M.Sc. Power Distribution Engineering, MSc; PGDip; PGCert

| Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This programme provides specialist knowledge in electrical power distribution at an advanced level. It is designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled Power Distribution Engineers and is accredited by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) and the Engineering Council, illustrating our programme directly meets the needs of industry.



MSc: 12 months full time; 36 months part time
PGDip: 24 months part time
PGCert: 12 months part time

The programme provides professional career development within an academic environment with major contributions from industrial experts. The course structure offers full or part time options, providing maximum flexibility for students and their employers.
Our teaching allows the development of core skills and the acquisition of application-specific knowledge relevant to chosen specialised fields.
Taught in small groups and in modern 'high-tech' facilities, modules are delivered by leading industrial experts providing invaluable practical experience and 'real-life' industrial context.
An online taster course is available to experience the teaching material and presentation style.
The programme is delivered in modular form, mixing direct teaching with distance learning. Each module comprises two days of direct face-to-face teaching, and the equivalent of a further three days’ teaching delivered as distance learning.
Full-time MSc students take a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, and complete an individual project with dissertation.
Part-time MSc students have the same mixture of compulsory and optional modules, but split equally across Year 1 and Year 2, and then complete an individual project with dissertation in Year 3. Part-time Diploma students take four modules in the first year and four modules in their second year of study. Part-time Certificate students take four compulsory modules.
Assessment of each module is by written examination and module assignment. The MSc dissertation is based on a project conducted in association with one of the School’s research groups.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 36 months

Course Content

Compulsory modules
EEE8044 Fundamentals of Distribution Engineering
EEE8045 Legislation and Risk Assessment
EEE8046 Asset Management, Maintenance and Condition Monitoring
EEE8047 Network Design and Automation
EEE8093 Research Project
Optional modules
You will take modules totalling 60 credits from the following list:
EEE8048 Switchgear Technology
EEE8049 Protection of Distribution Networks
EEE8050 Power Cables
EEE8051 Overhead Lines
EEE8052 Distributed Generation
EEE8053 Earthing
EEE8054 Power Transformers

English Language Requirements


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Normally a second-class BEng Honours degree, or international equivalent, in electrical and electronic engineering, computer engineering or a related subject. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with HND-level education and good relevant practical experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.

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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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