Commercial products today combine many technologies, and industry is increasingly interdisciplinary. This course is designed to meet this demand, giving you an interdisciplinary knowledge base in modern electronics including power, communications, control and embedded processors.
You’ll develop a broad grasp of a range of interlocking disciplines, combining core modules developing your practical lab skills and industry awareness with a range of optional modules that allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests or career plans. Next-generation silicon technologies, electric drives and generating electric power from renewable sources are among the topics you could study.
This course will appeal to people with a broad interest in electronics and communications, as well as those who are interested in modern communications techniques, radio propagation, cellular mobile systems, control systems, power and drives, and modern system on-chip technology.
Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities. These include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives.
Depending on your choice of project, you may have use of our Terahertz photonics lab, ultrasound and bioelectronics labs, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds.
The School also contains facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility. The Faculty is also home to the £5.5 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.
The MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For this course, these are the quality standards set by the IET.
Throughout the course you’ll choose from a range of optional modules that allow you to pursue topics across electronic and electrical engineering as they relate to your interests or career plans. You could focus on FPGA design for system-on-chip, wireless communications systems nano-electromechanical systems among many others to gain a broad and deep understanding a range of subjects.
A set of core modules will support your learning. You’ll take part in a range of experiments linked to your subject on our lab module, and you’ll develop your skills in programming. If you have no experience of C programming you’ll take the Programming module, or you can take Software Development if you already have those skills.
To build your understanding of the global electronics industry, you’ll also complete a dissertation. This could take the form of a business, manufacturing or outsourcing plan, a proposal for research funding or an essay on a specific aspect of the industry.
Over the summer months, you’ll work on your research project. This may give you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research institutes, focusing on a specialist topic of your choice and using the appropriate research methods.
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Wireless Communications Systems Design
Power Electronics and Drives
Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources
FPGA Design for System-on-Chip
Control Systems Design
Embedded Microprocessor System Design
Medical Electronics and E-Health
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible for taught postgraduate programmes. The Faculty of Engineering will only consider applications made before the dates below, subject to places being available:
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Graduates of this course can expect to find jobs where industry needs a breadth of knowledge matched by a depth in certain areas.
You’ll be well equipped to integrate and co-ordinate the strands of a cross-disciplinary project and manage the interfaces between specialities. With these skills, you’ll be in a good position to progress to project management roles in companies working at the cutting edge of modern multi-faceted systems.
General Electric, AECOM, Deep Sea Electronics, Hyperdrive Innovation, Descon Engineering, Broadcom, Pakistan Oilfields Ltd., Wabtec Rail UK and many others are among the organisations where graduates from our School have found employment.
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.
The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Recent projects by students in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering have included:
Wireless sensor networks, the internet of things and bicycle traffic in the city.
Device to Monitor Activity of Ageing People
Wind turbine strain gauge system
Wind turbine teaching demonstrator
Virtual Machines Placement in Core Networks with Renewable Energy
Design and Analysis of High-Performance Internet Routers
Spatial Modulation for Massive MIMO System
Fuel cell for energy storage
Low cost design and fabrication of 3D MEMS components
Ultrasonic Wind Speed Detection
Core Quantum Networks
Microwave Low Noise Amplifier
CANbus system to simulate car electronic systems
Wind Turbine Teaching Demonstrator
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.