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The two-year MSc programme in Advanced Power Engineering from The University of Edinburgh is designed to train power engineers in the most current developments in the field.

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Our academics regularly lead or participate in large, multi-institutional and multi-national research projects in the area of electrical power engineering. The learning experience is augmented by a number of supporting activities delivered throughout the duration of the programme.

How will I learn?

Graduates of the MSc programme in Advanced Power Engineering from The University of Edinburgh  will be equipped with specialised knowledge associated with the individual modules within the programme, and will develop a deep understanding of advanced power engineering concepts fostered throughout the programme and obtained from the supplementary training activities, study projects and dissertations.

The first year of the programme develops from fundamental topics and research tools and techniques in electrical power engineering, to specialist courses on emerging technologies and advanced numerical methods for power engineering problems.

Research project

Following the summer break, the second year of the programme is fully dedicated to the Masters research project.

In close collaboration with academics and researchers of the Institute for Energy Systems, you will put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the first year, in application to an actual power engineering problem.

For the research project there is an option to carry it out within either:

  • one of our power research groups
  • an industrial placement at a collaborating company in the power sector

Career opportunities

Power Engineering is one of the most in-demand professions in the UK and worldwide. Graduates from our MSc programmes go on to a wide range of activities.

Graduates return to jobs and academia in their own countries, or take up employment with well-known companies in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere in the world, for example with:

  • governments
  • energy consultancies
  • energy utilities
  • engineering or construction companies
  • renewable energy developers

This programme is specifically designed for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD or taking up professional posts with demanding research and development duties.

The programme runs in a close association with other activities within the broader Electrical Engineering programme within the School, including:

  • networking events
  • industrial presentations
  • seminars

It benefits from the current strong connections with industry (coordinated by the Student Industry Liaison Manager, and existing research associations and consortia (such as the EPSRC Centre for Energy Systems Integration).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids
  • Power Engineering Fundamentals
  • Engineering Research Methods with Grand Challenge
  • Power Systems Engineering and Economics
  • Principles of wind energy
  • Solar Energy & Photovoltaic Systems
  • Advanced Power Electronics and Machines

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 degree, or international equivalent, in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering.
  • Applicants with different academic backgrounds may be considered but we expect you to have passed at least two power engineering related courses with marks equivalent to UK 2:1 as a minimum. Examples of relevant courses are power electronics, power systems, electric machines, control engineering, renewable energy etc. This requirement may be partially met by relevant industrial experience; applicants with non-standard backgtrounds may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants will also need to demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to power engineering as evidenced in their personal statement.
  • Please note that entry to this programme is very competitive. A typical offer will normally require a UK first class honours degree or equivalent.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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