Power Electronics Machines and Drives MSc CPD (Continuing Professional Development)


Fact file

MSc Power Electronics, Machines and Drives
Part time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
Other requirements
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September and January
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This part-time course is a flexible programme designed for UK industrial-based students.
Read full overview
The MSc Power Electronics, Machines and Drives is a flexible study programme available to UK students. It is industrially-based, part-time, and enables you to combine traditional classroom-based study with modern web-based distance learning.

This part-time MSc was originally set up with EPSRC funding to provide a training programme in power electronics, machines and drives, and their applications. The course material is regularly reviewed and updated to meet the needs of engineers in industry.

The control and conversion of electric power using solid-state techniques are now commonplace in both the domestic and industrial environments. A recent estimate suggested that over 40% of all electric power generated passes through silicon before reaching its final destination.

A knowledge and understanding of the diverse disciplines encompassed by power electronics, machines and motor drives - devices, converters, control theory and motor drive systems - is therefore essential to all power engineers.

This course aims to provide a specialist education in power electronics, machines and drives techniques, covering key fundamental principles along with modern applications and current practices.

Find out more about University Park campus or take a virtual tour

Key facts

  • The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nottingham has long been at the forefront of research and teaching in the area of Power Electronics and Drives.
  • The development of the programme has been funded by a £350k grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and was one of the first programmes to be funded under the new Master Training Package initiative, which is intended to enhance the provision of industrially-relevant, advanced level training in engineering and science.
  • The Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UK’s top ten universities for engineering.
  • One-to-one project tuition with expert members of staff.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact cele-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk.


Course details

The modules on this course are timetabled in a way that makes it easier for part-time students to attend. Typically, students attend one day per week over a block of five to six weeks. The modules offer:

  • expert lecturer-led tuition
  • relevant printed lecture notes and course material
  • a section of example questions and design exercises to enable you to develop further understanding of the material after the course through self-guided study
  • access to University facilities including computer resources, library, laboratories

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

After completing the taught components of the course, you will undertake a major piece of advanced independent research under the supervision of a specialist in your chosen area.

We will provide you with advice and guidance while you select and refine your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research and your MSc.

The MSc Power Electronics, Machines and Drives can be taken on a part-time basis over a period of up to four years. This course is for UK-based students only.

Students normally select 8 taught modules, most of which are 15 credits. If you successfully complete 120 taught credits, you will be entitled to a Postgraduate Diploma in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives.

You will also have the option of converting this qualification to an MSc by completing a project. Projects are usually undertaken in the learner’s work place and normally encompass tasks completed during "normal duties".

You may be interested to know that we also offer an MSc and Postgraduate Diploma Power Electronics and Drives, which is taught at the University on a full-time basis.



For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

Funding may be available from the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website.

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Our postgraduates generally progress to exciting roles in design and development with major international companies or government agencies, obtain consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies or move into successful academic careers.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 97% of postgraduates in the Engineering Faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,738 with the highest being £40,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career destinations for our graduates in Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well as electrical engineers and engineering professionals.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

Get in touch
+44 (0)115 951 4882


Graduate Admissions
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Engineering videos

Engineering videos


The Enquiry Centre

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5559
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5812
w: Frequently asked questions
Make an enquiry