Online course

Electrical Power Systems Engineering

  • Qualification: MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • Duration: 12-30 months, depending on the qualification level
  • Delivery: All taught units are delivered online
  • Workload: Approx 15 hours per week
  • Next enrolment: 6th September 2021
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Introduction

Spark future change

Electricity is playing an increasing role as we look to develop low carbon sources of energy. Get ahead in this exciting field and develop your understanding of how electrical networks will be designed and operated in the future.

Gain a solid understanding of the characteristics of components such as generators, lines, cables, transformers and power electronic devices, and become the expert in your field, studying online while you continue to work.

Key features

Guaranteed quality

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

Flexible learning

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

Expert teaching

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

Electrical Power Systems Engineering course options

MSc (IET accredited)

PGDip

PGCert

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Entry requirements

1st or 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant technical discipline

Entry requirements

1st or 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant technical discipline

Entry requirements

1st or 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant technical discipline

Fees (full course)

UK/EU students: £10,500

International students: £25,000

Fees (full course)

UK/EU students: £7,000

International students: £16,667

Fees (full course)

UK/EU students: £3,500

International students: £8,334

8 units (120 credits)

Dissertation project (60 credits)

8 units (120 credits)

4 units (60 credits)

2 mandatory units (1, 2)

2 optional units (3-7)

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

The Institute of Engineering and Technology

Benefits of the accredited status

  • IET accreditation recognises the high standard of the course and confirms the relevance of its content.
  • Attending an accredited course is the foundation for achieving professional registration (ICTTech, IEng, EngTech or CEng status).
  • Accredited courses are looked upon favourably by employers and can improve your career prospects.

Key information

  • Accreditation

    Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

  • Delivery

    All taught units are delivered online so you can fit your studies around your work and other commitments.

  • Duration

    From 12 to 30 months, part-time.

  • Enrolment dates

    Two intakes per year in February and September. Entry for September 2021 intake opens on 2nd March 2021 and closes on 22nd August 2021.

  • Workload

    Approx 15 hours per week.

  • Assessments

    For some assessments, you will be required to attend The University of Manchester or one of our international exam centres. Go to our coursework and assessment section for more details.

  • Course director

    Dr James Brooks

Fees and funding

The fees for the September 2021 academic year are as follows:

  • MSc (full course fee): UK students: £11,500 | EU/International students: £26,500
  • PGDip (full course fee): UK students: £7,666 | EU/International students: £17,667
  • PGCert (full course fee): UK students: £3,883 | EU/International students: £8,833

Learn more about the impact of Brexit on fee status  and fee rates if you fall into a specific category.

You can pay for your fees in instalments. Explore your options on how to pay for your tuition fees.

Entry requirements

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

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.

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Course overview

Who this course is for

Designed for engineers working in the sector, this course will arm you with the tools and techniques to keep pace with the rapidly evolving electricity industry. The course covers the latest developments in the electricity industry and delivers up to date training in electrical power systems.

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Electrical Power Systems Engineering online course

What you will learn

  • 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 a 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.

Where and when you will study

Our MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering is an online course, with content delivered online using web-enabled technology systems. This allows for a truly flexible study experience so you can study in 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.

"I have found studying online to be perfect for me. I have a full-time job, a family and the pressures that go along with those! Studying online has allowed me to study at my own pace in my own time. The online learning environment is excellent and I have enjoyed interacting with my peers and tutors in the forum environment. The pre-recorded lectures are well structured and concise. The lecture slides are great. I have found the ability to re-watch sections of lectures until I understood the concept that was being explained very helpful."
David Bain, Protection Engineer at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), recent graduate of the MSc Electrical Power Systems Engineering

How it will benefit your career

  • Join hundreds of successful graduates over the past 30 years and add this prestigious MSc to your CV.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to take the next steps in your electrical power systems engineering career.
  • Go on to develop your career at a top employer, such as electric utility providers, equipment manufacturers, specialised software houses, universities and consultancy companies.

Course units

  • Unit 1 - Electrical Energy Systems (15 credits)

    • Structure of Electrical Energy systems
    • Basic analytical skills for electrical energy systems
    • Components associated with electrical energy systems
  • Unit 2 - Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems (15 credits)

    • Faults in power systems
    • Analysis and control of large networks
    • Analysis and control of power electronics systems
  • Unit 3 - Power System Plant, Asset Management and Condition Monitoring (15 credits)

    • Basic principles
    • Design of major power system plant components
    • Asset management and condition monitoring
    • Substation and system design
  • Unit 4 - Power System Operation and Economics (15 credits)

    • Introduction to optimisation and optimal economic system operation
    • Electricity markets and power system economics
    • Concepts of power system security
    • Power system investment
  • Unit 5 - Smart Grids and Sustainable Electricity Systems (15 credits)

    • Distributed low carbon technologies
    • Smart Grids
    • Sustainable electricity systems
  • Unit 6 - Power System Dynamics and Quality of Supply (15 credits)

    • Power system dynamics
    • Quality of supply
    • Reliability
  • Unit 7 - Power System Protection (15 credits)

    • Introduction to protection systems
    • Conventional protection systems
    • Advanced protection systems
  • Unit 8 - Techniques for Research and Industry (15 credits)

    • Project/team/business planning
    • Ethics & professional responsibility
    • Intellectual property
    • Report writing (information sources, literature reviews, structure and presentation)
  • Project (60 credits)

    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.

Course structure

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. 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.

Course learning aims

The course will develop your understanding of how these 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 electronics devices. It will provide you with the skills you need to carry out power flow and fault calculations, learning how these techniques are used to study the behaviour of large systems. The course also covers a range of other topics such as HVDC, how renewable generation is integrated into a power system, the increasing importance of smart grids, and how to assess and remedy power quality problems.The course is based on the long-running MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering delivered by The University of Manchester. On graduation you will be a member of a network of global alumni, many in senior positions in the electricity supply industry.

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. 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.

Teaching and learning

Once you register for the course, you will be assigned a Study Advisor, who will stay with you throughout your studies and can be contacted by phone or email whenever you have a question or a concern.

Your Study Advisor will be able to guide you through your choice of units and help you to schedule and register for them. They will be familiar with all aspects of your course and your own progress and timetable and will be able to provide support on a wide range of issues or refer you to University specialist support services if necessary - such as the Careers Service, Counselling Service or Disability Support.

For each technical unit, you will be assigned an Academic Tutor with expertise in the particular subject area you will be studying. Your tutor will introduce themselves at the start of each unit to outline the material and plans for assessment. They will host regular online group discussions to review the content being presented that week and to give you the opportunity to engage with other students. They will also maintain and monitor a range of other tools including forums, blogs and live chat sessions, in case you have any questions about the course content.

You will typically need to commit around 15 hours per week during each unit taken when studying for your distance learning MSc. It is important to make sure your employer supports you by allowing suitable time to be spent on your studies.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit will require you to submit one or more pieces of coursework and a final assessment. This varies between units and for some assessments you will be required to attend The University of Manchester or one of our international exam centres. Details of your nearest exam centre can be found by contacting us at studyonline@manchester.ac.uk . Assessments will be at set times and coursework will have fixed deadlines, which we will make you aware of at the start of each unit.

NOTE: Due to exam centre closures, some assessments have moved online.

We use a mix of computer-based/simulation lab work, written reports, recorded video presentations, computer based-tests, and oral exams for assessment. The coursework will often involve using specialist software packages which will be provided for you. Your tutor will provide the exact details of how each activity contributes to your final marks for a given unit.

You will also be provided with regular opportunities to assess your progress through self-tests that do not count towards your final mark. Your tutor will seek to support you if you are having difficulty with a particular subject area and your Study Advisor will be there to help if there are any other issues affecting your studies.

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.

Admissions information

From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the support you need. We can support you with enrolment and subject assistance, administrative logistics and fee options, online learning skills, workload management and special circumstances including a possible professional entry route.

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.

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.

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 your full academic record. 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's decision).

Please contact us if you have any questions about this process via studyonline@manchester.ac.uk .  

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online   

Entry for September 2021 intake opens on 2nd March 2021 and closes on 22nd August 2021.  

Please select one of the qualification options from our online application:

  • MSc Electrical Power Systems Engineering Online Learning - September Intake
  • PG Diploma Electrical Power Systems Engineering Online Learning - September Intake
  • PG Certificate Electrical Power Systems Engineering Online Learning - September Intake

Advice to applicants

To speed up the application process, please submit the following documents with your online application form:

1. Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English, please provide official translations.

2. English language score report (if applicable) or alternative evidence to demonstrate your English language competency.

3. One referee report form and accompanying letter of reference - this should ideally be on a company headed paper and must be signed by your referee (preferably your line manager) confirming your place of work and briefly describing your current role.

4. A copy of your CV detailing your full work experience.

5. Personal statement addressing the questions below (max 500 words)

  • What is your motivation for studying MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Electrical Power Systems Engineering?
  • What other relevant experience do you have (e.g. from work, student projects, CPD)? You only need to describe things that will not be obvious from your CV/undergraduate transcript.

If you need any support with your application, please contact us at studyonline@manchester.ac.uk .

Computer and time requirements

To take part in the course you will need:

  • An average of 15 hours per week to devote to studying.
  • Regular access to a computer with internet access fast enough to run video conferencing / stream the video lectures
  • A computer that meets the software requirements of the video conferencing and other software: (Broadband internet connection; Desktop or laptop PC with Windows 7 or later; 4 GB RAM; 6 GB disk space for installation (Administrator rights are required to install the software)
  • A webcam, microphone (and a quiet space) for the weekly video tutorials and for the oral exams at the end of each unit

Additional cost information

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).

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