BEng Electrical Power Engineering

Electrical Power Engineering

I believe going on a placement and gaining professional experience gives you the edge when it comes to looking for a graduate career.” 

Henry Crockett
BSc Construction Project Management 

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB including Maths, and a Physical Science or Technology subject

Graduate level Electrical Power Engineers are in high demand from the Generation, Transmission and Distribution sectors. They enjoy substantially higher than average engineering salaries, rapid progression and considerable opportunities for overseas travel.

Aston Engineering & Technology graduates go on to earn £1,900 more than the sector average, one year after graduation (LEO, 2018)
Strong industrial focus to curriculum, designed to meet the needs of the UK Electrical Power Sector.
Internationally recognised for research
Integrated placement year

4 years full-time with year 3 as professional placement year

UCAS Code: H620

Please note:

GCSE requirement: English Grade C 

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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

For UK / EU students, there are scholarships for students with AAB or above at A Level (or equivalent), household income-based scholarships and placement scholarships. 

For international students, the School of Engineering offers a £3000 scholarship to students who can demonstrate a high level of achievement in their academic studies (eg grades AAA or CGPA 3.6+)    

Typical offer level 

ABB-BBB to include Maths and a physical science or technology A level (e.g. Physics, Electronics, Computer Science).

General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.

32 overall points with 555 including Maths and Physics at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD

Minimum of 13 Distinctions from 18 Units. Distinction (D) grade in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technician units within your BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Electrical power engineering is concerned with the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power. It has wide ranging applications, including renewable energy, leading to a high demand for graduates in this area. The electrical industry is one of the UK's largest industrial sectors and plays a key role in the UK economy.

The electrical power engineering sector underpins all aspects of modern life and faces increasing challenges to maintain high reliability of supply, whilst improving efficiency and an effective response to the need to reduce carbon emissions and the associated contribution to global climate change. Power Engineers of the future will need expertise, not only in traditional power engineering, but also in renewable energy technologies, power electronics, digital communications and data acquisition and control systems.

Aston University has a strong relationship with the UK Power Sector and this programme has been designed to deliver a strong industrial and practical focus to meet the needs of this sector

We will provide you with a broad-based education to give you competence in a wide range of electrical power engineering disciplines. You will begin with the fundamental principles such as electrical principles, energy conversion, electronics, computing, mathematics and project management. Theory is married to practice with extensive laboratory-based practical work fully integrated with the lecture material throughout the course. The second and final years of the programme will allow you to develop your broad-based skills in Electrical Power Engineering, with many aspects being consolidated by reference to industrial case studies.  The placement year and the final year six-month design project will allow you to focus your skills in a particular industrially focused specialism relating to electrical power engineering, e.g. renewable energy, distributed generation, smart grids and automation etc.

Year 1

  • Computational Problem Solving (EE1CPS)
  • Digital & Analogue Electronics (EE1DAE)
  • Electrical Circuit Theory (EE1ECT)
  • Energy Transfer & Conversion (EE1IEC)
  • Introduction to Optics & Waves (EE1IOW)
  • Electrical System Design (EE1ESD)
  • Theory of Electricity (EE1TEL)
  • Core Engineering Mathematics (EE1CEM)
  • Mechanics (AP1MEC)

Year 2

  • Analogue Electronics (EE2AEL)
  • Health, Safety & Sustainability in the Electricity Industry (EE2EHS)
  • Data Acquisition & Control (EE2DAC)
  • Introduction to Power Electronics (EE2IPE)
  • Electrical Machines & Drives (EE2EMD)
  • Electrical Power Networks (EE2EPN)
  • Electronic System Analyses (EE2ESA)
  • Characteristics of Generation (EE2COG)

Placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003)

Year 4

  • Individual Project (50 credits incorporating Project Management) (EE3PRJ)
  • Alternative Energy (renewables) (ME4504)
  • Substation Design & Electrical Switchgear (EE3SES)
  • Advanced Power Electronics (EE3APE)
  • Digital Signal Processing & Advanced Control (EE3ADC)
  • Real-Time Communications Networks (EE3017)
  • Electrical Network Protection (EE3PTN)
  • Overhead Lines & Cables (EE3OHL)



You will benefit from a range of teaching methods and learning styles, including formal lectures; laboratory and design classes, and seminars; small groups tutorials with a personal tutor; computer-aided learning and virtual learning environments.  You can expect an exciting learning experience with practical work and taught material integrated throughout the degree course.
During the year you will find a sequence of formative assessments to re-enforce and enhance the taught material. The overall assessment is a collation of marks from examination, classroom and laboratory exercises, internet-based practical assessments and oral presentations.
The placement is a perfect opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience. It will help you make a more informed judgement about your future career and will form an invaluable part of your CV when you seek graduate employment. 

The department has very strong links with the UK power sector, including a very long and active partnerships with National Grid & SSE

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Graduate level Electrical Power engineers are in high demand from the Generation (carbon based, nuclear and renewables), Transmission and Distribution sectors, consultancy houses, equipment manufacturers, and many other primary industries such as rail, large-scale construction & manufacture and oil & gas.  

Power engineers enjoy substantially higher than average engineering salaries, rapid progression and considerable opportunities for overseas travel.  Progression to a range of Electrical Power Engineering post-graduate courses from MSc to PhD is available to those graduates who wish to further develop their expertise in this subject area.

 The Aston University Power Engineering team consists of seven members of full time staff, supplemented by colleagues from Electronic Engineering, a number of part-time staff and guest lecturers from industry.  The core members of the Aston Power Engineering team have a considerable amount of industrial experience, contribute to work-based programmes for existing employees of the industry and engage in consultancy and industrially focused research.

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