MSc Energy and Power Systems Management - University of Portsmouth

Energy and Power Systems Management

Part Time3yrs

Full Time 1yr

Become a specialist in managing power generation and renewable energy.

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Effective use of renewable energy and improvements in the efficiency of power generation facilities will enable better energy management in the future and help reduce environmental impact. This course responds to an urgent need for specialists in energy and power systems management, as well as a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in this field. 

The course provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will equip both graduates and working professionals in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. It offers skills for operation, control, design, regulation and management of power systems and networks of the future. You will also receive training in and understanding of energy production, delivery, consumption and efficiency. 

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Benefit from experts in the industry who will deliver part of the course as visiting lecturers, bringing professional expertise and industry-relevant material
  • Be encouraged to reach a level of competence and professionalism where you can effectively integrate your technical and non-technical knowledge to solve a range of problems of a complex nature
  • Learn in a challenging and stimulating study environment
  • Develop a range of key skills by means of opportunities provided in the study units 

Being an MSc course, you are encouraged and expected to be able to reach a level of competence and professionalism where you can effectively integrate your technical and non-technical knowledge to solve a range of problems of a complex nature. 

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course will help to maximise your career potential in this field and equips you to work as an engineer, at an advanced level, in the fields of energy and power systems management.


Juba Hamchache, MSc Energy and Power Systems Management

Studying for my Master's at the University of Portsmouth is a choice which I will always be proud of. The facilities available and the quality of knowledge imparted there are all outstanding. In addition to that, lecturers and staff were always there to help and provide excellent guidance.

Juba Hamchache, MSc Energy and Power Systems Management

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Structure & Teaching

You will study several key topics and complete a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry. Experts from Industry (STS Nuclear) deliver part of the course as visiting lecturers, bringing professional expertise and industry-relevant material to the programme. 

Here are the units you will study:

  • Electrical Power Systems Technology: This unit covers most important topics from the electrical power systems field to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the operation of modern electricity networks. 
  • Electrical Machines and drives: Provides an in-depth overview of the operational principles and physical design of DC and AC electrical machines as well as broad understanding of concepts of power electronics and power electronic converters, so that you can describe their application and selection criteria. You will develop an understanding of the issues present in converter design, including the impact of physical layout and heat dissipation.
  • Smart Grid Fundamentals: The unit provides you with a working knowledge of the fundamentals, design principles, analysis tools and the development process of the Smart Grid. Methods and tools for performance and stability analysis are explained in detail and simulation tools employed to illustrate concepts. The unit reviews a number of essential aspects of computational intelligence, communication technology, data management  and decision support systems associated with the Smart Grid. Standards and interoperability requirements needed for the design of new devices, systems and products for the Smart Grid are discussed, as well as cybersecurity aspects. The integration of renewable energy resources, distributed generation, as well as energy storage is discussed.
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy: Provides an in-depth coverage of the principles of renewable and alternative energy systems: Winds, Solar, BioMass, Geothermal, Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Technologies and Nuclear Energy.
  • Nuclear Technology: A study of nuclear engineering including the theory of atomic and nuclear physics, methods and benefits of generating electricity from nuclear power plants, and the effects of ionising radiation. The nuclear fuel cycle and the associated environmental impacts are also considered. The development of international guidance on nuclear and radiological safety and a comparison of national regulatory structures are analysed. The importance of safety cultures, safety behaviours and safety cases is a key element throughout this module.
  • Energy Management, Economics & Risk Analysis: The unit is specifically designed to provide you with the basics of economical analysis and evaluation of energy projects and asset management. You will also look at risk and hazard assessment, comprising legislation, hazard identification and quantification, quantified risk analyses, methods of elimination/mitigation, economic appraisal of integrated renewable, and petroleum projects; with numerous pertinent case studies.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis and you will spend a significant amount of time in our Energy, Power systems and Electronic laboratories.

How are you assessed?

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • laboratory-based project work
  • a major individual project/dissertation

Tutor's view


Victor Becerra
Professor of Power Systems Engineering

There is a severe shortage of power systems and energy management expertise in the power industry as well as other sectors, such as government bodies and finance organisations. Responding to such a shortage, we aim to equip our students with a broad understanding of key technological and managerial issues associated electrical power and energy systems, including relevant areas such as power systems analysis, renewable energy, smart grids, nuclear power, financial evaluation, risk analysis and decision making for energy projects.

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Facilities & Features


You will have access to specialist experimental and computational facilities dedicated to Power System Engineering. We have invested heavily in our facilities so that they offer the most complete, open, high-performance, real-time digital simulation solutions for power systems. Our simulation equipment is developed by industry leaders OPAL-RT, and we have power electronics, motor and generator systems by Feedback Instruments and LabVolt. Our laboratories also provide the flexibility and scalability to test technologies and architectures involved in the development of future sustainable power grids, which is invaluable in MSc project work.

Research Environment

You will thrive in our exciting research environment. The MSc project is conducted under the supervision of one or more academics and, upon agreement, in collaboration with industrial partners or government organisations which can be located both in the UK or abroad. Relevant research areas within the School include smart grids, renewable energy and its integration to power grids, real-time simulation and control of power systems, energy storage, energy systems and energy management.


University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

This course is designed to respond to a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in energy and power systems management. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this ever expanding and dynamic field.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests ranging from overall system design to the more detailed development of subsystems. You will acquire the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in energy and power systems management and in the use of state-of-the-art computational tools, the design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks and regulatory frameworks. For practicing engineers with professional business experience, the course is an opportunity to update your knowledge of current design practice and also to familiarise themselves with developments in codes and methods of analysis.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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