Why Electrical Power Engineering?

As the demand for electrical power is set to increase worldwide over the next few decades, electrical power systems will need to be continuously upgraded and expanded.  To meet this increasing demand, new, disruptive power technologies need to be adopted.  A new generation of highly skilled electrical power engineers is thus required, able to analyse, design and operate established and novel power components and systems at a wide range of different scales.  Making use of its world-leading teaching and research track record, facilities and academic staff, the University of Edinburgh offers this Master’s degree in Electrical Power Engineering, designed to train students and equip them with the essential technical and professional skills needed to tackle these global challenges.

Global economic growth and societal well-being are strongly correlated with increasing electricity demand.  At the same time a current estimate of 1.2 billion people all over the world have no access to an electrical grid.  As the demand for electrical power is set to increase worldwide over the next few decades, electrical power systems will need to be continuously upgraded and expanded, but modern power systems must also be designed with the challenge of addressing the Energy Trilemma in mind, i.e. provision of secure, equitable (accessible and affordable) and environmentally sustainable energy. 

The increased energy demand, the uptake of environmentally friendly, but intermittent and non-dispatchable (i.e. difficult to control) renewable generation, and the introduction of modern loads such as electric vehicles, LED lighting and various other electronic loads, impose technical challenges that traditional power engineering equipment, systems and processes can only address with limited success.  Disruptive technologies such as novel electric machines, advanced power electronic devices and systems, and emerging network topologies and operating paradigms, such as microgrids and the smart grid will be required to be adopted if the above challenges are to be met.

For this to happen, a new generation of highly skilled electrical power engineers is required, able to analyse, design and operate power components and systems at a wide range of different scales.  Making use of its world-leading teaching and research track record, facilities and academic staff, the University of Edinburgh offers this Master’s degree in Electrical Power Engineering, designed to train students and equip them with the essential technical and professional skills needed to tackle these global challenges.