Electrical Energy Systems (MSc)

The MSc in Electrical Energy Systems has a particular focus on the integration of renewable generation into electricity transmission and distribution networks and on preparing students for a new era of truly ‘smart’ grids, and is designed to meet the urgent need for specialists in advanced electrical energy systems.

This course meets an urgent need for specialists in advanced electrical energy systems that are needed to design and build secure, reliable, low-carbon and affordable energy systems in developed and developing countries around the world. The programme maintains a particular focus on the integration of renewable generation in to electricity transmission and distribution networks and will prepare you for a new era of truly ‘smart’ grids.

More specifically, the programme aims to equip you with:

  • A demonstrable mastery of a broad spectrum of advanced engineering principles to real-life technological, financial, regulatory, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the electrical Energy and Power profession, and the potential to be key professional players in the wider industry, the professions, and public service.
  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights which are at the forefront of Electrical Energy Systems.
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Originality in application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the area of Electrical Energy Systems.

Distinctive features

 The distinctive features of the programme include:

  • The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • You will undertake project work in a research environment where staff were top in the UK for Research Impact in terms of their research’s reach and significance.
  • The participation of research-active staff in programme design and delivery, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have experience of working in industry.
  • The variety of advanced level modules on offer.
  • The emphasis on progression towards independent learning in preparation for lifelong learning.
  • The emphasis on acquisition of practical skills through industrially based final year group projects.
  • The approval as Further Learning by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

An upper 2nd class honours degree from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a good 2:2 or equivalent, or relevant industrial experience, we will give your application individual consideration.

Suitable for graduates in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline.

If your first language is not English you will be required to pass IELTS exams. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

This course is presented as a one-year, full time Masters level programme.

The programme takes place over two stages: In Stage 1 students follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, whilst Stage 2 consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme, and you will be required to attend lectures and participate in examples classes.

A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of study in total, which includes 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment. Therefore you are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently.

At the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom you should expect to meet with regularly.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

How will I be supported?

Students will be allocated a personal tutor to assist them with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. The personal tutor will see students early on in the programme, and as required thereafter.

You must keep your personal tutor, project supervisor and the Teaching Office informed of any circumstances or illnesses that might affect your capacity to attend teaching or undertake assessment.

In addition to the broad range of support services provided centrally by Cardiff University, students with specific needs will be supported as required.

Feedback

You will receive feedback for written coursework assignments and oral feedback for assessed presentations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment:

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher.

Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate for the achievement of at least 60 credits.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will practise and develop the following skills:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understand the multidisciplinary nature of Electrical Energy Systems studies, and the need for integration of knowledge from a range of engineering disciplines in the management of the integration of renewable generation energy and supply.
  • Use in an appropriate manner the fundamental scientific laws underlying the operation of a wide range of important renewable and non-renewable energy systems and their integration into the electricity supply system.
  • Recognise and be capable of utilising basic relationships and techniques of energy management for a range of given situations.
  • Explain and present information associated with appraisal and assessment of energy projects.
  • Explain the role of the electricity regulators.
  • Compare and contrast the different challenges presented by distributed generation.
  • Outline the structure of the UK regulatory framework for management of transmission and distribution electricity systems.
  • Explain methods utilised in industry for identifying, quantifying and mitigating risks and hazards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge which is at the forefront of a range of Electrical Energy Systems disciplines, including: high voltage engineering, power systems, power electronics, distributed generation, control and protection, power quality and condition monitoring, smart grids and active power control.

Intellectual Skills

  • Use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based, methods in the assessment and solution of Electrical Energy Systems challenges.
  • Deal with complex Electrical Energy Systems issues both systematically and creatively.
  • Show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Critically review the background to an electrical energy systems problem and to formulate a programme of works to address the issue.
  • Systematically undertake a significant research project in Electrical Energy Systems which includes originality in the application of knowledge and the exercise of critical engineering judgement.
  • Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gain new data where needed.
  • Conceive, plan, execute and communicate the results of an extended in-depth piece of individual project work.
  • Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentations.

Practical Skills

  • Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of Electrical Energy Systems problems.

Transferable Skills

  • Manipulate, present and report data in a variety of ways.
  • Manage resources and time.
  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written, and physical or practical means.
  • Generate a concise literature review.
  • Make effective use of information technology and communications tools, including spreadsheets, word processors, database systems and the Internet.
  • Work effectively in a group context towards achieving specific goals and targets.

Graduates from courses such as these are in high demand and are expected to gain employment in large electrical energy utilities, electricity distribution companies, consulting companies, the public sector, eg energy agencies and the Carbon Trust,  and in research and development. A number of graduates set up their own companies.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed for this course.