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

Newcastle University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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 Schools research groups.


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


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, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 54 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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