Master's Degree in the Electric Power Industry (MEPI)
The electricity sector has undergone a series of important regulatory changes in recent years, both in Spain and in other countries around the world. These changes have given rise to the creation of organized electricity markets (generation and commercialization) and the need to design or adapt the regulations pertaining to these and other businesses (such as transportation and distribution) to the new challenges they have set themselves. Furthermore, the electricity sector is undergoing significant technological changes (increasing penetration of renewable energy sources, active management of demand, development of intelligent networks, etc.) and it is, without doubt, one of the main sectors within the global energy landscape.
In order to tackle these changes, the main focus is on the need to update training for professionals working this sector and recent graduates who wish to enter it.
The Official Master's Degree in Electric Power Industry introduces students to the technical and economic aspects of this new sector over a one year period. Primarily based on basic engineering training, but also designed for students from other disciplines who are prepared to make an additional effort, Master's Degree students will gain in-depth knowledge of the economic, regulatory and technological foundations of new business areas as they are applied in companies and organizations in the sector. They will acquire direct experience of its application through one-to-one supervised work (the Master Project) in one of the organizations, companies or at the Institute for Research in Technology of our University.
The Master's Degree in the Electric Power Industry consists of 60 ECTS. Therefore, it can be completed in one academic year. However, under the mode of the Master in Economics and Management of Network Industries (EMIN), the duration of the entire program is two years (120 ECTS).
In short, the creation of this official university degree has been based on the social interest, high demand from national and international students and professional scope.
Who this degree aimed at
Engineers and other university graduates (economics, physics, chemistry and so on) seeking a career in the electricity industry. The course is also intended for working professionals, who will find it compatible with their schedules.
Applicants must hold, or provide evidence that they are soon to be awarded, a bachelor's degree, a degree in engineering or architecture, or equivalent from an overseas university. Although the Master's Degree is open to all types of graduates, having engineering training will be viewed positively.
Applicants must have a good academic record.
Applicants must be able to prove a sufficient level of proficiency in English enabling them to attend classes taught in English and make appropriate use of the documents provided.
Professional experience, references, and the candidates' motivation will weigh favorably.
Grants and financial aid
The University, as an institution of the Catholic Church dedicated to all members of society, offers a range of grants and financial aid to its students, to help with study costs and to ensure equal opportunities based on the individual needs of each student.
This aid comes directly from the University, from contributions made by the Comillas-ICAI University Foundation, the Fund of Church Grants, the non-autonomous foundation for candidates to the priesthood and from other organizations and individuals.
Students at the University are eligible for the same benefits as other Spanish university students with regard to school insurance, official grants, and other grants.
Career & academic prospects
Of the various sectors in which you can kick-start your professional career, the energy sector, and in particular the electrical sector, has some very appealing features. The worldwide boom in the use of electrical energy, the creation of electrical markets, the emergence of new business arenas for companies, the implementation of new renewable energy generation technologies, the interaction with other sectors such as the gas industry, the need for regulating specific activities within this industry and including environmental impact criteria, the internationalization of energy markets, and so on, are only a few examples outlining the various fields in which it is possible to have an exciting professional career. Given the changes that have taken place in the last couple of years, the main focus is on the need to update training for the new generations of experts and professionals so that they may be able to develop, research and innovate within the international electrical energy sector. With this in mind, the Official Master's Degree in the Electric Power Industry was designed, taking ICAI School of Engineering and the Institute for Research in Technology long history of professional training and research within the electrical sector as a benchmark.
Profile of students graduating in the program:
The MEPI program prepares students for pursuing a professional career in the field of the planning and operation of the generation, transmission, distribution, and retail activities within the power sector, as well as the system and market operation, or the analysis and development of regulation related to any of these activities.
Based on the knowledge and competencies acquired within the program, students graduating from it may kick-start, or boost, their career in electric utilities (dealing with the management of generation, retail and distribution activities), transmission companies, system and/or market operation entities, regulatory bodies, as well as within consultancy firms providing advice and analyses on all the above mentioned topics.
Access to Ph.D. programs
Although this Master Program is not focused on research, the knowledge gained in it about the functioning of the electric power industry may be useful for someone willing to enter a doctorate program in electrical engineering or the power sector.
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