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We are developing internationally competitive research in advanced computational solid and applied analytical structural mechanics, so by pursuing structural civil engineering research with us you will work with academics who are leaders in their fields. Read more
We are developing internationally competitive research in advanced computational solid and applied analytical structural mechanics, so by pursuing structural civil engineering research with us you will work with academics who are leaders in their fields.

By pursuing research in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences you will join an extremely successful research group focussing on structural civil engineering. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. This means that we attract high quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.

Within the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences we have a research group focussed on geotechnics and structures, which deals with the fundamental concepts of material behaviour, construction and design technology. Our research has a central theme of Earth systems science engineering and management, focussing on the concepts of:
-Sustainability in construction
-Climate change and the effects on civil engineering

You should have an enthusiasm for research in the field of structures, civil engineering. Our current research includes:
-Non-linear structural optimisation
-Non-linear analysis of conventional and non-conventional structures and materials
-Structural integrity assessment
-Seismic design and analysis
-Resilience of complex infrastructure networks

Examples of MPhil and PhD supervision in our research areas include:
-Analysis of concrete at elevated temperatures
-Structural optimisation and reliability
-Structural textiles and polymeric composites
-Seismic engineering and extreme loadings
-The effects of transient loads on structures
-Numerical methods
-Computational mechanics
-Analysis of lightweight fabric and pneumatic structures
-Resilience of complex infrastructure networks


Off-campus study may be available in some circumstances, particularly if you have industrial sponsorship. Our programme includes intensive subject-specific supervision and training in research methodologies and core skills. You will also have an opportunity to undertake paid laboratory demonstrations and tutoring to gain teaching experience.


We have extensive UK and international contacts so that research can be carried out in collaboration with industry and government agencies. Research projects are supervised by staff with a wide range of industrial and academic experience.

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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. Read more

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:

  • Detection of living cells in a microfluidic system using electrochemical and RF technologies
  • Self-repairable electronics through unification of self-test and calibration technology
  • Solution-processed electronics over a large area: design and realisation of a fully computerised XY(Z) spray coater employing multiple pneumatic and/or ultrasonic airbrushes
  • Higher-order mode couplers in semiconducting RF cavities
  • Monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design for wireless networks
  • Vision and robotic control interface system.

Course Structure

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:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Network Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer

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.

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About. You will acquire knowledge and skills in those areas of Technology and Design in which you may have had little or no experience, e.g. Read more


You will acquire knowledge and skills in those areas of Technology and Design in which you may have had little or no experience, e.g. CAD (solid works) , Electronic Systems, PCB production, Pneumatic Control Systems, Graphics and Computer Control Systems. While practical in nature, you will draw on knowledge gained from the other areas of the course and at all times, apply these skills in the classroom. As an aspiring professional, you will be expected to be self-motivated and to take the initiative in managing your own professional development. In your school placements you will be expected to prioritize pupil learning and develop your teaching strategies accordingly. Elements of the course are taught at Masters level and you will be expected to support your development with a detailed understanding of current research and literature in teaching, learning and Technology and Design. You will be assessed through a variety of means including e-portfolio, essays, observations and tests.

“The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.” The overall aim of our PGCE programme at Ulster is to support this aim and to foster the development of pedagogical competences in the following three areas: - Professional Values and Practice; Professional Knowledge and Understanding and Professional Skills and Application. To achieve these aims the PGCE post-primary programme at Ulster University prepares student teachers to be competent in the following: - the ability to plan, teach and assess worthwhile learning activities in their subject area(s) in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland for the 11-18 age group; - the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for the promotion of learning among pupils; - to assume responsibility for developing as competent reflective practitioners, able to monitor and evaluate their teaching performance; - to realise a commitment to on-going personal and professional development in pursuit of sustained pupil learning and school improvement. Student teachers on the PGCE will evidence their competence through achieving the following objectives by demonstrating:

  • a critical understanding of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and of National Curriculum requirements;
  • a knowledge of their subject and its contribution to the area of study and to the “Big Picture” of the curriculum at Key Stages 3 & 4 with its objectives of: a) developing the young person as an individual; b) developing the young person as a contributor to society and c) developing the young person as a contributor to the economy and the environment.

The successful completion of the PGCE also requires the student to:

  • recognise and take account of those factors which influence curriculum planning in a particular school context;
  • understand how children learn and appreciate the social, moral, psychological and cultural factors which affect educational attainment; plan, teach and evaluate lessons, units and schemes of work organise and manage classes effectively;
  • use a range of teaching and learning methodologies supported by resources for pupils of all ability levels, including those with special educational needs;
  • recognise the need for continuity, progression and differentiation in pupils' learning;
  • assess for learning including the recording and reporting pupil achievement;
  • adopt an assessment of learning mindset;;
  • develop pupils' language and numeracy skills through the teaching of their subject;
  • promote skills of problem solving, decision making, presentation, teamwork, leadership and independent learning;
  • develop pupils' personal and interpersonal skills;
  • promote fairness and equality of opportunity;
  • build and sustain good relationships with both pupils and staff;
  • work co-operatively with colleagues and other student teachers and contribute to school wide activities;
  • develop skills and confidence in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and emerging technologies for both personal and professional use.


The PGCE is a recognized teaching qualification in the UK. For those applicants wishing to teach in other jurisdictions we recommend that you contact the relevant authorities there to discuss their requirements for recognised teacher status.


This is a programme of professional education and training of teachers for the teaching profession. Attendance therefore is compulsory for all activities, modules and components of the course. The main PGCE course runs from the end of August to the beginning of June. University modules normally run from Monday to Friday (9:30-4:30) and students are required to attend all classes and course activities. School placements (of which there are two, each of twelve weeks) require commitment to the school, usually 8:30-5:00 with evenings spent in lesson preparation.

The T&D PGCE course includes a six week workshop practice in Belfast, normally commencing in July each year. An additional specialised course will run on Wednesday afternoons in Belfast during September and October.

Work placement / study abroad

Students nominate three secondary schools and three grammar schools for the teaching practice placements. Every effort is made to accommodate student preferences.

Career options

The course prepares you to teach Technology & Design at post primary school level. Where appropriate students may have opportunities to teach other subjects, depending on their own degree and A-Level specialisms.

The PGCE is an internationally recognised programme for Initial Teacher Education leading directly to a career in teaching. The post primary PGCE is for those who wish to teach the 11-19 age range. Successful completion of this course qualifies the graduate to seek registration with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland.

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