Electrical Drive Systems (H6097)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

In this module, you’ll cover all the major concepts required to gain a good understanding of modern electrical drive systems, as well as their operation.

It also involves practical work using simulation software and hands-on laboratory work. Topics normally include the following:

  • introduction to electrical drive systems, electrical principles
  • drive mechanics, mechanical principles, electrical drive dynamics
  • magnetism and machine fundamentals, magnetic circuits, transformers, electromechanical energy conversion
  • fundamentals of power electronics, converters for drives
  • control of electrical drives, feedback control
  • fundamentals of DC machines, brushless DC motors
  • AC machines and space vectors, induction motors, induction motor drives
  • synchronous machines, synchronous motor drives
  • servo, stepper and reluctance drives.


89%: Lecture
11%: Practical (Laboratory, Practical)


20%: Coursework (Report)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 35 hours of contact time and about 115 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: