Why this MSc?

Power Electronics, Machines and Drives [MSc]

This MSc programme has been specially designed by the Power Conversion Group to meet the growing demand for electrical engineers who have the knowledge and skills to design integrated electrical systems. These systems comprise multiple energy sources, power electronic converters and motor drives, examples include:

  • Traction, energy storage and power management systems for electric vehicles
  • Electric actuation, generation and power distribution systems for aircraft
  • Actively controlled, land-based power distribution systems
  • Industrial automation schemes

Environmental concerns, the desire to use energy more efficiently and the pressure to reduce operating costs are driving the rapid development and application of these new forms of electrical system. Designers require an understanding of electrical machine fundamentals and power electronics, coupled with a thorough knowledge of control, modelling and system integration techniques.

The individual projects, working with one of the course lectures, are often related to one of our many research projects. So you get to work in our research labs alongside PhD students and research assistants, and benefit from their advice and experience.

Course aims

  • To develop your ability to integrate strands of power electronics, drives, vehicle systems and small power utilities with the control of these systems.
  • To enhance your experience through learning in a research-rich environment and through contact with leading researchers in the application of electrical energy conversion technology.
  • To encourage you to evaluate critically drive and supply technologies applied in manufacturing and transport industries.
  • To enable you to gain experience in analysis and design of systems employing recent developments in research area and to prepare students who wish to continue on to research studies.

Key facts

  • 12 month full time course
  • Seven taught modules covering key principles and modern applications
  • Modules delivered in three week intensive blocks to encourage deep reflective learning
  • Small group teaching provides a high level of contact with course lecturers
  • Extended design orientated assignments to develop independent working skills
  • Laboratory sessions enable the key principles to be examined while developing practical skills
  • Module assessment is a 60:40 exam / coursework split
  • Project feasibility study, to develop project planning and management skills
  • Individual summer research project to put new skills and techniques into practice
  • Research-led teaching ensures coverage of latest technologies and applications
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