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MSc Electrical Power Systems Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

Power system engineering is about keeping things in balance. Not just the balance between generation and load or between production and consumption of reactive power. It is also about the balance between the cost of energy and its environmental impact or the balance between the reliability of the supply and the investments needed to develop the system. These programmes will teach you how to quantify both sides of these equations and then how to improve the balances through technological advances and the implementation of sophisticated computing techniques.

During the second semester the course units explore in more depth the 'operation' and the 'plant' aspects of power systems. For example, you will study how renewable generation is integrated in a power system or how to assess and remedy power quality problems.

During the summer, your MSc dissertation project gives you a chance to develop your research skills and to explore in depth one of the topics discussed during the course.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's  new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2022 and December 2022. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact .


  • Provide an advanced education in electrical power engineering.
  • Give graduates the education, the knowledge and the skills they need to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing electricity supply industry.
  • Give a sound understanding of the principles and techniques of electrical power engineering.
  • Give a broad knowledge of the issues and problems faced by electrical power engineers.
  • Give a solid working knowledge of the techniques used to solve these problems.
  • Coursework and assessment

    You are required to take seven examinations. In addition, course work (eg lab reports) accounts for typically 20% of the mark for each course unit. One course units is assessed on the basis of course work only. The summer research project is assessed on the basis of a dissertation of about 50 pages.

    Course unit details

    Course units typically include:

    • Electrical Power Fundamentals
    • Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems
    • Power System Plant, Asset Management and Condition Monitoring
    • Power System Operation and Economics
    • Power System Dynamics and Quality of Supply
    • Power System Protection
    • Smart Grids and Sustainable Electricity Systems
    • Techniques for Research and Industry

    Course unit list

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Dissertation EEEN60070 60 Mandatory
    Electrical Energy Systems EEEN60302 15 Mandatory
    Power System Operation and Economics EEEN60321 15 Mandatory
    Power System Dynamics & Quality of Supply EEEN60342 15 Mandatory
    Smart Grids & Sustainable Electricity Systems EEEN60352 15 Mandatory
    Power Syst Plant, Asset Management and Condition Monitoring EEEN60371 15 Mandatory
    Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems EEEN60631 15 Mandatory
    Techniques for Research and Industry EEEN61352 15 Mandatory
    Power System Protection EEEN64422 15 Mandatory

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