The course aims are to satisfy both the current and the future demand of electricity industries internationally. 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 course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Energy Institute.
Applicants to the MSc programme should possess or hope to obtain a good UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in Power Systems; Electrical or Electronic Engineering; Physics; Mathematics; or a related subject.
Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English Language requirements: IELTS score 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subsection; TOEFL Internet test 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17); TOEFL (paper-based) score 550 and 4 in essay rating (TWE). For alternative English language qualifications accepted please view: /international/languagerequirements
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. This programme 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.
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.
Who should Study this Course?
This newly designed MSc programme is appropriate for those seeking an in-depth knowledge of sustainable electrictrical 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. This course is approved by IEE
Course Content Course Modules 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.
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. Full-time and Part-time Course Structure including Week 1 Timetable (PDF)
After successful completion of the programme, you are expected to be ideally suited for employment in the global electricity industry in either an operations or research engineering role.
Whilst this is a relatively new course, Brunel University Master's graduates already have an enviable record of employment and the Brunel Institute of Power Systems have long-standing links with major employers such as EDF Energy , National Grid, Converteam Ltd, Siemens, ALSTOM, ABB, British Energy, BNFL, GE Energy. Recent graduate and student profiles are available via the SED web pagehttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sed/sedcourse/pg/ece/suselecpower.