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 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Grid-connected Microgeneration Systems - 15 credits
This module provides fundamental knowledge and understanding of the requirements in the interconnection of renewable sourced generators. Grid-connected converters and techniques for grid synchronisation, islanding detection and relevant analytical methods are explored.

Micro-grid Laboratory - 15 credits
This lab-based module offers an opportunity to consolidate your understanding of grid-connected renewable energy generation systems, and to develop your skills in modelling, designing and controlling such systems. Topics covered will complement the materials studied in Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources and Grid-connected Microgeneration Systems.

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.

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.

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.

Power Electronics and Drives - 15 credits
Provides you with an understanding of modern power semiconductor switching devices, their characteristics and fields of use, and explains their switching and thermal behaviour.

Electric Drives - 15 credits
This module will help you understand relationships between voltage, current, flux, emf, torque and speed of a DC motor, explaining the steady-state torque/speed characteristics under variable voltage and variable field conditions and the transient behaviour with rapid change of control variables, and solve numerical problems. 

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.

Optional Modules (choose one)

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

Software Development - 15 credits
Refreshes and enhances cprogramming skills, and develops further software engineering expertise via a software project in which you will use professional methodology and an alternative programming language. This module is only suitable for students who have good prior experience of c programming.