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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 energy and power. This wide range of industries includes transport, conventional and renewable power generation.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 1 May 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£13,640 (FT)
Overseas:
£28,530 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Accreditation:

The Power Systems Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2017 student cohort intake.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject such as electrical, mechanical or mechatronics, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Some basic knowledge of applied electricity is essential.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

Students will study the analysis and design of conventional and renewable machinery systems and the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students gain knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering principles, quantitative methods, and mathematical and computer modelling. They also gain an awareness of the codes of practice, standards and quality issues within the modern industrial world and gain insights into project management methodoligies.

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).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Power Systems Engineering.

Core modules

  • Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives
  • Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion
  • New and Renewable Energy Systems
  • Project Management
  • Group Design Project

Optional modules

  • Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
  • Vibrations, Acoustics and Control
  • Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering

Further module information.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Dissertation/report

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

This dynamic 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).

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accomodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates from this programme have the opportunity to forge careers in a range of sectors internationally. There are career opportunies in manufacturing and the engineering of transportation, including rail, road, shipping and aviation and the design of electric and hybrid drive trains. 

Students can also gain employment in power industries, including new and renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar and tidal power.

This MSc helps to develop engineers capable of managing multidisciplary engineering projects, for example projects which bring together electrical, mechanical and financial elements. 

Employability

Delivered by leading research and academic staff from across UCL, the programme provides a range of opportunities for students to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. This is enhanced by our collaborations with companies and governmental bodies such as BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Lloyds Register and TfL, who provide specialised lectures and are key to our research success.

We encourage students to develop networks through the programme and via the department’s careers programme, which includes employer-led events and individual coaching.

We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

UCL Mechanical Engineering has a range of research and teaching facilities which enhance the experience of students on the programme.  Highlights include an extensive workshop, four engine test cells of the highest specification, a fuel cell laboratory, an electrical power laboratory and a fluid mechanics laboratory.

Accreditation:

The Power Systems Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2017 student cohort intake.

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates with a first degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or a related degree.  The programme will benefit students 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, transport and power engineering.

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 May 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you think you have the skills to study Power Systems Engineering
  • 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

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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