

Electrical Power Engineering MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Electrical Power Engineering

This one-year programme is designed to equip graduates and professionals with a broad and robust training on modern power engineering technologies, with a strong focus on renewable energy conversion and smart grids. It is suitable for recent graduates who wish to develop the specialist knowledge and skills relevant to this industry and is also suitable as advanced study in preparation for research work in an academic or industrial environment.

In semesters 1 and 2, the programmes comprises a mixture of taught courses, workshops and a group design project, led by leading experts in the field, covering the key topics in power systems, electrical machines and power electronics. The final part of the programme is an individual dissertation, which provides a good opportunity for students to apply their acquired skills to real problems in electrical power engineering.

This one year programme at the University of Edinburgh will immerse the students in the most current developments in the area of Electrical Power Engineering, through a combination of taught modules, workshops, a research dissertation, and a range of supporting activities delivered by internationally leading experts in the field. The programme develops through the year from advanced 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, and culminates in the summer dissertation project where the acquired skills in various areas are put into practice in application to an actual power engineering problem.

Topics covered within the individual courses of the programme, include (but are not limited to):

  • Fundamental and emerging power engineering technologies
  • Advanced numerical methods in application to electrical power engineering problems
  • Modern power conversion components & systems
  • Integration of renewable energy in the power system
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Electrical engineering aspects of energy storage
  • Power, telecommunications & control aspects of smart grids
  • Research and innovation management techniques.

In addition, our MSc students actively engage in research as part of their dissertation projects either within the Institute for Energy Systems or with industry, with some joining our PhD community afterwards.

This programme is delivered over 12 months, with 2 semesters of taught courses, followed by a research project leading to the submission of a masters thesis.

The courses correspond to 120 credits of taught material, plus 60 credits of a research project.

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

You must choose 20 credits from the following optional courses:

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

Research Project

  • Electrical Power Engineering Dissertation (MSc) (60 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
MScElectrical Power Engineering1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

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;
  • have skills and training needed in both industrial and academic settings;
  • are able to tackle the global energy trilemma of supplying secure, equitable and environmentally sustainable energy, while appreciating the technical, social and economic challenges faced in both developed and developing countries.

Governments worldwide are putting in place plans to decarbonise and modernise their electricity sector. A transition to a green economy will require a highly skilled workforce led by electrical power engineers with a solid academic background, an appreciation of the trajectory of the industry and an understanding of the challenges and implications brought about by the introduction of new power technologies.

According to the Institution for Engineering & Technology (IET): “The business of managing and distributing power in the UK is beginning to undergo revolutionary changes and [power] engineers are the people who will play a pivotal role in keeping the lights on”. This also holds true in many other developed and developing countries in the world.

Power engineers are employed in public/governmental organisations as well as in the private sector and cover areas spanning from generation, to conversion and transmission of electrical power, design and manufacturing of power components and systems, and energy policy and commerce. In the UK, experienced, chartered power engineers can earn around £45,000 a year on average*.

The programme will run in a close association with other activities within the broader Electrical Engineering programme within the School, including networking events, industrial presentations and seminars. It will benefit 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).

*Source

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:

MSc students at the School of Engineering are required to pay for their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These costs can range from £3 to £70, depending on the programme.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScElectrical Power Engineering1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

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