MSc Future Power Networks
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Professor Bikash Pal
This course will develop the planning, designing and operating skills needed by engineers working in the 21st century electricity industry, which is driven by clean and low carbon energy sources.
Worldwide electricity usage has been growing at an unprecedented rate with energy consumption predicted to grow by 56% over the next 25 years.
There is a growing need for more trained power engineers, and you will be equipped to pursue careers that involve design, modelling, analysis and control, as well as the business aspects of bulk electric power supply systems.
The course content draws on our last ten years of research expertise in the areas of power system control, economics and power electronics.
From studying this degree you will gain:
- an understanding of operating practice, design standard and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry
- knowledge of power transmission and distribution grid operation code
- competency in the advanced modelling and analysis of a large system
- competency in advanced signal and data analysis
- operating knowledge of commonly adopted power system simulation tools (DigSilent and Matlab)
You study taught modules, both core and optional, in the Autumn and Spring terms (October–April). 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
- Power system dynamics, stability and control
- Smart grid technologies
You choose four modules from below.
- Sustainable electrical systems
- Power system economics
- Energy business
- Traffic theory and queuing systems
- Probability and stochastic processes
- Digital signal processing and filters
- Spectral estimation and adaptive signal processing
- Stability and control of non-linear systems
- Design of linear multivariable control systems
- Estimation and fault detection
- Systems identification
- Wavelets and applications
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.
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)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 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.
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
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.
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).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Minimum academic requirement
A high first class (1st) Honours degree (75%+) in electrical engineering or a related subject.
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 standard 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.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
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.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.