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Electrical Power MSc

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.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023
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Newcastle University is home to the UK's largest academic research group in Electrical Power. You'll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and gain an enhanced learning experience.

Taught by leaders in their field, you will gain from research-led teaching. 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

Our industry-focused approach equips you with the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams. This will highlight your in-depth commercial awareness and technical knowledge.

Throughout your course you'll be able to take part in:

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

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

  • Electrical Power
  • Electrical Power (advanced option)

Electrical Power stream

Developed alongside industry experts, this stream 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

Electrical Power (advanced) stream

Designed for those who want to advance their knowledge further in electrical power. This stream 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


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What you'll learn

Electrical Power stream

This stream is ideal if you want to work within the electrical power and renewable energy sectors. You'll gain the skills needed to make sound decisions in this dynamic global industry.

You will:

  • develop insight into modelling and control of power converters, advanced dc/dc converters and multilevel and modular power electronic converters
  • gain an advanced understanding and critically analyse power networks/systems
  • identify problems and solutions to network operational problems
  • understand the modes of operation of electrical machines at an advanced level and have the ability to model in steady state and transient modes
  • develop advanced knowledge of electric drive systems through theory and practice including simulation studies
  • gain an understanding of electrical machines and drives and experience the physical design process
  • understand the challenges and future developments of renewable energy sources including conversion and distribution

Electrical Power (advanced) stream

Complemented by themes featured in the Electrical Power stream, this advanced stream will enable you to extend your knowledge through enhanced practical learning. Structured projects will allow you to develop the skills sought by industry.

You will:

  • gain practical experience in the design, simulation, construction, testing, evaluation and verification of an electrical drive system, developing analytical and experimental skills
  • conduct a technology review project reviewing modern engineering developments and future trends. You'll take into consideration the financial, ethical and sustainability issues in relation to the topic
  • apply knowledge and expertise to solve a complex problem through the individual project. You will analyse, design and develop an original system or device using multi-disciplinary skills gained throughout the course



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.

How you'll learn

Your development

We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll engage with students across key engineering disciplines as well as being taught by senior industry experts. These include:

  • network operators
  • solution developers
  • infrastructure manufacturers
  • consultants

This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.

Throughout your course you'll have the opportunity to carry out research and development projects in multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art facilities. You'll typically have the chance to work alongside active collaborations between the University and industry.

Your future

Graduate destinations

As a graduate you'll 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.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You have access to a range of dedicated specialist facilities in the School of Engineering and across campus to support your studies and enhance your learning experience.

Teaching facilities include:

  • Computing Lab
  • Electrical Power Teaching Lab
  • Electronics Lab

Research facilities include:

Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering research group also has dedicated equipment and laboratories:

Stephenson Building

The Stephenson Building is a £110 million investment in world-class education, research and collaboration across Engineering. It’s a place for future engineers, researchers and designers to collaborate and tackle global challenges, together.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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