This is an advanced course in the area of electrical engineering applied to renewable energy systems. It is distinctive in that it provides a strong core of power electronic converters, machines and control backed up with modules on power generation and electronic conversion with renewable energy sources. The course offers a unique set of modules in the efficient generation and use of electricity from solar, wind and wave power. The integration of renewable generators into micro-grids, with stability analysis and active power management, is also covered. The design of power electronics is covered in depth, including conventional and emerging converter topologies and semiconductor power devices.
Substantial elements of practical work will be carried out by students, giving them confidence with hardware implementations using electric drives, microcontroller control and electronic conversion circuits. Project work will be conducted in a research-led environment. The course will offer selected students the opportunity to carry out an industrial placement for their project.
Graduates of this programme will be well-placed to develop practical solutions to the problem of integrating renewable energy systems into established electricity distribution networks. They should be able to contribute to strategic planning, systems implementation and operation of sustainable power generation systems.Finally, this MSc will also be an excellent base from which to pursue a PhD and possibly an academic career.
12 months (full time)
Originally founded in 1898, the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering rapidly established an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. Over one hundred years later, the School continues to lead the way as a centre of excellence. This is underlined by the most recent UK Government Teaching Quality Assessment exercise, in which the School was awarded an outstanding 23 marks out of a possible 24, and the latest Research Assessment Exercise, in which we were awarded 5* – one of only five UK universities with the maximum 5* award for research in electronic engineering. Research in the School is very well funded, with support from the EPSRC, European Union, the MOD and industry with an annual research expenditure is around £6 million.
This means that we are able to attract the best staff and develop excellent laboratory facilities. An active research environment is essential to achieve the highest-calibre tuition in a fast-moving discipline such as Electronic and Electrical Engineering, since it ensures our teaching staff, and hence our undergraduate and postgraduate courses and facilities remain at the cutting edge of the field.