This Master's programme extends the technical knowledge acquired on an undergraduate programme in electrical and electronic engineering. This MSc covers a wide range of topics and the programme provides a broad subject-specific curriculum with specialism pursued through a major project. Many of the projects reflect the key research interests of the faculty, such as embedded systems, electronic manufacturing and control and instrumentation.
There is the opportunity for projects to be derived from our industrial links, and a number are proposed by students, reflecting their own personal interests or experience.
This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology as fully satisfying the further learning requirements for chartered engineer (CEng) registration. An individual holding an accredited MSc must also hold a CEng-accredited honours degree to have the full exemplifying qualifications for CEng status.
The aims of the programme are to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.
Students are assessed through examinations, case studies, assignments, practical work and a dissertation.
This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Graduates from this programme can pursue careers as electrical and electronic engineers in sectors ranging from communications to control and instrumentation in the process industries.
Electrical and electronic engineering are the foundation of 21st century innovations: from digital communications to robotics systems, from sustainable energy to smart environments. With the MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering from GCU, you'll develop the skills to work at the forefront of these exciting fields. Through discovery and invention, you can build a better future for humanity and contribute to the common good.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the programme also meets the Engineering Council's further learning requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. It offers advanced study and ideal preparation so you can enter the next stage of your career. You'll also find professional development opportunities for your continued growth as a successful engineer.
The curriculum offers a comprehensive exploration of electrical and electronic engineering, with particular emphasis on today's fast-growing fields of energy engineering and renewable technologies.
The MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers two options for specialisation.
In addition to the knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic engineering the programme will provide an integrated understanding of power systems, instrumentation systems, telecommunications systems and business operations, reinforced with personal and inter-personal skills.
Electrical Power Systems
The module examines topics relating to electric power generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation. This will include examination of individual power system components such as generators, transformers, overhead lines, underground cables, switchgears and protection systems as well as analysis of load flow and system fault conditions which are required for power system design and operation.
Advanced Industrial Communication Systems
Aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of modern industrial communications systems. The operation of a wide range of state-of-the-art advanced communications systems will be studied, e.g. SCADA, satellite systems, digital cellular mobile networks and wireless sensor networks.
Measurement Theories and Devices
The generalised approach to measurement theory and devices adopted in this module will allow students to become familiar with the characteristics of measurement systems in terms of the underlying principles. Students should find this methodology to be a considerable benefit to them when they apply their expertise to solving more complex industrial measurement problems.
A range of advanced measurement systems will be studied in depth. Sensors, signal processing, low-level signal measurements, noise reduction methods and appropriate measurement strategies will be applied to industrial and environmental applications. The influence of environmental factors and operation conditions will be considered in relation to the optimisation of the measurement system.
Energy, Audit and Asset Management
Focuses on techniques for auditing and managing the amount of energy used in a range of industrial processes. The module will provide an understanding of the strategies and procedures of energy audit and energy asset management. Using case studies throughout, the module will present energy audit, managing energy usage, factors affecting energy efficiency on plant, and cost benefit analysis of introducing alternative strategies and technologies.
Focuses on two themes, the first aims to develop student moral autonomy within a professional technology framework. It will examine moral issues and moral decision processes through evaluative enquiry and application of professional codes of conduct specifically in relation to design, information technology and the Internet. The second theme enhances the student's knowledge of concepts, methods and application of technology and environmental management as applied to a new or existing venture.
Renewable Energy Technologies
Renewable energy is regarded as an integral part of a sustainable development strategy. This module concentrates on the renewable energy technologies most likely to succeed in the UK and other temperate countries, i.e. solar energy, energy from waste, wind, hydro and biomass.
Aims to provide an understanding of both Mechanical and Electrical Condition monitoring and associated instrumentation requirements for successful condition monitoring. The main focus in Mechanical Condition Monitoring is vibration monitoring since this is the most popular method of determining the condition and diagnosing faults in rotational machines, although other techniques used in condition monitoring are also covered.
MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and its students meet the UK Engineering Council’s further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Students will be assessed via a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations,case study analysis, reports and the final dissertation.
Your degree and specialist knowledge will guarantee you excellent career opportunities around the world. You might find work in the electrical power industry, the renewable energy sector, the offshore industry, transport engineering, electronic engineering or telecommunications.
· Skills and know-how in the latest and developing technologies in electrical and instrumentation in oil and gas
· Practical guidance and feedback from electrical and instrumentation experts from around the world
· Live knowledge from the extensive experience of expert instructors, rather than from just theoretical information gained from books and college
· Credibility and respect as the local electrical and instrumentation in oil and gas expert in your firm
· Global networking contacts in the industry
· Improved career choices and income
· A valuable and accredited Master of Engineering (Electrical and Instrumentation in Oil and Gas)** qualification
Next intake is scheduled for June 25, 2018. Applications now open; places are limited.
The Master of Engineering (Electrical and Instrumentation in Oil and Gas) is a comprehensive qualification for Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance Engineers who are looking for a career in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry. The course addresses the specific core competencies and associated underpinning knowledge required for the position of Principal Engineer.
There are twelve units in the degree which cover electrical & instrumentation (E&I) engineering, its design and the management of E&I personnel. Other topics include process control, process safety lifecycle management and the safetyintegrity of facilities. Power engineering, maintenance management and specialist areas such as emergency shutdown systems, fire and gas are also covered. The course is rounded off with a unit on project management.
The Masters project thesis, as the capstone of the course, requires a high level of personal autonomy and purpose; it reinforces the knowledge gained during the degree. As a significant research component of the course, this project requires students to examine and explore their subjects, make critical evaluations and apply their knowledge and skill. It aims to prepare and enable students to critique and potentially enhance current professional practice in the Oil and Gas industry.
Entry Requirements: Master of Engineering (Electrical and Instrumentation in Oil and Gas)
To gain entry into this program, applicants need one of the following:
a) a recognized 3-year bachelor degree* in an engineering qualification in a congruent** field of practice.
b) an EIT Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree* in a congruent** field of practice.
c) a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent), that is recognized under the Washington Accord or Engineers Australia, in a congruent**, or a different field of practice at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
d) a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent)* that is not recognized under the Washington Accord, in a congruent** field of practice to this program.
An appropriate level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education, or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no individual band less than 6.0), or equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.HE
* With integrated compulsory 12-week professional industry experience, training or project work of which 6 weeks are directly supervised by a professional/eligible professional engineer as determined by EIT.
** Congruent field of practice means one of the following with adequate Electrical and Instrumentation in Oil and Gas content (fields not listed below to be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis):
• Electronic and Communication Systems
• Instrumentation, Control and Automation
• Industrial Automation
• Industrial Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Process Engineering
• Mechatronic Systems
• Production Engineering
Students must complete 48 credit points comprised of 12 core subjects and one capstone thesis. The thesis is the equivalent of one full semester of work. There are no electives in this course. The course duration is two years full time, or equivalent. Subjects will be delivered over 4 semesters per year. Students will take 2 subjects per semester and be able to complete 8 subjects per year. There will be a short break between semesters. Each semester is 12 weeks long.
During the program you will participate in weekly interactive sessions with the lecturers and other participants from around the world. Each unit's weekly live tutorial will last 60 to 90 minutes. We take student availability into consideration wherever possible before scheduling webinar times. All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, speakers and a microphone. The software package and setup details will be sent to you at the start of the program.
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Develop and enhance your understanding of electronic engineering to an advanced level, setting you apart in your career. You will engage with technology that goes beyond silicon based electronics to develop specialist knowledge and skills for emerging markets.
You may already have a firm grasp of the essentials of the discipline; however, this programme will provide you with a practical understanding of key areas of advanced electronic engineering. With links into a research portfolio that has been rated as internationally excellent, this programme is guided by leading experts, including industry specialists. You will work with familiar technology like WiFi, and explore new innovative landscapes such as micro and nanostructures in sensory equipment and self-healing electronics for safety critical systems.
The programme has been developed to meet the demands of the contemporary electronic engineering landscape. Emerging markets such as smart grid, healthcare and medicine, energy and environment are set to join established industrial sectors including security, transport and aerospace and as such, skilled Masters graduates are highly sought after.
Over the year you will explore a range of high-level topics, which will test your previous understanding while allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of electronics. The skills gained during these modules will be invaluable as you progress in your career.
The technical element of the degree will involve you engaging with a range of technologies and topics, such as: system-on-chip engineering; micro engineering; RF engineering; control and instrumentation; and communications and embedded systems. You will also benefit from the programme’s practical element, which will enable you to gain a wealth of valuable experience. You will become adept at digital design; the design of microstructures; programming of embedded microcontrollers; RF circuits; and methods of building control loops and associated software. The robust and comprehensive skill set and knowledge you gain will open up a range of opportunities and support your progression as a professional.
During the year, you will also complete a project provided by one of our industry partners. This will allow you to bring together everything you have learnt and gain valuable real-world experience of working as a professional electronic engineer. As part of this project, you will structure and break down a problem; develop team organisation, project management and technical skills; and use background sources and research. You will also gain career experience by presenting your results and writing a customer report. Examples of previous projects include:
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
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.
Engineering is more than just theory and, as a result, you will experience labs/practical sessions, workshops and group tutorials, alongside lectures. This contact is with academic staff that are internationally recognised and work alongside global electronics companies.
In addition, our technicians and admin support team are very approachable and have many years of experience in helping students achieve success.
Assessment varies between modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typically you can expect assignments such as coursework, presentations and formal examinations.
As a department, we prioritise delivering high-quality, rigorous programmes that prepare and equip our graduates for a rewarding career. The Department provides an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the dynamic nature of professional engineering.
Our Department is an internationally recognised leader in research and innovation and, as such, you will join a thriving and supportive academic community. Staff and students alike will welcome and support you both academically and socially.
You will be encouraged throughout your programme in a friendly, vibrant environment that is conducive to excellent research and learning.
Our MSc in Electronic Engineering is designed to support your career ambitions and progression. By enabling you to develop your technical and professional skills to an advanced level, and allowing you to apply what you have previously learnt to real-world problems, this programme equips you with the knowledge and experience for a range of electronic engineering careers, and will put you ahead of the competition.
There is a wide range of sectors where electronic engineering is relevant, such as Aerospace, Energy, Environment, Health, IT and Telecommunications, and Security. Roles in these sectors come with highly competitive starting salaries, and include, but are not limited to:
In addition, studying at Masters level will further enhance your prospects, opening up opportunities to progress further in your career.
Alternatively, our programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to take up further study at PhD level and begin a career in research, exploring innovative, cutting-edge areas of the engineering discipline.
Instrumentation and control engineers are highly sought after in a range of industries including oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemical engineering, manufacturing, research, transport and infrastructure.
There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:
The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.
The MSc Instrumentation and Control Engineering (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc. This programme helps you develop your knowledge and skills in instrumentation, electronics and control engineering. And you develop your ability to synthesise information from a variety of sources and make effective decisions on complex instrumentation and control engineering problems.
For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.
Examples of past MSc research projects:
Advanced Practice options
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems.
Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.
In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.
How you are assessed
Assessment varies from module to module. It may include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.
Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.
An instrumentation and control engineer may be involved in designing, developing, installing, managing and maintaining equipment which is used to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery and processes. As a graduate you can expect to be employed in a range of sectors including industries involved with oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemical engineering, manufacturing, research, transport and infrastructure.
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.
The Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering MSc is a broad programme in advanced electronics, reflecting the latest developments in telecommunications, embedded systems, instrumentation and control.
Despite this considerable breadth, an extensive range of options allows students to tailor the course to suit their individual requirements. The programme enables students to develop advanced skills in various aspects of modern hardware, software and firmware engineering.
The programme reflects the latest developments in electronic system design and illustrates the use of electronic systems technologies in instrumentation, measurement and control. You develop the skills to design and build complex electronic systems, in a wide range of applications, using appropriate technologies and techniques.
We have developed the programme with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students will be in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline.
The School successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.
The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. We have a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly, supportive teaching and research environment, with research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence.
Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.
The Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems MRes, taught at the University of Cambridge and at the UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, aims to train students to PhD level in the skills needed to produce new integrated photonic systems for applications ranging from information display to ultra-fast communications and industrial materials processing.
The programme offers a wide range of specialised modules, including electronics and biotechnology. Students gain a foundation training in the scientific basis of photonics and systems, and develop a good understanding of the industry. They are able to design an individual bespoke programme to reflect their prior experience and future interests.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
Students take two compulsory research projects (90 credits), one transferable skills module (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and two elective modules (30 credits).
Students choose three optional modules from the following:
Students choose a further two elective modules from the list below:
All students undertake two research projects. An independent research project (45 credits) and an industry-focused project (45 credits).
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects, seminars, and laboratory work. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination and coursework (written assignments and design work).
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems MRes
Dramatic progress has been made in the past few years in the field of photonic technologies. These advances have set the scene for a major change in commercialisation activity where photonics and electronics will converge in a wide range of information, sensing, display, and personal healthcare systems. Importantly, photonics will become a fundamental underpinning technology for a much greater range of companies outside the conventional photonics arena, who will in turn require those skilled in photonic systems to have a much greater degree of interdisciplinary training, and indeed be expert in certain fields outside photonics.
Our students are highly employable and have the opportunity to gain industry experience during their MRes year in large aerospace companies like Qioptiq, medical equipment companies such as Hitachi; and technology and communications companies such as Toshiba through industry placements. Several smaller spin-out companies from both UCL and Cambridge also offer projects. The CDT organises industry day events which provide an excellent opportunity to network with senior technologists and managers interested in recruiting photonics engineers. One recent graduate is now working as a fiber laser development engineer; another is a patent attorney.
The University of Cambridge and UCL have recently established an exciting Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, leveraging their current strong collaborations in research and innovation.
The CDT provides doctoral training using expertise drawn from a range of disciplines, and collaborates closely with a wide range of UK industries, using innovative teaching and learning techniques.
The centre aims to create graduates with the skills and confidence able to drive future technology research, development and exploitation, as photonics becomes fully embedded in electronics-based systems applications ranging from communications to sensing, industrial manufacture and biomedicine.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering
97% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.