- Course: Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems MSc
Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?
During my search for a place to do my masters, I was looking for a university with high academic standard and especially in electrical engineering, qualified and outstanding academic staff who are passionate to impart knowledge, well equipped laboratories with state-of-art equipment, outstanding research performance in the field of electrical engineering, and world class library. Besides, I was keen to go to a place I can acquire the skills needed for my future PhD studies. And, all these qualities I found with the University of Leeds. This made me want to come and study for my masters in this specific institution.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
The best aspect has been the engaging and rigorous laboratory sessions which entail modelling and simulations of various renewable energy source power systems. Also, the perfect mix of field-research experience with the theoretical knowledge offered in lectures. This is because they have provided me with research skills I need.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
I have undertaken many projects, but the most exciting ones for me are the simulation of the photovoltaic cell, wind power generation system, induction machine, load flow analysis with the consideration of STATCOM and the building of AC-DC and DC-DC converter using MPLab.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds city has a lot to offer. Among them is the creative architectural designs of buildings especially at the city centre, and the quietness of the city in terms of security and orderliness. The interpersonal skills it offers through interaction with people from different ethnic background, and greater options for shopping where the prices are just fitting to your budget, and interesting sites for excursions.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I have a passion for research and lecturing. In the light of this, I should be proceeding with my PhD as soon as possible. I am actually going to narrow down on matters that have to do with renewable powered micro-grids and their integration with the conventional grid.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
The research skills I have acquired in the various system simulations and modelling. Also, the ability of knowing where the information is and its correct applications to solve life problems.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
Not trying to scare anyone but on a frank note, they must be ready to work! There is no shortcut to success in the University of Leeds. The hard-work and diligence are required of them so they will able to manage their time, make good grades and be able to have full participation in the modules. For as many that are still struggling with calculus, they should ensure they sharpen it before starting the journey. Besides, the lecturers are understandable and ready to help. It has been a wonderful experience with them.