- Entry requirements: Related 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
- Full-time: 24 months
This programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge of electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and networks. We also explore the operating principles, monitoring, optimisation and control of modern power systems in detail.
The world demand for energy, in particular electricity, is increasing significantly and will continue to do so over the next decade and beyond. There are many challenges to be addressed in order to meet this ever-increasing demand, and electrical and electronic engineers are needed to provide key solutions. There are significant opportunities for you to make an impact that will shape the future, and this programme has been carefully designed with this in mind.
Developed with industry partners, this master’s course addresses environmental challenges, renewable energy generation, smart grid, high voltage power engineering, and research and management skills. In addition, you will experience site visits and practical sessions.
This two year course with a year in industry shares the same modules as it’s one equivalent programme without a year in industry. The year in industry placement will give you an in-depth workplace experience where you can develop your skills and apply your learning. It’s a great way to gain insight into potential career options and start building your professional network. Completing this programme with a year in industry usually takes two years, with the placement typically running for 30 weeks from September of year one to June of year two.
The programme has been carefully developed for graduates with electrical/electronic or related backgrounds to meet the increasing demand from the energy and power industry to provide solutions to challenges in the sector.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
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In your first semester, compulsory modules will introduce you to a range of electrical machines using the concepts of rotating magnetic fields, popular programming languages such as C++ and MATLAB, and the dynamic behaviour of power systems.
You’ll learn the research skills you’ll need to complete your final project – along with an understanding of measurement and monitoring and the sensors that are used in power systems and design techniques for digital and embedded computer systems.
Optional modules will allow you to explore the principles of communications networks, protocols and security mechanisms, the concepts of electrical plasmas and how they are used in industry, and advanced modelling, simulation and control techniques to develop your problem-solving skills.
Your compulsory modules will present methods for analysing power electronic converters suitable for AC:DC, DC:DC, and DC:AC electrical energy conversion and develop a good understanding of different renewable energy sources and the principle of energy conversion from renewable sources into electricity. You’ll also learn the theories, principles and test methods in relation to the operation of high-voltage power networks and electrical apparatuses.
You’ll continue to develop your research skills ahead of your final project in the summer, as well as gain more in-depth knowledge of monitoring systems, sensors, processors, and system design.
With optional modules, you can be introduced to the principles of communications networks, their components and protocols or develop an understanding of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the scope of EMC, standards, typical EMC problems and solutions.
The module aims to provide an understanding of measurment and monitoring and the sensors that are used in power systems. It focusses on a limited number of examples in order to demonstrate the problems encountered in deploy measurement and monitoring systems.
This module is concerned with introducing and developing the key skills necessary undertake research and to effectively disseminate the results of that work.
On the whole it is geared to providing training in these skills through observations of real-life examples and best practise and importantly hands-on training.
In particular, the module addresses the mechanics of research, gathering information, managing and planning the work, report writing and giving oral presentations.
The assessment of skill development throughout the study comes through the completion of five assignments.
This module introduces students to a range of electrical machines (AC & DC) using the concepts of rotating magnetic fields and co-energy. This allow students to model their behaviour and select the most appropriate electrical machine for their application.
This module gives a comprehensive coverage of two most popular programming languages, C++ and MATLAB. It aims to help students to gain an understanding of the Functional Decomposition method for program design, and practical skills of designing and coding software for engineering applications based on a problem specification.
The module is composed of two parts:
The first part, power system analysis, focuses on the steady state behaviour of power systems. It introduces the techniques required to perform power flow and fault calculations. Additionally, it introduces the concept of frequency control and regulation in interconnected power systems.
The second part, power system dynamics, deals with the behaviour of power systems under conditions such as sudden changes in load or generation, or during faults. It also explores the design and operation of the controls available to maintain power system stability.
The module presents the fundamental concepts of energy conversion using power electronic devices.
It introduces the methods for analysing power electronic converters suitable for AC:DC, DC:DC, and DC:AC electrical energy conversion.
Additionally, the module establishes the principles for designing power electronic converters by examining the properties of their power semiconductor devices and passive elements.
This is an advanced, research led course on high-voltage engineering and electrical insulation. It covers the theories, principles and test methods in relation to the operation of power network and electrical apparatuses. In addition to standard lectures students will be given opportunities to visit the high power test laboratory in the Department which is unique among UK universities and a transmission/distribution substation to equip them with first-hand experience in high voltage testing and power delivery.
Core module for MSc Energy and Power Systems about knowledge of renewable energy source, energy conversion, smart grid and micro grid
This module covers material for understanding and designing advanced embedded computer systems.
Key topics include computer architecture, low-power design, hardware/software co-design and synthesis techniques.
The module prepares students for research and employment in the leading research groups and embedded system companies in the world.
This module introduces students to the digital design techniques used in industry and research. The methods for describing digital systems using the Verilog Hardware Description Language (HDL) are introduced. Students will examine the operation of the MIPS Processor and will also be introduced to Altera’s NIOS-II Processor. The module is assessed via four assignments and two class tests. Altera’s Quartus package is used for sythesising the digital systems.
This module covers the fundamentals of how images are generated, represented, compressed and processed to extract features of interest.
This module will provide advanced modeling, simulation and control techniques and to develop student’s skill of considering engineering problem in a system point of view.
The module introduces to the students the basic concepts of electrical plasmas and how they are used in industry. It concentrates on the engineering principles behind plasma technology rather than the physics of the discharge, however some mathematical approaches are explored so that quantification of the action of plasmas upon material surfaces can be made. The module explains how a gas can turn into a plasma and how high energy ions in the plasma can be generated to process a substrate, such as silicon wafer in micro-electronics fabrication. The module is taught by a mixture of power points notes and chalk and talk. There are a number of question sheets given out to help the students understand the basis plasma-material processes. On completion, students will understand how plasmas are used in industry, they will have an appreciation of some aspects of simple design and how plasmas can be configured for the next generation of fusion power stations.
This module introduces the principles of communications networks, thier components and protocols.
Students are provided with basic concepts about network architectures, the reference models used to describe them, the major protocols used at each communications layer, and the tools to analyse the performance of link layer, median access control, Network and Transport layer protocols.
The main protocols for routing packets over the Internet are also introduced, along with an overview of the packet switching architectures used in the core of today’s routers.
This module is aimed at developing an in-depth understanding of EMC, the scope of EMC, standards, typical EMC problems and solutions.
Based on the theory, the students are expected to be able to analyse and solve EMC problems, and also use relevant equipment for conducting EMC measurements.
The main aim of this module is for you to undertake a research project in a real-world environment successfully. The module will be assessed by an interim report, oral presentation and final thesis. You will be supervised by a university supervisor as well as an industrial supervisor.
This module aims to develop your ability to undertake an industrial project in a real-world environment successfully with limited supervision. You will be expected to apply the knowledge learned from the university in practice and also expected to gain significant knowledge and skills from the industry, thus your employability should be much enhanced.
The aims of the project are:
This module contains the elements of the second year industrial placement for the 2 year MSc programme that are generic to all work experience. The technical elements of the placement are contained in a different module, ELEC499.
This module is a major part of the 2-year MSc programme with a year in industry. It worths 60 credits. The project should take place in year 2 during the placement, typically from Sept to next May for a minimum of 30 weeks.
An earlier starting date is allowed which is subject to the agreement between the University and the company involved.
The module will be assessed by an interim report, oral presentation and final thesis. The student will be supervised by a university supervisor as well as an industrial supervisor.
This module aims at developing the student’s ability to undertake a industrial project in a real world environment successfully with limited supervision. The student is expected to apply the knowledge learnt from the university in practice and also expected to gain significant knowledge and skills from the industry, thus the employability of the student should be much enhanced.
The first year of the programme is taught through a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, guided reading, student-centred learning and project work. Many of the modules require you to develop your skills through independent learning.
In your second year, you’ll undertake an industrial project in a real-world environment.
Modules in the first year of the course are assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. a combination of examinations and coursework. The examinations take place at the end of each semester and typically take the form of an in-person written assignment, usually to be completed in a couple of hours. You’ll be assigned coursework across the length of each semester. This typically takes the form of marked laboratory reports, assignments, essays, class tests and presentations.
The second year of the course is assessed through a portfolio of evidence from your industrial placement and a major project undertaken in your placement setting.
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This course is delivered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, which is home to well-equipped modern laboratories for undertaking practical work. The department features a number of strong research groups and has excellent links with the electronics industry. All lecturers are actively engaged in research and most have international reputations, ensuring students are given the most up-to-date and commercially-relevant education.
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This programme will provide you with an excellent base for students considering a career in the electrical power industry.
Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology.
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Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£11,950|
|Year in industry fee||£2,400|
|Full-time place, per year||£26,350|
|Year in industry fee||£5,300|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
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The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above, or equivalent. This degree should be in a relevant subject, for example mathematics, engineering or physical sciences.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
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Standard Level 5
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 17, Reading 17, Speaking 19.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
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