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Digital signal processing (DSP) is at the core of the communications revolution. Research is constantly being carried out to develop new DSP algorithms, allowing mobile broadband services, ‘Internet of Things’ applications and other technologies to be delivered to a growing number of users. Read more

Digital signal processing (DSP) is at the core of the communications revolution. Research is constantly being carried out to develop new DSP algorithms, allowing mobile broadband services, ‘Internet of Things’ applications and other technologies to be delivered to a growing number of users.

This programme will give you a thorough understanding of different aspects of DSP and as it relates to the communications landscape, as well as specialist knowledge from your choice of optional modules.

Our DSP lab will give you hands-on experience using the DSP technology that can be found in computers, cellular phones, GPS and other technologies, and you’ll learn from expert researchers at the forefront of their fields.

You’ll also benefit from specialist industrial lectures, allowing you to relate the theoretical and design aspects of communications and signal processing to practical problems and real-world constraints.

School Facilities

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, ultrasound and bioelectronics.

There’s also a Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have 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 £4.3 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.



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The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is seeking to appoint an MPhil / MRes student to conduct research for the Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington Industry Collaboration programme. Read more

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is seeking to appoint an MPhil / MRes student to conduct research for the Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington Industry Collaboration programme. Postgraduate fees are paid by the industrial sponsor for UK/EU students.

This studentship is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Background

The sponsor company designs and manufactures energy-efficient control and monitoring systems for the refrigeration industry. With 30 years of industry experience and a focus on energy efficiency and energy reduction, the company delivers direct and indirect energy savings, improved control and greater operational efficiency worldwide.

The proposed innovation adds an exciting new subsystem to optimise and significantly improve the accuracy and efficiency of the refrigeration process. It could be applied in a number of formats worldwide to deliver: lower energy consumption; reduced equipment operation; reduced equipment maintenance and lower costs for retailers. The technology has the potential to save mega-tonnes of carbon and significantly contribute to the UK’s climate change targets by 2030. In this project, you will apply your electronics and electrical engineering skills to: developing a suitable and commercially viable hardware sensor; verifying sensor placement and analysing digital signals.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain skills and experience in the highly-marketable areas of DSP and the Internet of Things.

Summary of research tasks and work programme

1.   Establish and verify a low cost, robust and reliable sensor.

2.   Verify the sensor's ability to detect key signals for use with digital signal processing analysis.

3.   Verify the best position and mount for optimised/accurate data and digital signal analysis.

4.   Verify the sensor can operate in the varying conditions created by the refrigeration process.

5.   Provide a report and evidence of the research and conclusions to the University of Chester and the company.

Skills and knowledge

1.   Knowledge of DSP tools such as MATLAB, Audacity or similar.

2.   Skilled in electronics design for sensor interfaces.

3.   Capability to use DSP tools and build interface circuits to micro processors.

Qualifications:

First degree (2:1 or above) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics (essential).

You will be a motivated and dynamic person, with a demonstrable capability to conduct independent research.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each band or equivalent.

Funding

This studentship attracts a tax exempt stipend of £15,000 per annum. Post graduate fees are funded for UK/EU based students. International students will be required to make an additional contribution to their post graduate fees. The successful applicant will be invited to choose whether to pursue an MPhil or MRes, depending on their career objectives, however minor variations in funding and course structure and duration will apply. Further details on this are available from Dr Andrew McLauchlin +44 (0)1244 512494.

Application process

A completed University of Chester Postgraduate Research Degree (MPhil/MRes) application form including contact details of two referees (at least one must be familiar with your most recent academic work).

Candidates should apply online via the University of Chester website page https://www.chester.ac.uk/research/degrees/studentships and specify their reference number when applying. The reference number is: RA001801

Availability for interview

Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon after the closing date. Interviews will normally be held in the two weeks following the closing date.

Further information

Prospective applicants are encouraged to initially contact Dr Gerard Edwards Tel. 01244 512314 to discuss the project further. For general enquiries contact Postgraduate Research Admissions, University of Chester at

Closing date: 31st January 2018



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Bristol, and the surrounding area, hosts a thriving and world-leading semiconductor design industry. Read more
Bristol, and the surrounding area, hosts a thriving and world-leading semiconductor design industry. The Microelectronics group at the University of Bristol has many collaborative links with multinational companies in the microelectronics industry that have identified a shortfall in graduates with the necessary qualifications and professional skills to work in the sector. This programme has been designed to meet this need.

A range of taught subjects cover core topics such as advanced architectures and system design using FPGA and DSP platforms, before progressing into more specialised areas such as digital and analogue ASIC design, integrated sensors and actuators and mixed-signal design. Changes are made periodically to reflect important emerging disciplines, such as electronics for internet of things, bio-medical applications and neuromorphic computing.

The programme offers you the opportunity to learn from experts in micro- and nanoelectronics and computer science, to allow you to start working straight after your degree or continue your studies via a PhD. Special emphasis is put on providing you with a range of contemporary design skills to supplement theoretical knowledge. Lectures are accompanied by lab exercises in state-of-the-art industrial EDA software to give you experience of a professional environment.

Programme structure

The course consists of 120 credits of taught units and an individual research project worth 60 credits. The following core subjects, each worth 10 credit points (100 learning hours), are taken over autumn and spring:
-Design Verification
-Analogue Integrated Circuit Design
-Integrated Circuit Electronics
-Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis (M)
-Advanced DSP & FPGA Implementation
-VLSI Design M
-Embedded and Real-Time Systems
-Wireless Networking and Sensing in e-Healthcare

Additionally students are able to choose any two out of the following four 10-credit units (some combinations may not be possible due to timetabling constraints).

-Device Interconnect - Principles and Practice
-Advanced Computer Architecture
-Sustainability, Technology and Business
-Computational Neuroscience
-Bio Sensors

In the spring term, students also take Engineering Research Skills, a 20-credit unit designed to introduce the fundamental skills necessary to carry out the MSc project.

After completing the taught units satisfactorily, all students undertake a final project which involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work relating to microelectronics systems design. The project must have a significant scientific or technical component and may involve on-site collaboration with an industrial partner. The thesis is normally submitted by the end of September.

The programme structure is under continual discussion with the National Microelectronics Institute and our industrial advisory board in order that it remains at the cutting edge of the semiconductor industry. It is therefore subject to small changes on an ongoing basis to generally improve the programme and recognise important emerging disciplines.

Careers

This course gives graduating students the background to go on to a career in a variety of disciplines in the IT sector, due to the core and specialist units that cover key foundational concepts as well as advanced topics related to hardware design, programming and embedded systems and system-level integration.

Typical careers are in soft fabrication facilities and design houses in the semiconductor industry, electronic-design automation tool vendors, embedded systems specialists and software houses. The course also covers concepts and technologies related to emerging paradigms such as neuromorphic computing and the Internet of Things and prepares you for a career in academic research.

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Why this course?. This full-time course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of communications theory and networks, fundamental control technology and digital signal processing (DSP). Read more

Why this course?

This full-time course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of communications theory and networks, fundamental control technology and digital signal processing (DSP). All these topics are critical to the information and communications age.

You’ll gain an advanced knowledge of the principles of the communications, control and DSP domains. You’ll also develop an understanding of the current and future developments and technologies within these three disciplines.

Along with full accreditation from the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET), this course will enable you to capitalise on job opportunities across a range of sectors including:

  • control
  • telecommunications
  • signal processing
  • electronics
  • IT user companies

EDF Energy, Siemens and Texas Instruments are just some of the multinationals where our graduates have secured positions.

You’ll study

You’ll take two semesters of compulsory and optional taught classes. These are followed by a three-month research project in your chosen area. Opportunities exist to do the project through the department's competitive MSc industrial internships.

The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners including Selex ES, ScottishPower, SmarterGridSolutions. You'll address real-world engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.

Facilities

We’ve a wide range of excellent teaching spaces including interactive classrooms and brand new state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with the latest technologies including:

  • White Space Communications Facility
  • Hyperspectral Imaging Centre
  • DG Smith Radio Frequency Laboratory

You’ll have access to our IT facilities including web based resources, wireless internet and free email. There’s an IT support team to help with all your needs.

Accreditation

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) - this programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

Learning & teaching

We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on individual subject material.

Each module comprises approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.

The teaching and learning methods used ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.

Industry engagement

Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events. The department delivers monthly seminars to support students’ learning and career development.

Xilinx, Texas Instruments, MathWorks, and Selex ES are just a few examples of the industry partners you can engage with during your course.

Assessment

A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete at least six modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Assessment of the summer research project consists of four elements, with individual criteria: 

  1. Interim report (10%, 1,500 to 3,000 words) – The purpose of this report is to provide a mechanism for supervisors to provide valuable feedback on the project’s objectives and direction.
  2. Poster Presentation (15%) – A vital skill of an engineer is the ability to describe their work to others and respond to requests for information. The poster presentation is designed to give you an opportunity to practise that.
  3. Final report (55%) – This assesses the communication of project objectives and context, accuracy and relevant of background material, description of practical work and results, depth and soundness of discussion and conclusions, level of engineering achievement and the quality of the report’s presentation.
  4. Conduct (20%) - Independent study, project and time management are key features of university learning. The level of your initiative & independent thinking and technical understanding are assessed through project meetings with your supervisor and your written logbooks.

Careers

By concentrating on three distinct disciplines, this course enables you to capitalise on job opportunities across a range of sectors including control, telecommunications, signal processing, electronics and IT user companies. Globalisation of the communications, electronic & digital sectors means if graduates wish to work abroad, this course provides an ideal passport to anywhere in the world.

Almost all of our graduates secure jobs by the time they have completed their course. They have gained professional and technical occupations with international companies such as Samsung, MathsWorks, Nokia and Texas Instruments, as well as joining Wolfson Microelectronics, Seles ES and Linn Products in the UK.

Increasingly, graduates of this course also play leading roles in the power and renewable energy sectors, supporting data analytics, information transmission and security for organisations such as EDF Energy, Siemens & Petrofac Engineering.

Job titles include:

  • Graduate controls engineer
  • Graduate software engineer
  • Lecturer
  • Plant controls graduate

Employers include:

  • FTDI
  • MacDonald Humfrey (Automation)
  • Mehran University of Engineering
  • Vestas


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This programme is suitable for recent graduates and engineers with experience of microelectronics who have good mathematical ability. Read more
This programme is suitable for recent graduates and engineers with experience of microelectronics who have good mathematical ability. It provides a thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of this exciting field and has been developed in consultation with industry advisors to ensure it is relevant to today’s workplace.

Modules are block taught so can also be studied separately by working engineers as continuous professional development either to enhance their knowledge in particular subject fields or to widen their portfolio.

Core study areas include ASIC engineering, sensors and actuators, technology and verification of VLSI systems, embedded software development and an individual project.

Optional study areas include communication networks, information theory and coding, solar power, wind power, systems architecture, advanced FPGAs, DSP for software radio, advanced photovoltaics, mobile network technologies and advanced applications.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/electronic-electrical-engineering/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
• ASIC Engineering
• Sensors and Actuators for Control
• Embedded Software Development
• Individual Project

Optional Modules (Choose five):
• Communication Networks
• Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
• Solar Power 1
• Wind Power 1
• Communications Channels
• DSP for Software Radio
• Imagineering
• Mobile Networks
• Advanced FPGAs
• Engineering Applications
• Systems Modelling for Control Engineering – new for 2015
• Radio Frequency and Microwave Integrated Circuit Design – new for 2015

Block-taught, individual modules are also highly suitable as CPD for professional engineers needing to fill a skills gap.

How you will learn

Compulsory modules provide a comprehensive understanding of modern microelectronics, embedded electronic systems, emerging technologies and their uses while the individual research project offers the chance to pursue a specialism in-depth. You’ll have access to advanced research knowledge and state of the art laboratories using industry standard software (Altera, Cadence, Mentor, Xilinx) so that you are prepared to enter a wide range of industry sectors on graduation.

- Assessment
Examinations are held in January and May, with coursework and group work assessments throughout the programme. The high practical content of this course is reflected in the inclusion of laboratory assessments and practical examinations. The individual research project is assessed by written report and viva voce in September.

Facilities

You’ll have access to laboratories, industry standard software (Altera, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Xilinx) and hardware including equipment provided by Texas Instruments.

Careers and further study

Consultation with industry to craft the syllabus ensures that you’ll have an advantage in the job market. The in-depth knowledge acquired can be applied wherever embedded electronic systems are found including mobile phones (4/5G), acoustics, defence, medical instrumentation, radio and satellite communication and networked systems, control engineering, instrumentation, signal processing and telecommunications engineering.

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are available each year for UK/EU and international students who meet the criteria for award.

Why choose electronic, electrical and systems engineering at Loughborough?

We develop and nurture the world’s top engineering talent to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. All of our Masters programmes are accredited by one or more of the following professional bodies: the IET, IMechE, InstMC, Royal Aeronautical Society and the Energy Institute.

We carefully integrate our research and education programmes in order to support the technical and commercial needs of society and to extend the boundaries of current knowledge.

Consequently, our graduates are highly sought after by industry and commerce worldwide, and our programmes are consistently ranked as excellent in student surveys, including the National Student Survey, and independent assessments.

- Facilities
Our facilities are flexible and serve to enable our research and teaching as well as modest preproduction testing for industry.
Our extensive laboratories allow you the opportunity to gain crucial practical skills and experience in some of the latest electrical and electronic experimental facilities and using industry standard software.

- Research
We are passionate about our research and continually strive to strengthen and stimulate our portfolio. We have traditionally built our expertise around the themes of communications, energy and systems, critical areas where technology and engineering impact on modern life.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as Accenture, BAE Systems, E.ON, ESB International, Hewlett Packard, Mitsubishi, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, Rolls Royce and Siemens AG.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/electronic-electrical-engineering/

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The main objective of the course is to educate you in the key engineering aspects of electronic and electrical engineering, enabling you to undertake responsible, creative, challenging and stimulating posts in industry or research. Read more

The main objective of the course is to educate you in the key engineering aspects of electronic and electrical engineering, enabling you to undertake responsible, creative, challenging and stimulating posts in industry or research.

The course covers the key areas of electronic and electrical engineering. In addition to the technical background provided in these subjects, hands-on experience is gained through a major individual Research and Development project, a group design project and a supporting laboratory programme.

Course Structure

The programme consists of a group design module, an individual research and development project, and 6 taught modules each of which has 20 credits. In addition to the group design module and the research and development project module, Candidates shall choose either List A or List B as below:

List A

Electrical Engineering 3

Low Carbon Technologies

Energy Conversion and Delivery

List B

Electronics and Communications

DSP and Microwave Engineering

Communications Systems

Core Modules

  • Research and Development Project
  • Group design
  • Electrical Engineering 3
  • Low Carbon Technologies
  • Energy Conversion and Delivery
  • Electronics and Communications
  • DSP and Microwave Engineering
  • Communications Systems

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a 12-month full-time degree course that runs from October to the end of August the following year.

For the Group Design Module, each group is supervised by one or more members of staff, and guided through the various stages of design. The principal learning outcome from this module is for you to understand the stages in the design of electronic and electrical systems. You should expect to have around 20 hours of contact time with their academic supervisors over the course of the design module.

A major individual research and development project is also undertaken on the course. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project you are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. You are also required to prepare and to present a poster to allow an assessment to be made of your understanding and ability to present your work, plus an oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to you regarding the technical aspects of your project. You should expect to have around 25 hours of contact time with your supervisors plus 500 hours of practical work, supported by the Department’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of the research project.



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Electronic engineering is a discipline at the forefront of advances for modern-day living and continues to push forward technological frontiers. Read more

Why take this course?

Electronic engineering is a discipline at the forefront of advances for modern-day living and continues to push forward technological frontiers.

This course provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will enhance your engineering competencies. You will broaden your knowledge of electronic engineering and strengthen your ability to apply new technologies in the design and implementation of modern systems.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Focus on the practical application and design aspects of electronic systems rather than intensive analytical detail
Experiment with our range of control applications including helicopter development kits and walking robots
Access a wide range of powerful and modern multimedia computational facilities, with the latest industry software installed

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Professional electronics
Design
Research and development
Product manufacture
Project management

Module Details

You will study several key topics and complete a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

VHDL and Digital Systems Design: This unit covers the use of a hardware description language (VHDL) to capture and model the design requirement - whilst programmable logic devices enable an implementation to be explored and tested prior to moving into manufacture. The learning will have a practical bias such that experience as well as theory is gained in completing this unit.

Advanced DSP Techniques: This unit aims to introduce you to the fundamentals of statistical signal processing, with particular emphasis upon classical and modern estimation theory, parametric and nonparametric modelling, time series analysis, least squares methods, and basics of adaptive signal processing.

Mixed Signal Processors: This unit focuses on both control and signal processing hardware, how it works, how to interface to it, and software - how to design it and debug it.

Sensors and Measurement Systems: This unit proposes to introduce you to the technologies underpinning measurements including sensors both in terms of hardware and software. It also aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a practical setting and gain an appreciation of modern day requirements in terms of measurement.

Microwave and Wireless Technology: The unit combines team working via a project based learning activity relating to a significant circuit simulation and design problem with lectures aimed at analysing and applying the characteristics of a range of devices used in the microwave and wireless industries.

Communication System Analysis: This unit focuses on basic principles in the analysis and design of modern communication systems, the workhorses behind the information age. It puts emphasis on the treatment of analogue communications as the necessary background for understanding digital communications.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis and you will spend a significant amount of time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories.

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

Written examinations
Coursework
Laboratory-based project work
A major individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

This course is designed to respond to a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in advanced electronic engineering. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this ever expanding and dynamic field of modern electronics.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests ranging from overall system design to the more detailed development of subsystems.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Electronics engineer
Product design engineer
Aerospace engineer
Application engineer

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The MSc in Communications Engineering is a one year full-time taught course which makes extensive use of the knowledge and expertise from our well established Communication Technologies Research Group. Read more
The MSc in Communications Engineering is a one year full-time taught course which makes extensive use of the knowledge and expertise from our well established Communication Technologies Research Group.

It is intended to provide students with a good understanding of the techniques and issues in modern communications systems, with an emphasis on wireless and Internet communications. It provides students with:
-A balanced picture of modern communications technology and networks
-A sound theoretical and practical knowledge of radio communication techniques, signal processing, network protocols, and the design and optimisation of communication networks
-The ability to learn new techniques as they are developed
-Experience of the use of industry-standard tools to make them attractive candidates for employers throughout the field of modern communications

Course Content

The course aims to provide a broad-based introduction to modern communications and to provide a solid grounding in the theory and techniques suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in electronic communications.

Facilities

All postgraduate students have access to high performance computer workstations with full network connectivity within the department, as well as to the large number of other computing rooms available around the campus. Dependent on their project, students might also use some of the department's other facilities, including NAMAS-accredited EMC measurement facilities, well-equipped music and media technology suites, electric measurement facilities up to 40 GHz, anechoic chambers, and specialised software for FPGA design, and DSP workstations.

Students on the MSc Communications Engineering also have use of the MSc Project room which provides computing equipment, project facilities and study space.

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The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements. Read more

About the course

The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements.

The effects of this trend has seen a growing overlap between the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration, and the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

This distinctive course, developed with the support of industry, aims to develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks. You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest innovations in this field.

You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest industry innovations and needs. The MSc programme incorporates theory and practice and covers all aspects of a modern communication system ranging from RF components, digital signal processing, network technologies and wireless security and examines new wireless standards.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Aims

The sharp increase in the use of smartphones, machine to machine communication systems (M2m), sensor netowrks, digital broadcasting networks and smart grid systems have brought tremendous technological growth in this field.

It has become a global phenomenon that presently outstrips the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills who can initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and wireless systems.

By studying Wireless Communications Systems at Brunel, you will be equipped with the advanced technical and professional skills you need for a successful career either in industry or leading edge research in wireless communication systems.

Course Content

Typical Modules:

Advanced Digital Communications
Network Design and Management
DSP for Communications
Wireless Network Technologies
Communications Network Security
Research Methods
Radio and Optical Communication Systems
Project Management
Project & Dissertation

Teaching

The course blends lectures, workshops, seminars, self-study, and individual and group project work. You’ll develop communication and teamwork skills valued by industry through carefully designed lab exercises, group assignments, and your dissertation project.

In lectures, key concepts and ideas are introduced, definitions are stated, techniques are explained, and immediate student queries discussed.

Seminars provide the students with the opportunity to discuss at greater length issues arising from lectures.

Workshops sessions are used to foster practical engagement with the taught material.

The dissertation project plays a more significant role in supporting literature review in a technically complex area and to plan, execute and evaluate a significant investigation into a current problem area related to wireless communication systems.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by final examinations or by a mix of examination and laboratory work. Project management is assessed by course work. Generally, students start working on their dissertations in January and submit by the end of September.

Special Features

The course is taught by academics who are experts in their fields and have strong collaborative links with industry and other international research organisations. Some well-known textbooks in this area are authored by members of the course team.

The course is fully supported with computing and modern, well-equipped RF laboratories. As a student you will enjoy working on the latest and advanced equipment.

Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel supports a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students:

- Media Communications
- Wireless Networks and Communications
- Power Systems
- Electronic Systems
- Sensors and Instrumentation.

Our portfolio of research contracts totals £7.5 million, and we’ve strong links with industry.

Prizes
Rohde and Schwartz best in RF Prize
Criteria for award: Best overall PG student on MSc Wireless Communications Systems with a relevant RF dissertation
Composition of prize: RF books and Certificate

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

The MSc in Wireless Communications Systems is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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Engineering software development is one of the key areas in the European information technology sector. It is a fast moving subject of crucial importance to industry and forms the basis for a wide and ever growing variety of applications. Read more

Engineering software development is one of the key areas in the European information technology sector. It is a fast moving subject of crucial importance to industry and forms the basis for a wide and ever growing variety of applications.

This course with its blend of skills-based and subject specific material, has the fundamental objective of equipping you with the generic hands-on skills and up-to-date knowledge adaptable to the wide variety of applications that this field addresses.

Choose from three specialist options:

Who is it for?

If you intend to make a career in software development, whether it is in the data centre, on the desktop or in the rapidly expanding mobile application space, you need to have a strong basis in software engineering. The MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering is unique in that it combines software engineering with high performance computing, giving you the tools and techniques that employers are looking for and an advantage in the job market.

Why this course?

This course produces well qualified graduates, ready to take on professional roles without additional training on the job. Due to this, our graduates are in high demand with industry leaders visiting Cranfield to showcase their graduate roles.

In addition to the software/computational topics, we deliver a core module entitled Management for Technology, which focuses on those aspects of management which will enable you to fulfil a wider role in an organisation more effectively.

We are very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.This Msc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

The course is directed by an industrial advisory panel who meet twice a year to ensure that it provides the right mix of hands-on skills and up-to-date knowledge suitable for to the wide variety of applications that this field addresses.

A number of members also attend the annual student thesis presentations which take place at the end of July, a month or so before the end of the course. This provides a good opportunity for students to meet key employers.

Course details

You will complete four compulsory modules followed by specialist modules from your selected MSc option. In addition to the taught component, you will complete a group project and an individual research project.

Group project

The group design project is intended to provide you with invaluable experience of delivering a project within an industry structured team. The project allows you to develop a range of skills including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and gaining experience of working in teams that include members with a variety of expertise and often with members who are based remotely.

Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.

Group Project subject areas include:

  • Applications of Computational Engineering Design
  • Applications of DSP and Computer Vision
  • Applications in High-End Computing.

Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. It is very common for industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research thesis topics. For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

The MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering is designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career working in the UK and overseas. This course attracts enquiries from companies in the rapidly expanding engineering IT industry sector across the world who wish to recruit high quality graduates.

This course is meeting the industry demand for personnel with expertise in engineering software development and for those who have strong technical programming skills in industry standard languages and tools.

Some of our graduates go onto PhD degrees. Project topics are most often supplied by individual companies on in-company problems with a view to employment after graduation – an approach that is being actively encouraged by a growing number of industries.



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This course equips you with the theory and practice necessary to begin a career as a design or development engineer in communications and signal processing. Read more
This course equips you with the theory and practice necessary to begin a career as a design or development engineer in communications and signal processing. You will also develop transferable skills in research and knowledge acquisition.

Highlights of the course include:
-Unparalleled coverage of all major disciplines in communications engineering and signal analysis methodology
-The comprehensive treatment of advanced communication systems from theoretical and practical approaches
-Innovative educational techniques designed to equip you with practical knowledge
-Design skills and research methodologies

On completing the course, many students progress into employment as design and development engineers in telecommunications and digital signal processing areas or onto a higher research degree.

Our Communications and Signal Processing MSc derives its uniqueness from research strengths in communications and digital signal processing in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. All course lecturers have a world-wide reputation for high quality research at the leading edge of the subject. They have many years of experience with industrial projects and in running short courses for industry.

Research projects cover a range of applications in areas of:
-Wireless networks
-Future generation communication technologies
-Error control coding
-Digital signal and image processing
-Biometrics identification and authentication

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council, and therefore provides a good foundation for professional registration.

Facilities

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a suite of world-class research and teaching laboratories. These have the latest electronic instruments and computer aided design software for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices.

The facilities are among the most advanced of their type. This enables us to join the global race to develop ambient intelligence systems involving tiny sensors and computing devices embedded in much of what we use.

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Why this course?. This full time course will cover the practical, theoretical and technological aspects of 5G Communications Systems as they evolve over the coming years. Read more

Why this course?

This full time course will cover the practical, theoretical and technological aspects of 5G Communications Systems as they evolve over the coming years.

You’ll gain expert knowledge of the latest technologies that will drive the next mobile, wireless and communications revolution, and evolve our current 4G environment to 5G communications enabled systems. Applications will cover robotics & autonomous systems, UAVs, immersive systems and augmented realities, health monitoring, cyber-integrated systems, and smart grids. Data handling of the expected 50 billion IoT (internet of things) devices coming on-line to monitor traffic, weather, environment, smart agriculture, and even when your fridge runs out of milk, will also be explored.

5G will provide greater capacity, improved reliability, support at higher rates of mobility, and wider geographical coverage, at even higher data speeds and throughput and many new services and facilities. 

On the course you will engage with experts and specialists whose integrated knowledge will enable you to gain the skills, knowledge and expertise to be part of the definition of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications. These will include:

  • Mobile & Wireless Standards (such as LTE, 802.11x,)
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) Systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Wireless Communications
  • Big Data & Information Management
  • Security & Cybersecurity systems
  • Spectrum Access, & Dynamic Spectrum
  • 5G Hardware Systems Design – FPGA & Microcontrollers
  • Advanced DSP/Comms Systems; eg Massive MIMO
  • Augmented Reality & Advanced Multimedia Systems

What you’ll study

There are two semesters of compulsory and optional taught classes, followed by a three month summer research project working in a core area of 5G Communications system design, either in the Department or with an industry partner via an internship.

Facilities for research projects are extensive and these will allow you to choose to work on projects in a wide variety of areas such as physical and MAC layers (e.g. Advanced LTE) from IoT, cybersecurity, dynamic spectrum, massive-MIMO, low latency communications, or in applications such as smart agriculture, environment monitoring, computer vision, communicating radar, satellite systems, automotive, driver-less cars and of course some application domains yet to be established with the advent of 5G!

Facilities

We have an extensive set of teaching spaces and learning environments alongside a dedicated Masters Project and Study Environment for self-study and group working.

We work closely with a number of industry partners, and our state-of-the-art facilities include wireless and mobile radio hardware and software, FPGA and SDR systems, supported by companies including EE, Vodafone, Xilinx, Cisco, MathWorks, British Telecom, Intel, Lime Microsystems , Analog Devices and many smaller companies and organisations. Our research laboratories include our Signal Processing Design Lab; Image and Vision Processing Lab; White Space Radio Testbed, IoT Test Facility, RF anechoic room, and so on.

Learning & teaching

We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, on-line video lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our extensive teaching and project facilities include state-of-the-art Software Defined Radio laboratories, IoT and networking capabilities, Computer Vision laboratories, alongside satellite and sensor equipment.

Each module comprises approximately five hours engagement per week. Some classes are presented in traditional lecture-tutorial-lab style, and we also offer a number of “flipped learning” classes whereby lectures are delivered through complete on-line video sets, with complementary in-class discussion and review seminars held each week to discuss relevant topics and subject matter.

To enhance your understanding, you are expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.

The teaching and learning methods ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.

Industry engagement

Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events.

British Telecom, Vodafone, Everything-Everywhere, Xilinx, Cisco, Texas Instruments, MathWorks, NXP/Qualcomm and Selex ES are just a few examples of the industry partners working with Strathclyde at this time, and you have the opportunity to engage with them during your studies.

Assessment

A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete 120 credits of taught modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Assessment of the summer research project consists of four elements, with individual criteria:

  • Interim report (10%, 1,500 to 3,000 words) – The purpose of this report is to provide a mechanism for supervisors to provide valuable feedback on the project’s objectives and direction
  • Poster Presentation (15%) – A vital skill of an engineer is the ability to describe their work to others and respond to requests for information. The poster presentation is designed to give you an opportunity to practise that
  • Final report (55%) – This assesses the communication of project objectives and context, accuracy and relevant of background material, description of practical work and results, depth and soundness of discussion and conclusions, level of engineering achievement and the quality of the report’s presentation
  • Conduct (20%) - Independent study, project and time management are key features of university learning. The level of your initiative & independent thinking and technical understanding are assessed through project meetings with your supervisor and your written logbooks

Careers

As communications now impacts on virtually all areas of society, commerce and business, job opportunities are excellent, and you will be equipped for employment across a range of sectors including mobile/wireless, IT, defence, and big data.

Professional and technical occupations with international companies such as Samsung, Xilinx, British Telecom, MathsWorks, Nokia and Texas Instruments, as well as local companies such as Cirrus Logic, Leonardo, and Stream, are available.

Globalisation of the communications sector and the evolution of many countries to 5G means if graduates wish to work abroad, this course provides an ideal passport to anywhere in the world.

Job titles include:

  • wireless communications engineer
  • wireless mobility engineer
  • graduate controls engineer


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The huge growth of processing power, now available in small power-efficient packages, has fuelled the digital revolution, which has touched all sectors of the economy. Read more

The huge growth of processing power, now available in small power-efficient packages, has fuelled the digital revolution, which has touched all sectors of the economy. This practically orientated, advanced course in the area of electronics design and applications provides a strong digital technology core backed with applications-led modules.

You’ll study applications as diverse as medical and electronics, e-health, intelligent building design, automotive electronics, retail and commerce to prepare you for a range of careers in industry, where the skills you gain will be in high demand. A substantial element of practical work will give you confidence with software and digital hardware implementations using microcontrollers, FPGA, DSP devices and general system-on-chip methodology.

You’ll be taught by experts informed by their own world-leading research, and you’ll have access to world-class facilities to prepare for a career in a fast-changing industry.

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, ultrasound and bioelectronics.

There’s also a Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.



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On this programme you will learn about recent advances in mobile communication systems with full coverage of both radio-frequency (RF) and data communication networks. Read more
On this programme you will learn about recent advances in mobile communication systems with full coverage of both radio-frequency (RF) and data communication networks. The programme content will reflect the current migration to tetherless networks. In addition to studying the latest protocols used by mobile communication systems, you will also learn to apply the principles of RF engineering to the design of such systems.

You will be taught by experienced research and teaching staff with expertise in the specialist fields and you will be learning about the latest theories, techniques and technologies. You will need an understanding of both generic and domain-specific research techniques, and the ability to apply them in your own work. A module in research methods enables you to develop these techniques, moving from generic skills, such as the design and evaluation of experiments, to focus on the specific skills that you will need for your own project. An important outcome of the module is a well-structured report, augmented by the use of appropriate artefacts and media, presenting your proposals for your specialist project.

In the first two semesters of the programme you take modules exploring a variety of current research topics in electronics and related areas. At the end of the programme you complete a project which enables you to demonstrate your understanding of the principles and concepts that you have learned and your ability to apply them to a substantial piece of development or investigative work.

Why choose this course?

-The School has over 25 years' experience of teaching electronic engineering and has established an excellent international reputation in this field
-We offer extensive lab facilities for engineering students, including the latest software packages
-Learn about mobile communication systems, tetherless networks and all the latest protocols

Careers

You will typically be employed in the design and implementation of advanced digital systems and networks in the communication and control industries. Within your area of expertise, you will be making independent design decisions on mission-critical systems.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff is always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. In addition our staff are active in research and useful elements of it are reflected on the learning experience. Learning tools such as StudyNet, unique to the University of Hertfordshire, are extremely useful for the learning environment of the student.

Structure

Modules
-Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications
-Broadband Networks and Data Communications
-Digital Mobile Communication Systems
-Information Theory and DSP in Communications
-MSc Project
-Mixed Mode and VLSI Technologies
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking

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This is an MSc course in Embedded Systems with contributions from the fields of mechatronics and robotics. Embedded systems are microprocessor-based systems within a larger mechanical or electrical system that performs a dedicated function or task. Read more
This is an MSc course in Embedded Systems with contributions from the fields of mechatronics and robotics.

Embedded systems are microprocessor-based systems within a larger mechanical or electrical system that performs a dedicated function or task. They encompass a wide variety of products ranging from small mobile phones to large process automation installations. A practicing engineer in the field of embedded systems needs to have a specialised expertise in more than one of the engineering subjects of this multi-discipline subject.

Our MSc is tailored to provide you with advanced learning in microprocessor systems that are at the heart of embedded systems, with additional contributions from the fields of mechatronics and robotics. This approach reflects the needs of the industry and is well supported by the range in expertise we have in our Department.

The Department of Engineering and Design covers the full gamete of teaching in electronic, telecommunication and computer networks engineering as well as mechanical engineering and product design.

Our academics are a cohesive group of highly skilled lecturers, practitioners and researchers. You'll benefit from your choice of supervisors to support a wide range of modern and multi-discipline Masters-level projects. Our teaching is supported by well-equipped laboratory workshops, using mostly the latest hardware and software available in universities.

Modules

In each of the semesters 1 and 2 you will be required to take two core and one optional module from the lists below:

Semester 1:

•Robotics (20 credits)
• Microprocessors and Control (20 credits)

Optional modules (Semester 1):

• Pattern recognition and machine learning (20 credits)
• Technical, research and professional skills (20 credits)
• Advanced Instrumentation and Design (20 credits)
• Electrical Energy Converters and Drives (20 credits)

Semester 2:

• Digital Signal Processing and Real Time Systems (20 credits)
• Mechatronics and Embedded System Design (20 credits)

Optional modules (Semester 2):

• Electromechanical systems and manufacturing technology (20 credits)
• Technology evaluation and commercialisation (20 credits)
• Cloud Computing (20 credits)
• E-Business Applications (20 credits)

Semester 3

•MSc project (60 credits)

Professional links

The School of Engineering at LSBU has a strong culture of research, extensive research links with industry through consultancy works and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), and teaching content is closely related to the latest research findings in the field.

History and expertise

A strong research tradition and our industrial links has helped shaped the course design, content selection, course delivery and project supervision.

The Department of Engineering and Design has a strong Mechatronics, Robotics and Non-destructive testing research group with a wide national and international profile. This is in addition to excellent research in many areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, product design, computer network and telecommunications engineering.

Employability

The course has been designed to help to meet the needs of industry. How much your employability will increase, will depend on your background and the personal contribution you make to your development whilst studying on the course.

Benefits for new graduates

If you are a new graduate in electronic or computer engineering then you benefit from the further advanced topics presented. You'll get an opportunity to cut your teeth on a challenging MSc Project, which will demonstrate your abilities to the potential employers. Alternatively, you could also pursue PhD studies after completing the course.

Benefits of returning to University

If you are returning to University after a period of working in industry, then you'll be able to update yourself with the recent technological progress in the field. You'll gain confidence in your ability to perform at your best and stand a better chance to seek challenging work opportunities. If you are already working in the field, the MSc qualification will enhance your status which will may help with your promotion.

Employment links

We are continually developing links with employers who are interested to provide internship to our students . Examples of this can include small VHDL and DSP designs, ARM based designs, industrial design or correlation research. These projects can be performed as part of the curriculum or as part of a research project.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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