Electrical and electronic engineering studentDuration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course will develop the planning, designing and operating skills needed by engineers working in the 21st century electricity industry, which is driven by clean and low carbon energy sources.

About the course


Worldwide electricity usage has been growing at an unprecedented rate with energy consumption predicted to grow by 56% over the next 25 years.

There is a growing need for more trained power engineers, and you will be equipped to pursue careers that involve design, modelling, analysis and control, as well as the business aspects of bulk electric power supply systems.

The course content draws on our last ten years of research expertise in the areas of power system control, economics and power electronics. 

From studying this degree you will gain:

  • an understanding of operating practice, design standard and regulatory policies in the electricity supply industry
  • knowledge of power transmission and distribution grid operation code
  • competency in the advanced modelling and analysis of a large system
  • competency in advanced signal and data analysis
  • operating knowledge of commonly adopted power system simulation tools (DigSilent and Matlab)


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

You will take four compulsory core modules and four optional modules. You study for these modules in the Autumn (October–December) and Spring (January–April) terms. Modules are taught through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical coursework, and you will take written exams in May–June.

You will also carry out an individual research project: three months part-time (January–March) and four months full-time (June–September). The project gives you the opportunity to carry out research that deepens your knowledge of an area in which you have a special interest. It also develops your report writing, presentation and time management skills. You will have an academic supervisor who will mentor you, and the project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation in September.

Core modules:
  • HVDC technology and control
  • Optimisation
  • Power system dynamics, stability and control
  • Smart grid technologies
Optional modules:
  • Sustainable electrical systems
  • Power system economics
  • Energy business
  • Traffic theory and queuing systems
  • Probability and stochastic processes
  • Digital signal processing and filters
  • Spectral estimation and adaptive signal processing
  • Stability and control of non-linear systems
  • Design of linear multivariable control systems
  • Estimation and fault detection
  • Systems identification
  • Wavelets and applications

We regularly review our courses in an effort to continuously improve and update them. 

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

A high first class (1st) Honours degree (75%+) in electrical engineering or a related subject.

International Qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English Language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants. 

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.