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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems MSc (Eng)

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Renewable energy and reduction of carbon emissions are now topping the global environmental agenda. Renewable generation techniques are now producing unfamiliar problems in stability, control and conversion, whilst power distribution networks are reaching their capacity limits. Nevertheless enormous advances in semiconductor power devices and the application of enabling technologies are overcoming these problems. Power is again one of the most active areas in electrical engineering and electronics.

Against this background, the course addresses the fundamentals of renewable energy and shows how solar, wind, wave and other such energy sources can be efficiently integrated into practical power systems.

This advanced course in electrical engineering applied to renewable energy is distinctive in providing a solid, rigorous treatment of core power engineering topics. This comprises of power electronic converters, machines and control reinforced by modules on power system modelling, analysis and power converters, which are specific to renewable energy sources. It also offers a unique set of modules in the efficient generation of electricity from solar, wind and wave power. The integration of renewable generators into micro-grids, with stability analysis and active power management, is also covered. Power electronics design is covered in depth, including conventional and emerging converter topologies and recent advances in semiconductor power devices.

Find out about our MSc programme managers by visiting our staff profiles page

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,000
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £3,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

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You might also be interested in our other energy programmes.
MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
MSc Energy and Environment


The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2016, it will provide you with an example of what you will study.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 45 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Industry Dissertation 15
Mini Projects and Laboratory 15
Grid-Connected Microgeneration Systems 15
Micro-grid Laboratory 15
Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources 15
Control Systems Design 15
Research Project 45
Optional modules (15 credits)  
Programming 15
Software Development 15
Optional modules (15 credits)  
Power Electronics and Drives 15
Electric Drives 15
Optional modules (15 credits)  
Energy Management and Conservation 15
Energy in Buildings 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
Renewable energy and efficient power conversion systems are of immense importance world-wide and graduates of this course can expect to find jobs in a wide variety of industries including the electronics, automotive, transport, construction, industrial automation, energy, oil and environmental sectors.

Graduates of this course will be well-placed to develop practical solutions to the problem of integrating renewable energy systems into established electricity distribution networks. They should be able to contribute to strategic planning, systems implementation and operation of sustainable power generation systems.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in electronic/electrical engineering, mechatronics, physics; or the equivalent of a good lower second class honours degree (2.2) accompanied by demonstration of specific competence in power electronics, electrical machines or drives.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2035.