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  • MSc

Future Power Networks

Deepen your understanding of operating practice, design standards and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry.

Deepen your understanding of operating practice, design standards and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry

Get industry recognition by achieving an accredited degree, awarded on behalf of the Engineering Council

Explore the business aspects of bulk electric power supply systems

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • First class Honours (minimum of 75% overall) in electrical/electronic engineering or a related subject with a substantial electrical/electronic engineering component

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Course overview

Learn about the challenges posed by the rapidly changing power generation mix with increasing fractions of clean energy sources such as wind and solar.

Study the enabling technologies and the system-level solutions to facilitate deep decarbonisation of the electric power sector in a secure and cost-effective way.

Understand the interplay with decarbonisation of the heat and the transport sector.

You’ll receive insights from industry experts outlining practical realities and challenges faced on the ground.

A substantial individual research project will be a major focus of your studies, carried out in an area of your interest.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills engineers require to work in the electricity industry, increasingly driven by clean and low-carbon energy sources, as well as enter further research.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of the following core modules.

Core modules

You’ll also choose three optional modules.

Optional modules

You'll also carry out an individual research project in an area of your interest.

The project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation.

You’ll have an academic mentor to support you throughout the project.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

It meets the full academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institution of Engineering and Technology is renewed every 5 years, and the current agreement runs between 2019 and 2023.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and lab work
  • Independent study
  • Research work

  • 20% Lectures and lab work
  • 36% Independent study
  • 44% Research work

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Flipped classroom approaches
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • In-class quiz
  • Computer sessions
  • Individual research project
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Practical

  • 50% Coursework
  • 40% Examinations
  • 10% Practical

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Checklist for a practical examination

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Develop engineering skills in a wide range of fields that employers highly value.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

Power plant

Employers in the power engineering industry, network operators, equipment manufacturers, and consulting firms will be highly interested in your skills.

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Many graduates also opt to pursue doctoral research in the UK or overseas.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications