MSc Electrical Power and Control Engineering

Start date(s)

September 2021

January 2021

Study mode

Year 1 - Study

Year 2 - Industry Placement*

Year 2 - Consultancy and individual research projects

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Home (full-time, per year): £9,000 £9,000

International (full-time, per year): £16,100 £16,100

Home (placement year): £3,650 £3,650

International (placement year): £3,650 £3,650

Year 2: £5,366 £5,366

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About this course

Gain IET accreditation on LJMU's Electrical Power and Control Engineering MSc.

  • Study at one the UK’s leading Engineering Schools
  • Follow a programme informed by internationally-acclaimed research from LJMU’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre 
  • Look forward to career success with major UK and international employers
  • Meet Chartered Engineer requirements
  • This programme is available as a standard full-time Masters one-year programme (180 credits) or as an extended full-time Masters two-year programme (240 credits).
  • On both versions in semesters one and two you will study full-time at LJMU completing the taught modules.
  • If you are on the one-year programme, you will complete your Dissertation over the summer.
  • If you are on the two-year programme, you will undertake the Group Design Project and your Dissertation in the second year.

This MSc includes the IET accreditation you need to boost your future employment opportunities. It can even be completed part-time to enable you to study as you remain in employment.

Industry-based research is a key element of the programme, keeping you up-to-date with the latest innovation and preparing you for employment in the sector or further research and PhD study.

Growing demand for electrical power engineers in the energy, automotive, and process industries means that, as a graduate, you could be involved in the design and development of electrical systems, such as those found in hybrid vehicles, cooling systems and aircraft actuators. You may also be working on the generation, distribution, regulation and conversion of electrical power.

During your studies you’ll develop advanced analytical and experimental skills to design new power and control systems and learn how to critically analyse designs, their functionality and expected reliability. You will also gain a strong understanding of the capabilities and limitations of modelling and simulation tools.


Students who choose the two year MSc route will undertake a Group Design Project & Dissertation.

The Group Design Project aims to apply engineering, technology and scientific knowledge to a real-world design problem. Detailed ideas will be explored and developed through design, experimentation, computer modelling and/or manufacture.

 Why should I choose the 2 year route?

  • The Group Design Project will encompass the wider aspects of social, economic, political, legislative, environmental, cultural, ethical and sustainability issues required in the modern environment.
  • This route is designed for international students who wish to apply their knowledge to professional practice in the UK
  • Industrial organisations across all sectors have identified a gap in the market for Engineers with good leadership and interpersonal skills in addition to their technical abilities.
  • This route will equip you with the transferrable project management skills needed to excel in your chosen career.
  • You will work in groups and meet regularly with an academic supervisor and any internal or external stakeholders in order to develop an effective team-working ethic.
  • You will present your work through regular meetings with your supervisor as well as submitting progress reports and oral presentations. In this way you will have the chance to hone your communicative skills and leave University ready for the workplace.
  • As an alternative to the group project on the two-year programme an industrial placement is a possibility in year two. 
  • You will need to apply directly to companies offering placements – the offer of a placement will be subject to a successful interview with the employer. Although the University will provide support and guidance to find an appropriate placement they are not guaranteed.
  • Please note that you cannot apply for the sandwich route before coming to LJMU – further information about applying to placement opportunities will be given during semester two of year one.

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Professional body recognition

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Electrical power and control engineering is a specialised field which offers many professional opportunities worldwide. A career in this area will enable you to travel widely, working in an exciting and dynamic industry.

This course will develop both the technical and managerial skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. Typical positions include System Designers, Analysts, and Senior Engineers in the fields of electrical engineering, process control and related industries. Leadership and management roles are often secured on graduation.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Research Skills
10 credits

This module prepares you to undertake your own research project and deliver the required skillset for the successful completion of your investigations. It provides the skills required to formulate a project plan, design experiments, mitigate against uncertainties and deliver a comprehensive description of results.

Modelling and Control of Electric Machines and Drives
20 credits

This module introduces the advanced concepts of electrical machine modelling and high performance dynamic control of variable speed AC drives. It aims to:

  • develop an understanding of principles and acquire working knowledge of mathematical modelling of electrical machines
  • introduce the principles of control of variable speed electric drives using power electronic converters
  • introduce the concept of vector control as applied to induction machines

Control Systems
20 credits

This module extends your experience of classical control techniques to modern state space control techniques for linear systems. The emphasis is on the understanding of design techniques for control system design for both single-input single-output and multi-input multi-output dynamic systems. You will learn to apply the techniques both theoretically and practically to industrial systems by simulation. The module aims to let you learn state space control method for dynamic system modelling, control and analysis.

Dynamic Systems Simulation
20 credits

This MSc module will teach you how to use Matlab/Simulink to simulate a dynamic system.

Digital Control
20 credits

This module expands your experience of discrete single-input, single-output control systems. The emphasis is on the understanding of design and identification techniques and to be able to apply the techniques both theoretically and practically. It aims to extend concepts of digital control theory into system identification, controller design and self-tuning control techniques for single-input, single-output systems.

Power Systems Modelling and Analysis
10 credits

This module introduces the principles of power system modelling, analysis and control. It aims to:

  • develop an understanding of the power system component modelling for steady-state analysis and the types of problems encountered in power system analysis
  • consider the principles of voltage and reactive power control in power systems

Professional and Leadership Skills
10 credits

This module provides a valuable opportunity for engineering graduates to acquire the necessary skills and training to work at postgraduate level, and to develop the important emotional competency skills needed to excel in their professional activities. The module aims to develop:

  • awareness of the legal and ethical framework surrounding the activities of a professional engineer, including: personnel, health, safety, and risk (including environmental risk) issues
  • awareness of the Emotional Competence Framework for a professional engineer
  • a specific set of personal and social competency skills appropriate for a professional engineer, including adaptability, creativity and innovation, creativity diversification, leveraging diversity, political awareness, communication, conflict management, leadership, collaboration and cooperation, team capabilities

Modelling and Simulation
10 credits

This module is designed to introduce coding for scientific computation and system simulation. The module will enable you to use a traditional high-level programming language to create virtual Instruments (VI's) and interface them with compatible hardware for data acquisition (DAQ) and control applications.

MSc Dissertation
60 credits

The main aims of the project module are to demonstrate your ability to drive your own deep/thorough investigation, undertake high quality academic research and demonstrate critical evaluation of your results. This is a very important module representing 600 hours of self-driven scholarly activity. When considering a project, it would be appropriate to choose a subject area strongly associated with one of the taught modules. For most students, this means using the project to develop a particular subject specialism which is aligned to future career objectives.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

You will learn through lectures and directed student-centered learning, such as case studies.

Applied learning

The programme design enables you to practice communication skills at Chartered Engineer level. You’ll gain specific professional skills that can be applied to technical and management roles in power and control engineering.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this course include case study reports, assignment submissions and, where appropriate, short class tests. Some modules also include testing of problem-solving skills through a combination of unseen written examinations.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The Department of Electrical Engineering is in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree in a relevant engineering subject


  • a professional qualification with considerable relevant work experience

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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