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Renewable Energy and Power Systems Management  MSc


This course, suitable for both practicing engineers and those considering a career in engineering, has been designed to provide an in-depth insight into the technical workings, management and economics of the electrical power industry.

Due to the introduction of tough environmental laws, the use and integration of renewable energy schemes have become of paramount importance in order for nations to meet strict low pollution targets. Knowledge of the impact of such schemes on the existing electrical grid structure is covered in great detail. Power systems design, power systems management and economics, power systems simulation and power conditioning are all addressed on the course.

Modules are delivered by academics actively involved in energy related research, as well as visiting lecturers from the power industry who provide a valuable insight into the operation of energy companies.

The programme has been developed for graduates with electrical/electronic or related engineering or scientific backgrounds to meet the increasing demand from the energy and power industry.

There is a consistent emphasis on industry in this course. Students learn from academic staff and visiting lecturers: one such visiting lecturer, from UK Power Networks, leads two modules and brings professional expertise and industry-relevant material to the degree. Students also learn to use power industry-standard software, including DigSilent and Neplan. The academic delivery of the course is supplemented by the use of City's new power-related laboratory equipment.

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Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes for this course:

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering, physics or an engineering-related subject, or the equivalent from an international institution.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Start Date:

Autumn 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering, physics or an engineering-related subject, or the equivalent from an international institution.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Maths and Engineering. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
Autumn 2016
Full time: one year. Part time: two or three years

Course Content

The modules for this course are delivered over two semesters, with weekly lessons scheduled over two days a week. The third semester is spent completing a project that involves writing a dissertation and presenting findings.

This course is organised into eight modules provided on a weekly basis.

Course Structure

Modules include:

Introduction to Power Systems
Taught by a visiting lecturer from UK Power Networks, this module provides the basic concepts, knowledge and case studies of power systems.

Energy Utilisation and Management
In this module you will learn about the different approaches to efficient energy supply and management.

Systems Modelling
This module involves the mathematical modelling of a variety of engineering systems. Techniques of analysis system performance via these models are also studied.

Renewable Energy: Engineering Principles of Solar, Wind and Biomass Energy Supplies
Aspects of renewable energy such as the technologies involved and strategic polices are taught in this module.

Transmission and Distribution Systems Management
Also taught by our visiting lecturer from UK Power Networks, this module investigates challenges associated with distributed generation and integration of new renewable energy into electrical networks.

Power Systems Analysis and SimulationIn this module you will be taught how to use two pieces of industrial power systems simulation software: DIgSILENT and NEPLAN.

Power Electronics
This module provides a technical understanding of various switching and power conversion technologies, with emphasis on the conversion of electrical power from renewable energy sources.

Economics of the Power Industry You will receive a general overview relating to the way the power industry market is run, from an economic perspective.

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree. Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics course.

Read the full 2015 programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

Students are required to complete a post-module assignment, examinations and a dissertation to be eligible for the MSc.

Read the full 2015 programme specification


  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year


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Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

The School offers generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes for this course:

Career Prospects

Graduates are equipped with the skills to evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods using power systems engineering and state-of-the-art computational tools. They can also move into the design of sustainable electrical power systems, networks and regulatory frameworks.

Employment opportunities:

As a graduate of the MSc in Renewable Energy and Power Systems Management, you will be prepared for careers that encompass a variety of roles in the power industry, from technical aspects to management roles. Ensuring that electricity gets to the consumer is a huge undertaking. It involves aspects of mechanical, civil, electrical and electronic engineering on the technical side. There are also management, economical and statutory implications.

Previously our graduates have found jobs as engineers, managers and analysts in the power sector, with companies such as UK Power Networks, EON and EDF, as well as numerous energy companies overseas.

Other employment destinations of graduates include:

  • Renewable Heat Incentive Officer – OFGEM
  • Innovation Engineer – UK Power Networks
  • Major Connections Project Manager – UK Power Networks
  • Asset Engineer – UK Power Networks
  • Application Engineer – Caterpillar
  • Electrical and Electronic Control Engineer – Railroad
  • Senior Project Electrical Engineer – Vattenfall
  • Director – Halen Consulting
  • Power Systems Engineer – National Grid
  • Business Change Analyst – UK Power Networks
  • Electrical Engineer – London Power Associates
  • Sales Engineer – GE Energy Management

On successful completion of the programme, candidates may also with to further their research in the energy field by considering a PhD.

Apply for MSc Renewable Energy and Power Systems Management

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
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