Postgraduate study
This multi-university course has been developed with major companies to meet key challenges in the energy sector.
MSc Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems
2 years full-time
Entry requirements
A 2.1 degree or equivalent in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
Fees for this course are paid to the University of Oviedo. For further details see - Terms apply
International fees
Fees for this course are paid to the University of Oviedo. For further details see - Terms apply
University of Oviedo



Applications should be made for this course online at:

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This two-year Erasmus Mundus masters course has been developed by 4 leading European universities in partnership with 16 major international companies/organisations to respond to key challenges facing the energy sector:

  • the development of new energy sources and understanding their implications on power systems
  • identifying methods to reduce CO2 emissions by increasing energy efficiency and using cleaner energy sources

Full course details

Applicants must have a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree.

Many challenges are facing the energy sector. One solution explored by this masters programme is the development of electric and hybrid electric vehicles which will help reduce CO2 emissions and lessen our reliance on fossil fuels. This innovative programme also looks at electrical power systems, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and has a strong focus on innovation and sustainability issues. 

Students will investigate:

  • the management of generation technologies, particularly renewable energy sources
  • grid connection interfaces including electronic power converters
  • transport and distribution systems, including smart grids and micro-grid concept
  • the impact of electrical transportation systems (EV/HEV) on the electrical network
  • power electronics applications for EV/HEV


  • BSc Engineering degree
  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any element


This masters course is funded by the Erasmus Mundus programme and is delivered by the University of Oviedo (Spain), The University of Nottingham (UK), Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (ISEC) (Portugal), and Università di Roma (Italy).

Other world-leading universities from the USA (the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois), Brazil (Federal University of Santa Maria - UFSM), and South Korea (Yeungnam University), and companies/organisations are involved as associated partners, offering specialised training and internships.

Associated companies include:
ABB; EDP; E.ON; Ford Motor Company; Gamesa Electric; HC Energía; ISF (NGO); REN; Schneider Electric; SEAT; Siemens; TRW Conekt; WEG; Windtec; Trainelec; General Electric Global Research.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application form. For more information about the application process, please visit the Erasmus Mundus website.

For further information contact:

Prof. Pablo Arboleya                                                                   Department of Electrical Engineering                                         Universidad de Oviedo                                                                               Campus of Gijón, Edif. 33204
Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN

t: (+34) 985 18 2283                                                                           e:

Run by four universities in four countries, students will specialise in either sustainable transportation or electrical power systems and follow one of the mobility tracks shown below:   

  • Sustainable transportation: Spain (Oviedo) – Italy (Rome) – UK (Nottingham) – Spain (Oviedo) 
  • Electrical power systems: Spain (Oviedo) – Portugal (Coimbra) – UK (Nottingham) – Spain (Oviedo)

Find out more about our Nottingham campuses or take a virtual tour.

All students begin with a two-week introductory session at the University of Oviedo, Spain in October. During the last semester of the programme, students spend around six months on an internship at one of the consortium universities or at one of the partner companies/organisations in Europe, America or Asia. 

Graduates are awarded a joint masters degree in Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems by all the consortium universities. The award is fully recognised in the four partner countries.

The programme is taught in English but students will also be able to work in at least three other European languages.

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.




This course includes:

  • Design of analogue controllers using Root Locus Method
  • Closed loop performance and frequency response
  • Microprocessor implementation
  • Practical problems in digital control
  • Design of digital controllers using z-plane techniques
  • Practice with CAD package

An example of modules you will study are as follows: 

  • Advanced AC Drives with Project
Summary Of Content: This module addresses the control of AC drives and consists of a lecture component (10 credits) and a design and assessment project (10 credits)

The lecture component covers vector controlled induction motor drives and permanent magnet motor drives. 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.

Both AC and Brushless DC permanent magnet motor drives are introduced. The vector control concepts learned for induction machines 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.

The project component is a design and simulation exercise using MATLAB/Simulink. The student is required to design an indirect vector controlled induction motor drive, implement the design in Simulink, and undertake evaluative tests covering current and speed loop performance, including field weakening for high speed. The exercise covers investigating the effects of parameter variation and designing engineered solutions to reducing the sensitivity.

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00 50hrs of student work
Exam 1 50.00  


  • Advanced Electrical Machines
Summary of content: This module will build on the material covered in Electrical Machines by introducing advanced concepts and applications in the area of more electric transport, renewable generation and industrial automation. Both theoretical and practical characteristics are covered. The module will cover:
  • Machine sizing considering power electronic, thermal and mechanical issues
  • Magnetic materials including soft and hard materials and winding design
  • FEA analysis of electrical machines, design tools and integration with power electronic and drive system modelling
  • Operating Principle and basic design principles of different machine types and topologies including surface and buried permanent magnet radial machines, axial flux, reluctance, and induction machines
  • High performance and be-spoke machines including high-speed motors and high-pole number direct drive motors
  • Example designs of machines for More-Electric vehicles including traction and turbo-charging, More-Electric aircraft actuation, More-Electric ship propulsion, Servo Drives and Renewable Generators for wind turbines

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of weeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks 1 week 4 hours
Lecture 1 week 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 5 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 15.00 15 hours of student time
Exam 1 85.00 2 hour exam


  • Advanced Power Conversion
Summary Of Content: The course will concentrate on modelling and control of power converters covering the following aspects and will incorporate the most recent technical developments where appropriate:
  • Review of basic DC-DC converters
  • Averaging techniques for modelling switching power converters
  • Control techniques for the basic DC-DC converters (buck/ flyback) – voltage mode control/current mode control/effect of discontinuous inductor current
  • Resonant DC-DC power conversion techniques - load resonant converters
  • Modelling and analysis of load resonant converters - fundamental approximation approach.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 6 weeks 1 week 4 hours


All teaching takes place in 5 off 4 hour blocks. Breakdown of hours: Tutor led - 20 hours; student directed - 40 hours; assessment/revision - 15 hours.

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



  • Combined Heat and Power Systems

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


  • FACTS and Distributed Generation
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


  • Power Systems for Aerospace, Marine and Automotive Applications

Summary Of Content: The module aims to develop an understanding of the design and operation of power systems in aerospace, marine and automotive applications. With the introduction of more electrical technologies in these application areas, the understanding and expected performance of the power system has become a critical platform design issue.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 weeks 2 hours
Practicum 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 25.00

Part 1: weight 12.5%, 12.5 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate fundamental acquisition of the module's learning outcomes.

Part 2: weight 12.5%, 12.5 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate application of the module's learning outcomes to realistic engineering design and implement tasks.

Exam 75.00  


  • Renewable Generation Technologies
Summary Of Content: This module covers the analysis and design of renewable and sustainable energy systems. It covers the various types of renewable energy and the resources available. It uses an understanding of the physical principles of various types of energy resources in order to develop analytical models which can be applied to the design of renewable energy systems, including energy conversion and storage, especially for electrical power generation. It includes:
  • Wind power: wind probability distributions, wind turbine performance and control, comparison of generator types
  • Hydro and tidal power: resource assessment, turbine types and principles
  • Solar power, including PV cell equivalent circuit, analysis of losses, matching to DC and AC power systems
  • Wave power systems, including wave energy characteristics, types of energy converter
  • Characteristics of synchronous and induction generators
  • Embedded generation; types of generator and operation of RE within the power system
  • Economic and environmental assessment of energy conversion technologies.

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 

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

The module will comprise a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and visits during the Spring Semester.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Sustainable energy case study: A written report.
Exam 1 75.00 Two Hour Paper. The examination will be based on the whole of the course.


  • Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy
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



  • Technologies for Wind Generation
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


The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

Additional costs


As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. Project equipment and components are normally covered by the department, though some students opt to buy some of their own components up to £100. 

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles which could cost up to £300. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Funding your masters


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.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships

UK/EU Students

A number of generous Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available. These are awarded according to the student selection criteria approved by the Education, Audio visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and are differentiated by nationality.

Category A scholarships are awarded to selected students outside of the EU/EEA member states. These full scholarships should cover all necessary costs of the student during their study in Europe. Category B scholarships are awarded to EU nationals. Further information on eligibility is available on the EMMC website.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU 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 you apply for your course with enough 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 and professional development

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £32,500 with the highest being £40,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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.

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.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

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.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • 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:



This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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