MSc Advanced Electrical Power Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
2 years full-time
Entry requirements

We require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree or international equivalent in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline.

To progress to the second year of this course, we usually require performance at Distinction Level. Students who do not meet the criteria to progress to the second year will instead graduate with the one-year Electrical Power Systems Engineering MSc or an alternative appropriate qualification.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average with particular emphasis on relevant course units and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Course options

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Course overview

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500 year 1, £5,250 year 2
    International students (per annum): £25,000 year 1, £12,500 year 2

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Contact name
Rachel Hicklin
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 4701
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/eee
School/Faculty

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree or international equivalent in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline.

To progress to the second year of this course, we usually require performance at Distinction Level. Students who do not meet the criteria to progress to the second year will instead graduate with the one-year Electrical Power Systems Engineering MSc or an alternative appropriate qualification.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average with particular emphasis on relevant course units and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

 

English language

You will need to be able to demonstrate competency in the English language and if do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a test such as:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-test of less than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall with no sub-test of less than 22 (please note that we do not accept 'My Best' score reports)
  • Pearson PTE score of 58 overall with no sub-test of less than 50

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see  entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

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. This course 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.

In the first semester you learn how power systems are designed and operated. This involves studying not only the characteristics of the various components (generators, lines, cables, transformers and power electronics devices) but also how these components interact. Through lectures and computer based exercises you become familiar with power flow and fault calculations and you learn how the techniques used to study the behaviour of large systems. Experiments in our high voltage laboratory give you an appreciation for the challenges of insulation co-ordination.

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.

Prior to your summer break a preliminary study and the outline of your MSc dissertation project is completed, this is fully developed throughout the second year of the course. The yearlong enhanced individual research provides you great opportunities to develop advanced research skills and to explore in depth some of the topics discussed during the course. This includes training in research methods, and advanced simulation and experimental techniques in power systems and high voltage engineering as well as academic paper writing and poster and paper presentation.

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 2021 and December 2021. 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 pgt-eee@manchester.ac.uk .

Aims

  • 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.
  • Educate students with advanced research skills necessary to address current and future technological advancements.

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 coursework only.

The enhanced research project is assessed on the basis of a research poster, an extended abstract, a research papers and a dissertation of about 70 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
Power System Protection EEEN60076 15 Mandatory
Electrical Energy Systems EEEN60302 15 Mandatory
Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems EEEN60312 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
Techniques for Research and Industry EEEN60357 15 Mandatory
Power Syst Plant, Asset Management and Condition Monitoring EEEN60372 15 Mandatory
Extended Dissertation Project EEEN60770 120 Mandatory

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Careers

Career opportunities

Over the last thirty years, hundreds of students from around the world have come to the University to obtain an MSc in Electrical Power Engineering or similar. After graduation, they went on to work for electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, specialised software houses, universities and consultancy companies.

This course also provides the students with additional research skills necessary for starting a PhD degree or entering an industrial research and development career.