Power system engineering is about keeping things in balance. Not just the balance between generation and load or between production and consumption of reactive power. It is also about the balance between the cost of energy and its environmental impact or the balance between the reliability of the supply and the investments needed to develop the system. These programmes will teach you how to quantify both sides of these equations and then how to improve the balances through technological advances and the implementation of sophisticated computing techniques.
In the autumn, you learn how power systems are designed and operated. This involves studying not only the characteristics of the various components (generators, lines, cables, transformers, power electronics devices) but also how these components interact. Through lectures and computer based exercises you become familiar with power flow and fault calculations and you learn how the techniques used to study the behaviour of large systems. Experiments in our high voltage laboratory give you an appreciation for the challenges of insulation co-ordination. During the spring, you have the opportunity to choose course units that explore in more depth either the 'systems' or the 'plant' aspects of power systems. For example, you might study how renewable generation is integrated in a power system or how to assess and remedy power quality problems. During the summer, your MSc dissertation project gives you a chance to develop your research skills and to explore in depth one of the topics discussed during the course.
Course units include Introduction to Power Engineering, Power System Analysis, Power System Plant and Operation, Asset Management and Dynamics, Sustainable Electricity Systems, Economics and Quality and Power Systems Protection.
Over the last thirty years, hundreds of students from around the world have come to the University to obtain an MSc in Electrical Power Engineering or similar. After graduation, they went on to work for electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, specialised software houses, universities and consultancy companies.