Master's Degree in Smart Grids

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1st Call for Applications: 01/11/2021 to 13/05/2022
2nd Call for Applications: 14/05/2022 to 30/06/2022
3rd Call for Applications: 01/07/2022 to 25/08/2022

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1 year / 90 ECTS

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"Energy plays a key role in managing
the unprecedented challenge that we face: climate change"


The transformation of energy is essential to achieve the desired goal of sustainability. The energy transition should be orientated toward this.


Electricity is the form of energy that will play the most relevant role in this transition. Electrical networks are essential to facilitate the energy transition.

Smart Grids

Smart grids are the electrical networks that facilitate the energy transition, making intensive use of new technologies, especially those that allow their digitalization.

Social Aspects

In this transition, the social component plays an essential role through education and training at all levels.

What is the Master's Degree in Smart Grids (MSG)?

The Master's Degree in Smart Grids (MSG) is a Master of Science Degree with 90 ECTS credits, taught by the University of Strathclyde and the ICAI School of Engineering, in close collaboration with Iberdrola. The main objective of the program is to respond to the growing demand for engineers, needed to lead the ongoing process of the digitalization of the electric grid.

This program provides students with a detailed understanding of the operation and planning of grids under this new paradigm, along with new business opportunities and models that are arising in this constantly changing field. It has been developed in close collaboration with Iberdrola. This alliance guarantees both the practical component, thanks to the participation of industry, and the academic rigor of the courses.

The international experience is one of the most interesting features of the program

One of the most interesting features of the program is the intensive international experience offered. Students not only spend one semester in both Spain and Scotland, but also carry out internships at any of the international offices of Iberdrola in Spain, Scotland, the USA and Brazil.

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Admissions Process


Admission process:
Applications should be submitted within the application period, accompanied by all of the required documents.

The Admissions Committee will study applications and inform candidates of its decision, as well as the corresponding enrollment deadline, when applicable, by email and post. There is no special admissions exam.

Admission criteria:
The student's academic transcript (80%), letters of recommendation, cover letter and, if applicable, an interview (20%) will be taken into consideration.
Advanced level of English is required (C1 European Level minimum)

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Important Dates


Submission of applications:
1st Call for Applications: 01/11/2021 to 13/05/2022
2nd Call for Applications: 14/05/2022 to 30/06/2022
3rd Call for Applications: 01/07/2022 to 25/08/2022

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Classes start on: September 1, 2022


Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation


Applicant profile:
This Master’s Degree is aimed at enthusiastic Electrical and Telecommunications Engineers who would like to develop their career in the energy industry of the future.

The program presented here is tailored for outstanding engineers who wish to further their career by acquiring skills and knowledge that will be essential for the ongoing transformation of the energy sector.

Finally, participants should be willing to travel, since lessons will not only take place at ICAI (Madrid) and Strathclyde (Glasgow); there will also be a period with a paid internship in one of the leading companies in the world: Iberdrola. This internship will be carried out in one of the branch offices of Iberdrola around the world in the USA, Brazil, the UK or Spain.

Admission requirements:
A Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering or a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Proficiency Level of English: (C1 European Level or higher is required for admission).

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Information on Fees, Payments, Grants and Scholarships


- Scotland/EU countries: €15,935.00 for the entire Master's Degree (one year)
- Rest of the UK: €15,935.00
Registration fee: €3,385.80
8 installments: €1,568.70
- Rest of the world: €21,240.00
Registration fee: €3,384.00
8 installments: €2,232.00

If you are an alumni, you are entitled to 10% discount.

Additionally, Iberdrola will offer a number of grants for the most talented students joining this Master’s Degree Program.

Learn more about Iberdrola International Master's Scholarship Programme here.

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Prospective Students Office

C/ Alberto Aguilera, 21 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 540 61 32

Fax: +34 91 559 65 69

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Person Responsible for the Program:
Director: Miguel Ángel Sánchez Fornié

Coordinator:Javier Matanza Domingo


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This Master’s Degree has a duration of 1 year (90 ECTS). Alternatively, it may be carried out over a period of two years, in conjunction with the Official Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering (MII) or the Official Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (MIT).

1st Period (September to December) - Madrid (30 ECTS)
Fundamentals of Power Systems or Fundamentals of Telecommunications (3 ECTS)
Telecommunications: The objective of this course is to develop some basic understanding of the fundamental foundations on telecommunication. The course focuses not only on the transmissions systems and techniques used nowadays for transmitting information at a high level but it also elaborates on the fundamental concepts of signal modulation and propagation.

Power Systems: The aim of this course is to provide the student with the fundamental foundations on power systems that allow him to tackle more advance concepts.
Regulation and New Business Models (7.5 ECTS)
The course presents an in-depth interdisciplinary perspective of the electric power sector, with regulation as the core for networks business providing the link among the engineering, economic, legal and environmental viewpoints.
Operation and Planning of Future Distribution Networks (7.5 ECTS)
The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the principles and main methodologies behind the planning and operation of distribution networks, understand how distributed energy resources affect these activities, and comprehend what technical solutions distribution grid operators need to deploy in order to address the new challenges of the Smart Grid.
Telecommunications for Smart Grids (7.5 ECTS)
The aim of this course is to provide the student with knowledge about the main technologies and standards used for digital communications. More precisely, the course is focused in technologies that are or could be useful in present and future Smart Grids, respectively. Contents will vary from a mathematical model of the signal transmission to a higher-level view of the network architecture for Smart Grid Networks. Cybersecurity will be a recurrent topic in this course.
Leadership, Change Management and Corporate Responsibility (4.5 ECTS)
This course provides skills and knowledge necessary to manage staff in dynamic company structures, which are subject to changes and difficulties as being part of a more complex organization. In addition to this, the course addresses situations which encompass dilemmas and implications of an ethical and professional nature, which will not only affect students in their future personal or professional life, but also have consequences that go beyond their own personal lives.
2nd Period (January to mid May) - Strathclyde (30 ECTS)
Data Analytics and AI for Energy Systems (5 ECTS)
A strong part of the business case for smart grids is using intelligence and automation to gain more capacity from existing assets to avoid large expenditure on further assets. Also, autonomy and intelligence is key to the flexible operation of smart girds, integration of low carbon generation and effective interaction with consumers. This module teaches the key AI and data science methods that are applicable to smart grids, and provides case studies of their application. We are moving to a future where much more can and will be monitored and new techniques, leveraging data analytics, are needed to fully exploit the data. Areas covered will be machine learning, knowledge based methods, distributed intelligence methods and architectures, applications in asset management, applications in network management and control.
Control and Protection of Future Networks (5 ECTS)
HVDC transmission systems and renewable generation units use power electronic converters rather than synchronous machines to interface to the AC network. Hence, classic control and protection methods meant for classic power systems may not be able to accommodate high penetration of renewables and long distance HVDC links.

The aim of this module is to enable students to appreciate the principles of control and protection of present-day and future electrical systems including:

- The steady-state and dynamic analysis of electrical systems under normal, transient and fault conditions.
- Grid-codes and other legislation that impacts upon the functional requirements of protection systems, generation and HVDC transmission units.
- The main concepts related to the requirements, functions, design and operation of protection schemes for power system transmission and distribution systems.
- How HVDC and converter-interfaced generation pose challenges to operation and protection system design; but also, how their enhanced controllability has great potential to enable new alternative concepts.
Offshore and Pan European Supergrids (5 ECTS)
This module establishes the case for a massive expansion of DC in transmission systems in order to access diversity of load and generation at a European level. Students will investigate different design strategies for new offshore networks compared to traditional networks in recognition of different risk and cost profiles.

The module also covers the fundamentals of HVDC grid, including mulit-level converter topology and configuration, operation, modelling and control of multi-terminal DC grids. This will also include the approach taken to control DC networks to provide support and integration of AC networks, and how an AC network is affected by a high penetration of DC links.
Hardware IoT Communications System Design (5 ECTS)
This module will provide you with the essential skills to design, build and test a sensor network for your smart grid application. The course makes use of radio frequency (RF) Internet of Things (IoT) development boards and a range of sensors and radio modules. You'll program the boards to communicate with the sensor nodes and wirelessly transmit data to gateway and onwards to a PC receiver or mobile wi-fi device. You'll analyse the measurement data and produce a graphical user interface to display it in a user accessible manner.
Power Electronics for Transmission and Distribution Networks (5 ECTS)
Power electronics provides one of the key technologies for delivering the flexible power networks necessary for future low carbon energy systems. This module will help to build the skills and knowledge necessary to analyse power electronic based systems, evaluate their operation within the wider power network, and identify the key advances that will facilitate wider adoption.

In particular the module will build understanding in the following areas:

- The operation of power electronic based energy conversion systems.
- The application of power electronics to transmission and distribution networks.
- The benefits and disadvantages of power electronics in power systems.
5G Communications Networks (5 ECTS)
This module covers the core principles and operation of packet-based communications networks leading to the design and operation of future 5G networks. It describes the operation of the key transport layer protocols within the internet architecture including wired and wireless networks. Specific areas include 5G Quality of Services based networks, techniques to measure and report the network performance and operation.

The 5G Comms Networks course will also focus on topics in relation to cyber security including browser and HTTP fundamentals, security architecture and security analysis methodologies highlighting common web vulnerabilities, security management systems and policies and security governance.
3rd Period (mid May to early September) – Iberdrola (30 ECTS)
Internships + Master Thesis (30 ECTS)

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The long-standing tradition of the ICAI School of Engineering in the education and training of engineers began in Madrid in the year 1908. At present, Comillas ICAI is a School of Engineering whose academic activity is focused on Industrial and Telecommunication Engineering.



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