Why study MSc(Eng) Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives ?

Electrical Machines and DrivesPower electronic converters are a vital feature of a wide variety of modern technologies, such as hybrid and all-electric vehicles, renewable energy systems and aerospace technology.

Our MSc(Eng) in Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives has been developed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the key component technologies within electrical machines and how they can be integrated into advanced systems.

Topics discussed include AC machines, motion control and servo drives, permanent magnet machines and actuators, and energy storage and management. The course is delivered by academic staff who are at the forefront of research in electrical power engineering.

There are lectures, laboratories and seminars. We assess you on exams, coursework and a project dissertation.

What you will do

The MSc(Eng) in Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics & Drives is offered on a 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

Teaching and Assessment

You’ll learn through research-led teaching, lectures, laboratories, seminars, tutorials and coursework exercises. Assessment is by examinations, coursework and a project dissertation with poster presentation.

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.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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

Is this course right for you?

This course is designed for students with a 2:1 honours degree in electronic or electrical engineering, computer science or any discipline involving significant mathematical competence (including physics, maths and other branches of engineering) from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification.

If you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or industrial experience, we'll give your application individual consideration.

Students must have an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

If you are an International student please follow this link for entry requirement information.

If you have any questions about the course, please email eee-mscrec@sheffield.ac.uk


The Department has large industrial contracts with several industries. The skills you will gain will be of use for a range of employers as well as providing an ideal background for PhD research.

Our graduates work across the globe in a variety of roles including:

  • Electrical and Automation Engineer
  • Electromechanical Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Printed Circuits Board Designer

Employers include Airbus, ARUP, Ericsson Communications, Intel Asia Pacific, Jaguar Landrover, Rolls Royce, Shanghai Automotive Industry Company and Siemens Energy.


Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.