BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Sustainable Electrical Power

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

This MSc programme in Sustainable Electrical Power aims to produce graduates capable of leading teams which will operate, control, design, regulate and manage the power systems and networks of the future.

The course equips graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

  • Power system engineering – using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods.
  • Design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks.
  • Regulatory frameworks for, and operation of, power systems and electricity markets.
Programme description

This MSc programme in Sustainable Electrical Power aims to produce graduates capable of leading teams which will operate, control, design, regulate and manage the power systems and networks of the future.

The course equips graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

  • Power system engineering – using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods.
  • Design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks.
  • Regulatory frameworks for, and operation of, power systems and electricity markets.
Key Modules

Whilst this is a relatively new course, Brunel University Master's graduates already have an enviable record of employment and the Brunel Institute of Power Systems have long-standing links with major employers such as EDF Energy, National Grid, Converteam Ltd, Siemens, ALSTOM, ABB, British Energy, BNFL, GE Energy. Recent graduate and student profiles are available via the SED web page.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

Module & Subject

Energy Economics and Power Markets

  • Principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, and operation of electricity markets.
  • Restructuring and deregulation in generation, transmission, and distribution.
  • Concepts of transmission congestion and demand side management.

Power System Operation and Management

  • Business drivers and technical requirements for operational management.
  • In-depth knowledge of operational management software.
  • Energy balance and intermittency in sustainable electrical power system operation and management.

Power Electronics and FACTS

  • Practical understanding of how to design advanced power electronic circuits.
  • Modern power electronic integration techniques and state-of-the-art Flexible AC Transmission Systems.
  • Capabilities and limitations of different power electronic circuits.
  • Integration of power electronic circuits into Flexible AC Transmission Systems.

Power System Analysis and Security

  • Capabilities and limitations of modern power systems design.
  • Accurate use of power systems modelling and analysis of secure operation.
  • Computational techniques for power systems modelling, optimal power flow, mathematical programming, heuristic methods, artificially intelligent methods.

Sustainable Power Generation

  • Generation costing of solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, wind, hydro, tidal, and wave.
  • Storage technologies and energy conversion: practical understanding and limitations.
  • Embedded renewable generation: technical challenges, opportunities and connection in electrical transmission and distribution grids.

Power System Stability and Control

  • Introduction to power system stability problems; Static and dynamic; Relaying and protection
  • Synchronous machine theory and modelling

Project Management

  • Formal methods and skills to function effectively at high levels of project management.
  • Development of skills to achieve practical business objectives.

Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop

You will gain experience and expertise with industry relevant tools and techniques through hands-on workshop environments. These practical sessions involve individual and group work. Typical assignments include:

  • Sustainable generation scheduling.
  • Integration of renewable energy sources.
  • Computer simulation of active power filters.
  • Phase-controlled rectifiers.
  • Power network security.
  • Sustainable electrical power system stability control.
  • Electricity market auctions.
  • Sustainable electrical power system investment and planning.

Project & Dissertation

This provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply your knowledge and develop deep understanding in a specialised aspect of your choice. Projects can be university or industry and company sponsored students have the opportunity to develop their company's future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of the student by the collaborating company.

Entry Requirements

A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER