Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
IELTS
6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element)

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

Overview

This course combines principles and developments in sustainable and renewable energy with electrical engineering.
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The MSc Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy is designed to provide instruction in the principles of sustainable energy and renewable technologies. These principles are taught alongside studies in electrical engineering, including power electronics, electrical machines, and power systems.

This 12 month course will give you advanced coverage of the specialist engineering skills required by an engineer working in electrical technology for renewable and sustainable energy systems. 

Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional, at ease with the conventions of the discipline.

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Course details

Applicants must have a high 2:2 degree or equivalent in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree.

This course is taught on a full-time basis over 12 months and consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit independent research project.

The course has a core structure of modules giving a platform of knowledge in relevant areas. To complement this core material students will be able to take optional modules from a range of advanced electrical engineering and renewable and sustainable topics. Core to optional weighting is approximately 60/40.

Planning and preparation for the project is undertaken during the spring semester. 

You will be taught using up to date practice, including use of appropriate electronic resources. Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, lab work, tutorials and projects, with assessment usually performed through formal examinations and coursework.

Learning outcomes

Key learning outcomes of the course are for students to: 

  • develop problem solving skills
  • become competent users of relevant equipment and software
  • develop ability to think logically and critically
  • develop a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and appreciation of likely new development
  • develop analytical, design and comprehension skills in electrical engineering for use in deployment and managing renewable energy, to form a more sustainable future.
  • learn about different renewable and sustainable technologies and develop skills in evaluation of these technologies.

This course is based in Nottingham's University Park campus in the UK. Find out more about University Park campus or take a virtual tour.

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 

 
 

Modules

Core to optional module weighting is approximately 60/40.

Core modules 

Advanced AC Drives (spring): 10 credits*
Summary Of Content: This covers the control of AC drives. The first part of the module covers vector controlled induction motor drives and the second part covers permanent magnet motor drives. A review of induction machine operation and basic open-loop induction motor drives is given.

Vector control is covered in depth covering the concept of space vectors, dq representation of 3-phase machines, dynamic equation structure and the concepts of direct and indirect flux orientation. Implementation of Indirect Vector Control, including current flux and speed control is covered in some detail and includes the effect of incorrect parameters.

The second part introduces both AC and Brushless DC permanent magnet motor drives. The vector control concepts learned in the first part of the module are applied to AC PM machines. The concept of salient and non-salient AC PM machines are covered leading to the vector control using maximum torque per amp control strategies. Finally the field weakening control of both non-salient and salient PM machines are considered.

Method and Frequency of Class: 2-hour lecture per week, in 12 weeks.

Method of Assessment: one Exam (100%).

 
Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content

A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:

  • Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
  • Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
  • Measurement and error analysis
  • Development of laboratory skills including safety & risk assessment

Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:

  • Meshing for computational engineering applications
  • Modelling using CAE packages
  • Use of CES Selector software
  • Specific laboratory familiarisation
  • Use of MSVisio software for process flow
  • Use of HYSYS process modelling software
  • Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits

The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Delivery: 3-hour seminars in 12 weeks 

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40.00 2000 word literature review on a topic relevant to MSc programme.
Coursework 2   Formative health & safety risk assessment
Coursework 3 60.00 2000 word max planning report; topics to be specific to individual MSc courses and specialist training
 
Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals for Masters (autumn): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: The module expands students lifelong learning skills by developing their proficiency in self- assessment of their knowledge. This will be achieved by asking students to identifying gaps in their knowledge in the core areas of electrical and electronic engineering, development and implementation of an improvement plan.

To supplement, the student self-learning, problem/project based learning will be used to reinforce the fundamental skills of an electrical and electronic engineer. These problems will be introduced in student led small group seminars where students will discuss the problem and discuss what background knowledge is required and suitable resources. A member of academic staff will aid the students identify appropriate learning material where students finds it difficult to do so. As part of the learning experience, students will keep a weekly online log detailing the learning activities undertaken, what they have learnt and the areas they still need to develop.

To provide formative feedback during this learning period, there will be 4 compulsory on-line tests. Although the mark attained is not used in the calculation of the module mark, failure, without good cause to complete 3 of the 4 tests within the given time window, will result in a zero module mark.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Seminar 1 week 1 week 3 hours
Un Assign 4 weeks 1 week 1 hour

The formative progress tests will be on-line for completion within a 24 hour period.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Self Assessment/reflection and of additional learning requirements to complete the course.
Coursework 2 25.00  
Exam 1   2 hour on-line Formative Examination( Required to attend).
Exam 2 50.00 1 hour on-line examination.
 
Power Networks (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module provides students with an understanding of power system apparatus and their behaviour under normal and fault conditions. This module covers:

  • concept and analysis of load flow
  • voltage/current symmetrical components
  • computation of fault currents
  • economic optimisation
  • power-system control and stability
  • power system protection

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour
One 2-hour lecture per week. Students will spend time in the computing laboratory working on CAD problems.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 25 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
 
FACTS and Distributed Generation (spring): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module provides students with an understanding of power systems which include renewable energy generators. It investigates the operation of renewable energy generators at a systems level, including analysis of distributed generation systems. The module covers:
  • analysis of load flow in distributed generation systems
  • operation and control of microgrids
  • economic optimisation of renewable generators within a power system
  • distributed power system control and stability
  • Use of STATCOM devices
  • Flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS)
  • HVDC

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

One 2-hour lecture per week.  Students will spend time in the computing laboratory working on CAD problems.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 2 hour exam
 
Renewable Energy Technology 1 (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module will examine the various sources of renewable energy suitable for use in buildings. It will concentrate on wind, water, waste heat, solar, geothermal and bio-mass as potential sources of energy and investigate the contribution they can make to a building's energy requirement, the technology used to harness them and limitations associated with their use.

Taught Semesters: Autumn UK

Method and Frequency of Class: Two 1-hour lectures per week; three hours of tutorials. Breakdown of hours: lectures - 20 hours; tutorials - 3 hours; private study - 52 hours.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Laboratory reports
Exam 1 70.00 3 hour exam
 
Sustainable Energy Futures (autumn): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module considers:
  • Current trends and future prospects for fossil fuel supplies
  • Analysis of energy contributions from different sources
  • Energy vectors, conversion efficiency and distribution systems
  • Energy storage systems
  • Policies affecting future energy options: carbon reduction initiatives and life-cycle assessment
  • Sustainable transport options and infrastructure
  • Comparison of low carbon energy options including biofuels and nuclear

Taught Semesters: Autumn UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 2-hour lectures in 11 weeks. 

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20.00 10 hours of student time
Exam 1 80.00  
 

Optional Modules

Advanced Control System Design (autumn): 10 credits*

Summary Of Content: This module introduces the state-space representation of physical systems and the control design of multi-input multi-output systems using multivariable control techniques for both continuous and discrete implementation. The module then covers both the full and reduced observer design for those cases when state variables are not measurable. The module finishes with an overview of optimal control design.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Three hours of lectures per week supplemented by printed notes and including example classes.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 2 hour exam
 
Combined Heat and Power Systems (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: The module covers the topic of Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology (large, small and micro scale systems). The module content includes: 1) Basic definition of CHP; 2) Energy balance of CHP; 3) Components and specification of CHP; 4) Types of prime movers used in CHP (Internal combustion engines, gas turbines, Steam, CCGT, Stirling engine, etc) and associated equipment (Heat recovery, electric generators.); 5) Selection and sizing CHP using energy demand profiles; 6) Economic and environmental analysis (payback, period, LCOE, carbon emissions); 6) Case studies for different applications (Buildings/industry).

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Private study - 55 hours.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Project 1 30.00 2,000-word report or equivalent calculations
Exam 1 70.00 one unseen written 2-hour exam
 
Electrical Machines, Drive systems and applications (autumn): 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module introduces students to the concepts and operating principles of fixed and variable speed electric machine and drive systems. The module will use a number of system examples to demonstrate how machines and drive systems are specified, designed, controlled and operated.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 25 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
 
Energy Storage (spring): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module aims to provide Level 4 students with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills in relation with energy storage science, engineering and technology. It covers the following topics:
  • Fuels storage (coal, oil, natural gas, biomass, hydrogen etc)
  • Mechanical energy storage (springs, compressed air, fly wheels etc)
  • Heat or thermal energy storage (phase transformation, endothermic and exothermic reactions etc)
  • Electricity storage (electrochemical means, such as batteries, fuel cells, redox flow batteries, supercapacitors).
  • Integration of storage with supplier and users (power electronics for interfacing energy stores with power grid, renewable sources and users.
The module will be delivered in relation with the relevant materials and devices, together with optional laboratory observations and/or practices.

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Method of Assessment: 1 Examination (100%) -  2 hours

 
Power Electronic Applications and Control (autumn): 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module provides students with an understanding of the operational principles of power electronic converters and their associated systems and enables students to design both analogue and digital controllers for linear single-input single-output systems.

 Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 25 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
 
Renewable Energy Technology 2 (spring): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module will examine aspects of performance analysis and system design/sizing of renewable energy systems for building integration. The course provides opportunities to gain experience in issues of technology selection, system design, installation and performance analysis of a range of renewable energy systems. The module will emphasize on solar energy technologies (photovoltaic and solar thermal systrems) and small scale wind turbines.
The course will cover aspects of weather data resource/collection, system performance analysis, system design parameters sizing, design/simulation tools and field evaluation of these technologies.

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 week 2 hours

6 hours outdoor laboratory + 48 hours private study

Method of Assessment:  Report (100%) – 4000-word report

 
Technologies for Wind Generation (spring): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module provides students with an understanding of the technologies used in wind power systems. It investigates the operation of wind generators and of wind farms and the current developments in electrical engineering for wind power. The module covers:
  • overall design of wind turbines
  • analysis of doubly-fed induction generators
  • analysis of grid connection systems for wind turbines
  • vector control of generators
  • operation and control of wind farms
  • economic evaluation of wind generators within a power system
  • AC-DC transmission links for offshore wind farms

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 2 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 5 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 5 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 2 hour exam
 
Technologies for Hydrogen Transport Economy (spring): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module considers:
  • Hydrogen use in the transport and energy sectors
  • Sustainable sources of Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen storage and distribution
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen Vehicles
  • Grid stability and decarbonisation of heat applications
  • Economic and environmental feasibility assessment

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 2-hour lectures in 10 weeks

Method of Assessment: 1 Examination (100%) -  2 hours

 

*Also available with project for 20 credits

The course also includes an individual project undertaken during the summer term, worth 60 credits.

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.

 
 

Funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

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UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers

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 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career destinations for our graduates in the department of 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 University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life. 

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

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  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

 

 
 
 
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