Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)
Develop and enhance your understanding of electronic engineering to an advanced level, setting you apart in your career. You will engage with technology that goes beyond silicon based electronics to develop specialist knowledge and skills for emerging markets.
You may already have a firm grasp of the essentials of the discipline; however, this programme will provide you with a practical understanding of key areas of advanced electronic engineering. With links into a research portfolio that has been rated as internationally excellent, this programme is guided by leading experts, including industry specialists. You will work with familiar technology like WiFi, and explore new innovative landscapes such as micro and nanostructures in sensory equipment and self-healing electronics for safety critical systems.
The programme has been developed to meet the demands of the contemporary electronic engineering landscape. Emerging markets such as smart grid, healthcare and medicine, energy and environment are set to join established industrial sectors including security, transport and aerospace and as such, skilled Masters graduates are highly sought after.
Over the year you will explore a range of high-level topics, which will test your previous understanding while allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of electronics. The skills gained during these modules will be invaluable as you progress in your career.
The technical element of the degree will involve you engaging with a range of technologies and topics, such as: system-on-chip engineering; micro engineering; RF engineering; control and instrumentation; and communications and embedded systems. You will also benefit from the programme’s practical element, which will enable you to gain a wealth of valuable experience. You will become adept at digital design; the design of microstructures; programming of embedded microcontrollers; RF circuits; and methods of building control loops and associated software. The robust and comprehensive skill set and knowledge you gain will open up a range of opportunities and support your progression as a professional.
During the year, you will also complete a project provided by one of our industry partners. This will allow you to bring together everything you have learnt and gain valuable real-world experience of working as a professional electronic engineer. As part of this project, you will structure and break down a problem; develop team organisation, project management and technical skills; and use background sources and research. You will also gain career experience by presenting your results and writing a customer report. Examples of previous projects include:
Engineering is more than just theory and, as a result, you will experience labs/practical sessions, workshops and group tutorials, alongside lectures. This contact is with academic staff that are internationally recognised and work alongside global electronics companies.
In addition, our technicians and admin support team are very approachable and have many years of experience in helping students achieve success.
Assessment varies between modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typically you can expect assignments such as coursework, presentations and formal examinations.
As a department, we prioritise delivering high-quality, rigorous programmes that prepare and equip our graduates for a rewarding career. The Department provides an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the dynamic nature of professional engineering.
Our Department is an internationally recognised leader in research and innovation and, as such, you will join a thriving and supportive academic community. Staff and students alike will welcome and support you both academically and socially.
You will be encouraged throughout your programme in a friendly, vibrant environment that is conducive to excellent research and learning.
Our MSc in Electronic Engineering is designed to support your career ambitions and progression. By enabling you to develop your technical and professional skills to an advanced level, and allowing you to apply what you have previously learnt to real-world problems, this programme equips you with the knowledge and experience for a range of electronic engineering careers, and will put you ahead of the competition.
There is a wide range of sectors where electronic engineering is relevant, such as Aerospace, Energy, Environment, Health, IT and Telecommunications, and Security. Roles in these sectors come with highly competitive starting salaries, and include, but are not limited to:
In addition, studying at Masters level will further enhance your prospects, opening up opportunities to progress further in your career.
Alternatively, our programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to take up further study at PhD level and begin a career in research, exploring innovative, cutting-edge areas of the engineering discipline.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
We interact with hundreds of tiny computers in everyday life that are embedded into our houses, our cars, our toys, and our work. As our world has become more complex, so have the capabilities of the microcontrollers embedded into our devices. ARM Cortex M family represents a new class of powerful, energy efficient, and easy-to-use processor microcontrollers that meet the needs of tomorrow’s smart and connected embedded applications. As such the Cortex-M processor is well on its way to becoming an industry standard architecture for embedded systems. As a result, the knowledge of how to use it is becoming a requisite skill for graduates with electrical and electronics degrees as well as professional developers.
The aim of this module is to familiarise the students with the distinctive features of embedded systems and their design procedure. More specifically, we focus on how to program a Cortex-M0+ microprocessor using ARM assembly language and embedded C. This requires learning both hardware and software aspects of the microcontroller processor.
Throughout the module, the students undertake several hands-on practical exercises to deepen their understanding on the fundamental concepts of the embedded systems and become more familiar with the hardware architecture and instruction sets of the microcontroller at the register level. This is followed by a group project during the second week of the module on design and development of a mechatronics system. The students work with Keil IDE software as an industry standard development tool and learn how to use its capabilities for debugging and programming of the ARM based microcontrollers.
At the end of the module the students will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the architecture and programming of the KL025Z board and ARM CortexM0+ processor; use a combination of embedded C and ARM assembly language for programming these MCUs; and be able to choose a particular device, integrate it into a system, and write working programs.
Pre-requisites of this module are a basic understanding of digital electronics (ENGR 116, 228) and familiarity with designing microcontrollers.
Exploring the design and manufacture of electronic systems, including methods of synthesising large digital functions, achieving low power consumption, and managing timing at typical System-on-Chip (SoC) clock speeds, is the focus of the module. Students will explore the trade-offs between power consumption, speed and scaling in state-of-the-art SoC technology. They will also explore system architectures of cores and implementation options on reconfigurable devices.
A combination of lectures and practical sessions will allow students to develop an understanding of design and synthesis in VHDL/Verilog. The practical element will consist of a mini project to implement a digital system on an Altera FPGA and will require the application of the practical skills learned throughout the module.
Mixed signal functions will be discussed, and students will learn about design for test and design for manufacture solutions in detail. The topics of HW/SW codesign, packaging technologies and interconnect will all be taught together with underpinning circuit design for high speed digital systems.
Students will come to understand the fundamentals of communication in SoCs, as well as learn to apply their insight into the hardware organisation of a SoC platform.
We do not expect students to have high level skills in electronics design. A basic understanding of circuits and electronic components is valuable however, tutorials will be provided.
Projects are obtained from local companies who have a genuine engineering problem, design or development requirement. The three-week project commences with a team and project assignment and briefing lecture. Each team then meets their company and is assigned an industrial contact and academic supervisor for the project. Communication with the company and academic supervisor for most of the project is at the discretion of the team.
During the project, students will learn how to structure a technical problem, assess the technologies required to meet the requirements using available literature and resources, work creatively to develop possible solutions, and apply multidisciplinary scientific and engineering skills to assess the technical validity of those solutions. The modules ends with a presentation session.
This module gives the opportunity to apply the technical, problem analysis and project management skills learned in earlier modules to a real industrial environment. Gaining professional experience solving problems in industry in this way can greatly increase the employability of postgraduates. Students can also forge useful connections during their communication with the companies.
Projects may require advanced engineering skills in any field so the module is suitable for students on all MSc courses.Previous experience of working with industry is not required.
During this module, students will learn the basics of how the behaviour of device structures change as dimensions shrink, along with how to design these structures and predict their static and dynamic behaviour across a range of energy domains (electro-magnetic, electro-static, thermal, mechanical etc.).
In addition to this, the module will also teach the principles of sensing and actuation in the main application areas that range from mobile communications to bio-chemical analysis. Students will gain knowledge regarding the manufacturing technologies for micro & nanoscale technologies; the product engineering process, including how to achieve high reliability; and the emerging technologies that utilise nanoscale structures.
Semiconductor industry companies like Intel and Texas Instruments have positions across the entire design and manufacturing flow for graduates with a microengineering background. Most of the smaller design companies have activity in MEMS and microengineering.
As a result of undertaking this module, students will come to understand the underpinning engineering science associated with micro-mechanics and microfluidics. Other topics they will discuss include the fundamental principles of solid state physics and materials used within devices involving sub 100nm dimensions; micropackaging concepts; and the mechanics of scaling across multiple energy domains down to sub 100nm dimensions.
In the end, students will be able to demonstrate a wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies for microsystems, this will include an awareness of developing technologies in the areas of microsystems and heterogeneous systems.
We do not expect high level skills in microelectronics or dynamics of mechanical structures although the basics of electronics and / or mechanics at undergraduate level (years 1 & 2) is necessary.
This module involves the development and delivery of an individual engineering project. Project topics are usually aligned with an academic supervisor’s research interests or contribute to industrially collaborative areas of technical enquiry of significance to the department.
Projects can vary from research-orientated investigations of new methods or techniques through to the design and verification of components for manufacture. Part-time students may undertake a project linked to their company subject to approval, and in such cases, students are assigned an academic supervisor from the University and a technical contact within the company.
The emphasis is on applying skills learnt during the course. This will require students to self-manage their project; to select and apply engineering modelling and analysis; and to use this to deliver a technically sound solution to an engineering problem. The writing up of the project findings are compiled in an individual technical dissertation report.
Where possible, projects are connected to an industrial partner and are structured to enable the student to develop and demonstrate several of the professional engineering competences defined by the Engineering Council.
Projects require advanced engineering and project management skills so the module issuitable for students on MSc Engineering Project Management or MSc MechanicalEngineering with Project Management.
This module covers all aspects concerning the provision of existing mobile phone systems (both 2G and 3G), and emerging fourth generation (4G) mobile systems (WiMAX and LTE). It also discusses system features and application for future generation mobile system and emerging new technologies, such as ad-hoc mesh, software defined radio and heterogeneous networks.
This module concerns the design and application of intelligent control systems, with a focus on modern algorithmic computer-aided design methods. Starting from the well-known proportional-integral algorithm, essential concepts such as digital and optimal control will be familiarised using straightforward algebra and block diagrams.
The module addresses the needs of students across the engineering discipline who would like to advance their knowledge of automatic control and optimisation, with the lectures being supported by practical worked-examples based on recent research into robotics, mechatronic and environmental systems, among other areas.
Students will also be taught statistical modelling concepts that have wide-ranging application for control, signal processing and forecasting, with applications beyond engineering into health and medicine, economics, etc.
The concept of state variable feedback is utilised as a unifying framework for generalised digital control system design. This approach provides a relatively gentle learning curve, from which potentially difficult topics, such as optimal, stochastic and multivariable control, can be introduced and assimilated in an interesting and straightforward manner. The module also aims to develop an appreciation of the constraints under which industrial applications of control operate, and to introduce the computational tools needed for designing these control systems.
Major global companies across the engineering discipline, including automotive and communications companies, have positions for graduates with a control engineering background. This module is also very useful for those who wish to work with robotics and autonomous systems.
Ultimately, students will come to understand various hierarchical architectures of intelligent control. They will also be able to design optimal model-based control systems and design and evaluate system performance for practical applications.
Previous courses about control systems are not a pre-requisite. Students taking this module are expected to be able to confidently manipulate algebraic expressions, vectors and matrices, including scalar and vector products.
This module focuses on design methods for distributed circuits. Students will develop an understanding of RF transmission line theory by considering impedance matching, S-parameters, and Smith charts, as well as RF measurements and detection. They will also explore high frequency circuit design, which includes RF amplifier and filter design, noise calculations, and applications of RF components.
There is a strong practical element to the module that involves students using Microwave Office to build and test a microwave amplifier. This provides students with practical skills in high frequency electronics and related fields.
In completing these tasks, students will develop an understanding of the impact, importance and application of high frequency electronics in the field of communications, remote control and wireless interface.
By the end of this module, students will be able to design RF circuits using analytical techniques and computational design software including filters and amplifiers; design impedance matching networks; and understand high frequency distributed circuits.
Pre-requisites of this module include BSc degree level understanding of AC Theory.
Students will become familiar with the hardware and software skills necessary to interface with and integrate electro-mechanical system to a digital computer for software based control during this module.
The definition of interfacing, interfacing-integration requirements, digital and analogue signal conditioning, D/A and A/D conversion, power switching techniques and devices, hybrid HW/SW solutions and National Instruments LabVIEW programming are just some of the topics that will be explained and expanded upon during this module. By exposing students to typical real-world problems and solutions when combining circuit techniques and LabVIEW programming, their understanding and confidence when dealing with such problems will be increased.
On successful completion of this module, students will understand the principles of digital and analogue interfacing; be able to define and interpret interfacing requirements and device specifications; and be able to design appropriate interface hardware, resolving issues of signal amplitude, level shifting, polarity, impedance and drive, using passive and active circuitry; and able to independently debug and programs in LabVIEW.
In addition to these skills, students will also gain an understanding of the problems associated with integration within engineering systems, as well as an experience and appreciation of the interactions between hardware and software.
The Renewable Energy module provides students with specialist training in this field, with strong emphasis on engineering design, but also included are discussions of costs, grid integration, optimal resource exploitation and environmental aspects. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamentals of a range of sources of renewable energy and the means of its conversion into useful forms. In addition to this, the technical, economical, environmental and ethical issues associated with the exploitation of renewable energy sources will be highlighted.
Students will be provided with a good overview of most rapidly growing forms of renewable energy, they will also learn the basics design concepts of horizontal and vertical axis wind and tidal current turbines, and will consider key power and control strategies. They will be taught how to assess renewable energy resources and how to reliably determine the maximum share of the available source that can be converted into electricity.
Using engineering models and general-purpose technologies, students will learn the formulation and solution of multidisciplinary problems of renewable energy engineering. The discussion of realistic engineering problems and machine design/usage challenges will expose students to technologies presently used in the research and development departments of modern renewable energy organisations.
Pre requisites of this module include Undergraduate level (years 1 and 2) trigonometry, aerodynamics, hydraulics, statistics and calculus, and elements of physics, including principle of energy conservation, kinematics and dynamics of particle motion in non-inertial reference frames.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Designed for: Applicants with a first degree in Electronic Engineering or related subject
Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in a related engineering discipline which may include communications, electrical engineering, computer systems and physics. A HND together with appropriate practical experience may also be acceptable
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications at International Qualifications:
Additional requirements: Relevant work experience in any practicing Engineering position requiring the application of technical skills is desirable but not essential
English language: IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0 We consider tests from other providers, which can be found at English language requirements
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:
10 week- Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5 For details of eligibility see: Pre sessional programmes 4 week- Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0 Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes
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