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MSc Energy and Power Engineering (H642)

Qualified electrical engineers are desperately needed by the power industry (manufacturers, project developers, independent consultants and network operators). There is also a severe shortage of power engineering expertise in other sectors, such as government bodies and finance organizations, where a detailed knowledge of energy supply and demand is increasingly important as societies develop and adapt to pressing environmental and economic constraints, dwindling reserves of fossil fuels and the emergence of new energy technologies.

This MSc course is aimed at students with general engineering/science backgrounds. During the course, you will gain the knowledge and skills required for a career in power engineering. For students who already possess a background in electrical and/or electronic engineering, this course is an opportunity to update your knowledge with the latest developments in renewable energy and smart grids.

The course consists of five core taught modules covering fundamental aspects of modern power systems and energy conversion technologies, including renewable energy generation and energy storage. Students will also choose three (from six) optional modules to study ‘non-electrical’ technologies that are crucial to the safe and reliable operation of modern power and energy systems. Alongside the taught modules, each student will carry out a supervised research project that will be of industrial significance. Students will also attend seminars on project planning/management, ethics, health & safety, report writing, library skills and career management, to help prepare them for the demands of the course and for future study or employment.

The course is delivered by a team of world-class research active academics in energy and power engineering, most of whom have industrial experience. This guarantees that the course material is always up-to-date and reflects real-world problems in industry and society. The individual projects (see below) will often come directly from the strategic industrial partners of the School, including Warwickshire Council, General Electric, Mott Macdonald and National Grid. This will give students invaluable experience of working with a variety of stakeholders and with industrial R&D teams.


For enquiries, please contact the Course Coordinator: Professor Li Ran

Course Structure

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  1. Eight taught modules (15 credits each): Five core modules and three optional modules (see below)
  2. A research project worth 60 credits (see below)

Core modules

  • Electrical Machines and Drives (ES96Z)
  • Fuel Cells and Energy Storage (ES96X)
  • Operation and Control of Power Systems (ES97A)
  • Advanced Power Electronic Converters and Devices (ES4E8)
  • Renewable Energy (ES4E0)

Optional modules (choose 3)

  • ASICs, MEMS and Smart Devices (ES434)
  • Heat Transfer Theory and Design (ES4D9)
  • Optical Communication Systems (ES4C4)
  • Power Electronic Converters and Devices (ES4D4)
  • Signal & Image Processing (ES4C8)
  • Systems Modelling and Simulation (ES93Q)
  • Antenna, Propagation and Wireless Communication Theory (ES4D2)

Individual project

The individual research project is an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by you in conjunction with an academic supervisor. Typical project titles are:

  • Energy footprint of power device fabrication
  • Power electronics modelling using wavelet transforms
  • Motor drive simulation for hybrid electric vehicles
  • Power electronic technologies for wind power generation
  • Intelligent management of distributed generation

Module code: ES96W - Project


For enquiries, please contact the Course Coordinator: Professor Li Ran