Degree Programme

  • Programme Code: 29918
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  • Faculty: Ingegneria civile e industriale
  • Department: INGEGNERIA ASTRONAUTICA, ELETTRICA ED ENERGETICA
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Degree Code: LM-28
  • Degree: Masters
  • Admission Procedure

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems (STEPS JMD) will provide advanced education to prepare highly qualified electrical and electronic engineers in two areas of the highest technological content and professional requirements in the energy sector: Electrical Transportation and Power Systems, with a strong focus on energy efficiency and on sustainability issues.

The two proposed minors in the Electrical Power Systems strand will allow for accommodating the large academic demand on that sector, one of the minors is oriented towards power electronics and their use in power systems applications while the other strand is focused in design analysis and operation of power systems. The first one is more focused on the technologies while the second one provides a vision of the power systems as a whole. There is also a Sustainable transportation minor is focused on power electronics and energy management in electric vehicles and other mobility applications.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems (EMJMD STEPS) will provide students with the advanced education required to become highly qualified electrical and electronic engineers in the three areas of the energy sector which require the highest knowledge of technological content and that have the highest professional requirements. The Programme envisions 2 academic years, composed of four 30 ECTS semesters, for a total of 120 ECTS. Students can choose the curriculum which they wish to attend depending on their background and their professional interests. The course of study is organized in three curricula.

  • Curriculum "Sustainable Transportation"
  • Curriculum "Electrical Power Systems" (Design, Analysis and Operation for the More Efficient and Resilient Grid).
  • Curriculum "Electrical Power Systems" (Technologies for the More Electronic Grid).

Students will study the various subject of the Programme in at least 4 different countries, and they will be able to choose between 2 different mobility programs: Rome-Nottingham-Oviedo or Coimbra-Nottingham-Oviedo. Students will also have an internship opportunity which will be held at a partner university or at a company in Europe, America or Asia. The subjects will be taught in English, but students will have the opportunity of working through at least 3 other official EU languages. Students will attend a 2-week Summer school at the University of Oviedo to meet other colleagues, University coordinators, etc.

Students wishing to focus on the Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems (Design, Analysis, And Operation for the More Efficient and Resilient Grid) curriculum will spend the first period of their studies in Rome, while those focusing on Electrical Power Systems (Technologies for the More Electronic Grid) curriculum will attend classes in Coimbra. Semester 2 will be devoted to the study of the advanced subjects of the ST and EPS curricula in Nottingham. During Semester 3 students from any of the proposed curricula will complete their specialization studies in Oviedo. Finally, during semester 4 students will carry out an internship in one of the partner Universities or at world-leading companies. They will also undertake guided research to draft their Master's Degree graduation thesis.

Course structure

Students will carry out the courses in at least 3 different countries, with 2 alternative mobility tracks: Coimbra-Nottingham-Oviedo or Rome-Nottingham-Oviedo. Students will also have the opportunity of an internship in an associated university or company in Europe, America or Asia. The course will be taught in English but students will have the opportunity to work in at least other 3 EU official languages.

Students will attend a 2-week introductory course at the University of Oviedo, to meet other colleagues, University coordinators, etc. Semester 1 will be a Levelling Course to compensate knowledge for different educational background. Students wishing to focus on ST strand will rather spend this first period in Rome, while the focusing on EPS will rather attend lectures in Coimbra. Semester 2 will be devoted to the study of advanced subjects on ST and EPS in Nottingham. During Semester 3 students will complete their specialization in either of the proposed strands in Oviedo. Finally, in semester 4 students will carry out an internship in one of the associated Universities or world-leading company, and guided research aimed at the preparation of the Master thesis.

First semester

Introductory course during the 1st semester. The Master will kick-off with an introductory two-week course to be delivered at the University of Oviedo. It will be a 3 ECTS course introduction to Renewable Power Systems, Electrical Traction, and Energy Efficiency. Students will be provided with all the information about the content and organization of the course. The introductory course will also be attended by the Coordinators from the other partner Universities, members of the IAB and some of the leading associated companies, such as Ford, ABB, and Gamesa Electric. Members of the IAB (see IAB composition in A.3.1) will be giving specialized seminars. Top technical and management staff of the associated companies will give seminars about the state of the art of the involved technologies in Electrical Power Systems, Electric, and Hybrid Electric vehicles and Energy Efficiency. Besides, the Students Mentoring Programme (SMP) (see A.2.1 and A.3.4) will be presented and organized in collaboration with professors of the universities involved in the program. The introductory course will be also useful for student networking.

The rest of the EMJMD STEPS 1st-semester courses will be offered in the University of Rome and Instituto Superior de Engenheria de Coimbra (ISEC). Conceived as a leveling course, students will receive the theoretical specialized training in Sustainable Transportation and Power Systems, offering the possibility of balancing their previous academic and professional background and acquire the appropriate and relevant knowledge to undertake the further specialization. These universities will be delivering the basic subjects needed to consolidate previous knowledge concerning the key technologies involved in the Erasmus Mundus Master Program. The EMJMD STEPS Academic Committee (see A.3.1) will recommend the appropriate destination for accepted students, either Coimbra or Rome, depending of their academic background and their career interest. Modules offered in each of the Universities and their corresponding ECTS will be:

University of Rome

Sustainable transportation:

  • Power Electronics
  • Electric Power Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Mechanical Background
  • Digital Control and Microcontrollers
  • Dynamic Analysis and Control of AC Machines
  • Control of Electromechanical Systems
  • Foreign language

Electrical Power Systems (Minor: Design, Analysis, and Operation for the More Efficient and Resilient Grid):

  • Power Electronics
  • Electric Power Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Electrical Components and Technologies for Power Systems
  • Power Systems for Electrical Transportation
  • Telecommunications in Electric Power Systems
  • Introduction to Renewable Energies
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Foreign language
Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra

Electrical Power Systems (Minor: Technologies for the More Electronic Grid):

  • Power Electronics
  • Electric Power Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Plants
  • Distribution Systems
  • Electric Power Systems Control and Operation
  • Microcontrollers
  • DSP and Communications
  • Digital Control
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Foreign language

Out of the full offer, students will choose subjects up to 27 ECTS. Students attending to Rome will particularly focus on subjects related to Sustainable Transportation, thus expending more efforts on the dynamic control of AC machines, particularly PMM, extensively used in traction applications; power electronics and AC drives needed for the power conversion and digital systems commonly used for the implementation of control algorithms. Additionally, the mechanical background needed for the understanding of basic mechanics later used during the 3rd semester for the hybrid vehicle design. The students attending courses in Coimbra will be focusing on Electrical Power Systems. Subjects are focused in the needed background on generation and distribution but also with subjects leading to the integration of power electronics in power systems, including digital implementation and communications competencies later needed for the development of FACTS, HVDC, microgrids and smart grids technologies. It is also worth noting, that both Universities will be offering complimentary courses to ensure a full range of curriculum combinations. The distribution of students between Coimbra and Rome helps to increase the academic offer (up to 87 ECTS between both Universities), and therefore reduce the number of students in each subject to achieve a more personalized and higher quality education in an area of high technological content.

Summer School

At the end of the 2nd semester, the student will participate in the Summer School (3 ECTS). The students from the different strands will be mixed in groups and will be given an open design project to implement, through team-work and to develop other skills. During three weeks, the students will work together in order to complete the project and a short report and oral presentation will be used for the course evaluation. A board of at least 6 people (one representative for each partner institution plus to invited people from the associated partners, acting as scholars) will evaluate the projects and an award will be given to the highest marked project as a proof of recognition.

Second semester

In 2nd semester students will move to Nottingham in order to learn the needed power electronics basics applied to one of the proposed strands. Students can freely choose among ten different topics, however, two different specialization lines are proposed, allowing focusing the learning process either on Sustainable Transportation or Electrical Power Systems. In the Sustainable Transportation strand they will be focus on the energy storing, conversion and drives technologies, whereas in the Power Systems strand, electrical power conversion technologies, from generation to distribution processes will be the key aspects. It is worth noting the emphasis in practical content in those subjects extended with a project.

University of Nottingham
Sustainable transportation:
  • Power Systems for Aerospace, Marine and Automotive Application
  • Advanced Power Conversion
  • Advanced AC Drives + Project
  • Advanced Electrical Machines
  • Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy
Electrical Power Systems (Minor: Design, Analysis, and Operation for the More Efficient and Resilient Grid):
  • FACTS and Distributed Generation
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Advanced Electrical Machines + Project
  • Energy storage
  • Power Systems for Aerospace, Marine and Automotive Application
Electrical Power Systems (Minor: Technologies for the More Electronic Grid):
  • FACTS and Distributed Generation
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Advanced AC Drives + Project
  • Technologies for Wind Generation
  • Renewable Generation Technologies
  • Foreign language
Third semester

In 3rd semester students will move to Asturias and will attend the term at the Polytechnic School of Engineering of the University of Oviedo. The two offered strands will allow the students to focus on electrical/hybrid vehicles design or in power systems and renewable project management. Again, students can freely choose among all the offered subjects. It is worth noting that courses may be combined to strengthen the engineering or the management dimension. However, it would be highly recommended that they keep the consistency of their curriculum, pursuing the specialization in either of the proposed technology areas. For Sustainable Transportation, modules are designed to cover all electrical and mechanical issues in the design of hybrid/electric vehicles but also the integration of these new actors in the electrical network. For Power Systems strand, additionally, to the required technological knowledge, the modules include topics related to the management of electrical power systems, including the development of renewable energy projects. It is worth noting the subject for cooperation and electrical development which keeps an eye on the deployment of electrical energy in third world countries. The offered courses will also have a large number of practical contents, including an end of semester laboratory.

University of Oviedo
Sustainable transportation:
  • Design of hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV)
  • Energy storing and recovering in power systems and hybrid/electric vehicles
  • EMC
  • Applied simulation to electrical transportation
  • Sustainable Transportation Laboratory and Project
  • Design of hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV)
Electrical Power Systems (Minor: Design, Analysis and Operation for the More Efficient and Resilient Grid):
  • Electrical Energy and Cooperation for Development
  • Applied simulation to power systems
  • Control of Power Converters for FACTS and HVDC applications
  • Analysis and Simulation of Railway Power Systems
  • Electrical Markets
  • Project Management for Conventional and Renewable Energy applications
  • Economical and Financial Analysis
  • Advanced Power Systems Design and Analysis
Electrical Power Systems (Minor: Technologies for the More Electronic Grid):
  • Electrical Energy and Cooperation for Development
  • Applied simulation to power systems
  • Control of Power Converters for FACTS and HVDC applications
  • Power Systems Laboratory and Project
  • Design of Power Converters for Energy Storage Applications
  • Smartgrids and Microgrids
  • Foreign language
Fourth semester

In 4th semester students will move to any of the 4 Universities or of the 16 companies associated members to carry out the internship and prepare the Master thesis. The student will have the opportunity of a professional internship in a leading company in the automobile or power generation industry plus guided research aimed at the preparation of the Master thesis. Internships will be devoted to the development of the Master Thesis in an associated partner university or company of the EMJMD STEPS program. Internships will be co-tutored by a Master's professor and an external person belonging to the associated partner. All the students will have the possibility of having the internship period, with a maximum of two students staying at each associated partner. The selection of associated Universities and companies has been made on the basis of their high specialization on the Master topics.

The Master's Thesis will be a written report of the student's personal work and is aimed at developing independent and scientific thoughts and applications. Master Thesis will be connected to the activities to be developed during the internship and one chapter of the Master Thesis will describe the Internship activities and the outcomes that may be relevant to the Thesis. Thesis topics will be offered by the Master Academic Committee at the beginning of the 3rd semester. Students will have up to 15th October to make their choices, with the assistance of the Mentoring Professor. The Master Academic Committee will confirm the Master thesis assignments by 15th November.

The thesis will be supervised by a PhD Professor belonging to any of the partner Universities and may also be co-directed by a professor or tutor from the associated organization where the student is carrying out the internship).

Master Thesis Module :

  • Internships: 12 ECTS
  • Master Thesis: 18 ECTS

Our students say

Cohort 2012-2014, Edgar Nuño

Coming from a non-purely electrical engineering background, I joined the Erasmus Mundus Master program in 2012 aiming at specializing in electrical power systems. It did not only meet my expectations from the academic point of view but also turned to be a great cultural experience. Having the chance to live in at least three different countries while interacting with people from all around the world definitely adds value to this program and provides some useful skills from which both your professional and personal life could benefit. I found a good balance between theory and hands-on practical implementation, as well as a close interaction not only between my colleagues but also the teachers involved in the program (not that common in many MSc programs). There is also a substantial industry component which also links the coursework material to real-life applications. The program itself provides an exhaustive overview of some of the most relevant topics and tendencies in power systems/sustainable transportation and I would say that my overall experience was one of the main reasons that lead me to start my Ph.D. in a related area.

Shreenidhi Sharma

There are certain occurrences in life which shape your future and have a significant effect on your professional as well as personal life. For me, one such was getting admission in the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in STEPS. Before joining this course I was working for more than two years, post my bachelors, but still wanted to enhance my knowledge in the field of renewable energy.

I started the course in 2012 and it was one hell of a ride. I was excited again to learn new subjects, to understand new theories, to ponder over new problems, to explore new software and, above all, to meet new people. The course was challenging but you have friends, teachers, and mentors along the way to guide and support you. I studied the course in three different countries-Spain, Portugal and the UK, and got the finest of education in each of the universities.

Notably, we were given the freedom to explore the field of interest. One can choose from Power Electronics to Control System to Power Systems and apply those learning in the field of renewable power or sustainable transportation. The course is well structured and organized by amazingly helpful people, who will always be there to make you feel comfortable.

I traveled to places previously unknown to me, gained a lot of perspectives, got the required exposure along with receiving brilliant technical knowledge and skills required to excel in the professional field. Aspiring students and working professionals with a penchant in the field of renewable would gain considerably from this course. I will always be indebted to the Course, the Course Co-ordinators and the Universities for providing me the best two years of my life.

After the completion, I joined back my previous company NTPC Ltd, as I was on a sabbatical, which is India's Biggest Power Producer and now I am working in the Renewable Energy Department responsible for putting up Solar Parks and Wind Farms in India. I feel I am at the right place at the right time, given the changing scenario in the power industry and the push from the Central Government for renewable energy.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 5, 2019
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Start Date
Oct 2020
Duration
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Deadline
Dec 31, 2019
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