MSc Power Electronics and Drives


Program Description

This training programme has been developed to provide an up to date and dynamic course in power electronics and drives and their applications.

The control and conversion of electric power using solid-state techniques are now commonplace in both the domestic and industrial environments. A recent estimate suggested that over 40% of all electric power generated passes through silicon before reaching its final destination.

A knowledge and understanding of the diverse disciplines encompassed by power electronics - devices, converters, control theory and motor drive systems - is therefore essential to all power engineers.

This course aims to provide a specialist education in power electronics and drives techniques, covering key fundamental principles along with modern applications and current practices.

Key facts

  • The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nottingham has long been at the forefront of research and teaching in the area of power electronics and drives.
  • The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology(IET) 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.

This course has a strong core of modules with some optional elements to be selected based on individual interest. Core to optional taught module weighting is 75/25.

Planning and preparation for the project are undertaken during the spring semester.

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:

  • become competent users of relevant equipment and software
  • develop problem-solving skills
  • develop the ability to think logically and critically
  • develop a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and appreciation of likely new developments in the field of power electronics and electrical engineering.
  • develop an appreciation for the challenges related to power electronics, its control and realisation

This course is based in Nottingham's University Park campus in the UK. Find out more about University Park campus or take a virtual tour.


Core to optional taught module weighting is 75/25.

Core modules

  • Advanced AC Drives with project(spring): 20 credits
  • Advanced Control System Design with project(autumn): 20 credits
  • Advanced Power Conversion(spring): 10 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals for Masters(autumn): 10 credits
  • MSc Project(full year) 60 credits
  • Power Electronics Integration(autumn): 10 credits
  • Power Systems for Aerospace, Marine and Automotive Applications(spring): 10 credits
  • Research Project Organisation and Design(spring): 10 credits

Optional modules

Students can choose two or three modules from the list below to make up the remaining 30 credits of taught modules.

  • Advanced Electrical Machines(spring): 10 credits
  • Electrical Machines, Drive Systems and Applications(autumn): 20 credits
  • FACTS and Distributed Generation(spring): 10 credits
  • Power Electronic Applications and Control(autumn): 20 credits
  • Power Networks(spring): 10 credits

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.


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.

Our postgraduates generally progress to exciting roles in design and development with major international companies or government agencies, obtain consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies or move into successful academic careers.

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.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

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

TheFaculty of Engineering at Nottinghamis known for its world-class research, inspirational teaching, and diverse academic community.

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