Qualified electrical engineers are desperately needed by the power industry. 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.
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.
Our MSc Electrical Power Engineering will give you the knowledge and skills required for a career in power engineering and is aimed at students with general engineering/science backgrounds. For those with a background in electrical and/or electronic engineering, the course is an opportunity to update your knowledge with the latest developments in renewable energy and smart grids. You will gain the opportunity to develop skills in advanced Electrical Engineering whilst learning and doing research in relevant and critical technology areas.
Watch the video above to find out more about the course from academics and students.
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. 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 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 (ES4E8Link opens in a new window)
- Control of Electrical Drives (ES4F2Link opens in a new window)
- Operation and Control of Power Systems (ES97ALink opens in a new window)
- Electrical Power Engineering Design Group Project (ES9ZBLink opens in a new window)
- Research Methods and Professional Skills (ES9ZNLink opens in a new window)
Optional modules (choose 3)*
- Power Electronic Converters and Devices (ES4D4Link opens in a new window) +
- Power Systems and Electrical Machines (ES3E7Link opens in a new window) + +++
- Systems Modelling and Control (ES3C8Link opens in a new window) +++
- Heat Transfer Theory and Design (ES4D9Link opens in a new window)
- Mathematical and Computer Modelling (ES4C3Link opens in a new window)
- Advanced Robotics (ES4A1Link opens in a new window)
- Batteries and Fuel Cells (ES96XLink opens in a new window)
- Optical Communication Systems (ES4C4Link opens in a new window)
- Renewable Energy (ES4E0Link opens in a new window)
- Signal Processing (ES3C5Link opens in a new window) +++
+ES4D4 & ES3E7 are core modules for students without equivalent background experience.
++ES4D4, ES3E7 and ES3C8 must not be taken by students that took previously ES3E0, ES3E7 and ES3C8, respectively.
+++A maximum of 2 ES3 modules are allowed to be taken from the list of options.
*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 (ES97NLink opens in a new window)
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.
Please note that the detailed module information available via the hyperlink is applicable for the current academic year (2022-23).
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 minimum 2:i undergraduate UK Honours degree or equivalent international qualification, in an engineering, physical sciences or mathematical subject
- You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores tableLink opens in a new window.
- We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications on a case-by-case basis, particularly when the applicant can evidence relevant employment, practical experience or strong performance in undergraduate modules related to their proposed postgraduate course of study
- To ensure you have the essential foundations for the course, and depending on your overall academic profile, we may require you to take a mathematical skills test
- 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.
- 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 hereLink opens in a new window for details of Band A scores.
How to apply
Applications for 2023 entry will open in October 2022. More information about the application process is available on the University websiteLink opens in a new window.
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.Link opens in a new window
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 scholarshipsLink opens in a new window throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.
- Find out more at our Virtual Open Day
- Contact the Course Coordinator Dr Kiselychnyk and School of Engineering Team.
- Application Enquiries contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team.
- Find out more about Postgraduate Engineering at Warwick.
- Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 2046 or +44 (0) 24 7652 4826
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University of Warwick
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 and Dr Vishal Shah.
This research group has 4 research laboratories including the Power Device Fabrication Cleanroom, the Power Electronics Characterisation and Reliability Lab, the Power Packaging Cleanroom and the 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 and Dr Wei He.
This research group has 3 laboratories including the Thermal Power Plant Modelling and Simulation Laboratory, the Pneumatic Driving Machines and Hybrid Systems Laboratory and the Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation and Control Laboratory.