MSc Electrical Engineering


Program Description

This MSc in Electrical Engineering provides scope to study a range of topics from the electrical engineering field. These include power networks, electrical machines, drives and motor control, energy conversion, power electronic converters and their design and modern control methods.

Also available are more application focussed modules covering topics such as power systems for transportation and renewable energy.

Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional, at ease with the conventions of the discipline, and ready to tackle any area of research in electrical engineering.

If you are interested in a two-year electrical engineering programme you may want to consider theSustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems (Erasmus Mundus) MSc.

Key facts

  • Students will gain experience of the type of problems encountered by academic and industrial researchers.

  • This course is suitable for graduates of related disciplines who wish to convert to electrical engineering.

  • This course is accredited by theIET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.

Course details

This course is taught on a full-time basis over 12 months and consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit independent research project.

Students will take optional modules from across the range of electrical engineering topics.Planning and preparation for the project are undertaken during the spring semester.

The modular structure of the MSc Electrical Engineering offers you a great deal of flexibility, allowing you to choose the modules that most reflect your interests and feed into your research project.

You will be taught using up to date practice, including the use of appropriate electronic resources. Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, lab work, tutorials and projects, with assessment usually performed through formal examinations and coursework.

Learning outcomes

Key learning outcomes of the course are for students to:

  • develop a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and appreciation of likely new development
  • develop problem-solving skills
  • become competent users of relevant equipment and software
  • develop the ability to think logically and critically
  • develop analytical, design and comprehension skills in various electrical engineering fields, providing a platform for further development in both industrial and academic research environments.

Core modules

  • Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals for Masters (autumn): 10 credits
  • Research Project Organisation and Design(spring): 10 credits
  • MSc Project(full-year): 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Power Networks(spring): 10 credits
  • Electric Machines, Drives and their Applications (autumn): 20 credits
  • Power Electronic Applications and Control (spring): 20 credits
  • Power Networks with Laboratory(spring): 15 credits
  • Advanced Control System Design(autumn): 10 credits*
  • Instrumentation and Measurement(autumn): 10 credits*
  • Advanced AC Drives(spring): 10 credits*
  • Advanced Electrical Machines(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Power Conversion(spring): 10 credits
  • FACTS and Distributed Generation(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Control System Design with Project (autumn): 20 credits*
  • Advanced AC Drives with Project (spring): 20 credits*
  • Instrumentation and Measurement(autumn): 10 credits*
  • Power Electronic Applications and Control (spring): 20 credits
  • Power Systems for Aerospace, Marine and Automotive Applications(spring): 10 credits
  • Technologies for Wind Generation(spring): 10 credits

*These modules are available in two versions, one worth 10 credits, and another worth 20 credits, which includes a substantial piece of coursework.

Students who have taken any of the above modules as part of a previous course at the University of Nottingham cannot take modules again. If you have, you can consult with the Course Director who will select alternative modules to those studied previously.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Students of this course have entered into roles in design and development within major international companies or government agencies, obtained consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies and moved into successful academic careers.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career destinations for our graduates in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well as electrical engineers and engineering professionals.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: A high 2:2 or equivalent in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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