Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

SmartGrids for Electric Power Systems

Our MSc in SmartGrids aims to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to find employment in the electric power supply industry, or to undertake research in a specialised, energy-related field. The MSc will be initially offered as a one-year programme (180 credits). In addition to developing transferable skills and preparing graduates for a wide range of employment, the programme will develop critical and analytical problem-solving skills in several specialist areas dealing with the specification, design, investigation and maintenance of smarter electric grids, future networks, super grids and sustainable energy infrastructure.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, Electrical/Power Engineering, or a related discipline with significant electrical engineering content. Applicants with a high 2.2 Honours degree (57%) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or Electrical/Power Engineering who can demonstrate relevant industrial experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.All applicants will be expected to have mathematical ability and some programming experience as evidenced either through the content of their primary degree or through another appropriate formal qualification.Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes, by providing evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules: electrical machines and power systems; intelligent systems and control; power delivery for renewable generation; smart grids; (sustainable) energy systems; individual project; network security and monitoring; wireless communication systems.

Assessment methods

MSc: coursework and written examination in six modules, dissertation on project.
 Postgraduate Diploma: coursework and written examination in six modules.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

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School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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