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Energy and Power Systems Management MSc

With our industry-accredited MSc in Energy and Power Systems Management, you'll be ready for a higher-level engineering career.

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Overview

Join the next generation of specialists who can deliver better energy management in the energy industry, and help reduce our impact on the environment.

On this unique Master's in Energy and Power Systems Management, you'll build on your existing knowledge with up-to-date skills and advanced concepts in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of the power systems and networks of the future. You'll follow an industry-accredited learning programme shaped by the sector's needs and practices, guided by our industrial advisory board, and you'll design and deliver a research project specific to your interests in the energy sphere.

Whether you're already working in sustainable electrical power and energy generation or planning to enter the field, you'll graduate in a strong position to pursue a career as an engineer at an advanced level, in the field of energy and power systems management.

You can start this course in September (full-time or part-time) or January (full-time only)

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

Course highlights

  • Gain an unusual mix of management understanding with state-of-the-art engineering knowledge on energy systems
  • Benefit from a course that's underpinned by the principles of sustainability
  • Use industry-standard simulation packages such as MATLAB/Simulink, HOMER PRO, Power Factory, COMSOL, ANSYS, MultiSim, Minitab, and MS Project
  • Learn from academics engaged in externally-funded research projects and guest speakers drawn from companies in the power sector
  • Follow a course shaped by an industrial advisory board, which predicts where our industry is going and ensures this course comes to meet it
  • Build your skills in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of power systems and networks of the future
  • Develop your knowledge of task analysis and methodologies, and explore how best to apply your technical learning to complex problems
The Institution of Engineering and Technology - Accredited Programme

Accredited by:

This MSc Energy and Power System Management degree course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This MSc also qualifies, under the UK Engineering Council's Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), as the further learning required to register for Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

This course is awarded the EUR-ACE (European Accredited Engineer) label.

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Entry requirements

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

September 2024 / January 2025 start

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
  • Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

    Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

September 2024 / January 2025 start

  • Full time: £10,400
  • Part time: £3,470 per year

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full time: £10,400
  • Part time: £3,470 per year

  • Full time: £19,200
  • Part time: £6,400 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Funding your studies

Find out more how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover. 

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government postgraduate loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students and our international student scholarships.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Modules

Full-time

All modules on this MSc Energy and Power Systems Management are core.

Core

Through activities using simulations and hardware, you'll explore static and rotating magnetic fields, analyse DC and AC machines, and investigate power transformers. You'll also evaluate power electronics approaches for controlling machinery and demonstrate your understanding of the operation of synchronous machines.

In this module, you'll demonstrate a rounded understanding of the topics that go into successful management of engineering work. You'll look at creating an ethical work environment, preparing for risk and uncertainty, and modelling financial decisions for investment in engineering projects. When you complete the module, you'll have gained vital commercial awareness for turning engineering potential into economic and social impact.

In this self-led module, you'll manage every step of your project, from investigating current practice and research to devising and evaluating your solution. You'll develop your technical creativity as you explore and test engineering solutions to your identified problem, then build your communication skills to deliver a formal report on your project's results. On completion, you'll have demonstrable experience in scoping issues, creating research-based solutions, and delivering professional outputs.

In this module, you'll look at the efficiency, sustainability and economic viability of exciting new fuel technologies. You'll analyse energy scenarios, undertake a feasibility study, and design a practical renewable energy solution for a given need. You'll complete the module ready to implement alternative energy technologies in a rapidly changing sector.

In this module, you'll learn about systems, sub-systems and components in the electric power sector. You'll model network operation, evaluating stability and efficiency, and explore fault conditions. Using analytical and simulation approaches, you'll develop the knowledge and skills for assessing the reliability and resiliency of 21st century infrastructure.

In this module, you'll analyse the measurement needs of given projects, evaluate existing solutions, then design and implement your own proposal. Building on a theoretical grounding in measurement and sensor technology, you'll learn key skills for roles ensuring accuracy and reliability in process control, biomechanics or autonomous vehicles.

In this module, you'll learn key aspects of intelligent power infrastructure, from social benefits and economic drivers to technical breakthroughs and design methods. You'll examine developing technologies such as communication networks, distributed sensors and automated demand response. As you analyse limitations and challenges of technologies involved in the Smart Grid vision, and current approaches to overcoming them, you'll prepare yourself for work the technologies advancing reliable green power for all.

Part-time

All modules on this MSc Energy and Power Systems Management are core.

Core

Through activities using simulations and hardware, you'll explore static and rotating magnetic fields, analyse DC and AC machines, and investigate power transformers. You'll also evaluate power electronics approaches for controlling machinery and demonstrate your understanding of the operation of synchronous machines.

In this module, you'll learn about systems, sub-systems and components in the electric power sector. You'll model network operation, evaluating stability and efficiency, and explore fault conditions. Using analytical and simulation approaches, you'll develop the knowledge and skills for assessing the reliability and resiliency of 21st century infrastructure.

In this module, you'll learn key aspects of intelligent power infrastructure, from social benefits and economic drivers to technical breakthroughs and design methods. You'll examine developing technologies such as communication networks, distributed sensors and automated demand response. As you analyse limitations and challenges of technologies involved in the Smart Grid vision, and current approaches to overcoming them, you'll prepare yourself for work the technologies advancing reliable green power for all.

All modules on this MSc Energy and Power Systems Management are core.

Core

In this module, you'll demonstrate a rounded understanding of the topics that go into successful management of engineering work. You'll look at creating an ethical work environment, preparing for risk and uncertainty, and modelling financial decisions for investment in engineering projects. When you complete the module, you'll have gained vital commercial awareness for turning engineering potential into economic and social impact.

In this module, you'll look at the efficiency, sustainability and economic viability of exciting new fuel technologies. You'll analyse energy scenarios, undertake a feasibility study, and design a practical renewable energy solution for a given need. You'll complete the module ready to implement alternative energy technologies in a rapidly changing sector.

In this module, you'll analyse the measurement needs of given projects, evaluate existing solutions, then design and implement your own proposal. Building on a theoretical grounding in measurement and sensor technology, you'll learn key skills for roles ensuring accuracy and reliability in process control, biomechanics or autonomous vehicles.

All modules on this MSc Energy and Power Systems Management are core.

Core

In this self-led module, you'll manage every step of your project, from investigating current practice and research to devising and evaluating your solution. You'll develop your technical creativity as you explore and test engineering solutions to your identified problem, then build your communication skills to deliver a formal report on your project's results. On completion, you'll have demonstrable experience in scoping issues, creating research-based solutions, and delivering professional outputs.

Part-time

All modules on this MSc Energy and Power Systems Management are core.

Core

Through activities using simulations and hardware, you'll explore static and rotating magnetic fields, analyse DC and AC machines, and investigate power transformers. You'll also evaluate power electronics approaches for controlling machinery and demonstrate your understanding of the operation of synchronous machines.

In this module, you'll learn about systems, sub-systems and components in the electric power sector. You'll model network operation, evaluating stability and efficiency, and explore fault conditions. Using analytical and simulation approaches, you'll develop the knowledge and skills for assessing the reliability and resiliency of 21st century infrastructure.

In this module, you'll learn key aspects of intelligent power infrastructure, from social benefits and economic drivers to technical breakthroughs and design methods. You'll examine developing technologies such as communication networks, distributed sensors and automated demand response. As you analyse limitations and challenges of technologies involved in the Smart Grid vision, and current approaches to overcoming them, you'll prepare yourself for work the technologies advancing reliable green power for all.

In this self-led module, you'll manage every step of your project, from investigating current practice and research to devising and evaluating your solution. You'll develop your technical creativity as you explore and test engineering solutions to your identified problem, then build your communication skills to deliver a formal report on your project's results. On completion, you'll have demonstrable experience in scoping issues, creating research-based solutions, and delivering professional outputs.

All modules on this MSc Energy and Power Systems Management are core.

Core

In this module, you'll demonstrate a rounded understanding of the topics that go into successful management of engineering work. You'll look at creating an ethical work environment, preparing for risk and uncertainty, and modelling financial decisions for investment in engineering projects. When you complete the module, you'll have gained vital commercial awareness for turning engineering potential into economic and social impact.

In this module, you'll look at the efficiency, sustainability and economic viability of exciting new fuel technologies. You'll analyse energy scenarios, undertake a feasibility study, and design a practical renewable energy solution for a given need. You'll complete the module ready to implement alternative energy technologies in a rapidly changing sector.

In this module, you'll analyse the measurement needs of given projects, evaluate existing solutions, then design and implement your own proposal. Building on a theoretical grounding in measurement and sensor technology, you'll learn key skills for roles ensuring accuracy and reliability in process control, biomechanics or autonomous vehicles.

In this self-led module, you'll manage every step of your project, from investigating current practice and research to devising and evaluating your solution. You'll develop your technical creativity as you explore and test engineering solutions to your identified problem, then build your communication skills to deliver a formal report on your project's results. On completion, you'll have demonstrable experience in scoping issues, creating research-based solutions, and delivering professional outputs.

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Facilities

Power Electronics Laboratory

Our Power Electronics Laboratory supports learning in the field of electrical & power engineering, enabling students to study the impact of electrical loads.

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Telecommunications and Control Laboratory

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How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 3 years (part-time study)
  • 12 months (full-time study, September start)
  • 16 months (full time study, January start)

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.

Full-time study

You can expect:

  • 15 hours of teaching time every week, made up of lectures and tutorials . 
  • 20 hours of independent study each week, depending on the modules being studied..

Full-time teaching takes place 5 days a week. We do our best to keep your scheduled hours within a four-hour block each day so you can organise work or self-guided study around it. 

Part-time study

You can expect:

  • 5 hours of teaching time every week, made up of lectures and tutorials.
  • 6–8 hours of independent study each week, depending on the modules being studied.

We do our best to keep all part-time teaching within 3 half-days, leaving you the rest of the week for work experience or self-guided study.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • project work

Face-to face lectures are also recorded and put on your virtual learning environment, alongside bonus recorded materials.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

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

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

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Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

International Student Experiences

Hear from students on the course, about their experiences of studying here in Portsmouth as an International student.

The night before I left, I was a very emotional guy. 

I was so nervous. I was so confused. 

The distance is so far. You're leaving your family. You're leaving your mother, you're leaving your sisters, father, your whole country. 

To study and then live here for the next two years is quite hard. 

To come out from your comfort zone will be difficult for everybody. 

When I came to the University of Portsmouth, they welcomed me very politely. I feel safe now. 

What surprised me most about the UK are the friends and the community of my own nation and other internationals. 

I found people here are so lovely and so respectful. 

They will help with each and everything. It is just like home now. 

My biggest worry when I arrived to the UK was the language. 

When I moved to another location, I made myself familiar with everything to adapt. 

I actually received a lot of support from the university, such as the Student Union. I get help from them. 

When I came to University of Portsmouth, I was homesick so they gave me some extra sessions. I got the pressure of study and health issues, so they supported me in each and every way. 

All the staff are really nice and lecturers are all amazing and helpful and take care about the students.

Recently, I just completed my course. I found the University of Portsmouth is a very good university, especially for the engineering fellows. At the moment, I'm working at Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd and my role is to test every functional fail and engineering sessions and dealing with the signals. UK is a dream country of mine and a lot of dreams have come true. 

My advice is for each and every student and for each and every person is come to UK and come to the University of Portsmouth. You will make a lot of friends and you would take a step for a bright future. 

Don't be afraid to build your future and make your dreams and wishes come true. 

Career development

Careers this Master's prepares you for

There's a growing skills shortage in the field of energy and power systems management. Global recruiters Brunel reported, in 2021, that the majority of the sector struggles with "an aging workforce and lack of skilled staff" – so, whether you're shaping yourself for entry to this industry or updating your knowledge of current design practice and analytical methods, you'll find this accredited Master's helps you stand out as someone the sector needs.

You'll graduate with knowledge of industry-standard hardware and simulation packages, like Simulink. You'll have made a network of contacts through commercially-engaged lecturers, visiting speakers and a global cohort of fellow students. And you'll have been studying concepts, theories and methods that our industrial advisory board recognises as central to current and future best practice in the power and energy sector.

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from your tutors and our Careers and Employability Centre – which you can access for up to 5 years after you graduate.

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You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • 1-to-1 appointments 
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Support starting your own business
Learn more about your career support

Supporting you

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Ready to apply?

Standard applications

Start this course in September 2024

Apply now (Full-time) – 1 year

Apply now (Part-time) – 3 years

Start this course in January 2025

Apply now (Full-time) – 16 months

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2023, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.