Course structure and content

The MSc in Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics & Drives is offered full-time basis over one year, starting in September. It requires completion of eight modules and a major research project dissertation. The course is modular, allowing students some flexibility in the design of their degree.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor who will provide advice and guidance throughout the period of study.

The MSc(Eng) consists of:

  • 6 compulsory modules
  • optional modules (choose 2)
  • a major research project

Core modules

AC Machines
This module will introduce AC, synchronous, induction, and synchronous/switched reluctance machines, looking at their operation, performance, characteristics and modelling.

Advanced Control of Electric Drives
This module explores advanced modelling and modern control strategies of electric drive systems, focusing on induction (IM) and permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSM).

Energy Storage Management
You will gain an insight into the storage and management of energy in electrical systems. Topics covered include fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors and the principles of mechanical energy storage.

Motion Control and Servo Drives
You will gain in-depth knowledge of the performance and characteristics of modern AC and DC variable speed drives and actuation systems, as well as their applications in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Permanent Magnet Machines and Actuators
You will learn about the design and characteristics of permanent magnet electrical machine, including the types of magnets employed, electromagnetic torque, thermal behaviour and modelling.

Power Electronics Convertors
This module introduces the key principles of power conversion, as well as looking at their industrial applications.

Optional modules

Power Semiconductor Devices
This module will look at the physics, technology, characteristics, packaging and application of power semiconductor devices.

Advanced Computer Systems
This module covers modern computer systems from operating systems down to the underlying computer architectures, providing an overview of how such systems work and how their performance can be improved.

Advanced Integrated Electronics
This module aims to advance students' understanding of analogue and digital Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) design, concentrating on issues such as power consumption, the effect of interconnect and circuit layout.

Advanced Signal Processing
You will learn about advanced signal processing methods and technologies and their applications including multi-rate filtering and filter banks, signal transforms, random signals, adaptive filtering and array signal processing.

Packaging and Reliability of Microsystems
This module introduces the methods used to fabricate microsystems from electronic, opto-electronic and micro-electromechanical (MEMS) devices, and develops an understanding of the reliability and failure mechanisms in the devices and microsystems.

Electronic Communication Technologies
This module aims to provide students with a range of skills that are required when designing circuits at high frequencies.

Systems Design
To learn the basics of structured approach to design of complex systems, you’ll undertake a design project using state of the art design tools to create error free design structures.

Major research project

Opportunities exist for dissertation studies to be carried out in collaboration with other university research centres or with industrial organisations. Examples of previous research projects include:

  • Performance investigation of wound field switched flux machines
  • Design of external rotor switched reluctance machines
  • Sensorless control of PMSM
  • Design of external rotor modular surface mounted permanent magnet machines
  • Design and construction of a model gantry crane operated by Smith predictor