State the Aims and Objectives of the programme as fit into the mission and plans of the institution and national demand for the programme.
Electrical power systems which play a pivotal role in modern economies are presently experiencing revolutionary changes. Environmental pressures as well as the sharp rise in demand have necessitated a revision of the portfolio of energy resources. Conventional energy sources are gradually moving away from load centers. This has resulted in a rise in transmission level voltages. Dispersed generations are also being introduced at load centers to reduce demand on main grids and address environmental concerns associated with conventional energy sources. It is expected that an increased amount of dispersed renewable generation units, such as photovoltaic systems, biomass systems and small wind turbines will be connected to the grid at the distribution level. Also, the connection of large solar and wind farms at the transmission level is in focus. Although these may offer economic, environmental and technical benefits, there are technical challenges and uncertainties. Also, the growing need to interconnect various national grids in order to improve the cost, reliability and security of power delivery has brought about high voltage direct current transmission. Furthermore, utilities are anticipating the development of a so-called “smart grid” that promises new opportunities for efficient and reliable use of electric power.
Therefore, there is a growing need for high level research in electrical systems due to increasing grid complexities and the need to meet growing power demand while keeping high level supply reliability considering faults.
The PhD programme aims to
Upon the completion of the PhD education, the candidate should at the forefront of knowledge in one or several subject areas in electric power engineering and should be able to:
MSc/MEng/MPhil degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering discipline from a recognised University. Applicants with degrees from closely related disciplines such as MSc/MEng/MPhil in Electronics or Physics could also be considered.
In addition to the general qualification, candidates must pass an interview.
A total of 5 students will be admitted in the first year of the programme. This number is expected to grow annually by 5.
Qualifications for retention
A student must register the required courses during each semester and attend lectures in order to continue in the programme.
Requirements for graduation
For the award of the PhD degree, the student must have
List the areas in which the students are likely to be employed
Employment opportunities exist for graduates of this programme in the following areas:
School of Graduate Studies