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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    One year full-time (January starters: 18 months full-time) with optional one year placement available or a minimum of two years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    19 March 2019

Electronic Engineering builds on your undergraduate knowledge of core aspects of electronics, supported by a module in Engineering Business Environment and Energy studies, which provides you with an understanding of the context of engineering in the early 21st century.

The course embraces a number of themes in areas identified as being generally under-represented in many other courses, such as power electronics and electromagnetic compatibility, providing you with as wide a range of employment opportunities as possible – whether this is in industry or continuing in research.

Course modules

First semester (September to January)

  • Digital Signal Processing – considers the applications of signal analysis and computational methods for processing digital signals, including images. The emphasis is on the generation of appropriate software solutions for digital signal and image processing in the time and frequency domains.
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices – provides in-depth discussion on the properties of semiconducting materials and how these are modified to produce functional devices. This will be followed by device physics of PN junction, MOS and Bipolar.
  • Engineering Business Environment and Energy Studies – gives you an awareness of the commercial environment and the need for operational efficiency within manufacturing businesses. This module provides a thorough understanding of lean 6-sigma practices and their limitations, and an appreciation of new developments in the field of operations planning
  • Control and Instrumentation – provides advanced knowledge in both theory and practical implementation of control systems. This module covers the analysis and design of continuous and discrete time feedback systems and is designed to develop your ability to critically analyse engineering problems involving control and instrumentation issues

Second semester (February to May)

  • Embedded Systems – designed to develop your ability to critically analyse engineering problems involving microcontroller issues and to further develop your experimental and theoretical skills in embedded systems
  • Study Skills and Research Methods – introduces the fundamental elements of research methods in an engineering context
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) – studies how one electronic system or device interferes with another, how this can be measured and how both the victim and the threat can be better designed to minimise both the level of interference and the response of the victim. This module studies EMC phenomena, their causes, electronic design mitigation and basic EMC measurement
  • Power Electronics – introduces the field of power electronics, from basic switching power supply principles through modern vector-controlled motor drives to advanced power conversion systems. Renewable energy power conversion is also covered

Third semester (June to September)

This is a major, research-based, individual project which can be tailored to your specific career interests.

Optional placement

We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one-year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. The placement allows you to gain paid industrial work experience in your area of interest and to increase your future employability.

We have a dedicated Work-Based Learning Unit who will work with you to help you secure a placement. Once on your placement, you will be supported by your visiting tutor to ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from the experience.


Modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The methodology ensures a good balance between theory and practice so that real engineering problems are better understood, using strong theoretical and analytical knowledge translated into practical skills.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The course is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.

IET accreditation recognises the high standard of the course and confirms the relevance of its content. In order to achieve IET accreditation the course has had to reach a certain standard in areas such as the course structure, staffing, resourcing, quality assurance, student support and technical depth.

The benefits of an IET accredited course include increased opportunities, being looked on favourably by employers and completing the first step in your journey to achieving professional Chartered Engineer (CEng) status which can be applied for following a period of suitable industrial experience after graduation.

Engineering Council

This degree has been accredited by IET under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Graduate Careers

Upon graduation you will be equipped to take up responsible positions within a wide range of industries worldwide. Recent graduates have progressed into roles within electronic design, chip design, automation and control systems, embedded systems and communication systems. Opportunities also exist for further academic study towards a doctorate degree and a career in research.

Visit the Electronic Engineering MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the De Montfort University website for more details!






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