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MScElectrical Power Engineering with Business

Why this course?

This course recognises the need for skilled graduates to address the world’s major issues in electrical energy and power systems. It offers an integrated programme focusing on:

  • the design, operation and analysis of power supply systems
  • power plant
  • renewables and industrial electrical equipment relating to a liberalised power supply industry
  • globalised markets and environmental drivers

The course provides the advanced level of knowledge and understanding required for challenging, well paid and exciting careers in the dynamic and high growth electrical power and renewable energy sectors.

You’ll study

There’s two semesters of compulsory and optional classes, followed by a three-month summer research project in your chosen area. There’s the opportunity to carry this out through the department's competitive MSc industrial internships.

The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners, including ScottishPower, Smarter Grid Solutions and SSE. You'll address real-world engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.

Facilities

You'll have exclusive access to our extensive computing network and purpose built teaching spaces, including our outdoor test facility for photovoltaics high voltage laboratory, equipped with the latest technologies, including:

  • LDS 6-digital partial discharge test & measurement system
  • Marx impulse generators & GIS test rigs
  • £1M distribution network and protection laboratory comprising a 100kVA microgrid, induction machines and programme load banks

You'll have access to the UK’s only high-fidelity control room simulation suite and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC). This is Europe’s first centre dedicated to the development and demonstration of “smart-grid” technologies.

Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the professional body, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Course content

Compulsory classes

(September to May)

Advanced Power System Analysis & Protection

This class will allow you to understand, critically analyse and assess technical requirements for power system operation, management and planning. It will enable you to carry out advanced types of power system analysis as well as understand and use results from these analyses in power system operation and planning. You'll also develop an advanced knowledge of the main concepts related to the function, design and operation of protection schemes for distribution, transmission and generation applications.

High Voltage Technology & Electromagnetic Compatibility

This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of high voltage electrical insulating systems and the principles, mechanisms and characteristics of high voltage discharges in vacuum and condensed media. It will also provide you with a basic understanding of the behaviour of dielectric materials stressed with electric fields and their use in high voltage systems. You'll also gain an understanding of the principles of high voltage generation and impulse testing of the high voltage systems.

Power Electronics for Energy & Drive Control

Modern energy conversion systems rely on the integration of range of technologies including power electronics, electromechanical actuators and energy storage elements. This class will build knowledge of the building block technologies and show their application to modern energy conversion systems.

Assignment & Professional Studies

The aim of this class is to provide you with support for your general academic and professional development.

You'll undertake an advanced investigation of an electronic or electrical engineering topic of your choice, to enhance your learning, and develop presentation and communication skills.

Elective classes

Choose at least two from this list

Business Information Systems

Business information systems (BIS) are used to support all aspects of the knowledge workers. Therefore all changes in organisational processes also mean changes in the BIS. As most work of business analysts results in organisational process changes, it's important that they're familiar with BIS. Many consulting projects are explicitly aimed at BIS which requires understanding of the basic types of information systems (IS), what they are appropriate for, what we cannot expect from them and how to use them together.

Specifically Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are today part of the everyday life of most knowledge workers and a business analyst needs a thorough understanding of them. The class adopts a process-based approach and after having the business and IS context of the knowledge work introduced, an examination of the various types of IS, namely the databases, ERP systems, knowledge-based systems, corporate portals, and collaboration support systems will be conducted.

Advanced Project Management
Power System Economics, Markets & Asset Management

This class will present and give an understanding of the economics, trading and pricing of electricity supply and how it is shaped by technical, commercial and regulatory considerations.

It will give you an understanding of power system economics under an environment of multiple suppliers and users, and present the challenges, technologies and value of asset management within an electricity supply industry context. You'll gain a deep appreciation of factors affecting security of supply and how it might be quantified.

Wind Energy & Distributed Energy Resources

This class will provide an understanding of the principles of wind turbine power generation with attention to the wind resource, rotor aerodynamics, structural design, power conversion and control.

It will also examine the socio-economic issues relating to wind power and provide an underpinning in distributed energy resources including small scale generation, energy storage and demand management and their integration and management within power networks.

Wind Turbine Control

This class will provide you with more advanced computational tools for assessing complex aspects of wind farm integration. You're introduced to complex control strategies for wind turbines and farms, and learn of the impact these have on the dynamic and transient stability of electrical systems. The design of electrical collectors and transmission schemes for onshore and offshore wind farms is also explained.

Future concepts such as offshore DC networks and smart grid technology will be examined, along with issues such as network development, voltage rise, electricity markets through an understanding of the basic electrical engineering concepts and wind power technology. Power system balancing challenges due to wind power variations and high penetration of wind power is also examined.

Software Engineering

This class will introduce you to the software engineering process through the development and application of C++ programming skills. You'll become competent in specifying, designing and developing software and in writing and testing programs of moderate complexity.

Summer (June to September)

MSc Research Project / Internship

The aim of the research project is to provide you with an opportunity to bring your knowledge and skills together and deploy them in a significant practical investigation, using relevant engineering literature, and where relevant, initial experiments or simulations.

Learning & teaching

We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on individual subject material.

Each module comprises of approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.

The teaching and learning methods used ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.

You'll undertake group projects. These will help to develop your interpersonal, communication and transferable skills essential to a career in industry.

Industry engagement

Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events. The department delivers monthly seminars to support students’ learning and career development.  Iberdrola, National Grid, ScottishPower, SSE, Siemens and Rolls-Royce are just a few examples of the industry partners you can engage with during your course.

Assessment

A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete at least six modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Assessment of the summer research project/internship consists of four elements, with individual criteria: 

  1. Interim report (10%, 1500 to 3000 words) – The purpose of this report is to provide a mechanism for supervisors to provide valuable feedback on the project’s objectives and direction.
  2. Poster Presentation (15%) – A vital skill of an engineer is the ability to describe their work to others and respond to requests for information.  The poster presentation is designed to give you an opportunity to practise that.
  3. Final report (55%) – This assesses the communication of project objectives and context, accuracy and relevant of background material, description of practical work and results, depth and soundness of discussion and conclusions, level of engineering achievement and the quality of the report’s presentation.
  4. Conduct (20%) - Independent study, project and time management are key features of university learning. The level of your initiative & independent thinking and technical understanding are assessed through project meetings with your supervisor and your written logbooks.

Entry requirements

A first or good second-class UK Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic, electrical or communications engineering, or a related subject from a recognised academic institution.

Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not undertaken their undergraduate course in the UK must possess a recent UKBA-recognised English qualification.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2015/16 - £4,500

Rest of UK

  • 2015/16 - £9,000

International

  • 2015/16 - £16,700

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Students are eligible for a range of scholarships offered by the Department, University and external organisations. View our Scholarship Brochure for further details.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Careers

The course provides the advanced level of knowledge and understanding required for challenging, well paid and exciting careers in the dynamic and high growth electrical power and renewable energy sectors.

Employment prospects are excellent, with recent graduates operating in power engineering consultancy, global power utilities (generation, supply and distribution), the renewable energy sector and manufacturing. They've taken up professional and technical positions as electrical engineers, power systems specialists, distribution engineer and asset managers in large energy utilities such as ScottishPower Energy Networks, Aker Solutions, National Grid & EDF Energy. Graduates have also taken up roles in project management and engineering consultancy with companies such as Arup, Atkins Global, Ramboll, Moot MacDonald and AMEC.

How much will I earn?

Salaries for electrical engineers start at around £20,000 to £25,000. Experienced or incorporated engineers can earn between £28,000 and £40,000. A chartered electrical engineer can earn higher salaries of £40,000 to £55,000 or more.*

Where are they now?

Job titles of recent graduates include:**

  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Power System Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Substation Project Engineer
  • Trainee Surveyor

Employers include:**

  • China Techenergy Co. Ltd
  • Eon UK Plc
  • Electric Supply Bureau
  • Lloyds Register
  • National Grid
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Xero Energy

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects.

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

Apply

Applications should be made online by selecting the correct 'Apply' button.

You will need to supply various documents to support your application. These include:

  • a copy of your degree certificate and relevant transcripts
  • proof of your English language proficiency (if English is not your mother tongue or if you have not already studied for a degree that was taught in English)
  • references from two academic sources
  • a copy of the photo page from your passport - this is only required if you are an international students who requires a visa to enter the UK

All UK, EU & international direct applicants should use the first 'Apply' option below. Applicants on Joint Education Programmes from the department’s strategic partners in China and Pakistan should select the 'Apply' option linked to their home institution (eg IMUT – Inner Mongolia University of Technology; LUT – Lanzhou University of Technology).

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