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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Power Systems Engineering MSc
The Power Systems Engineering MSc is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work at a professional level in industries involved in the production, distribution and consumption of electric power. This wide range of industries includes mass transport, renewables and alternative methods of power generation.
What will I learn?
The programme comprises study in analysis and design of power machinery systems and the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students gain knowledge of engineering principles, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer modelling alongside an awareness of the codes of practice, standards and quality issues within the modern industrial world. They also receive courses in project management.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen, in recent years, unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. Highlights of this include an extensive workshop, four engine test cells of the highest specification, a fuel cell laboratory, an electrical power laboratory and a new fluid mechanics laboratory.
The department has an international reputation for the excellence of its research which is funded by numerous bodies including: EPSRC, EU, Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK Ministry of Defence, BAe Systems, Cosworth Technology, Ebara, Jaguar Cars, Shell, and BP.
The Power Systems Engineering MSc is accredited under UK-SPEC by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible study up to 5 years)
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (75 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a project report and oral presentation. In many cases the work has some input from industry.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, practical laboratory work and coursework assignments, (including computational analysis). Assessment is through written, oral and viva voce examinations and coursework (including the evaluation of laboratory reports, technical and project reports, problem-solving exercises, computational and modelling skills and oral presentations).
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of a second-class Honours degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Some basic knowledge of applied electricity is essential.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with first degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering who wish to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become Chartered Professional Engineers or to pursue careers in higher levels of management, in manufacturing and in power engineering.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Power Systems Engineering at graduate level
- why you want to study Power Systems Engineering at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The Power Systems Engineering MSc has been accredited by the IMarEST (The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) as meeting the further learining requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2012 student cohort intake.First destinations of recent graduates include:
- EDF: Engineer
- RFF (French National Rail Company): Junior Engineering Consultant
- Gaz de France: Engineering Economist
- Le Collège des Ingénieurs : Junior Consultant
- PhD Studies at UCL and elsewhere
- Consultancy Services
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: