This MSc provides advanced training and enhances your skills in the specialised area of electronics, communications and computer engineering.
The course aims to provide you with a comprehensive coverage of the skills required by an engineer working in instrumentation, electronic systems, wireless and wired telecommunications, computer hardware, and software aspects of computer engineering.
The programme provides an excellent basis for engineers wishing to update their knowledge, students who wish to embark a career in advance research and development, or for students wishing to enhance their training and qualifications.
Particular features of the programme include:
After completing the taught components of the course, you will undertake an industrial internship placement with the major industry players in the field of electronics, communications and computer engineering. Subsequently, with knowledge/skills gained through industrial internship period, you will proceed with highly industry-oriented research project supervised by our expert members of faculty staffs.
This course operates on a modular basis and consists of a series of taught modules (worth 120 credits), followed by 6 months of non-credit bearing industrial internship. During the industrial internship, you will explore your interest in a specific research topic/project dissertation which will be beginning right after your industrial placement. The project dissertation will be 60-credit worth, and will begin in the following spring period.
You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources, as well as small-group and individual tutorial.
Tutors provide feedback on assignments. Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional academic, at ease with the conventions of the discipline, and ready to tackle any area of research in electronic communications and computer engineering.
The internships are with IC design, solid-state electronics, automotive electronics or semiconductor industries that are mainly located in Ningbo/Shanghai. Our partners are either international or locally-bred, such as Ningbo Advanced Memory Technology Corporation, Atmel, Sondrel, AMD and Bosch. We may expand our internship programme in Hong Kong, South Korea, etc in the future.
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As a student on the Master's course in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, you will develop specialist skills aligned with the College of Engineering’s research interests and reflecting the needs of the electronics industry.
The MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering course covers the ability to apply the knowledge gained in the course creatively and effectively for the benefit of the profession, to plan and execute a programme of work efficiently, and to be able, on your own initiative, to enhance your skills and knowledge as required throughout your career in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Students on the Electronic and Electrical Engineering course benefit from the use of industry-standard equipment, such as a scanning tunnelling microscope for atomic scale probing or an hp4124 parameter analyzer for power devices, for simulation, implementation and communication.
During the Electronic and Electrical Engineering course there will be the opportunity to choose and apply suitable prototyping and production methods and components, gain knowledge in constructing and evaluating advanced models of various manufacturing techniques, and be able to differentiate, analyse and discuss various product lifetime management solutions and how they affect different sectors of Electronic and Electrical Engineering industry.
The MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering programme is modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Students on the Electronic and Electrical Engineering course must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.
Part-time Delivery mode of MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering
The part-time scheme of the MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.
Modules on the MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering course can vary each year but you could expect to study:
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
Energy and Power Electronics Laboratory
Power Semiconductor Devices
Advanced Power Electronics and Drives
Wide Band-Gap Electronics
Power Generation Systems
Modern Control Systems
Advanced Power Systems
Signals and Systems
Probing at the Nanoscale
RF and Microwaves
The new home of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering programme is at the innovative Bay Campus which provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.
Engineering at Swansea University has extensive IT facilities and provides extensive software licenses and packages to support teaching. In addition the University provides open access IT resources.
Find out more about the facilities used by Electronic and Electrical students at Swansea University, including the electronics lab on our website.
At Swansea University, Electronic and Electrical Engineering has an active interface with industry and many of our activities are sponsored by companies such as Agilent, Auto Glass, BT and Siemens.
Electronic and Electrical Engineering has a good track record of working with industry both at research level and in linking industry-related work to our postgraduate courses. We also have an industrial advisory board that ensures our taught courses including the MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering maintain relevance.
Our research groups work with many major UK, Japanese, European and American multinational companies and numerous small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to pioneer research. This activity filters down and influences the project work that is undertaken by all our postgraduate students including those on the MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates find employment in industry, research centres, government or as entrepreneurs in a wide range of careers, from a design and development role for electronic and electrical equipment or as a technological specialist contributing to a multi-disciplinary team in a range of fields, including medicine, travel, business and education.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.
The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.
The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.
Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.
With recent academic appointments strengthening electronics research at the College, the Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) has been re-launched to support these activities.
The Centre aims to represent all major electronics research within the College and to promote the Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree.
Best known for its research in ground-breaking Power IC technology, the key technology for more energy efficient electronics, the Centre is also a world leader in semiconductor device modelling, FEM and compact modelling.
If you want a career working with electronic devices and systems, our master’s will develop your expertise to prepare you for industry. We’ll give you the training to help you become a talented engineer who can adapt and innovate in a swiftly-changing sector.
Our course covers a range of electronics technology including integrated circuits and printed circuit boards. You'll develop in-depth understanding in the intricacies of embedded hardware and software structures. Using modern control, design automation, digital and mixed signal design and computer engineering techniques, you'll explore how to improve the performance of electronic equipment and devices. This gives you a starting point from which to research and develop your own electronic systems, sub-systems, technologies, processes and products.
You’ll learn from academics with expertise in electronic and electrical engineering. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into your teaching and learning experience.
Group and individual projects challenge you to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical design work. They also give you the chance to develop skills in planning, teamwork, leadership and communication. Your individual project could be closely aligned with one of our research groups. You could focus on a variety of electronics applications such as sensors, robotics, electric vehicles or autonomous systems.
You’ll get hands-on lab experience with the latest electronics hardware, tools and systems. Our facilities include:
Your technical design skills and expertise in managing electronics design processes will equip you for industry. You will graduate with the competency in electronic systems design to pursue a career in electronic companies worldwide.Our top performing MSc students may also choose to further their studies with us through our PhD programme.
As part of our course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a three-month industrial placement after semester 2. This gives you the chance to apply your knowledge in industry. You could go on placement with one of our partner companies or businesses such as Intel. Your individual project will follow on and could be carried out with the same industry partner.
We will do our best to help you find a placement and support and guide you through the process. Our placements team runs workshops in CV writing and interview techniques to prepare you for applying. However, we cannot guarantee you a position. If you are unable to secure a placement, you will transfer onto our 12-month alternative MSc course and carry out your individual project during the summer period instead.
Interdisciplinary project-based design classes are increasingly common in undergraduate design, engineering, gaming, marketing and business programs. However, there is a paucity of guidelines to support the development, implementation and efficacy evaluation of such new courses. Design projects serve as experiential learning activities for students to appropriately apply a methodical design process to specific design contexts.
Considering this, the objectives of this project are:
The Master’s programme in Electronics Engineering focuses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science.
The programme provides a competitive education in digital, analogue and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceiver design.
Modern society depends on reliable and efficient electronics. Mobile phones, the Internet, computers and TVs are just a few examples that constantly improve in terms of functionality, performance and cost. In addition, a growing number of concepts and technologies significantly improve areas such as mobile and broadband communication, healthcare, automotive technology, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications, and much more. This suggests that there will be vast industrial opportunities in the future, and a high demand for skilled engineers with the knowledge and skills required to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems.
The programme is organised by several strong divisions at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science. These divisions, which include more than 60 researchers and 10 internationally recognised professors, have excellent teaching experience, world-class research activities that cover nearly the entire field of integrated electronic design, state-of-the-art laboratories and design environments, and close research collaboration with many companies worldwide.
The programme starts with courses in digital communication, digital integrated circuits, digital system design, analogue integrated circuits, and an introduction to radio electronics, providing a solid base for the continuation of the studies.
Later on, a large selection of courses enables students to choose between two major tracks:
The programme offers several large design-project courses, giving excellent opportunities for students to improve their design skills by using the state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and the CAD tools used in industry today. For instance, students who take the course VLSI Design will design real chips using standard CMOS technology that will be sent for fabrication, measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only a few universities in the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses.