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The University of Edinburgh: Electrical Power Engineering

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Engineering
Study type Taught


Our Electrical Power Engineering MSc is a one-year programme designed to equip you with broad and robust training on modern power engineering technologies, with a strong focus on renewable energy conversion and smart grids.

In semesters 1 and 2, you will acquire the advanced fundamentals, research tools and techniques of power engineering, as well as an in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies and advanced numerical methods to address some of the world's grand challenges, such as integration of wind energy, offshore renewables, energy storage and photovoltaics.

You will also complete an individual dissertation project over the summer months, which provides a good opportunity for you to apply your acquired skills to a real-world problem. How will I learn? You will be taught by our experts who are leaders in their field and you will deepen your knowledge through:

  • our connections with leading power engineering companies in the sector

  • practical labs where you will benefit from our specialist power electronics and machines facilities

  • participating in site visits so you can experience the application of theory to real situations

  • gaining experience of using industry-approved software

  • being exposed to industrial guest speakers on leading technology and power engineering challenges

  • actively engaging in our world-leading research on power engineering as part of your dissertation project

Research project In close collaboration with our academics, you will undertake a research project to put into practice the knowledge and skills you have acquired during the first two taught semesters, during which you will investigate an actual power engineering problem.

You can carry out your project within either:

  • one of our power research groups working alongside academics and researchers from the Institute for Energy Systems

  • in an industrial placement at one of our collaborating companies within the power sector

Accreditation The MSc in Electrical Power Engineering is accredited by the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one the largest professional engineering bodies in the world. Accredited programmes undergo continuous and robust quality review by the IET and are internationally recognised for the quality of the education they provide.

Your MSc can therefore count towards the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the UK. Chartered Engineers not only have a firm grasp of the underpinning knowledge of their field, but also possess the required professional skills to excel in the modern engineering environment.


Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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