Power Electronics, Machines and Drives MSc

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Degree awarded: Master of Science

Duration: 12 months full time (1 year)

Entry requirements:

The standard academic entry requirements for a Masters course will be a minimum of an upper second class UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline.

Applicants should have previously studied electronic, electrical, electromechanical, mechatronic or mechanical engineering, or another science and engineering subject providing a good background in mathematics and at least one of the following: physics, engineering or electronics.

Contact email: pgt-eee@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 306 4822

How to apply: This course is now closed.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

Do you want to be able to help design the next generation of renewable energy systems, clean cars and aircraft?  Do you want to be able to invent the electrical systems for future factories and robots?

The Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) is a 1 year degree course that provides its students with the knowledge to design, construct and analyse integrated networks of power electronic converters, electrical machines, actuators, energy storage devices, and control systems. As a result of recent technical advances, PEMD technology is becoming commonplace and can be found for example in more-electric aircraft and ships, electric vehicles, railway systems, renewable power generation, active management of power distribution systems, automation systems for factories and industrial processes. The adoption of PEMD technology is being driven by the need to increase energy efficiency, and controllability, whilst reducing system weight and maintenance costs.

This MSc course has been designed to equip electrical engineers with the knowledge and skills that are required to design modern PEMD systems, it includes the fundamentals of electrical machine and power electronics design, system integration, control, energy management and protection. The teaching team of eight academic staff belong to the Power Conversion Group and are all actively involved in researching new aspects of machines, drives, power electronics and electrical systems, particularly for applications in transport and sustainable electricity supply. The Group's research activities and industrial links inform the course content and enrich the student experience.

Further information can be found on the PEMD website.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000
    International students (per annum): £21,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

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