About this course
Develop the skills to design and develop future energy networks. This MSc power engineering degree looks at all aspects of sustainable energy generation, transmission and distribution engineering.
If you’re considering a career in the electrical power industry, this course will give you the skills in high demand from employers.
Through this master's in electrical power engineering 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 master of electronic and energy engineering 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. Some of his research interests include:
- numerical modelling of various coupled electrical, thermal, and mechanical phenomena
- electric propulsion systems for spacecraft
- eddy currents in electrical machines
- oil and dust migrations in transformers
- gas flow and heat exchange in fibre network materials
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
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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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
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.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
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 - Hammond P and Sykulski J K, Engineering Electromagnetism, Oxford University Press 1994
- 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 second equal for graduate prospects in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Complete University Guide 2019.
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 organizations.
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.
Our dedicated careers hub is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies such as:
- Microsoft Research
- Imagination Technologies
- Samsung Google
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). 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 vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £25,450.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
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Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
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
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
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.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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