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Power Engineering (Electrical) MEng (Hons)

Overview

Optimising performance

Many electrical power installations have advanced, computer-controlled equipment for optimised performance, reliability, compliance and efficiency.

This course is distinctive because it teaches you traditional electrical engineering with more recent advances in power electronics and computer control, helping you to understand both the design and operation of plant and equipment in power systems.

The course further has a strong component of power system network architecture which is important to understand how a large power network can be operated securely and reliably while complying with relevant regulations.

We aim to produce engineers who meet the educational needs for full Incorporated Engineer status. Our course satisfies the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Why Power Engineering (Electrical) at LSBU?

No. 1 London modern uni for graduate prospects in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
This course is pending accreditation by the IET.
Dedicated facilities: We have an electronic projects room and specialist labs.

No.1 for student to staff ratio amongst London modern competitors (Guardian 2019).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Stories

  • Robot Detectives

    Robot Detectives

    LSBU holds an international reputation as a world leader in the use of robotics in non-destructive testing and developing intelligent robotic systems. Groundbreaking projects have ranged from building wall climbing robots to robots that work under water and oil.

  • Mohammed Edoo, BSc Mechanical Engineering Design, joined through Clearing

    Mohammed Edoo, BSc Mechanical Engineering Design, joined through Clearing

    BSc Mechanical Engineering Design student, Mohammad Edoo, was about to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the globe, until he received some life-changing advice and came to London South Bank University through Clearing.

Modules

Modules at level 4 set the background for more detailed power engineering as well as systems operation and SCADA at level 5. Levels 6 and 7 offer advanced topics in power system network architecture, power generation components testing and also in power systems engineering.

Year 1

  • Introduction to electrical and electronic engineering
    This module will cover the essential material relevant to the fundamentals of both electrical and electronic engineering. Starting with basic circuit elements, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law, the first half of the module will introduce basic and more advanced circuit analysis techniques such as Node Voltage and Mesh Current methods, progressing onto Source Transformation techniques and the basics of semiconductors (Diodes, BJTs and Op-Amps). Then, the electrical part will cover DC responses of RC, RL and RLC circuits and finally AC sinusoidal circuit theory and power systems and three phase circuits. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Mathematics module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Design and practice
    This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Engineering computing
    This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Engineering principles
    This module will help you develop your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level. It's designed to be accessible to students with a range of prior science specialisation. The module comprises two blocks of study. These will introduce the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics and mechanical and electrical principles. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Principles of power generation, transmission and distribution
    This module introduces the basic concepts of Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Develop knowledge on the principles of complex power, per-unit system, one-line diagrams. Understanding the transmission line parameters, typical distribution system components, overhead and underground distribution system and types of distribution transformer.

Year 2

  • Electrical machines and power electronics
    This module adopts a modern approach to the study of electrical machines, 3-phase transformers and power electronic converters. The treatment emphasises the features common to all types of electrical machines and power electronic converters and then develops basic performance equations and equivalent circuits and applies them to common electrical machines and power converters in current use. The associated laboratory workshop features work on typical electrical machines and power converters. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Advanced mathematics 
    This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil). 
  • Principles of control
    This module aims to give a sound understanding of a range of topics in Control Systems Engineering. It will impart methods to model and analyse dynamical systems met in the engineering of systems such as robotics, automobiles, aircraft, automatic machinery, chemical process plant, etc. It will teach you to determine the stability of a system and to predict system responses in the time domain (transient and steady state) and in the frequency domain, as well as to handle the interconnection of many Single Input Single Output systems connected in feedback and feed forward configurations. The module will provide you with methods to specify supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and to modify the behaviour of a given system by using feedback control to improve stability, to make the system act quickly and precisely, and to reduce the effect of disturbances. Learning will be supported by a laboratory workshop that enables the study of control systems using both analysis methods and computer simulation using MATLAB and SIMULINK. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Circuits, signals and systems
    This module introduces methods to mathematically model circuits, signals and systems required for the engineering of electrical, electronic, telecommunication and control systems. It shows how to model and analyse complex signals with Fourier series, Fourier transforms and Laplace Transforms. The direct and indirect method of convolution is used to find the time response of systems to given inputs. First and second order LTI dynamical systems are modelled with transfer functions and their zero-state and zero-input responses predicted when the inputs are any function of time. The frequency responses of some common LTI two port filter circuits are studied. A MATLAB/SIMULINK workshop enables understanding of signal synthesis using the Fourier series, finding the frequency spectra of complex and noisy signals using FFT, and the time response and the frequency response of systems. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Team design project
    This is a skills-based module developing your understanding of the design process within engineering, including factors that need to be taken into account in identifying and meeting requirements for new products(used to mean outcome of a process and can include specifications for a tangible product, or process, or system), such as working within Regulatory, professional and Standards requirements, developing practical skills, working as part of a team, handling information, project planning and management, and report-writing and presentation skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • System operation and SCADA
    This module provides a broad understanding of the various components that form the combined systems and how these systems can be controlled in real-time in the Power Industry, Rail Industry and other Safety-critical Industries to enable critical, and some less important network information, to be viewed in (nearly) real time by control engineers at a central location and allow the control engineers to operate and control the network/system.

Year 3

  • Innovation and enterprise
    In the rapidly changing world around us, it's imperative that you're able to think dynamically to create advantage in your life. This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your prospective engineering field with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and better ways of doing things. It aims to equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. You'll be expected to reflect on what you can contribute towards a group. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Individual project
    The Individual Major Project requires you to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to your degree discipline. In this regard, this module provides you with the opportunity to develop a high degree of subject-specific expertise. This module differentiates from others on the course taken due to the high degree of autonomous study expected. This flexibility should be seen as an opportunity to explore new areas of interest and to acquire new and often unexpected skills. The work undertaken within the project will require you to develop your own methodology in advance of presenting solutions to the studied problem. It's therefore expected that project will include evidence and demonstration of detailed research of the subject matter, practical demonstration of understanding of the material, testing and evaluation of the practical elements, detailed reporting, discussion and conclusions of the entire project, and a high level of written presentation and grammar skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Electrical energy converters and drives
    This module provides a broad understanding of the theory and application of power electronic circuits in the areas of power conversion and electrical machine drives. The material covered is particularly relevant to students in the area of electrical building services, where a significant proportion of electrical plant and drives will have power electronics and microprocessor control components. It's suitable for students who work in organisations that specify, design, commission, operate and maintain all types of electrical power infrastructure and/or who wish to pursue further study afterwards at Masters level or above. You'll be equipped with the essential theory and practice, enabling you to assess modern trends in the subject and maintain and update your knowledge. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Industry and environment
    This module examines the Environmental considerations that must be taken into account when infrastructure improvements are planned within Power, Rail and other Safety-critical industries.  It introduces a systems methodology for analysing current situations and planned changes, with particular reference to understanding relationships and identifying unwanted consequences. Guest speakers and case studies help students to examine examples in detail and evaluate situations.
  • Industry and regulations
    This module examines the Regulations and Regulatory frameworks within which Safety-critical industries operate.  It examines the importance of Legislation, Standards and Directives in ensuring the safety of workers in the industry, and members of the public, with an examination of the role of regulatory authorities (e.g. Ofgem, ORR)

    An important part of ensuring safety is translating high level requirements into specific procedures to be followed by staff working directly on equipment, as well as the need to ensure the design of such equipment takes all regulations and regulatory requirements into account as well as technical ones.

Year 4

  • Technical research and professional skills
    This module enables students to carry out research and project work in a professional way and to communicate their technical proposals effectively. Additionally, the students are given the support to enhance their technical and analytical background that will enable them to manage complex technical projects.
  • Power systems network architecture
    This module provides an understanding of the application of power system networks and architecture, in the areas of power transmission and distribution, found within the electrical power systems and the supply network. The material covered is particularly relevant to students in the field of electrical power systems and networks.
  • Power generation, components and testing
    This module provides students the knowledge and critical analysis skills on the power generation components, design theory, maintenance and testing. This includes the generator components, auxiliaries and excitation systems where students will be able to develop practical knowledge on the construction, principle of operation, design calculations, dc excitation system, synchronous reactance, voltage regulation, on-load and off-load testing, maintenance and inspection strategies. Students will develop critical knowledge and practical skills on understanding realistic generator operational problems and its remedies.
  • Power systems engineering
    This module covers the analysis and operation of power transmission and distribution networks at 11kV and above forming the ‘supply’ side of electrical power networks, under both steady state and transient conditions. It provides a broad understanding of the elements of power systems and their application in the areas of power conversion, power transmission, fault analysis and protection integrated into the supply network.
  • Group project
    This module aims to develop, the Engineering Council requirements for Chartered Engineers to have the skills necessary to engage in challenging and complex engineering projects while encouraging both innovation and engagement with the broader engineering context (financial, economic, social and environment) and the ability to tackle such projects, as both a leader and member of a team.

Employability

Students who complete the course successfully can find jobs with DNO’s (Distribution Network Operators such as UK Power Networks etc), National Grid, power producing industries such as gas and steam power plants, power utility companies etc.

This course was developed to meet the core knowledge required for the Integrated Power Engineer Apprentice standard L7 and differs very much from a standard undergraduate degree. Any student doing this course, outside the apprentice standard, will have the advantage of specific and specialist skills, putting them in a good position to secure relevant employment.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dr Safia Barikzai

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Associate Professor

Safia is a business IT Pathway Leader and Informatics Placement coordinator, actively looking for placement links with potential employers.


Dr Oswaldo Cadenas

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Oswaldo Cadenas is a Senior Lecturer in the division of Electrical and Electronics in the School of Engineering.


Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.


Dr Sandra Dudley

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Director of Research and Enterprise

Sandra specialises in the areas of radio and optical communication system design, assistive living and sensor systems and is a member of the School Academic Standards Committee.


Prof. Mohammad Ghavami

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Professor of Telecommunications Engineering

Mohammad Ghavami is Professor of Telecommunications Engineering and the founder and leader of BiMEC research group. His research interests include UWB, smart antenna systems and biomedical applications of wireless technology.


Dr Saim Memon

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering

Dr Saim is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of HEA and has a qualified teacher status with GTCS. He specialises in solar energy materials for sustainable low-carbon buildings and smart vacuum insulated windows.


Dr Jon Selig

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Selig's research interests are in the area of geometry and robotics.


Dr Perry Xiao

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor; Course Director, MRes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Dr Xiao's research focuses on the development of novel infrared and electronic sensing technologies for skin measurements and industrial Non-Destructive Testing. He is also a director and co-founder of Biox Systems Ltd, a university spin-out company, which designs and manufactures AquaFlux (trans-dermal water loss measurements) and Epsilon (capacitive imaging).


Facilities

Teaching and learning

The course is taught using a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computing and laboratory workshops. Students will also be undertaking group work and will do presentations as part of coursework.

Modules are assessed by a combination of logbooks, formal reports, open and closed book examinations, laboratory and computing workshop tests.

Each student on the course is allocated a personal tutor in their first week. Students remain with the same personal tutor for the duration of their stay at the university, however, we do realise that the students get more associated with the course director as they progress to the final year of the course and project supervisors.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

Full-time/part-time students

  • A Level AAB including Mathematics (136 UCAS points) or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD, including Level 3 Mathematics (144 UCAS points) or;
  • EAL Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies, D, including: Further Engineering Mathematics; Electrical and Electronic Engineering Principles; and other options relevant to Electrical and Electronic Engineering or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions and 6 Merits, with at least half the course in Mathematics and Physical Science subjects (134 UCAS points) or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points and including Mathematics

and

  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or;
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C, and a Mathematics qualification equivalent to reformed GCSE grade 4 or above, as assessed by UK NARIC

Accredited Prior Learning/Transfer Credit

Applicants may be considered for entry to the second year of the course with the following qualifications.  Applicants will normally be interviewed and may be required to sit a Mathematics test to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.

Full-time/part-time students

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or a closely-related subject or;
  • DipHE in a directly-relevant subject or;
  • Transfer of 120 Level 4 credits from a directly-equivalent degree course and with the approval of the director of that course or;
  • An overseas qualification assessed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least BTEC HND in a closely-related subject and an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Applicants may be considered for entry to the third year of the part-time course with the following qualifications and will be interviewed to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.

Part-time students

  • Foundation Degree (FdEng) in a directly-related subject, or;
  • Exceptional performance on the part-time HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at London South Bank University with the recommendation of its course director

Applicants may be considered for entry to the final year of the full-time course only under the following circumstances and will be interviewed to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.

Full-time students

  • Transfer from another IET-accredited course with the approval of the director of that course

Direct entry to the final year of the part-time course is not possible.

Accredited Prior Experiential Learning

APEL may be taken into account in determining the entry requirements for candidates with relevant work experience, but cannot replace the requirement for formal qualifications in Mathematics.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
TBC
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start date
September
Application code
5173
Application method

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5172Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £37000
UK/EU (including any optional years) £37000
International (excluding any optional years) £52500
International (including any optional years) £52500
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £10937.5
AOS/LSBU code: 5173Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £35453.34
International £52500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Stories

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  • Robot Detectives

    Robot Detectives

    LSBU holds an international reputation as a world leader in the use of robotics in non-destructive testing and developing intelligent robotic systems. Groundbreaking projects have ranged from building wall climbing robots to robots that work under water and oil.

  • Mohammed Edoo, BSc Mechanical Engineering Design, joined through Clearing

    Mohammed Edoo, BSc Mechanical Engineering Design, joined through Clearing

    BSc Mechanical Engineering Design student, Mohammad Edoo, was about to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the globe, until he received some life-changing advice and came to London South Bank University through Clearing.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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