Studying a Master's in Engineering
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Develop and enhance your understanding of electronic engineering to an advanced level, setting you apart in your career. You will learn from world experts in areas that are crucial to the electronics sector over the next decade. Through our wide range of core and optional modules, you will also have the opportunity to tailor your learning experience towards specific industrial sectors including energy, the environment, automotive, wireless technologies and health.
You may already have a firm grasp of the essentials of the discipline, however this programme will provide you with a practical understanding of advanced topics linked to a research portfolio that has been rated as internationally excellent, and guided by leading experts, including industry specialists.
This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology 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
The learning environment you will study within embraces expertise in electronics for wireless communications, flexible and printable electronics, solar cells, RF engineering for Particle accelerators, millimetre waves and terahertz technology. Exposure to these technologies will take you beyond current industrial practice to develop specialist knowledge and skills for emerging markets. As part of our general engineering ethos at Lancaster you will mix with multi-disciplinary engineering concepts from electronics, mechatronic and mechanical engineering, skills which are highly sought after by employers.
You will become adept at programming advanced microcontrollers; designing RF circuits; designing microstructures for advanced displays and sensors, building control loops and developing 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 course, you will also complete a project provided by either one of our industry partners or from within the Department’s own research portfolio - we have world-leading research and facilities in very high frequency next generation mobile communications, particle accelerators for radiotherapy, Industry 4.0 and industrial control systems, microfluidics and MEMS, and RF and THz sensing.
The project brings together multiple aspects of your studies and provides 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 Master's 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.
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a related engineering discipline with a significant amount of both digital and analogue electronics content, which may include some communications, electrical engineering, computer systems and physics courses. For UK applicants, a HND together with appropriate practical experience may also be acceptable.
We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.
Relevant work experience in any practicing Engineering position requiring the application of technical skills is desirable but not essential.
We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.
If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.
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You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
In this module, students will become familiar with both hardware and software aspects of ARM Cortex M microcontrollers. They will learn the distinctive features of embedded systems and their design procedure, as well as how to programme a microcontroller using ARM assembly language and embedded C.
Throughout the module, students undertake several hands-on, practical exercises as well as a group design project. This will allow them to demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental concepts of embedded systems and become familiar with hardware architecture and instruction sets. They will also learn to identify and use Keil IDE capabilities effectively for debugging and programming an ARM microcontroller.
Students will acquire the fundamentals of design strategy, debugging and structural efficiency required to be a skilled microcontroller engineer. Familiarity with the architecture and programming of this microcontroller is of increasing importance for graduates with electrical and electronics degrees.
Students will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the architecture and programming of the KL025Z board and ARM CortexM0+ microcontroller; use web-based aids for programming these MCUs; and be able to choose a particular device, integrate it into a system, and write working programmes.
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. The modules ends with a presentation session to which the company and all academic project supervisors are invited.
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 the industry can greatly increase the employability of postgraduates. Students can also forge useful connections within the industry during their communication with the company.
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.
This module is only available to full time MSc students.
The design and application of intelligent control systems, with a focus on modern algorithmic computer-aided design methods, is what students will be introduced to during this module. 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 shall also be taught statistical modelling concepts that have a 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.
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.
This course provides students with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of electrical power system control, modelling and simulation. It develops understanding of scientific principles and methodology of power control, load flow, transient performance and distribution generation systems. Finally, it provides the opportunity to students to use their knowledge and understanding to design inverters to connect PV panels / wind turbines to the grid.
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.
This module introduces students to the recent advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cutting-edge deep learning methods. Students will learn how to examine the technologies that apply to various aspects of engineering, such as searching and planning algorithms, supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, convolution neural networks, recurrent neural networks, and generative adversarial network.
The module aims to equip students with key knowledge and understanding of their application in industrial robots, smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance, design optimisation and digital twin. Students will also learn how to implement the machine learning algorithms by practicing this in our labs, keeping the legal, social and ethical considerations in mind when applying machine learning technologies.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate the impact of emerging machine learning technologies by understanding the underlying principles of machine learning, typical algorithms, and deep learning methods. Students will be able to analyse real-world problems, such as design optimisation, manufacturing process optimisation, fault diagnosis and prognosis, and be able to design machine learning models to solve them.
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. Not all optional modules are available every year.
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