Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems MSc(Eng). A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 45 credits. These are the modules studied in 2018. If you are starting in September 2019, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Industry dissertation - 15 credits
This module develops a detailed understanding of the global electronics industry. The topic of the dissertation is agreed with the module leader; examples include an essay on a particular aspect of the electronics industry, a proposal for research funding, a business plan and/or a manufacturing/ outsourcing plan.

Mini-projects and Laboratory - 15 credits
Provides experience of practical electronics and measurement techniques. Laboratory work covers measurement and sampling techniques, PCB design and assembly, and embedded systems.

Smart Grid Analysis - 15 credits 
This module introduces you to the concepts behind future sustainable electricity systems with increased penetration of distributed microgenerators.

Power Electronics and Drives - 15 credits
Provides you an opportunity to explore the applications of power electronics for modern electrical systems with and without renewable energy sources. This module also gives you the chance to develop your skills in analysing, designing, simulating and evaluating various power converters. 

Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources - 15 credits
This module provides you with knowledge and understanding of power generation technology from renewable sources, particularly wind and solar power. It describes how renewable energy sources can be employed and how they are integrated into electricity systems. It covers the control and management of photovoltaic and wind power generation systems comprising power converters and energy storage components.

Control Systems Design - 15 credits
Control system design and analysis are essential in power generation and distribution, as in almost all engineering applications. This module treats the fundamentals of control systems, including stability theory, lead-lag compensators, PID controllers and their tuning.

Main project - 45 credits
Involves independent research on a relevant topic, agreed between you and your supervisor, throughout the second semester and the summer months.

Optional modules

Energy Management and Conservation - 15 credits
Provides students with the knowledge and skills required for efficient utilisation and management of energy services in industrial and commercial applications.

Micro- and Nano-Electromechanical Systems - 15 credits
The aim of the module is to provide students with a working knowledge of the principles of operation, physical structures, methods of fabrication, properties and market relevance of a range of Micro- and Nano-Electromechanical systems.

Electric Power Generation and Distribution - 15 credits 
This module gives you an understanding of the various layers and components in modern electric power networks, of how power systems are operated in technical and economic terms as well as of the technological changes power systems will be facing in the years to come. 

Programming - 15 credits
Develops competence in computer programming, using both Matlab and c.

The full list of module information can be read in the course catalogue.