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Electrical Energy Systems (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Electrical Energy Systems (Taught)

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.

Admission requirements

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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Research Study
  • Advanced Power Systems and High Voltage Technology
  • Risk and Hazard Management in the Energy Sector
  • Advanced Power Electronics and Drives
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Magnetic Devices: Transducers, Sensors and Actuators
  • Distributed Generation, System Design and Regulation
  • Power System Protection
  • Power Systems Analysis
  • Smart Grids and Active Network Devices
  • Dissertation [Electrical Energy Systems]
  • Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting
  • Energy Management
  • Energy Studies

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,700.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950


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.

Intellectual Skills

  • 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.

Practical Skills

  • Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of Electrical Energy Systems problems.

Transferable Skills

  • 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.

Career opportunities

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.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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