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.
You will be introduced to research-led teaching in cutting-edge technologies, materials and processes that enable the generation, transmission, conversion and control of electrical power. As the mitigation of global warming becomes ever more important, the electrification of transportation and heat as well as the accelerated penetration of renewable energy into the power grid have become main objectives in Electrical Power Engineering. The technologies studied in this MSc are the underpinning innovation forces in various industries including the electric transportation industry, aviation industry and power generation and transmission industries including renewable energy. MSc students in Electrical Power Engineering will get the opportunity to develop skills in advanced Electrical Engineering while learning and doing research in highly relevant and critical technology areas.
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.
The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:
- Eight taught modules (15 credits each): Five core modules and three optional modules (see below)
- A research project worth 60 credits (see below)
- Advanced Power Electronic Converters and Devices (ES4E8)
- Control of Electrical Drives (ES4F2)
- Operation and Control of Power Systems (ES97A)
- Electrical Power Engineering Design Project (ES9ZB)
- Research Methods and Professional Skills (ES9ZN)
Optional modules (choose 3)*
- Power Electronic Converters and Devices (ES4D4) +
- Power Systems and Electrical Machines (ES3E7) +
- Systems Modelling and Control (ES3C8)
- Heat Transfer Theory and Design (ES4D9)
- Mathematical and Computer Modelling (ES4C3)
- Advanced Robotics (ES4A1)
- Fuel Cells and Energy Storage (ES96X)
- Renewable Energy (ES4E0)
- Optical Communication Systems (ES4C4)
- Advanced Control (ES4F0)
+ES4D4 & ES3E7 are optional core & must be taken by students without equivalent background experience.
++ES4D4, ES3E7 and ES3C8 must not be taken by students that took previously ES3E0, ES3E7 and ES3C8, respectively.
*Optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. We recommend that you check this webpage again in future for the most up-to-date information.
Individual project (ES97N)
Part of the course credit comprises a substantial project appropriate to the course of study. This entails an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by the student in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
This information, including more detailed module content information accessible via hyperlink, is applicable for 2020 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our central website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
How to apply
In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.
- A second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant branch of engineering or science degree.
- You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores table.
- Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
Maths requirement: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts shown here. The onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material in order to cope easily with the course. We are looking for competence in the majority of mathematics that is taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course. We reserve the right to request that you undertake a short online test assessment.
- English Language Qualification: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
- IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
- TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components; Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21
- Other tests are accepted, click here for details of Band A scores.
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Type of course: Postgraduate Taught
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.
Fees & funding
There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pages - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2.
As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.
International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expenses.
The School of Engineering offer scholarships throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.
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- Application Enquiries contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team.
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- Find out more about Postgraduate Engineering at Warwick.
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Students will work with academics conducting world leading research in Power Electronics, Electric Drives, Control and Energy Storage.
Power Electronics Research
The Power Electronics Research group is a world-leading research group in power electronics. Students will learn about the latest developments in power semiconductor materials, devices, modules and converters. Students will get the opportunity to learn and do research in wide bandgap semiconductor materials and their applications in electric transportation and renewable energy conversion. The Power Electronics group works with a large variety of industrial collaborators and has received significant amounts UK and international funding over the last few years. Academics in this group include
Professor Phil Mawby
Professor Li Ran
Professor Layi Alatise
Dr Peter Gammon
Dr Marina Antoniou
Dr Jose Ortiz Gonzalez
Dr Vishal Shah
This research group has 4 research laboratories including
1) Power Device Fabrication Cleanroom
2) Power Electronics Characterisation and Reliability Lab
3) Power Packaging Cleanroom
4) Power Electronics Applications Lab.
Power Control and Energy Storage Research
The Power and Control Systems research group conducts world leading research in the areas of control and storage of electrical power including energy efficiency, power system modelling, simulation, control and monitoring, nonlinear control system theory, electrical drives and control, energy storage and grid integration. The group has been successful in attracting national and international industrial collaborators and has secured significant funding over the last few years. The academics in the group include
Professor Jihong Wang
Dr Oleh Kiselchnyk
Dr Wei He
This research group has 3 Laboratories including
1) Thermal Power Plant Modelling and Simulation Laboratory
2) Pneumatic Driving Machines and Hybrid Systems Laboratory
3) Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation and Control Laboratory