Electrical Power (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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About Electrical Power at Newcastle University

This course delivers a broad coverage of all major disciplines in Electrical Power, including power electronics, electric drives, electrical machine design and power systems. It also covers important electrical power themes such as renewable energy systems and electric vehicles.

About this course

Looking for the knowledge and practical experience to develop your career as an electrical power engineer? This course delivers a broad coverage of all major disciplines in electrical power.

Throughout the course you will use:

  • industry standard test and measurement equipment
  • experimental hardware
  • software packages relevant to the field.

What you'll learn

This course covers the following key subject areas:

  • electrical machines
  • power electronics
  • electric drives
  • power system operation
  • control of electrical power.

A feature of the course is the design of electrical systems for transportation and renewable energy applications. This is a particular specialism of our researchers in the School of Engineering.

You will develop knowledge of industry-standard computer-aided design and analysis techniques. You'll gain a practical understanding of software packages such as:

  • MagNet
  • Simulink
  • PSpice
  • ERACS.

Your development

You will research a specialist topic of your choice through an in-depth project. Innovative educational techniques will equip you with practical design skills and research methodologies.

On graduating, you will have the knowledge and practical experience ready for a career in electrical power engineering. Your learning and research skills will also provide a solid foundation for further study.


You take modules to a total value of 180 credits over three semesters. 120 credits of taught modules take place during the first and second semesters. The course comprises a mixture of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • coursework
  • practical laboratory classes.

You'll learn in modern lecture theatres equipped with audiovisual equipment. Blackboard, a web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), supports your taught modules. Practical sessions are in small groups in modern laboratories with extensive computing facilities.

You will sit exams in January and May/June. You will complete your 60 credit individual project over semesters two and three. Your background reading and design work take place over semester two. Most of your dissertation preparation and experimental work will be in semester three.

Practical sessions take place in modern laboratory and computing facilities. You'll be in small groups with experts in the field of:

  • Power Electronics
  • Electric Drives
  • Machines
  • Power Systems.


The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council. This ensures you receive a good foundation for professional registration.


You have access to a range of specialist facilities in the School of Engineering. Each research group in the School has dedicated equipment and laboratories:

  • Communications, Sensors, Signal and Information Processing
  • Emerging Technology and Materials (ETM)
  • µSystems
  • Electrical Power.

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See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus. https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/electrical-power-msc/?utm_source=referral-study-link&utm_medium=course-listing&utm_content=electrical-power-msc&utm_campaign=PG3PL-study-link#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:2 BEng honours degree, or equivalent, in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • computer engineering

Other subjects that may be considered include:

  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • communications, information and control engineering
  • building electricity and intelligence
  • computer science and technology.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 1 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at 5.5)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)    

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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