MSc Electrical Power Engineering

MSc Degree Programme: 

The one-year MSc programme in Electrical Power Engineering is designed to immerse you in the most current developments in the field, through a combination of taught modules, workshops, a research dissertation, and a number of supporting activities delivered by the internationally leading experts in the field. Our academics regularly lead or participate in large, multi-institutional and multi-national research projects in the area of electrical power engineering. 

Graduates will be equipped with specialized knowledge associated with the individual modules within the programme, and general understanding fostered throughout the programme and obtained from the supplementary training activities, study projects and summer dissertations.

The main objective of the programme is to train the next generation of electrical power engineers who:

  • are aware of the most recent, cutting edge developments in power engineering;
  • have skills and training needed for both industrial and academic settings;
  • are able to tackle the global energy trilemma of supplying secure, equitable and environmentally sustainable energy, appreciating the technical, social and economic challenges faced in both developed and developing countries.

The programme will develop throughout the year from advanced fundamental topics and research tools and techniques in electrical power engineering, to specialist courses on emerging technologies and advanced numerical methods for power engineering problems, to the summer dissertation projects where the acquired skills in various areas are put into practice in application to an actual power engineering problem.

The knowledge and understanding acquired within this programme can be broadly classified into two categories:

1. Specialized knowledge and understanding, associated with the individual modules within the programme, including (but not limited to):

  • Fundamental and emerging power engineering technologies
  • Advanced numerical methods in application to electrical power engineering problems
  • Modern power conversion components & systems
  • Integration of renewable energy in the power system
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Electrical engineering aspects of energy storage
  • Power, telecommunications & control aspects of smart grids
  • Research and innovation management techniques.

2. General knowledge and understanding, fostered throughout the programme and obtained from the supplementary training activities, study projects and summer dissertations:

  • Understanding of the current and future technological developments as dictated by global challenges.
  • Appreciation of: the role and place of electrical power engineering in relation to societal needs and world economy, and the international dimension of electrical power engineering.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the modern research tools and techniques.
  • Appreciation, understanding and fostering of knowledge dissemination and public outreach.

Degree Structure: 

This programme is delivered over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses, followed by a research project leading to the submission of a Masters Thesis. Academics involved in teaching and project supervision in the MSc in Electrical Power Engineering are leading or participating in large, multi-institutional and multi-national research projects in the area of electrical power engineering.  Flagship current and recent projects include:

  • the UK EPSRC Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI);
  • the EU FP7 Initial Training Network ‘ADVANTAGE’ on Smart Grids;
  • the UK EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials for Renewable Energy Generation (CAMREG);
  • the UK EPSRC Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER);
  • the EU FP7 DTOCEAN project on Marine Energy Optimisation and Integration.

For their dissertation projects, our MSc students will be placed in a world-class, vibrant research environment, working on the cutting edge of the current technological developments, side by side with the leading scientists in the field.

The above modules correspond to 120 credits of taught material, plus 60 credits of a research project. Please note, these courses are currently undergoing approval and are subject to change for 2017-18 entry. The final course list will be post by 15th April 2017.

Semester 1

  • Power Electronics, Machines & Systems
  • Power Engineering Research Techniques
  • Energy & Environmental Economics
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy

Semester 2

  • Power Conversion and Control
  • Power Systems Engineering & Economics
  • Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids

Research Project

  • Electrical Power Engineering Dissertation


Funding and Finance: 


The School of Engineering and the University of Edinburgh offer many scholarships and bursaries. These range from course specific funding options, to general MSc scholarships. You can visit the University's scholarships website to find out more.

The School of Engineering also has several courses which are eligible for the Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) which is a loan system for Scottish/EU students. For more information and to find out about eligibility visit our Postgraduate Loans webpage. The Scholarship and Student Funding website also has an excellent search tool, to help you find funding available to you.

Fees and Living Expenses

Certain fees and other additional programme costs (eg research costs, class field trips) must be paid in full by each postgraduate student at the beginning of each academic session in September. More information about fees and additional costs can be found on the degree pages.

In terms of living expenses, you do not need to provide evidence of funding, however, you should be aware that, in applying for admission, you will be taking on a major commitment in terms of both time and money. The University recommends approximately £150 per week if living in University self-catered accommodation and £180 per week if in University catered halls (these figures include rent, lunches and personal expenditure). The University of Edinburgh's Fees and Finance section has more information available about fees and living expenses which you should take a moment to read over.

MSc Electrical Power Engineering
MSc Electrical Power Engineering

Teaching Staff: 


Electrical Power Engineering is one of the most in-demand professions in the UK and worldwide.

Governments worldwide are putting in place plans to decarbonise and modernise their electricity sector.  A transition to a green economy will require a highly skilled workforce led by electrical power engineers with a solid academic background, an appreciation of the trajectory of the industry and an understanding of the challenges and implications brought about by the introduction of new power technologies. According to the Institution for Engineering & Technology (IET):

“The business of managing and distributing power in the UK is beginning to undergo revolutionary changes and [power] engineers are the people who will play a pivotal role in keeping the lights on."[1]

"Experienced, chartered power engineers can earn around £45,000 a year on average."[2]

The programme will run in a close association with other activities within the broader Electrical Engineering programme within the School, including networking events, industrial presentations and seminars. It will benefit from the current strong connections with industry (coordinated by the Student Industry Liaison Manager, and existing research associations and consortia (such as the EPSRC Centre for Energy Systems Integration).

[1] Ones to watch: Six fast growing industries that will drive the future employment of engineers and technicians in the UK.

[2] Here's Why You Should Work in Electrical Engineering

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