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Power System Protection

Electrical power and energy are not only an essential part of production in industrial and commercial processes, but are crucial for maintaining the quality of our civilization. Faults in electrical systems lead to inevitable interruptions of the power supply and must therefore be cleared quickly selectively and in the best possible way.

This task is performed by protective devices which are selected, parameterized and operated by specially trained protection engineers.

The main objective of the course is the mastery of the state-of-the-art technology for the operation and testing of protective devices and systems. After clarifying the necessary requirements for a protection system, the main topics of the university course are the fault calculation for single and multi-pole faults, and the presentation of the different protection concepts.

Contents and Focus

The online university course consists of 6 modules:

  1. system aspects
  2. overcurrent protection
  3. differential protection
  4. Earth fault protection
  5. distance protection
  6. fault behavior

The course is conducted using the technology of e-learning. Participants are provided with short videos (“nuggets”) that cover about 75% of the learning content. Each video is accompanied by a script that summarises the content in short form. In addition, a detailed script and a questionnaire are available. Self-tests for the individual learning videos provide immediate feedback for the participants. Building on the basic knowledge, the application knowledge is taught in the form of five 2-hour webinar units. The acquired knowledge is applied in the individual elaboration of four real-life examples. After submitting these, two 2-hour online Q&A sessions are offered, which serve as preparation for the written final examination.

Learning Goals

  • You will learn the basics of protection technology.
  • You will critically assess the development of faults and the behavior of the protective devices.
  • You will learn how to ensure security of supply.
  • You will learn the basics of network and system protection technology.

Dates and Deadlines

Next course start: 18 November 2024 (online phase, self-study)

Registration deadline: 18 October 2024


Time schedule

to be determined soon

Feedback after appointment 

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Examination takes place by arrangement 

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 10 weeks, 125 hours
  • Certificate: Certificate from TU Graz
  • ECTS-Points: 5
  • Language of instruction: English (German on request)
  • Participation fees: 1550,-- Euro (VAT free)
    The fee covers course materials, lunch, and food/drink during breaks.
  • Number of participants: max. 20
  • Course location: TU Graz and online
  • Organizational form: 5 weeks of self-study, 5 weeks of supervised deepening and exercises, assessment of performance in the form of an exam
  • Curriculum

Only specialised protection ensures the reliability of the networks, consumer systems and energy generation plants!

Programme Director

em.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Institute of Electrical Power Systems

Power System Protection on iMooX

For self-study, here is the playlist of videos hosted by YouTube for the course Power System Protection.



Sarah Meinhardt

TU Graz Life Long Learning
Tel.: +43 316 873 4945