The following universities are partners in the Power Academy scheme:
- The University of Bath
- Cardiff University
- Imperial College London
- Loughborough University
- The University of Manchester
- Newcastle University
- Queen’s University Belfast
- University of Southampton
- University of Strathclyde
Partners - associate universities
- University of Birmingham
- Heriot-Watt University
- Liverpool John Moores
- University of Liverpool
The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at The University of Bath has an international reputation for its teaching and research. The Department is rated as the Best Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department in the UK Sunday Times University Guide Survey, 2007. Applications to the Department are handled by the UCAS Admissions Team.
The Department offers six degree programmes including:
- Electrical & Electronic Engineering [MEng/BEng]
- Electrical Power Engineering [MEng/BEng]
- Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering [MEng]
- The Department has 25 academic staff including five professors. There are more than 60 research staff and postgraduate research students. There are approximately 300 undergraduate students and 90 MSc students (including distance learning)
The University of Bath is amongst the top UK research universities. The Department was inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2003 and achieved the highest possible score. All courses offered by the department are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
The Department’s teaching recognises the interdisciplinary nature of modern engineering and includes close connections to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
University of Bath accredited courses
- MEng and BEng degrees in electrical & electronic engineering
Electrical and electronic engineers are specialists able to understand, design, build and control electrical and electronic devices. These devices may range from embedded electronic systems which gather and process information to large items of heavy-current machinery such as industrial motors and generators.
Almost every aspect of modern life depends critically on the work of these engineers, including, for instance, aerospace and automotive engineering, computing, information technology, medical imaging/monitoring, communications and manufacturing industry.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering is the most wide-ranging of all the degrees offered by the department and is traditionally the most popular in terms of number of students. It is ideal for people who want the broadest possible education as engineers, and one that gives them the greatest flexibility in the careers open to them once they graduate.
The degree thus covers a tremendous range of subjects, from basic circuit design to computing architectures, electrical power system control and digital radio and optical networks.
MEng and BEng degrees in electrical power engineering
Electrical Power Engineering is concerned with generation, transportation and distribution of electricity which fuels the energy needs for almost everything we do, from heating and lighting to transportation, manufacturing and communications, in a nutshell, it is the life blood of modern mankind.
We have enjoyed cheap electricity for many years and expect it to be there when we want it. The situation is now changing as the natural resources of fossil fuels are depleting and there is growing evidence in climate change. There is therefore increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy utilisation and energy efficiency.
Traditional electrical engineering courses, by and large, concentrate only on the fundamental concepts of the discipline.
However, this degree programme will create engineers with skills to meet the technical, industrial and economic challenges of the rapidly changing and diverse modern electrical power systems which are the biggest integrated systems mankind has ever built.
The Electrical Power Engineering course at Bath is designed to encompass the state-of-the–art technologies such as artificial intelligence, parallel computing, advanced signal processing, power electronics, novel control techniques and optimisation techniques for energy management systems, these being essential requisites for graduate engineers to influence the implementation of technological changes within the power industry in order to meet these new challenges.
- MEng degrees in integrated mechanical & electrical engineering (IMEE)
The aim of this degree programme is to satisfy the needs of both the industrial and research communities for graduates who can integrate the principles and applications of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering and, uniquely, apply them in the design and development of products and systems across both engineering and non-engineering sectors.
Traditional engineering education is discipline specific but industrial workplaces and research laboratories today requires graduates to join multi-functional teams engaged in the development of complex projects. Graduates trained to work across the engineering disciplines are best suited to this environment. This degree programme has been designed to meet these needs in collaboration with industry.
The IMEED programme achieves this aim without sacrificing the intellectual rigour of a single-discipline programme. The course’s first two years combine the core engineering sciences of mechanics, materials, electrical and electronic systems and circuits – all integrated in coordinated project and laboratory work. In years three and four, further core subjects and chosen options are studied in depth, culminating in major group and individual projects.
The IMEED programme’s project and design work develops technical and managerial team-working skills.
A unique feature of the programme is the study of applications beyond the boundaries of traditional mechanical and electrical engineering. Industrial sponsorships and bursaries are also available, indicating the exciting employment opportunities open to graduates of this degree programme.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Cardiff has approximately 200 undergraduates and 50 postgraduate students. All of our degree programmes received the highest rating of “excellent” in the Teaching Quality Assessment and all programmes are accredited by the IET.
The Electrical and Electronic discipline also gained a Grade 5 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. In addition, we have unique links with industry which help provide state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities e.g. Cardiff has been designated as one of the four centres of excellence by National Grid.
Courses at Cardiff School of Engineering
The School offers two undergraduate degree programmes (MEng and BEng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. They aim to provide the student with:
- An understanding of the basic principles of science, mathematics and technology
- The skills to develop solutions to problems encountered in the application of electrical and electronic engineering
- A knowledge of techniques and approaches employed in the business context of engineering and an understanding of the professional responsibilities of the electrical and electronic engineer
The programmes offer a wide range of modules in power systems and high voltage engineering and other subjects including electrical machines and drives, power electronics, electrical materials, EM fields and transmission lines, control engineering and robotics, analogue and digital electronics, communication engineering and digital signal processing and engineering management.
We also offer students the opportunity to spend a year in industry as part of their degree programme. All our students have excellent employment prospects on completion of their degrees.
Since its foundation in 1821 Heriot-Watt University have been conducting pioneering research informed by the needs of business and industry. With campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia, Heriot-Watt are specialists in engineering, business and science, and leaders in innovative global education for a future world.
Heriot-Watt are also key players in national energy projects such as the £20m National Centre for Energy Systems Integration and the £36m ORCA Hub (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets) and will shortly open the UK’s first National Robotarium, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.
Central to the university’s successes is a demonstrated commitment to diversity and global outlook. One third of on-campus students currently studying in Scotland are from outside the UK, making Heriot-Watt one of the most internationally diversified of any UK university. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked the university 9th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.”
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has over 40 academic staff, 100 research staff, 540 undergraduate students and 90 M.Sc. students and 110 research postgraduate students. The department offers both BEng (3-year) and MEng (4-year) programmes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
The MEng degree can also be taken “with Management” (creating a mix of business and engineering topics in the final two years) for students who want to equip themselves for managing engineering businesses.
The first two years of the course cover the essential elements of electrical engineering across a broad definition of the topic. This is important because the modern power engineer will rely heavily on technologies such as signal processing, control theory and communications to manage the power network of the future. The principles of energy conversion, electro-magnetics, electrical machines and electricity networks are the core topics for power engineers.
The Control and Power Group is one of five specialist groups in the department and is responsible for the teaching of elective courses in power engineering in the final two years. The group has six staff concentrating on power and seven who focus on control theory and applications. The group seeks to teach a forward looking set of courses than equip engineers to tackle the great challenges for the future electricity supply system.
The courses feature discussion of the sources of energy available; the means by which new and renewable energy are integrated into a network; the power electronics that will enable more flexible and precise operation; the principles of design, control and management that ensure reliable supply; and the economic and regulatory means by which the energy policy can be achieved.
Our mission is to create and sustain a vibrant community for learning and knowledge where staff and students work together in an active and supportive partnership; providing opportunities to enrich our students, partners and wider society through education, training, research, scholarship and knowledge transfers.
The Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Liverpool undertakes world class research and offers a highly respected range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
We are closely involved with over 50 prominent companies and research organisations worldwide, many of which not only fund and collaborate with us but also make a vital contribution to developing our students.
Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes achieve consistent top ten rankings in the national surveys. Expert teaching, specialist programmes, work experience and student support are just some of our standout features.
The University of Liverpool is a Russell Group institution and has one of the largest concentrations of engineering and scientific expertise in the UK. This provides our staff and students with fantastic opportunities and resources.
Within the Department there is a breadth of research expertise underpinning our vibrant research in energy technologies and the associated complex systems around them. Energy related research has a unique blend of theory and experimental investigations going from the home to grid and is supported by research council and industrial funded projects. The underpinning technologies to address challenges around energy systems and their operation are in the areas of sensors and monitoring systems, optimisation and control, communications, thermal management and advanced design, manufacturing technologies and energy efficiency of buildings. In addition to the research in the department, there is a breadth of complementary research elsewhere within the University:
- The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy has strengths in the Chemistry and Physics of Energy Storage, PV and biomass.
- There is expertise in the School of Engineering in the aerodynamics and structural dynamics of wind turbines and the hydrodynamics and environmental impact of tidal energy schemes.
- An inter-disciplinary initiative in Nuclear Power, between Engineering and Physics, is under development in partnership with the National Nuclear Laboratory.
- The impact of energy generation on coastal regions is being studied in Environmental Sciences.
- Institute for Risk and Uncertainty is applying no deterministic modelling to energy generation schemes.
Loughborough University is the fifth-best university in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and offers the best student experience in the UK. The University has one of the largest engineering schools in the UK, the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. The school has excellent links with industry and typically more than 50% of students complete a year-long placement in industry.
The school offers a combination of 15 different degrees programme variants including an IET accredited BEng and MEng in Electronic and Electrical engineering. Our BEng and MEng courses are designed to provide a thorough grounding in the subjects required to invent, design, apply and integrate electrical and electronic components and systems in a range of different industrial sectors. The courses are very practical in nature and we have recently opened our new £17million STEM laboratory in addition to a new bespoke electrical laboratory where our students gain important hands-on skills.
Our final year offers the chance to specialise in areas such as control, power electronics and renewable energy systems, where students work closely with research teams in these areas to learn about state of the art technology.
94% of graduates are employed or in further study and the quality and relevance of our programmes is reflected in our exceptional record of placing students into career-focused employment.