MSc Advanced Power Engineering

MSc Degree Programme: 

The two-year MSc programme in Advanced Power Engineering is designed to train power engineers in the most current developments in the field, and help them develop fundamental and applied research skills through a combination of taught modules, workshops and a comprehensive research dissertation carried out during the second year of the programme, supported by the internationally leading experts of the Institute for Energy Systems. 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.

Graduates will be equipped with specialized 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 main objective of the programme is to train the next generation of electrical power engineers who:

  • are aware of the most recent, cutting edge developments in power engineering;
  • are able to tackle the global energy trilemma of supplying secure, equitable and environmentally sustainable energy, appreciating the technical, social and economic challenges faced in both developed and developing countries;
  • have advanced research and development skills allowing them to excel in both industrial and academic settings.

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. Following the summer break, the second year of the programme is fully dedicated to the Masters research project, where the students, in close collaboration with academics and researchers of the Institute for Energy Systems, put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the first year, in application to an actual power engineering problem.

The knowledge and understanding acquired within this programme can be broadly classified into two categories:

1. Specialized knowledge and understanding, associated with the individual modules within the programme, including (but not limited to):

  • Fundamental and emerging power engineering technologies
  • Advanced numerical methods in application to electrical power engineering problems
  • Modern power conversion components & systems
  • Integration of renewable energy in the power system
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Electrical engineering aspects of energy storage
  • Power, telecommunications & control aspects of smart grids
  • Research and innovation management techniques.

2. Advanced knowledge and understanding, fostered throughout the programme and obtained from the supplementary training activities, group projects and the full year Masters research project:

  • Understanding of the current and future technological developments as dictated by global challenges.
  • Appreciation of the role and place of electrical power engineering in relation to societal needs and world economy, and the international dimension of electrical power engineering.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of advanced fundamental and applied power engineering research tools and techniques.
  • Appreciation, understanding and fostering of knowledge dissemination and public outreach.


Programme Accredited by the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The MSc in Advanced Power Engineering has been accredited by the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one the largest professional engineering bodies in the world. Your MSc in Electrical/Advanced Power Engineering can therefore count against 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. Accredited programmes undergo continuous and robust quality review by the IET, and are internationally recognised for their quality of the education they provide.


Degree Structure: 

This programme is delivered over four semesters (two academic years), with two semesters of taught courses in year 1, followed by a Masters research project spanning over two semesters in year 2, leading to the submission of a Masters Thesis. For the research project there is an option to either carry it out within one of our power research groups, or as an industrial placement at a collaborating company in the power sector.

Throughout their studies, our MSc students are integrated within a world-class, vibrant teaching and research environment, working on the cutting edge of the current technological developments, side by side with leading scientists in the field.

The courses covered in the first year correspond to 120 credits of taught material, while an additional 120 credits are acquired through the second year, two-semester Masters research project.

For 2020/21, the course structure is as follows:

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 2

Masters Research Project (two semesters)

Funding and Finance: 


The School of Engineering and the University of Edinburgh offer many scholarships and bursaries. These range from course specific funding options, to general MSc scholarships. You can visit the University's scholarships website to find out more.
The School of Engineering also has several courses which are eligible for the Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) which is a loan system for Scottish/EU students. For more information and to find out about eligibility visit our Postgraduate Loans webpage. The Scholarship and Student Funding website also has an excellent search tool, to help you find funding available to you. Avangrid Foundation Scholarships and the Engineering International Scholarship are also open to applicants who plan to study the MSc Electrical Power Engineering and if you fit the criteria, we would encourage you to apply for this funding.

Fees and Living Expenses

Certain fees and other additional programme costs (eg research costs, class field trips) must be paid in full by each postgraduate student at the beginning of each academic session in September. More information about fees and additional costs can be found on the degree pages.
In terms of living expenses, you do not need to provide evidence of funding, however, you should be aware that, in applying for admission, you will be taking on a major commitment in terms of both time and money. The University recommends approximately £150 per week if living in University self-catered accommodation and £180 per week if in University catered halls (these figures include rent, lunches and personal expenditure). The University of Edinburgh's Fees and Finance section has more information available about fees and living expenses which you should take a moment to read over.

Postgraduate studying advanced power engineering technologies
Postgraduate student being taught advanced power engineering methods
Wind turbines on a mountainous ridge in the setting sun

Teaching Staff: 


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. Some return to jobs and academia in their own countries; some take up employment with well-known companies in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere in the world, e.g. with governments, energy consultancies, energy utilities, engineering or construction companies and 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 and 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).