Power Distribution Engineering MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Power Distribution Engineering MSc, PGDip, PGCert

MSc -full time: 12 months, part time: 24 or 36 months
PGDip - part time: 24 months
PGCert -part time: 12 months
CPD modules available


Our Power Distribution Engineering course provides you with advanced end-to-end knowledge in electrical power distribution systems, and a unique insight in future developments in the area.

MSc Power Distribution Engineering

About this course

About this course

The course is based on active engagement with industry experts, covering all aspects of modern and future power distribution systems including:

  • design
  • operation
  • control
  • markets
  • policy
  • smart infrastructure
  • renewable energy

The course is offered full-time (1-year) and part-time (2 or 3-years) to accommodate the needs of both recent graduates from relevant disciplines and experienced engineers.

It meets the increasing demand for skilled power distribution engineers in industry and:

  • is taught by senior industry experts, from network operators to solution developers, and from infrastructure manufacturers to consultants
  • helps you to develop and advance your career by building unique links and acquiring specialist knowledge
  • is designed to enable you to integrate your current practice to benefit both you and your company if you are already employed
  • is structured to allow flexibility for you and your employer

The majority of part-time students are already working in relevant roles. This allows you to share and learn from the experiences of your peers.

You will have the opportunity to carry out research and development projects in multi-million pound state-of-the-art facilities, and work alongside active collaborations between the University and industry.


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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 2019 entry

The number of modules you study depends on the level of qualification you have chosen:

Master of Science (MSc): 180 credits
You take four compulsory and four optional modules, plus a research project with dissertation.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 120 credits
You will study four compulsory modules (excluding EEE8093 Research Project) and four optional modules.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits
You will study four compulsory modules (excluding EEE8093 Research Project).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
You can take the following modules as CPD

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.


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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

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

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

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

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

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • computer engineering
  • or a related subject

We will also consider your application if you have HND-level education and good, relevant, practical experience.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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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.

When you make your online application, insert one of the following course codes on the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • 5129F Power Distribution Engineering, MSc (12 months full time)
  • 5292P Power Distribution Engineering, MSc (24 months part time)
  • 5129P Power Distribution Engineering, MSc (36 months part time)
  • 3404P Power Distribution Engineering, PG Dip (24 months part time)
  • 3035P Power Distribution Engineering, PGCert (12 months part time)

Start dates

If you are a full time student you will start in September. If you want to study part time, you can agree your start date with the Degree Programme Director on a case-by-case basis.

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 live outside the UK/EU 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 at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.