Power Electronics:

Power Electronics: Devices, Circuits, and Applications, by M. H. Rashid, 2013 (plenty of worked examples, ebook in QMUL library, free online version).
Principles of Power Electronics by J. G. Kassakian, M. F. Schlecht, and G. C. Verghese, Addison-Wesley, 1991 (MIT source and paperback version in QMUL library).
Chapter: Introduction to Power Electronics in Electric Machinery Fundamentals  by S. J. Chapman, McGraw-Hill, 5th Edition, 2011 (short but very easy to read, paperback version in QMUL library)
Online Power Electronic course by Dr Firuz Zare.

Electrical Machines:

Electric Machinery Fundamentals  by S. J. Chapman, McGraw-Hill, 5th Edition, 2011 (classic textbook, paperback version in QMUL library)

Control Systems:

Electronic Feedback Systems by Prof. Roberge gave at MIT in 1985. Excellent video lectures if you are new to control systems.


Matlab/Simulink is an essential modelling tool for all the above subjects. I’ve found the following books really helpful for somebody who wants to learn Matlab from zero to one! Especially the second reference is full of good examples.

1. Getting Started With MATLAB: A Quick Introduction For Scientists And Engineer
2. MATLAB Programming for Engineers
3. MATLAB Cody

Online Matlab help is also a great tutorial source and plenty of Matlab/Simulink courses are available in Udemy. A great collection of examples can be found in MATLAB central.

Energy and Renewables:

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air, by David JC Mackay, 2008.
Energy by Vaclav Smil, 2006.

Every researcher must know these!