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MEng Electrical Energy Systems

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UCAS Code (H630)

Electrical energy is vital in today’s society. It powers manufacturing and transport, provides heat and light, and underpins all aspects of modern life.

This MEng course was established in response to the needs of society and industry for engineers qualified to deal with the many issues surrounding the supply of electrical energy and the applications of electrical power. Studying electrical energy systems opens up a wide range of exciting and rewarding career options, allowing graduates to help solve some fundamental global challenges.

The development and increasing use of renewable energy sources needs engineers with skills in advanced electrical technologies. The search for carbon-neutral energy sources requires innovative engineering for research and development involving fuel cells, solar, wind, wave and tidal technologies. Graduate engineers will need to use their skills, knowledge and creativity to satisfy the need for reliable energy supplies with the minimum of impact on the environment.

There is a recognised shortage of specialist engineers to meet the needs of industry in this field – our graduates have excellent career prospects.

Download the Electrical Energy Systems leaflet or EEE Handbook for further information. 

Course Structure

Years 1 to 3 represent the core of the programme and provide the key material and professional skills required by all engineers.

In Year 4 optional classes provide a taster of other specialist fields on offer, along with an individual project that can be tailored to your own area of interest.

In Year 5 students deepen their specialist knowledge and enhance their groupworking skills through a major group project (Student Tradeshow). As well as providing technical challenges, this develops skills in planning, management and finance.

Course Syllabus

A diverse range of well-paid and highly rewarding career opportunities are available to graduates of this course:

  • renewable energy technologies
  • design, operation and control of new power networks
  • fuel cell development
  • power electronics for control of electrical energy systems
  • combined heat and power technologies
  • electrical systems for transport

Electrical energy is increasingly preferred for powering transport so the automotive, aerospace, rail and shipbuilding industries will need specialist graduate engineers to design and realise the transport systems of the future.

Career opportunities in designing and developing new technology and equipment in renewable energy, and health monitoring for electrical plant are becoming increasingly common. Researchers in the energy field are also needed to develop new systems, materials and processes to meet future requirements. In addition, the excellent numeracy, literacy, IT, problem-solving and teamworking skills that the course develops enable our graduate engineers to pursue careers in the finance, marketing, civil service and education sectors.

All the major employers target our graduates for recruitment purposes, including ScottishPower, Rolls-Royce, National Grid, ABB, Scottish and Southern Energy, Lloyd’s Register, RWEnpower, Mott MacDonald, E.ON, EDF Energy, BP, Siemens, Network Rail and UKAEA.

Graduate Opportunities

A diverse range of well-paid and highly rewarding career opportunities are available to graduates of this course:

  • renewable energy technologies
  • design, operation and control of new power networks
  • fuel cell development
  • power electronics for control of electrical energy systems
  • combined heat and power technologies
  • electrical systems for transport

Electrical energy is increasingly preferred for powering transport so the automotive, aerospace, rail and shipbuilding industries will need specialist graduate engineers to design and realise the transport systems of the future.

Career opportunities in designing and developing new technology and equipment in renewable energy, and health monitoring for electrical plant are becoming increasingly common. Researchers in the energy field are also needed to develop new systems, materials and processes to meet future requirements. In addition, the excellent numeracy, literacy, IT, problem-solving and teamworking skills that the course develops enable our graduate engineers to pursue careers in the finance, marketing, civil service and education sectors.

All the major employers target our graduates for recruitment purposes, including ScottishPower, Rolls-Royce, National Grid, ABB, Scottish and Southern Energy, Lloyd’s Register, RWEnpower, Mott MacDonald, E.ON, EDF Energy, BP, Siemens, Network Rail and UKAEA.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of UK, EU and international qualifications for entry to our undergraduate degrees, details of which can be found in the following document. Further information can also be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Academic Selector.

How to apply

Applications to any of our courses must be submitted via UCAS at www.ucas.com.  As part of your application you will be asked to provide details of the subjects you are studying, or have studied, and any grades achieved, along with a personal statement and an academic/teacher reference. 

The personal statement is your opportunity to shine as an applicant, demonstrating your interest in your chosen university course and the types of activities (academic or otherwise) you are involved in. eg. Duke of Edinburgh awards, sports clubs, volunteering, work experience, hobbies and interests.  Remember applications must be submitted by the set UCAS deadlines.  Once your application has been submitted to UCAS, they then send it onto the appropriate University/(s) and Department for their consideration. 

The Applicants' Guide outlines the decision making process for our Department.

Key Contacts

UG Admissions Secretary
Mr Darren Rank
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2625

UG Academic Selector
Dr Martin Given
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2471