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Electronic Engineering MSc

Course Description

About the course

Our MSc in Electronic Engineering offers content that is different to many other similarly-titled courses. It equips you with a skill set that is in demand by industry worldwide, allowing you to maximise your employability by taking a course that is broad in scope but challenging in detail.

Electronic Engineering provides a broad master’s-level study of some of the most important aspects of electronic engineering today. It builds on your undergraduate knowledge of core aspects of electronics, supported by a module in Engineering Business Environment and Energy Policies, 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 at university.

The course has achieved accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to CEng level for the full five year period.

Reasons to study

• Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to CEng level
offering a streamlined route to professional registration

• Industry placement opportunity
you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further

• Graduate employability
Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of specialist roles in diverse industries, including; embedded systems, electronic design and biomedical monitoring

• Access to superb professional facilities
such as general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering

• Study a wide range of specialist modules
course content is regularly reviewed and modules have been specifically developed to address skills gaps in the industry

• Academic and research expertise
benefit from teaching by experienced academic and research-based staff, including those from DMU’s dedicated Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering, who are actively involved in international leadership roles in the sector.Programme

Course Structure

First semester (September to January)

• Digital Signal Processing
• Physics of Semiconductor Devices
• Engineering Business Environment and Energy Policies
• Control and Instrumentation

Second semester (February to May)

• Embedded Systems
• Research Methods
• Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal Integrity
• Power Electronics

Third semester (June to September)

This is a major research-based individual project

Optional placement
We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. We have a dedicated Placement Unit which will help you obtain this. Once on your placement you will be supported by your Visiting Tutor to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed - usually around June - and last for one year. When you return from your work placement you will begin your dissertation.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend 4 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time, for full time study this would be 16 hours per week during term time. You are expected to undertake around 212 further hours of independent study per 30 credit modules. Alternate study modes and entry points may change the timetabled session available, please contact us for details.

Industry Accreditation

he 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.

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.


You will have flexible access to our laboratories and workshops which include: electrical and electronic experimental facilities in general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each area is equipped with the latest experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including OrCAD and PSpice. A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high-speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for RF engineering.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

Funding for postgraduate students:

Visit the Electronic Engineering MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Philips Ogun

- Was DMU your first choice? If not, who was your first choice

I applied and gained admission to Newcastle University, Lancaster University and DMU but finally decided to enrol in DMU

- Why did you choose Faculty of Technology at DMU

DMU is one of the few universities offering Mechatronics at MSc level in the UK. The first things that caught my attention were the tuition fees and modules of the course compared to other Universities offering the same course.

- What attracted you to study this particular course/ How I came to start a MSc

Because I have always wanted to integrate my knowledge of Computers, Mechanics and Electronics and Mechatronics was a perfect course to study

- What are my best experiences on the course?

I had a great time during my project. I learnt so many things I have always wanted to know about

- Course Content

All the modules were relevant and well structured. It was my major reason for deciding to enrol in DMU. In my opinion, the content of Mechatronics Business Environment should be reviewed and there should be more of individual assessment than group assessment.

- Faculty facilities

I believe the faculty has good facilities to support learning, project work and research. The technicians in the Mechanical & Electronics lab were fantastic and helped me a lot during my project. The faculty also prides some Engineering software which I found to be invaluable in the course of my study such as Matlab/Simulink, Pro Engineer, Altium Designer etc

- Support

Student support in DMU is great. Everyone cares about you and will be ready to help. I received great support from Lecturers and Course Leaders

- What are the strengths of the course in your view
The course highlights the key element of Mechatronics. Students from different backgrounds come to study Mechatronics. The idea of trying to broaden the knowledge of students before introducing them to the more advanced studies of Mechatronics is helpful to the students.

- How do I see the future
Personally, I am passionate about DMU and the MSc Mechatronics course. I didn’t get anything short of my expectations before joining. I know DMU is one of the leading post 1992 universities and the recent lift in the University ranking shows that the stakeholders are doing great jobs. I am hoping the University will become more popular internationally.

(Student Profile)

Abdul Rehman Dastaguir

Studied MSc Electronic Engineering

Why did you decide to study at De Montfort University?
I decided to study at De Montfort University (DMU) because I was attracted by the facilities which were available and the prospect of building on my Electronic knowledge I gained.

What attracted you to the course and why?
The course offered varied subjects within the field, rather than focusing on one or two elements which really interested me as I knew it would open up greater opportunities when I graduated. Being flexible and having the ability to grasp varied subjects is something employers looked for in engineers, hence why I signed up for the course in order to aim to become a more accomplished engineer.

What did you enjoy most about the course?
I believe the people I met from across the globe, different cultures and backgrounds was probably the best experience I had at university. I always thrived on challenges and I like to think working with such talented people had a great impact on my studies.

Please tell us about your career since leaving DMU. What are you doing now?
After completing my MSc degree, I took a short break for a few months whilst I applied for jobs. I then started a role at Rolls-Royce PLC as a Controls Engineer, within the ‘Nuclear Sector’ where I work on HM Naval Submarines.

What does a typical day for you involve?
I am currently in the ‘in-service’ area of the Electrical Controls & Instrumentation department, where we support all in-service submarines and deal with any technical issues that occur

How do you see the future? What are your plans for the next few years?
I am intending to stay at Rolls-Royce PLC for a foreseeable future as it was always a dream to work there whilst I was studying. Over the next few years I intend to get involved on bigger projects as I continue to develop my knowledge and possibly try out different roles within the company to test myself further.

Would you recommend your course to others? If so, why?
Yes, definitely! The course is an amazing experience and you will gain a broad knowledge of the field . The MSc courses are designed to push you to your limits and you will learn a lot about yourself as an individual as well becoming an engineer.


Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application individually.

Last Updated

16 January 2017

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