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 of the challenges of insulation coordination. In 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.
Excellence in Research
The Electrical Power Systems Engineering course is run by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This School has been, for decades, one of the largest electrical and electronic engineering departments in the UK. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008, it confirmed its position at the forefront of research in this subject area. In terms of research quality it was ranked 2nd in the UK confirming its world class research reputation.
Excellence in Teaching
The undergraduate courses in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering were recently rated by our graduating students as the top courses, offered by any of the leading Russell Group universities in England. This illustrates the importance that the School places on its teaching programmes to ensure that the student experience at Manchester is amongst the best in the world.