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Smart Grids and Energy Systems

MSc / PGDip / PGCert



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I did my dissertation at the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), Ireland. From this I gained industrial experience, and it enriched my CV. Gideon Nkwai Nchubo, MSc Smart Grids and Energy Systems graduate.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in an area relevant to your proposed programme of study, for example: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Maths, or Physics

  • Applicants with lesser academic qualifications but have substantial (approx. 5 years) relevant work experience may also be considered 

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

The programme utilises a range of learning methods to offer a personalised, research-led, and digitally rooted learning experience with a holistic, international focus.

At the centre of this strategy is the focus on problem-solving through the use of creative, analytical, logical and innovative thinking, and through networking and communicating effectively with peers.

The teaching delivery team includes internationally-renowned researchers and practitioners from all the relevant smart grids and energy systems areas, including power systems, control system design, modelling and optimisation, wireless and communication systems, big data analytics and artificial intelligence and IoT. We have secured several funded projects, ensuring students will be exposed to cutting-edge knowledge and case studies. 

This programme is supported through placement and internship and industry and advisory board by several well-known industries and research centres within the UK and internationally.

Formal lectures will facilitate your acquisition of knowledge and understanding, discipline specific skills, and apply this learning to industry practices. Laboratory sessions, using state-of-the-art laboratories run in conjunction with the theoretical components, give the student opportunity to enhance their understanding of particular topics.

The unique teaching content and delivery on the course is extremely well supported with several industries and special purpose labs including IoT Innovation lab and Electrical Engineering Lab. These will also help develop discipline-specific skills and personal transferable skills.

In addition, the research and development carried out in these labs and the case studies from the publicly-funded high profile projects, ensures that the content is fresh and cutting-edge. We also integrate knowledge and experience from Industrial partners through both our Industry Advisory Board and these research projects through challenging case studies, lab-based activities and invited talks, ensuring that research findings are at the heart of our curriculum.

This new programme will also involve invited external speakers from various industry sectors. This ensures that you will be exposed to the very latest and future developments.

Facilities and Placements

The unique teaching content is supported by state-of-the-art facilities, including software programmes GAMS & MATLAB, and hardware contained in dedicated laboratories:

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering lab
  • IoT Innovation lab

The research and development carried out in these labs, along with case-studies from publicly-funded high profile projects, ensures that course content is fresh and cutting-edge, and that you as a student will be exposed to the very latest and future developments.

There are several placements/internships available for home and international students with leading companies in energy and smart grids sector in the UK and internationally, including:

  • Electricity North West Limited (ENWL)
  • N-ERGY
  • Nortech Online in the UK, and Elin BioFuel, Greece
  • International Energy Research Centre, Ireland
  • Wilson Power Solutions
  • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • DEPsys

Electricity North West Limited (ENWL) logo           N-ERGY logo         Nortech logo   

IERC logo          Elin logo           Wilson Power Solutions logo

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council logo

DEPsys logo           

Study support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.

In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes.
From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


The University of Bradford has a strong presence in Smart Grids, IoT, Big Data analytics, smart technologies, and network management as part of several national and EU research projects.

These projects include:

  • British Council SITARA project for smart grids operation using IoT and Big-Data analytics

  • CASAGRAS 2 project on IoT and Big-Data analytics

  • British Council BLESS U project for enhanced smart health services
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.