MSc in Wind Energy Systems
This MSc is for ambitious engineering graduates who wish to strengthen, lead and transform the high-growth global wind energy industry.
This course offers engineering graduates the opportunity to study at one of Europe's largest and leading University power and energy technology groups - the Institute for Energy & Environment.
The Institute is home to over 200 staff and researchers conducting strategic and applied research in the key technical and policy aspects of energy systems. It also houses the UK’s only Government-funded Centres for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems, and Future Power Networks and Smart Grids, both of which are dedicated to pioneering research and advanced skills training.
On this course, you'll develop and enhance your technical expertise of wind energy and deepen your understanding of the engineering, political and economic contexts of wind power. This course will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge to address the current and future challenges of this exciting and dynamic sector.
With links to the key UK and global business and industry energy partners, you’ll have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments.
There are two semesters of compulsory and optional classes, followed by a three-month research project in a specialist area. There’s the opportunity to carry this out through our department's competitive MSc industrial internships.
The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners e.g ScottishPower, SmarterGridSolutions, SSE. You'll address real-world engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access, and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.
Compulsory classes (September to May)
- Wind Turbine Control
- Assignment & Professional Studies
- Power Systems & Wind Integration
- Wind Turbine Technology
Choose at least three from this list
- Power Electronics, Machines & Applications
- Power System Design, Operation & Protection
- Advanced Power System Analysis & Protection
- High Voltage Technology & Electromagnetic Compatibility
- Power Electronics for Energy & Drive Control
- Power System Economics, Markets & Asset Management
- Inspection & Survey
- Geographical Information Systems
- Environmental Impact Assessment
Summer (June to September)
- MSc Research Project / Internship
Learning & teaching
We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials, and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on the individual subject material.
Each module comprises approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.
Individual modules are delivered by academic leaders, and with links to the key UK and global industry energy partners, you'll have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments.
The teaching and learning methods used to ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management, and leadership skills.
You'll undertake group projects. These will help to develop your interpersonal, communication and transferable skills essential to a career in the industry.
A first or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or related discipline (physics, mechatronics, control or systems engineering) from a recognized academic institution.
Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not undertaken their undergraduate course in the UK must possess a recent UKBA-recognised English qualification.
English Language Requirement
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
About the School
Our Faculty of Engineering is the biggest in Scotland. We're also one of the largest, best equipped engineering faculties in the UK.