Electrical Engineering

Gain a solid understanding of the operating practice, design standards and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2022
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

This course covers various aspects of planning, operation and control of electric power networks of the 21st century, which are required to support and facilitate decarbonisation of the electricity, heat and transport sectors. 
 
The unique challenges posed by high penetration of variable renewables and electric vehicles in the power network and bulk power transmission over long distances require specialised know-how, which will be provided by this course.   
 
The course content draws on our research experience in the areas of power systems, power electronics, control and power economics.  
 
From this course, you will gain: 
  • an understanding of the operating practice, design standard and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry 
  • knowledge of power transmission and distribution network operation and control 
  • competency in modelling, analysis and optimisation of power networks 
  • competency in advanced signal and data analysis. 
 
Graduates will be equipped to pursue a career with the transmission or distribution network operators, electric power utilities, power equipment manufacturers, power/energy consulting, regulators and so on.
 

Study programme

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.

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.

Structure

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

The curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for this year of entry.

We recommend you check this page before finalising your application and again before accepting your offer. We will update this page as soon as any changes are confirmed by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about any changes made.

Page last reviewed on 25 October 2021.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the modules below.

HVDC Technology and Control 

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.

Laboratory

This is a coursework only module.

Power System Dynamics, Stability and Control

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 coordination strategy and protective actions. This module will present a 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 

Introduces advanced technical concepts and guiding principles behind electric power supply systems. Lecturers: Prof Goran Strbac and Dr Fei Teng.

Selected Topics in Power Systems

This new module will cover five important topics which are crucial for planning, operation and control of future power networks. Lecturer: Dr Balarko Chaudhuri

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

Adaptive Signal Processing and Machine Intelligence

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 

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

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

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.

Optimisation

Introduces finite-dimensional optimisation theory and the basic algorithms for finding minima. Lecturer: Prof Alessandro Astolfi.

Power System Economics

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

Provides analytical tools for studying random phenomena in engineering systems. Lecturer: Dr Cong Ling.

Stability and Control of Non-linear Systems

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

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 Balarko Chaudhuri and Prof Goran Strbac.

Systems Identification 

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.

Topics in Control Systems

You will be introduced to advanced modern control methodologies and experience using them. You will gain an understanding of five approaches and have the chance to use three of them. Lectures will cover topics such as Kalman filtering and tracking, model predictive control, generalised sampled-data control, adaptive control, fault detection and isolation, integer programming, time-delay systems, time-varying systems and robots. Prof Alessandro Astolfi; Dr David Angeli; Dr Imad Jaimoukha.

Traffic Theory and Queueing Systems

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

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.

Research project

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

Teaching methods

  • Hardware laboratory
  • Individual projects
  • Lectures
  • Problem solving classes
  • Software laboratory
  • Tutorial sessions

Assessment methods

  • Coursework software or hardware deliverable
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Reports
  • Written examinations

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in electrical/electronic engineering, or a related subject with a substantial electrical/electronic engineering component.

The overall degree grade must be at least 75% overall.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

T: +44 (0)20 7594 3123
E: admit.eee@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £80 for taught Master's applications (excluding MBAs)
  • £135 for MBA applications

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2022 entry

£15,400

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

Overseas rate of tuition

2022 entry

£35,700

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

A number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students. Find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

If you are an Iranian national and are accepted to study at Imperial starting this October, you may be eligible to apply for the Irani family scholarship.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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