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This programme provides students with a challenging range of advanced topics drawn from optical communications systems and devices, and optics-related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. Read more
This programme provides students with a challenging range of advanced topics drawn from optical communications systems and devices, and optics-related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. It provides an excellent opportunity to acquire the skills needed for a career in the most dynamic fields in optical communications.

This programme builds on the internationally-recognised research strengths of the Photonics and High Performance Networks research groups within the Smart Internet Lab. Optical fibre communications form the backbone of all land-based communications and is the only viable means to support today's global information systems. Research at Bristol is contributing to the ever-increasing requirement for bandwidth and flexibility through research into optical switching technology, wavelength conversion, high-speed modulation, data regeneration and novel semiconductor lasers.

There are two taught units related to optical communications: Optical Networks and Data Centre Networks. Optical Networks focuses on Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) networks, Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) networks including SDH/SONET and OTN, optical frequency division multiplexed networks, and optical sub-wavelength switched networks. Data Centre Networks focuses on networks for cloud computing, cloud-based networking, grid computing and e-science.

The group at Bristol is a world leader in the new field of quantum photonics, with key successes in developing photonic crystal fibre light sources, quantum secured optical communications and novel quantum gate technologies.

The programme is accredited by Institute of Engineering and Technology until 2018, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in the UK.

Programme structure

Your programme will cover the following core subjects:

Semester one (50 credits)
-Communication systems
-Digital filters and spectral analysis
-Mobile communications
-Networking protocol principles
-Optoelectronic devices and systems

Semester two (70 credits)
-Advanced optoelectronic devices
-Data centre networking
-Advanced networks
-Engineering research skills
-Optical communications systems and data networks
-Optical networks

Research project (60 credits)
A substantial research project is initiated during the second teaching block and completed during the summer. This may be based at the University or with industrial partners.

Careers

This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future optical communication systems, along with associated signal processing technologies. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in the communications field, but also in other areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies, such as Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel. Some graduates follow a more research-oriented career path with a number of students going on to study for PhDs at leading universities.

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This MSc covers the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. Read more

This MSc covers the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. The programme unites concepts across both radio and optical communication to give students a better understanding of the technical challenges they will face in engineering the rapid development of the broadband communications infrastructure. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skill base.

About this degree

This MSc provides training in the key technologies required for the physical layer of photonic, wireless and wired communications systems and other applications of this technology, ranging from THz imaging to radar systems. The programme encompasses the complete system design from device fabrication and properties through to architectural and functional aspects of the subsystems that are required to design and build complete communication systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
  • Wireless Communications Principles
  • Broadband Communications Laboratory
  • Communications Systems Modelling
  • Broadband Technologies and Components
  • Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills (not credit bearing)

Optional modules

Students choose three of the following:

  • Advanced Photonic Devices
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Photonic Sub-systems
  • Optical Transmission and Networks
  • Radar Systems
  • RF Circuits and Sub-systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Communications Systems

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, laboratory and workshop sessions, seminars, tutorials and project work. All of the programme lecturers carry out leading research in the subjects they are teaching. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework, design exercises and the dissertation.

Careers

Rapid growth of the internet and multimedia communications has led to an unprecedented demand for broadband communication systems. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skills base and a clear shortage of supply. Recent graduates have moved into roles as electrical and technical engineers at companies including Société Générale and Ericsson.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Business Intelligence Analyst, Criteo
  • PhD in Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
  • Graduate Engineer, Avanti Communications Group
  • Senior Engineer, Mouchel
  • Software Engineer, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN)

Employability

The programme provides a broad package of knowledge in the areas of wireless and optical communications networks, from devices to signal processing theory and techniques, network architecture, and planning and optimisation. Students are expertly equipped to pursue careers as engineers, consultants and system architects in wireless and optical communications. A considerable number of graduates also stay in the education sector undertaking research and teaching.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the most highly rated electronic engineering research departments in the UK. It is the oldest in England, founded in 1885 with Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming (the inventor of the thermionic valve and the left-hand and right-hand rules) as the first head of department.

Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development. We cover a wide range of areas from materials and devices to photonics, radar, optical and wireless systems, electronics and medical electronics, and communications networks.

Accreditation: Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.



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This is a challenging one-year taught Master’s degree programme that provides students with a range of advanced topics drawn from communication networks (fixed and wireless) and related signal-processing, including associated enabling technologies. Read more
This is a challenging one-year taught Master’s degree programme that provides students with a range of advanced topics drawn from communication networks (fixed and wireless) and related signal-processing, including associated enabling technologies. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop the skills needed for careers in some of the most dynamic fields in communication networks.

This programme builds on the internationally recognised research strengths of the Communications Systems and Networks, High Performance Networks and Photonics research groups within the Smart Internet Lab. The groups conduct pioneering research in a number of key areas, including network architectures, cross-layer interaction, high-speed optical communications and advanced wireless access.

There are two taught units related to optical communications: Optical Networks and Data Centre Networks. Optical Networks will focus on Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) networks, Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) networks including SDH/SONET and OTN, optical frequency division multiplexed networks, and optical sub-wavelength switched networks. Data Centre Networks will focus on networks for cloud computing, cloud-based networking, grid-computing and e-science. There is a further networking unit: Networked Systems and Applications, which provides a top-down study of networking system support for distributed applications, from classical web and email to telemetry for the Internet of Things.

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology until 2018, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in this field in the UK.

Programme structure

Your course will cover the following core subjects:

Semester One (40 credits)
-Communication systems
-Digital filters and spectral analysis
-Mobile communications
-Networking protocol principles

Semester Two (80 credits)
-Data centre networking
-Advanced networks
-Broadband wireless communications
-Networked systems and applications
-Engineering research skills
-Optical communications systems and data networks
-Optical networks

Project (60 credits)
You will carry out a substantial research project, starting during Semester Two and completed during the summer. This may be based at the University or with industrial partners.

Careers

This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future communication networks and signal processing. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in the communications field, but also in other areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies, such as Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel. Some graduates follow a more research-oriented career path, with a number of students going on to study for PhDs at leading universities.

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This course is accredited by the Internationally recognised Institution of Engineering and Technology. This course, for graduates with a background in electronics, was designed with industry experts and is ideal for those aiming to enter a range of specialist careers in digital electronics or communications. Read more
This course is accredited by the Internationally recognised Institution of Engineering and Technology.

This course, for graduates with a background in electronics, was designed with industry experts and is ideal for those aiming to enter a range of specialist careers in digital electronics or communications.

Gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in digital communications, signal processing, electronic circuits and microprocessors, as well as an understanding of engineering best practice and how to apply it in real-life scenarios.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Visit the website:
Luton - https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/electronic-engineering2#about
Milton Keynes - https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/electronic-engineering

Course detail

• Study in an electronic laboratory environment, gaining valuable hands-on experience as well as opportunities for industry connections including National Instruments, Rhode & Schwarz and Axis Electronics
• Explore topics including applied microwave and optical communications, systems engineering, embedded sensors, controllers and energy, advanced digital signal processing, microprocessor architecture and embedded hardware, advanced digital communications, wireless sensor networks, optical communications and other exciting emerging technologies such as energy harvesting
• Develop practical skills in laboratory sessions in which you will build and work with your own electronic devices
• Gain skills and insight into a fast-changing area on a course accredited by the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), making you well-prepared to enter a demanding and exciting industry
• Benefit from developing expertise and understanding of professional standards to allow you to access careers like electronic systems design, as a development engineer, in software design, as an embedded systems engineer, a communications engineer, product support engineer, technical consultant or further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.

Modules

• Digital, Microwave and Optical Communications
• Wireless Embedded Systems
• Signals and Electronic Systems
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• MSc Project – Electronic Engineering

Assessment

The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in a group seminar. You will also produce software artefacts in the area of your specialism.

Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.

You will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in your major project – the MSc Project – where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.

Careers

You will gain valuable skills for a career within Electronic Engineering as well as those relevant for the wider areas such as computer science or system engineering.

The unit ‘Professional Project Management’ requires you to work in a team to apply current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This Masters in Electronics & Electrical Engineering is designed for both new graduates and more established engineers. It covers a broad spectrum of specialist topics with immediate application to industrial problems, from electrical supply through systems control to high-speed electronics. Read more

This Masters in Electronics & Electrical Engineering is designed for both new graduates and more established engineers. It covers a broad spectrum of specialist topics with immediate application to industrial problems, from electrical supply through systems control to high-speed electronics.

Why this programme

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017). It was also ranked 1st in Scotland in the Guardian and Complete University Rankings 2018.
  • If you are an electronics and electrical engineering graduate wanting to improve your skills and knowledge; a graduate of another engineering discipline or physical science and you want to change field; looking for a well rounded postgraduate qualification in electronics and electrical engineering to enhance your career prospects, this programme is designed for you.
  • The MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering includes lectures on "Nanofabrication", "Micro- and Nanotechnology", "Optical Communications" and "Microwave and Millimetre Wave Circuit Design", "Analogue CMOS circuit design", VLSI Design and CAD", all research areas undertaken in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre.
  • This programme has a September and January intake*.

         *For suitably qualified candidates.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work. 

You will undertake a project where you will apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting-edge projects relevant to the industry.

Courses include (six normally chosen)

  • Bioelectronics
  • Computer communications
  • Control
  • Digital signal processing
  • Electrical energy systems
  • Energy conversion systems 
  • Micro- and nano-technology
  • Microwave electronic and optoelectronic devices
  • Microwave and millimetre wave circuit design
  • Optical communications
  • Power electronics and drives
  • Real-time embedded programming
  • VLSI design
  • MSc project.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include chip design, embedded system design, telecommunications, video systems, automation and control, aerospace, software development, development of PC peripherals and FPGA programming, defence, services for the heavy industries, for example electricity generation equipment and renewables plant, etc.



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About the course. This MSc provides advanced training and enhances your skills in the specialised area of electronics, communications and computer engineering. Read more

About the course

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.

Key facts

Particular features of the programme include:

  • incorporating 6 months industrial internship as part of the curriculum
  • teaching informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field
  • innovative and engaging teaching methods
  • one-to-one project consultation with expert members of staff
  • access to many online resources and flexibility in course content. This is a highly flexible course, which gives you the opportunity to choose modules according to your specific interests and requirements.

Course content and structure

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.

Modules offered

  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Engineering Ultrasonics
  • Optical Communications and Networks
  • HDL for Programmable Logic
  • Applied Computational Engineering
  • Integrated Photonics: Design and Technology
  • Control Systems Design
  • Electronic Design
  • Solid State Devices
  • Digital Communications
  • Power Electronic Design
  • Embedded Computing
  • Digital Signal Processing for Telecommunication Multimedia and Instrumentation
  • RF Microelectronics
  • Mobile Communications
  • VLSI Design
  • Telecommunication Electronics
  • Web Based Computing
  • Optical Communications
  • Applied Computational Engineering

Internship programme​

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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This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. This course, for graduates with a background in electronics, was designed with industry experts and is ideal for those aiming to enter a range of specialist careers in digital electronics or communications. Read more
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

This course, for graduates with a background in electronics, was designed with industry experts and is ideal for those aiming to enter a range of specialist careers in digital electronics or communications.

Gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in digital communications, signal processing, electronic circuits and microprocessors, as well as an understanding of engineering best practice and how to apply it in real-life scenarios.

The course will provide you with academic and technical skills to analyse, synthesise, interpret and make sense of modern electronic systems. It will enable you to meet the demands of tomorrow’s engineering society.

Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

This course is offered via block delivery. There are two entry points (October and November). This allows you to start when it is most suitable.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/electronic-engineering-ucmk-15-months

Course detail

• Study in an electronic laboratory environment, gaining valuable hands-on experience as well as opportunities for industry connections including National Instruments, Rhode & Schwarz and Axis Electronics
• Explore topics including applied microwave and optical communications, systems engineering, embedded sensors, controllers and energy, advanced digital signal processing, microprocessor architecture and embedded hardware, advanced digital communications, wireless sensor networks, optical communications and other exciting emerging technologies such as energy harvesting
• Develop practical skills in laboratory sessions in which you will build and work with your own electronic devices
• Gain skills and insight into a fast-changing area on a course accredited by the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), making you well-prepared to enter a demanding and exciting industry
• Benefit from developing expertise and understanding of professional standards to allow you to access careers like electronic systems design, as a development engineer, in software design, as an embedded systems engineer, a communications engineer, product support engineer, technical consultant or further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.

Modules

• Network Systems and Administration
• Accounting and Finance
• The Telecoms Business Environment
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• MSc Project – Telecommunications Management

Assessment

The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in a group seminar. You will also produce software artefacts in the area of your specialism.

Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.

You will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in your major project – the MSc Project – where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.

Careers

You will gain valuable skills for a career within Electronic Engineering as well as those relevant for the wider areas such as computer science or system engineering.

The unit ‘Professional Project Management’ requires you to work in a team to apply current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This course enables students to understand the fundamentals of information theory and apply appropriate performance and quality measures to engineer enhanced data communication systems. Read more
This course enables students to understand the fundamentals of information theory and apply appropriate performance and quality measures to engineer enhanced data communication systems.

Students design state-of-the-art networks using legacy as well as emerging optical and wireless technologies, developing the students’ ability to define and apply appropriate analytic, algorithmic and a mix of simulation and hardware tools for reliable data transfer.

Students will cover subject specific subjects such as Digital Mobile Communication Systems and Optical Communication Technologies alongside cohort taught subjects to develop their management skills and their employability.

The successful postgraduates of the course will acquire the knowledge and understanding, intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for the analysis and synthesis of problems in engineering and manufacturing through a combination of experimental, simulation, research methods and case studies. They can expect to gain work in a range of disciplines within a variety of industries from specialist technical roles to positions of management responsibility.

Why choose this course?

Students who undertake this course will gain knowledge and understanding of the advanced theoretical issues and their practical implementations that underlie recent developments in Communications and Information Engineering.

Students will be able to explore, explain the engineering challenges inherent in a variety of data communication applications.

Supported by the School which 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.

Careers

Communications engineers prepare and maintain communications systems and the marketplace increasingly relies on highly advanced communications systems, so communications engineering is a valued field. Careers may be sought in telecommunications or related fields that use computer networking and satellite, digital TV, Internet or radio technology.

Graduates may therefore expect employment across a very wide range of engineering companies.

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.

The School of Engineering and Technology has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussions with staff and other students.

A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School of Engineering and Technology has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible.

Structure

Core Modules
-Broadband Networks and Data Communications
-Digital Mobile Communication Systems
-Information Theory and DSP in Communications
-MSc Project
-MSc Projects
-Multicast and Multimedia Networking
-Operations Management
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Operations Research
-Optical Communication Technologies
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking

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This course aims to give suitable graduates an in-depth understanding of the technology, and the drivers for the technology, in the area of Broadband and mobile communications. Read more
This course aims to give suitable graduates an in-depth understanding of the technology, and the drivers for the technology, in the area of Broadband and mobile communications. The course will also provide exposure to current research activity in the field.

Upon completing of the course, students will have a detailed understanding of the current practices and directions in this topic, and will be able to apply them to the task of continuing the roll-out of advanced communication services across the globe.

Course Topics
Data networks and communications, project foundations and management tools, broadband communication systems, technologies for Internet systems, introduction to distributed systems mobile systems, project and dissertation.

Taught Modules:

Data Networks and Communications: This module will provide an in-depth understanding of how real communication networks are structured and the protocols that make them work. It will give the students an ability to explain in detail the process followed to provide an end-to-end connection.

Modelling and Design: focuses on the simulation and design of electronic devices using an advanced software package – COMSOL. This powerful commercial software package is extremely adaptable and can be used to simulate and design a very wide range of physical systems.

Masters Mini Project: focuses on applying the skills and techniques already studied to a mini project, the theme of which will form the basis of the research project later in the year.

Broadband Communication Systems: This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of current and emerging broadband communications techniques employed in local, access and backbone networks. Particular emphasis will be focused on the following aspects: 1) Fundamental concepts, 2) Operating principles and practice of widely implemented communications systems; 3) Hot research and development topics, and 4) Opportunities and challenges for future deployment of broadband communications systems.

Mobile Communication Systems: This module will provide an in-depth understanding of current and emerging mobile communication systems, with a particular emphasis on the common aspects of all such systems.

RF and Optical MEMS: This module aims to introduce the use and benefits of miniaturisation in RF and optical technologies. The module will investigate improvements in component characteristics, and manufacturing processes. Applications of RF and optical nano and microsystems will be discussed using examples.

Advanced Sensor Systems: This course aims to provide students with an understanding of more complex sensor systems and a view of current developments in specific areas of sensor development. Applications of these systems and their main producers and users are also discussed.

Masters Project Preparation: To place computing and engineering within a business context so that students relate the technical aspects of their work to its commercial and social dimensions and are able to prepare project plans which take into account the constraints and limitations imposed by non-technical factors.

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This course provides you with comprehensive training in the essential elements of information engineering and communications. Module options are topical and relevant, encompassing the design of application-specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems and optical engineering. Read more
This course provides you with comprehensive training in the essential elements of information engineering and communications. Module options are topical and relevant, encompassing the design of application-specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems and optical engineering.

You’ll also have the opportunity to tap into the world of Computer Science and explore ‘big data’, covering themes such as digital multimedia storage and communications technologies, data analytics and data mining in terms of algorithms, and goals in real-world problems. You’ll also pick up transferable skills for any future study or career, such as project planning and management, ethics, health and safety, report writing, library skills and career management.

Our recent graduates now occupy positions in industries ranging from core network provision through to logistics and software support, in addition to opportunities in data communication equipment and services.

Course description

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises eight taught modules (15 credits each), five core modules and three optional modules (see below), along with a research project worth 60 credits (see below).

Core modules

-Advanced Wireless Systems and Networks
-Information Theory and Coding
-Antenna, Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory
-Optical Communication Systems
-Signal & Image Processing

Optional modules

ASICs, MEMS and Smart Devices
Optical Engineering
Data Mining (from Computer Science)
Foundations of Data Analytics (from Computer Science)
Multimedia Processing, Communications and Storage (from Computer Science)

Individual research project

The individual research project is an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by you in conjunction with your academic supervisor. Typical project titles include:
-Network coding for underwater communications.
-Nanoscale communication networks.
-Forward Error Correction for Spectrally Sliced Transmission.
-Routing Algorithm Design for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks.
-Logical Stochastic Resonance.
-Design of Radio Devices using Metamaterials.
-Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fibre Transmission.

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Study the dynamic field of efficient information transfer around the globe. We teach this course jointly with the Department of Computer Science so you get up-to-date knowledge and understanding. Read more

About the course

Study the dynamic field of efficient information transfer around the globe. We teach this course jointly with the Department of Computer Science so you get up-to-date knowledge and understanding.

Our graduates are in demand

Many go to work in industry as engineers for large national and international companies, including ARUP, Ericsson Communications, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Intel Asia Pacific.

Real-world applications

This is a research environment. What we teach is based on the latest ideas. The work you do on your course is directly connected to real-world applications.

We work with government research laboratories, industrial companies and other prestigious universities. Significant funding from UK research councils, the European Union and industry means you have access to the best facilities.

How we teach

You’ll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us among the UK top five for this subject. Our courses are centred around finding solutions to problems, in lectures, seminars, exercises and through project work.

Accreditation

All of our MSc courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), except the MSc(Eng) Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives and MSc(Eng) Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing. We are seeking accreditation for these courses.

First-class facilities

Semiconductor Materials and Devices

LED, laser photodetectors and transistor design, a high-tech field-emission gun transmission electron microscope (FEGTEM), a focused ion beam (FIB) milling facility, and electron beam lithographic equipment.

Our state-of-the-art semiconductor growth and processing equipment is housed in an extensive clean room complex as part of the EPSRC’s National Centre for III-V Technologies.

Our investment in semiconductor research equipment in the last 12 months totals £6million.

Electrical Machines and Drives

Specialist facilities for the design and manufacture of electromagnetic machines, dynamometer test cells, a high-speed motor test pit, environmental test chambers, electronic packaging and EMC testing facilities, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives.

Communications

Advanced anechoic chambers for antenna design and materials characterisation, a lab for calibrated RF dosimetry of tissue to assess pathogenic effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, extensive CAD electromagnetic analysis tools.

Core modules

Network and Inter-Network Architectures; Network Performance Analysis; Data Coding Techniques for Communications and Storage; Advanced Communication Principles; Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols; (either) Foundations of Object-Orientated Programming (or) Object-Orientated Programming and Software Design; Major Research Project.

Examples of optional modules

Computer Security and Forensics; 3D Computer Graphics; Software Development for Mobile Devices; Cloud Computing; Advanced Signal Processing; Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems; Optical Communication Devices and Systems; Computer Vision; Broadband Wireless Techniques; Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols; System Design.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver research-led teaching from our department and Computer Science with individual support for your research project and dissertation. Assessment is by examinations, coursework and a project dissertation with poster presentation.

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Businesses today are heavily reliant on computer networks in their daily operations. It is important to ensure that such networks are well designed, optimised, secured and tested for maximum uptime and ease of management. Read more
Businesses today are heavily reliant on computer networks in their daily operations. It is important to ensure that such networks are well designed, optimised, secured and tested for maximum uptime and ease of management. There are excellent opportunities for network engineers with such skills and experience.

The MSc in Computer Networks with Communications aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of computer networks with hands-on experience of the planning, implementation and maintenance of such systems. The course aims to prepare a student with specialist knowledge and skillset in key areas such as network design, storage area networks, optical networking, network simulation, network redundancy and reliability. Students will be able to review commonly used network simulators, commercial and academic, their common and specific purposes and architectures. The course will enable the student to apply a holistic understanding of networks and their applications in solving real world problems. It will also enables them to develop the ability to critically evaluate and integrate devices and components used for high speed fibre optical communication system, develop the ability to model the behaviour of modern day network systems to design and critically evaluate such systems at all levels of the OSI model.

Course structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

MSc Computer Networks Suite of Courses

The MSc in Computer Networks has three distinct pathways:
-Security
-Communications
-Cloud Technologies

The course structure is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, ie the ILPs. These are assigned immediately upon each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Networks MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

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The near STEM route is for admission of mathematics, physics, astrophysics or other relevant first degree candidates and whose programme would have made extensive use of applied mathematics to design and explain engineering and/or scientific concepts. After accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) at Level 5, you will spend three semesters studying towards a General Engineering Transition Masters with the opportunity to specialise in the above options at Level 6 and/or 7.

The Electronics and Communications MScs are also accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

To obtain a Master's degree, you will need to complete an in-depth independent research project.

Courses

-MSc in Embedded Intelligent Systems
-MSc in Radio and Mobile Communication System
-MSc in Microelectronics and Computer Engineering
-MSc in Power Electronics and Control
-MSc in Mechatronics
-MSc in Communications and Information Engineering

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;Study leading-edge applications such as biometric authentication and speech-based interaction.

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

Year 1
Core Modules
-Digital Design & Embedded Systems
-Digital Mobile Communication Systems
-Information Theory and DSP in Communications
-Operations Management
-Optical Communication Technologies
-Quality Reliability & Maintenance
-Sustainability and Smart Systems Engineering
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking

Year 2
Core Modules
-Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications
-Individual Masters Project
-Microelectronics and VLSI

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This course delivers a thorough, methodical and wide-ranging education in communications, signal processing, and microwave engineering. Read more

This course delivers a thorough, methodical and wide-ranging education in communications, signal processing, and microwave engineering. It covers in-depth materials including digital communication, wireless communications, mobile networks, digital signal processing, communication networks, and optical communications. In addition, students can choose between course units that specialise in signal and image processing, or antennas and microwave systems engineering. 

The course is aimed at those with prior undergraduate level knowledge on communication and signal processing, wishing to enhance their skills to an advanced level for a rewarding career in related industries. Graduates are also capable to conduct PhD study in world leading research groups and contribute new ideas towards the advancement of technologies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

On graduating you will be able to enter directly all areas of the modern communication and signal processing engineering industry, including the fast growing mobile and wireless technology sectors. You will also be prepared to begin PhD research programmes, which may lead to careers in research establishments and universities.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

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.

Key Features of MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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 Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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

Digital Communications

Optical Communications

Probing at the Nanoscale

RF and Microwaves

Wireless Communications

Facilities for Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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.

Links with Industry

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.

Careers

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.

Research

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.

World-Leading Research

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.



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