MSc Future Power Networks
Start date: October 2018
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Over the past few years electric power supply systems have undergone a phenomenal transition. This has mainly been driven by increasing power generation by renewable energy sources, growth in flexible transmission to meet carbon commitments while producing a reliable and secure supply, developments in the transportation of electricity, the use of IT for system control and regulation, and regulatory and policy changes.
Electricity consumption has been increasing at an unprecedented rate across the world, and is predicted to grow by 48% by 2040. There is a growing need for power engineers, and you will be equipped to pursue careers that involve the design, modelling, analysis and control of power systems; as well as the business aspects of the industry.
The course is a combination of studies on the operating principles of renewable energy integrated electricity systems, the economic and regulatory frameworks for network planning, and in-depth optimisation and application system theory. It draws on our last 15 years of research expertise in the area of power system control, power system economics and power electronics; and our influencing of UK and Europe’s energy policy.
From studying this degree you will develop
- an understanding of operating practices, design standards and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry
- a knowledge of the power transmission and distribution grid operation code
- competency in the advanced modelling optimisation, analysis and control of a large power system
- competency in advanced signal and data analysis
- operational knowledge of common power system simulation tools (DigSilent and Matlab)
You study taught modules, both core and optional, in the Autumn term (October–December) and spring (January – March) . Modules are taught through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. You will then take written exams on the studied modules between May and June.
You also complete a substantial individual research project, which will be carried out in an area of special interest.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
You take all of the modules below.
HVDC Technology and Control (Autumn)
Introduces advanced concepts of power systems, power electronics and control theory necessary to fully understand the key aspects of the HVDC technology. Important topics such as, converter technology and control, operation of DC networks and AC-DC interactions will be covered. Lecturers: Dr Balarko Chaudhuri and Dr Adria Junyent-Ferre.
Introduces finite-dimensional optimisatiom theory and the basic algorithms for finding minima. Lecturer: Prof Alessandro Astolfi.
Power System Dynamics, Stability and Control (Spring)
Electric power network is by far the largest machine built on the Earth. The requirement for round the clock electricity supply can only be met through involved operation, control and co-ordination strategy and protective actions. This module will present mathematical model of important components in the system and the concept of controlling and protecting them under varying operating circumstances. Lecturer: Prof Bikash Pal.
Role and Value of Smart Grid Technologies (Autumn)
You choose four modules from below.
Adaptive Signal Processing and Machine Intelligence (Spring)
Aims to provide in-depth knowledge of the theoretical basis and applicability of modern methods for spectral estimation, algorithms which underlie adaptive signal processing, and machine intelligence techniques such as dimensionality reduction and neural and deep networks. Lecturer: Prof Danilo Mandic.
Design of Linear Multivariable Control Systems (Spring)
Aimed at providing the principles for designing linear multivariable control systems to meet a range of practical applications. Lecturer: Dr Imad Jaimoukha.
Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filters (Autumn)
Aims to give a thorough grounding in the design of digital filters and in multirate signal processing techniques. Lecturer: Mr Mike Brookes.
Estimation and Fault Detection (Spring)
Highlights the importance of estimating the state of a dynamic system from measurements (deterministic or noisy), and also to detect the occurrence of faults and abrupt system changes, and to equip them with some of the principal techniques available for this purpose. Lecturer: Prof Thomas Parisini.
Power system economics (Autumn)
Gives an understanding of the economic principles underlying the operation and planning of the electricity systems including concepts of electricity markets and competition in electricity generation and supply, and the opening of the transmission and distribution systems to third party access. Lecturer: Prof Goran Strbac.
Probability and Stochastic Processes (Autumn)
Provides analytical tools for studying random phenomena in engineering systems. Lecturer: Dr Cong Ling.
Stability and Control of Non-linear Systems (Autumn)
Introduces the concepts and theoretical techniques needed to study the stability and stabilization of nonlinear control systems, with particular attention being paid to Lyapunov-based analysis and design of control feedback laws. Lecturer: Dr David Angeli.
Sustainable Electrical Systems (Spring)
Reviews the motivating factors and aspirations for changing electricity systems to a more sustainable form. From this base, the challenges posed for planning and operating a system with a changed generation mix are described and analysed. To support this, the features of the key renewable and low carbon energy technologies are introduced. Lecturers: Dr Adria Junyent-Ferre and Prof Goran Strbac.
Systems Identification (Autumn)
Introduces methods for constructing stochastic models of dynamic systems from measurements of input and output signals, and basic techniques for prediction of unknown quantities basing on available sensor data. Lecturer: Prof Thomas Parisini.
Traffic Theory and Queueing Systems (Spring)
Provides the opportunity to develop a conceptual framework for modelling and analysing different communication networks (e.g. circuit-switched and packet-switched networks). The module will show, firstly, how to set up such models and, secondly, how to use them in the performance (e.g. QoS) analysis of communication systems. Lecturer: Dr Javier Barria.
Wavelets and Applications (Autumn)
Finding useful information in huge amount of data is as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. The key insight of wavelet theory is that by finding alternative representations of signals, it is possible to extract their essential information in a fast and effective way. Lecturer: Prof Pier-Luigi Dragotti.
You will also carry out an individual research project three months part-time (January–March) and four months full-time (June–September).
The project gives you the opportunity to carry out research that deepens your knowledge of an area in which you have a special interest.
It also develops your report writing, presentation and time management skills.
You will have an academic supervisor who will mentor you, and the project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation in September.
Teaching and assessment
- Hardware laboratory
- Individual projects
- Problem solving classes
- Software laboratory
- Tutorial sessions
- Coursework software or hardware deliverable
- Oral and poster presentations
- Written examinations
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
Minimum academic requirement
Our minimum requirement is a first class UK Honour's degree in electrical engineering or a related subject.
The overall degree grade must be at least 75% overall.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
All applications for postgraduate taught degrees are made online via Apply.Imperial.
You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.
How to apply
Making an application
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You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
Application deadline (2018 entry)
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will accept applications to MSc courses up to Monday 30 April 2018.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
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Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)
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Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
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There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
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