Electrical Energy Systems (MSc)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
This course 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.
Strong research focus
You will learn in a research-led teaching institution, with the opportunity to undertake your project in a successful, research-based environment with access to high-quality facilities to support your work.
There is an open and engaging culture between our students and our research-active staff, who are actively involved in the design and delivery of this course.
Students will complete a major individual research project where they will apply project-specific engineering principles.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
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.
Where you'll study
School of Engineering
Study in one of the UK's leading engineering Schools for the quality of research and teaching.
A lower 2nd class honours degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Automation and Power Systems or a similar field from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification.
Entry to courses in Engineering will be subject to the University requirements for English language.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
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 modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2023/24 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Research Study||ENT695||20 credits|
|Advanced Power Systems and High Voltage Technology||ENT707||10 credits|
|Risk and Hazard Management in the Energy Sector||ENT721||10 credits|
|Advanced Power Electronics and Drives||ENT730||10 credits|
|Alternative Energy Systems||ENT739||10 credits|
|Magnetic Devices: Transducers, Sensors and Actuators||ENT758||10 credits|
|Distributed Generation, System Design and Regulation||ENT775||10 credits|
|Power System Protection||ENT777||10 credits|
|Power Systems Analysis||ENT778||10 credits|
|Smart Grids and Active Network Devices||ENT779||10 credits|
|Dissertation [Electrical Energy Systems]||ENT759||60 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting||ENT726||10 credits|
|Energy Management||ENT747||10 credits|
|Energy Studies||ENT763||10 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.
Learning and assessment
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 assessed?
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.
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.
You will receive feedback for written coursework assignments and oral feedback for assessed presentations.
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.
- 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.
- Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of Electrical Energy Systems problems.
- 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.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Learn how we decide your fee status
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
No specific equipment is needed for this course.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
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.
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.