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If you’re considering a career in the industrial energy sector, this course will give you the skills to design and develop future energy networks. You'll look at all aspects of sustainable energy generation, transmission and distribution engineering. This course has evolved from the MSc in Energy and Sustainability with Electrical Power Engineering course.
Through this course you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the relationships between core types of energy, work, force, power and efficiency.
You’ll learn about:
- the design and management of power systems
- bulk electrical energy transport issues
- the design and operation of electricity transmission and distribution networks
- how to specify equipment through tools such as ERACS and PowerWorld
- the fundamentals and impact of current and future energy/power production methods
You'll get to personalise this course to your interests and career aims, through a choice of modules and an individual project. You’ll also have access to research facilities, including our high-voltage laboratory and interdisciplinary clean room.
The course leader for this MSc is Dr Igor Golosnoy. He is an Associate Professor (Methods of Modelling and Simulation of Systems) at the Electrical Power Engineering Group.
The group's research interests range from advanced insulation materials and plasma, through to electrical power systems and sustainable energy generation.
Visit Dr Golosnoy's profile page to find out more about his work and publications.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
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You’ll need a 2:1 degree in electrical engineering or electronic engineering.
You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following modules:
- 1 electrical machines module (e.g. electrical machines, electrical apparatus, electrical drives, electrical motors, control of machines or drives, electro-mechanical energy convertors)
- 1 electric power systems module (e.g. power system control, electrical power systems, energy power systems, transmissions and distribution of electrical power, power generation, electrical networks)
- 1 electrical engineering module (e.g. high voltage engineering, power circuits, electrotechnics, power electronics, electronic converters)
- 1 engineering physics module (e.g. engineering physics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetic theory, applied electromagnetics, robotics, control engineering)
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English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
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Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
This is a one-year course running September to the following September split over 3 semesters. In semesters 1 and 2 you’ll study taught modules, and in semester 3 (summer) you’ll complete an individual research project with dissertation.
In semester 1 you'll study technical modules covering core energy and electrical power engineering material. You'll also cover a research methods and project preparation module. There will be exams in January.
In semester 2 you'll study some modules of your choice, and will continue to study the compulsory research methods and project preparation module. There will be exams in May and June.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2023-24
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules:
Fundamental Principles of Energy and Power Systems
This module covers: - 'Review of Power Systems Fundamentals' (12 lectures) - Energy Fundamentals - Principles of Energy Conversion and Energy Systems - Heat Engines - Electrochemical Energy Conversion - Thermoelectric Energy Conversion - Solar Ener...
Your research project will enable you to explore in depth some aspect of your specialist subject area. You will be allocated a project supervisor with whom you will meet and agree a project brief and plan. These must be submitted to, and agreed by, ...
Power Distribution: Design, Operation and Protection
This module introduces students to fundamental issues in the design and operation of electricity transmission and distribution networks. There is a particular focus on understanding how to specify equipment, including through the use of power flow modell...
Power Generation: Technology and Impact on Society
The module content allows students to 1) Appreciate the role of electric power in the modern world – Size of the industry 2) Understand current power demands and projected increase – Geographic location – Seasonal and daily variations 3)...
Power Systems Operation and Economics
- To introduce fundamental concepts relating to the design, analysis, economics and management of modern electrical power systems. - To develop awareness of the technical problems associated with operation of such systems. - To gain analytical and numer...
Research Methods and Project Preparation
The Module will prepare students for the summer Research Project and research based coursework exercises. It will give students a grounding in the research methods and techniques necessary in order for planning and successful execution and completion of t...
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Power System Dynamics, Stability and Control
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Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows: Wind, Wave and Tide
The atmospheric and gravitational processes present on the earth generate flows of wind and water. This module studies these resources and practical methods/technologies for extracting cost-effective electrical and other energy conversions. The main focu...
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include:
- lectures and tutorials
- laboratory sessions
- visits to industrial sites
- lectures from visiting industrialists and academics
- independent learning (studying on your own)
What to read before you start
You’ll need to do some pre-reading before the start of this course. These books are recommended to re-familiarise yourself with the relevant course material:
- Circuit Theory - Dorf R C, Svoboda J A Introduction to Electric Circuits, 7th ed., John Wiley & Sons,2006
- Electrical machines - Chapman S. J, Electrical Machinery and Power System Fundamentals, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2001
- Electromagnetics - Ulaby F and Ravaioli U, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, Pearson Education, 2015
- Thermodynamics - Sonntag R.E, Borgnakke C. and Van Wylen G.J., Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, 6th ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2003
We’ll assess you through a range of methods to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and ability.
Assessment methods will include:
- reports and coursework
- using software
- a dissertation
- individual and small-group projects
- problem solving and design exercises
- laboratory reports with literature reviews
- unseen written exams
You’ll carry out an individual research project lasting up to 14 weeks with a 15,000-word dissertation. The Research Methods and Project Preparation module in semester 1 and 2 will prepare you for this.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
We are ranked top in The Guardian University Guide 2023 for the subject of electrical and electronic engineering.
Create a career in the electrical power industry from this course. Graduates from our MSc are employed worldwide in leading technology companies, innovative energy and transport providers, and government departments and organisations.
You’ll benefit from our strong relationship with employers. We communicate with around 300 companies a year to support a full range of visits, events and activities. We also advertise over 400 technology positions every year directly to our Southampton graduates only.
You'll also be well prepared for further study, such as postgraduate research.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
- our dedicated start-up incubator, Futureworlds
- a wide variety of enterprise events run throughout the year
- our partnership in the world’s number 1 business incubator, SETsquared
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- EU and international students pay £29,512.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
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If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
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Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
- Use the 'apply for this course' button on this page to take you to our online application form.
- Search for the course you want to apply for.
- Complete the application form and upload any supporting documents.
- Submit your application.
We will be closing applications to this course on Monday 6 March 2023, midday UK time.
Each year we see a large volume of high-quality applications and places for many of our courses are very competitive.
Application assessment fee
We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught course.
This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees and is payable per application. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.
If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, or if you’re applying for certain scholarships, you will not need to pay the fee. PGCE applications through GOV.UK and Master of Research (MRes) degree applications are also exempt. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We'll assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
We will aim to send you a decision 6-8 weeks after you have submitted your application.
If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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