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Research and Taught Degrees

Prospective research students

If you want to pursue a rewarding postgraduate research degree leading to a Ph.D qualifications or MSc. by research that match not only your interests but prepare you with high level knowledge and skills then contact the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Aston University.
We are looking for highly motivated students to work on cutting-edge power electronics, machines & drives, and power system projects. If you are interested, please contact relavent academic staff.
How to apply


Postgraduate programmes

** MSc. in Electrical Power Engineering and Systems **

Recruiting now: for 2017/18 intake, with attractive scholarships. 
Duration of programme: September-August, 1 year full-time campus-based. 
Number of Intake: Up to 25 students per year

Entry Requirements 
1) A 2:2 BEng honours degree, or equivalent, in electrical and electronic engineering, computer engineering, control engineering or related disciplines.
2) For international students, IELTS 6.0, and 5.5 with pre-sessional courses, or equivalent.
3) Applications from mature students with appropriate experience will be considered on merit.
4) Students already reading another degree programme at Aston University may be allowed to transfer to this programme, with the agreement of the School’s Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes.

Tuition Fees
1) UK/EU students: £5,700 (2017/18 fees)
2) International students: £15,650 (2017/18 fees)

Scholarships
You can find out more about our postgraduate scholarships for international students here. Queries can be made to the programme director.
If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding. 

Aims of the Programme
1) Power engineering plays an increasingly critical role in establishing tomorrow’s low-carbon society worldwide. Typical applications include electrified vehicles, more-electric aircraft, offshore wind farms, high-voltage direct current transmission, smart cities and renewable energy. In response to this need, this MSc is developed to offer a provision to these students who seek a career in the power sector in the UK or abroad.
2) Providing the latest knowledge and understanding of specialist topics in electrical power engineering and systems. Developing transferable skills for knowledge acquisition and lifelong employability. 
3) Meeting the professional development needs of the students and their employers.
4) Providing relevant training to power engineering graduates who wish to pursue a career as design and development engineers in power electronics, power systems, electrical machines or drive systems. Equipping the students with engineering judgement and critical thinking required for their profession. Laying a solid foundation for further studies and research in electrical power (such as PhD). 

Programme Structure and Modules
The study of 10 credits is equivalent to 100 learning hours. The learning hours will include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, feedback on assignments, field trips and work placements.

Module Title

Credits

Level

Module Type

Advanced Power Electronics

20

7

Core

Modern Electrical Machines and Drives

20

7

Core

Smart Grid Technologies

20

7

Core

Control of Electrical Power

20

7

Core

Research Methods

15

7

Core

Individual Project

60

7

Core

Sustainable Energy

15

7

Optional

Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Application

15

7

Optional

Data Mining

15

7

Optional

Practical Numerical Methods

15

7

Optional

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applications

15

7

Optional

Project Management

10

7

Optional

Innovation Business Development

10

7

Optional

Strategic Finance

10

7

Optional

Strategic Management

10

7

Optional

Corporate Social Responsibility

10

7

Optional

Total Credits

180

 

 


Contact Details
Programme Director, Professor Wen Cao, +44 (0)121 2044264, w.p.cao@aston.ac.uk
EAS Postgraduate Admissions Office, +44 (0)121 2043400, engineering@aston.ac.uk

 

Undergraduate programmes   

BEng. in Electrical Power Engineering

Why choose this course
Electrical Power Engineering graduates are in high demand.
Aston University works in partnership with the National Grid and SSE, giving the course a strong industrial focus.
The programme has a wide range of applications, such as renewable energy and manufacturing.
Details

Foundation Degree

The group has developed a range of foundation degree programmes in close collaboration with major utilities, including National Grid, Scottish and Southern Energy and Eon UK.

All students are employed and sponsored by their company.  The programmes are strongly linked to industry to enable students to gain a degree whilst being employed within the Energy sector.  Already more than 100 students have graduated from one of the three programmes on offer.

See more on the FdEng Power Engineering course.

Progression Year

The BEng Professional Engineering (Power Systems) programme is a final year honours progression pathway with 120 credits weighting to provide a route from foundation degrees to a BEng/BSc.

The programme uses a novel mix of blended learning, incorporating work-based learning plus short tutorial and lab classes at Aston or other approved locations so that students can undertake learning at their own pace.  Typically the students will complete this progression programme on a part-time basis over two years.