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This course will develop your understanding of how future electrical networks will be designed and operated. It will provide you with a solid understanding of the characteristics of components such as generators, lines, cables, transformers and power electronic devices.

It has been designed in a flexible format, supporting those who work in industry. It combines academic excellence with the development skills that are essential for a career in the industry and will enable you to work and study simultaneously.

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Course overview

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that allows you pursue a successful career in the electrical power systems industry.

Core units provide a solid grounding in electrical power systems from the perspective of the operation and economics, plant and asset management monitoring as well as supply, reliability and understanding protection systems. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced in the engineering industry and how these can be overcome. Additionally, the final research module allows you to tailor your study to reflect your personal and professional interests.

You will learn how to:

  • Build an advanced education in electrical power systems engineering.
  • Develop the knowledge and the skills you need to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing electricity supply industry.
  • Learn key principles and techniques of electrical power engineering.
  • Gain broad knowledge of the issues and problems faced by electrical power systems engineers.
  • Develop a comprehensive working knowledge of the techniques used to solve these problems.
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Accredited status

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Flexible learning

Study this course online and tailor your learning around your work and other commitments.

Learn from the experts

The University of Manchester was one of the first institutions to develop world-leading MSc teaching in Electrical Power Systems Engineering.

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Who is this course designed for?

This course will enhance your skills, knowledge and confidence in electrical power systems and support opportunities for career progression.

Online learning experience

MSc Electrical Power Systems Engineering is an online course. Course content is delivered online using web-enabled technology systems. This allows for a truly flexible study experience so you can study at your own time when it is convenient for you. You will be supported through regular contact with your tutor as well as access to wealth of resources including IEEE Xplore.

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Where will it take me?

Over the last thirty years, hundreds of students from around the world have come to the University to obtain an MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering or similar. As a successful graduate you will have the knowledge and skills to equip you for a great career in electrical power systems and engineering.

Successful graduates of our Electrical Power Systems Engineering courses have gone on to secure careers with top employers including electric utility providers, equipment manufacturers, specialised software houses, universities and consultancy companies.

Course units

Units 1 - 4


Electrical Energy Systems

  • Structure of Electrical Energy systems
  • Basic analytical skills for electrical energy systems
  • Components associated with electrical energy systems


Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems

  • Faults in power systems
  • Analysis and control of large networks
  • Analysis and control of power electronics systems


Power System Plant, Asset Management and Condition Monitoring

  • Basic principles
  • Design of major power system plant components
  • Asset management and condition monitoring
  • Substation and system design


Power System Operation and Economics

  • Introduction to optimisation and optimal economic system operation
  • Electricity markets and power system economics
  • Concepts of power system security
  • Power system investment

Units 5 - 9


Smart Grids and Sustainable Electricity Systems

  • Distributed low carbon technologies
  • Smart Grids
  • Sustainable electricity systems


Power System Dynamics and Quality of Supply

  • Power system dynamics
  • Quality of supply
  • Reliability


Power System Protection

  • Introduction to protection systems
  • Conventional protection systems
  • Advanced protection systems


Techniques for Research and Industry

  • Project/team/business planning
  • Ethics & professional responsibility
  • Intellectual property
  • Report writing (information sources, literature reviews, structure and presentation)


Dissertation Project

  • Your dissertation project will ideally be based on a problem you and your company need to resolve, ensuring the programme delivers value for both you and your employer.

Year of entry: 2020

Degree awarded
Master of Science
From 30 months to 60 months part time
Entry requirements

You must hold a first-class / upper second-class honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant technical discipline (e.g. electronic/electrical engineering, mechatronics) or its equivalent from a reputable institution. The degree must have been completed within the last 5 years. Students must also be able to complete an appropriate worked-based dissertation.

Students who meet most but not all of the above criteria may be considered for an alternative entry route into the MSc, where the first two units are taken as training courses. When assessing you for this we will take into account relevant industrial experience, as well as the relevance and grades of your taught units. If these are passed then transfer to the MSc will be considered by the exam board (exam boards sit every 6 months, hence students will have to take a break from studies, normally for 3 months, while waiting for the exam board decision).

Please contact us if you have any questions about this process via:

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

For courses starting in September, applications will close on 21st August.

For courses starting in February, applications will close on 1st February.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert N N N Y

Course overview

  • This course is a new mode of delivery of our well established on-campus MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering
  • There is much greater flexibility - most of the material can be completed at a time that suits you through our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • You receive weekly contact with a tutor (via a small group video conference), where you will be given feedback and can ask questions
  • The course has been designed to support those working in industry. Multiple entry points exist and the course can be completed in a timescale that suits your needs
Electrical Power Systems Engineering MSc Distance Learning Course

Open days

Join our upcoming online webinar to hear from our team at The University of Manchester.

With the closing date for entry onto our Master's in Electrical Power Systems Engineering for September 2020 fast approaching, this is your last opportunity to hear from Course Director, Dr James Brooks, who will be taking you through the course structure, entry requirements and sharing information on important challenges in the industry.

This is also a great opportunity to get your questions answered by James, this is one not to be missed!

Date of webinar: Thursday 13 th  August 2020 from 12pm -12:30pm (UK Time)

To register for the webinar : click here.


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

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500 over 3 years (£3,500 per annum)
    International students (per annum): £25,000 over 3 years
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,000
    International students (per annum): £16,667
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,500
    International students (per annum): £8,334

Additional expenses

In addition to the tuition fees, students are also liable for any travel and accommodation costs involved when attending exams at either the University of Manchester or one of our external exam centres.

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

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