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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9.41k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.4k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. It aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading in teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of the power systems and networks of the future.

    It will meet the demand for the research and development of sustainable electrical power and the demand for training and education of existing and future power engineers in the advanced concepts and understanding of sustainable electrical power and energy.

    This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

    * Power system engineering - using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods;
    * Design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks;
    * Regulatory frameworks for, and operation of, power systems and electricity markets.

    About Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel

    The Electronic and Computer Engineering discipline is one of the largest in the University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £7.5 million, and has strong links with industry.

    We have a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:

    * Media Communications
    * Wireless Networks and Communications
    * Power Systems
    * Electronic Systems
    * Sensors and Instrumentation

    The laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. We have comprehensive computing resources in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The discipline is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.

    The Women in Engineering Scholarship is available for students on this course.


    This newly designed MSc programme is appropriate for those seeking an in-depth knowledge of sustainable electrical power including:

    * Graduates in power or electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related disciplines who aspire to work in the electrical power industry;
    * Industrially experienced graduate engineers and managers who recognise the importance of developing new analytical and critical skills, and state-of-the-art methodologies associated with the development sustainable electrical power systems.

    Modules (all core)

    Energy Economics and Power Markets

    * Principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, and operation of electricity markets.
    * Restructuring and deregulation in generation, transmission, and distribution.
    * Concepts of transmission congestion and demand side management.

    Power System Operation and Management

    * Business drivers and technical requirements for operational management.
    * In-depth knowledge of operational management software.
    * Energy balance and intermittency in sustainable electrical power system operation and management.

    Power Electronics and FACTS

    * Practical understanding of how to design advanced power electronic circuits.
    * Modern power electronic integration techniques and state-of-the-art Flexible AC Transmission Systems.
    * Capabilities and limitations of different power electronic circuits.
    * Integration of power electronic circuits into Flexible AC Transmission Systems.

    Power System Analysis and Security

    * Capabilities and limitations of modern power systems design.
    * Accurate use of power systems modelling and analysis of secure operation.
    * Computational techniques for power systems modelling, optimal power flow, mathematical programming, heuristic methods, artificially intelligent methods.

    Sustainable Power Generation

    * Generation costing of solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, wind, hydro, tidal, and wave.
    * Storage technologies and energy conversion: practical understanding and limitations.
    * Embedded renewable generation: technical challenges, opportunities and connection in electrical transmission and distribution grids.

    Power System Stability and Control

    * How to ensure effective power system stability and control power system operation using computational methods.
    * Power system stability problems, static and dynamic, relaying and protection, stability control and protection design, excitation and power system stabilisers.

    Project Management

    * Formal methods and skills to function effectively at high levels of project management.
    * Development of skills to achieve practical business objectives.

    Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop

    You will gain experience and expertise with industry relevant tools and techniques through hands-on workshop environments. These practical sessions involve individual and group work. Typical assignments include:

    * Sustainable generation scheduling.
    * Integration of renewable energy sources.
    * Computer simulation of active power filters.
    * Phase-controlled rectifiers.
    * Power network security.
    * Sustainable electrical power system stability control.
    * Electricity market auctions.
    * Sustainable electrical power system investment and planning.


    This provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply your knowledge and develop deep understanding in a specialised aspect of your choice. Projects can be university or industry and company sponsored students have the opportunity to develop their company's future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of the student by the collaborating company.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Power Systems; Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants with Physics or Mathematics subjects with a minimum 3 years relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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