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This programme has been selected to support the skills demand in Scotland's key economic growth areas. A number of full fee bursaries are available to applicants permanently resident in Scotland. Download an application form and submit to


This masters in Smart Grid is multidisciplinary with a strong emphasis on Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. It’s aimed at students with electrical and mechanical knowledge – and designed to give you an understanding of how the components in an energy or electricity network interact. The course also looks at the design, modelling, evaluation and operating requirements of smart girds.

With the increased contribution of renewable power, there’s a demand for highly-trained specialists with technical skills and knowledge in this area. What’s more, the Scottish Funding Council is currently offering five scholarships covering fees only for this course (to students with Scottish backgrounds). Find out more about funded places.

You can also watch a film of academic Valentin Robu discussing the MSc in Smart Grids and Demand Side Management.

Course length

The full-time course starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma.

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Semester One - All courses are Mandatory

B51ET Foundations of Energy

This course provides the foundations for the quantitative analysis of energy resources and conversion efficiencies through various technologies. It also places energy production and consumption into the wider field of environmental and socio-economic factors

B51GE Renewable Energy Technologies

This course introduces the range of Renewable Energy resources together with established and emerging technologies. It provides the skills for a quantitative assessment of the Renewable Energy resources and the expected energy and power output from typical or specific installations.

B31GA Electrical Power Systems

This course covers the operation of interconnected electrical power systems. Such interconnected power systems combine a number of different components, generators, transmission lines, transformers and motors, which must be appreciated to understand the operation of the interconnected system.

C21EN Environmental and Energy Economics

This course introduces students to the core concepts and methods of modern economics, and environmental and energy economics in particular.

Semester Two – All courses are Mandatory

B31GG Smart grid modeling

This course introduces the mathematical skills to model the operation of an electricity or energy network at a statistical and dynamical level, incorporating key elements of a smart grid, including technological constraints, economic drivers and information exchange.

B31GB Distributed Generation

This course equips students with an understanding of the role of distributed generation in electrical energy networks. It provides students with an overview of distributed generation techniques and describes the contribution of distributed generation to network security. The course introduces the economics of distributed generation and the assessment of distributed generation schemes. It introduces students to the concept of intermittent sources and their contribution to capacity in electrical power systems and provides a detailed review of the reliability, fault and stability studies of distributed generation schemes.

B51GK Demand Management and Energy Storage

This course provides students with an overview of demand-side management and its contribution to network capacity and security. It reviews energy storage technologies and their contribution to the integration of renewable generation and the operation of large-scale electrical network. It introduces students to the methods of interfacing energy storage mechanisms to electrical networks. The course describes the contribution energy storage technology can make to transportation and industry

B81EZ Critical Analysis and Research Preparation

This course provides research training and addresses literature review skills, project planning, data analysis and presentation with a focus to critically discuss literature, and use data to support an argument.

B31VZ MSc Project

An individual project led by a research active member of staff or an industrial partner on a topic relevant to smart grid technology, demand management technologies or approaches or smart grid/ electricity / energy systems modelling.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are a good Honours degree (2.i) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics, or a closely related subject. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.

Alternative backgrounds, such as vocational training complemented with sufficient relevant industrial experience and continued professional development will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

If you are not from a UKBA recognised English speaking country, we will need to see evidence of your English language ability. If your first degree was taught in English a letter from them confirming this will be sufficient. Otherwise the minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

The University offers a range English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
  • 3 weeks English refreshers course (for students who meet the English condition for the MSc but wish to refresh their English skills prior to starting).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £5200 £2600 £650
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £5200 £2600 £650
Overseas £17570 £8785 £2196.25

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.