Power Distribution Engineering MSc; PGDip; PGCert

MSc: 12 months full time; 36 months part time
PGDip: 24 months part time
PGCert: 12 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £12,500 (MSc) part time £4,335 (MSc)
International: full time £15,990 (MSc) part time fees

For PGDip and PGCert fee information please contact the School.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme provides specialist knowledge in electrical power distribution at an advanced level.

It is designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled Power Distribution Engineers and is accredited by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) and the Engineering Council, illustrating our programme directly meets the needs of industry.

The programme provides professional career development within an academic environment with major contributions from industrial experts. The course structure offers full or part time options, providing maximum flexibility for students and their employers. 

Our teaching allows the development of core skills and the acquisition of application-specific knowledge relevant to chosen specialised fields.

Taught in small groups and in modern 'high-tech' facilities, modules are delivered by leading industrial experts providing invaluable practical experience and 'real-life' industrial context.  

An online taster course is available to experience the teaching material and presentation style. 


The programme is delivered in modular form, mixing direct teaching with distance learning. Each module comprises two days of direct face-to-face teaching, and the equivalent of a further three days’ teaching delivered as distance learning.

Full-time MSc students take a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, and complete an individual project with dissertation.

Part-time MSc students have the same mixture of compulsory and optional modules, but split equally across Year 1 and Year 2, and then complete an individual project with dissertation in Year 3. Part-time Diploma students take four modules in the first year and four modules in their second year of study. Part-time Certificate students take four compulsory modules.

Assessment of each module is by written examination and module assignment. The MSc dissertation is based on a project conducted in association with one of the School’s research groups.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

Normally a second-class BEng Honours degree, or international equivalent, in electrical and electronic engineering, computer engineering or a related subject. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with HND-level education and good relevant practical experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 79 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 54 or equivalent. 

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

There are two intakes for this programme each year - one in September and one in January.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7916
E-mail: eee.pg@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.