Electrical Power MSc

Electrical Power MSc

  • Electrical Power Stream: 12 months full time or 24 months part time
  • Power Distribution Engineering Stream: 12 months full time or 24 months part time (suspended for 2021 entry)
  • Electrical Power (advanced) Stream: 24 months full time 
  • CPD options available


Our Electrical Power MSc covers all major disciplines of electrical power. You'll deepen your knowledge, commercial awareness and technical ability to develop advanced skills. Specialise in one of three streams: electrical power, power distribution engineering or advanced electrical power.

Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

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Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Applications for 2021 entry

The following streams are available for 2021 entry:

  • Electrical Power
  • Electrical Power (advanced option)

The Power Distribution Engineering stream is suspended for 2021 entry.

This means that we won’t be able to accept applications for this stream for 2021 entry.


About this course

About this course

Newcastle University is home to the UK's largest academic research group in Electrical Power, giving you an enhanced learning experience. Taught by leaders in their field, you will benefit from research-led teaching and access to state-of-the-art research facilities. You'll learn from researchers solving problems of global importance by engaging with industry and working across disciplines.

Our MSc programme is designed for graduates in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • related disciplines

The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of three streams:

  • Electrical Power
  • Power Distribution Engineering (suspended for 2021 entry)
  • Electrical Power (advanced option)

Electrical Power Stream

We developed this stream alongside industry experts. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of key areas of electrical power and applications including:

  • advanced power electronics
  • power systems operation
  • electrical machines
  • control of electric drives
  • design and analysis of electrical machines
  • renewable energy and smart grids

Power Distribution Engineering Stream (suspended for 2021 entry)

We developed this stream alongside industry experts. Industry experts will also help to deliver it. It covers all aspects of modern and future power distribution systems including:

  • fundamentals of distribution engineering
  • environmental, health and safety management for power distribution engineers
  • asset management, maintenance and condition monitoring
  • network design and automation
  • energy economics and markets

Electrical Power (advanced) Stream

This stream is designed for those who want to advance their knowledge further in electrical power. It encompasses the key areas of electrical power. There is an emphasis on project work, such as:

  • practical electrical power and control project developing experimental skills communicated in a technical report
  • technology review project reviewing developments and future trends
  • multidisciplinary individual project applying knowledge and expertise to solve a complex problem

Our industry-focused approach equips you with the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams. This will demonstrate your in-depth commercial awareness and technical knowledge. Throughout your course you'll typically be able to take part in:

  • industry guest lectures
  • site visits
  • technical projects
  • placements
  • employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service



You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Graduate destinations

As a graduate you will have the enhanced skills and knowledge preparing you for wide range of careers across electrical and electronic engineering and other engineering sectors.

Graduate destinations have included:

  • Siemens
  • Northern Powergrid
  • National Grid

This course also provides a route into PhD level study.

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • computer engineering

Other subjects that may be considered include:

  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • communications, information and control engineering
  • building electricity and intelligence
  • computer science and technology

We will consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant professional experience.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. 


How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Applying for your stream

You will need to choose one of these options:

  • Electrical Power, MSc (1 year full time) - programme code 5059F (Electrical Power Stream)
  • Electrical Power, MSc (2 years part time) - programme code 5059P (Electrical Power Stream)
  • Electrical Power, MSc (2 years full time) – programme code 5441F (Electrical Power (advanced) Stream)

Applications for 2021 entry

The following streams are available for 2021 entry:

  • Electrical Power
  • Electrical Power (advanced option)

The Power Distribution Engineering stream is suspended for 2021 entry.

This means that we won’t be able to accept applications for this stream for 2021 entry.


Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.