Covering a range of modern theories and techniques, accompanied by modules which consider communication systems allied to your interest.
Surrey is one of very few institutions with the expertise and facilities to give you hands-on experience in RF and microwave devices, backed and informed by cutting-edge research in wireless communications, space technology, advanced gigahertz and terahertz microwave technologies. We place an importance on radio and microwave communications in 5G and beyond, so you will become familiar with these concepts when you study this programme.
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There is a great shortage of skilled radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineers in industry at the present time and the demand for the implementation of conceptually new wireless systems is growing.
You will learn about a range of modern theories and techniques, accompanied by topics on wireless frequencies and sizes of RF and microwave devices, from the lowest frequencies used in radio frequency identification (RFID) systems through to systems used at mm wave frequencies that can have applications in satellite communication systems and fifth generation wireless communication systems demanding high spectrum bandwidth. Theoretical concepts including radio design and radio systems are established in the lectures, which are complemented by practical implementation in laboratory sessions. Computer-aided design (CAD) is an essential feature of modern RF and microwave systems, so you also have direct experience of industry-standard software. A wide range of facilities and expertise is available that is accessed via student projects.
You will study the two compulsory modules, RF Systems and Circuit Design and Microwave Engineering Principles, in the first and second semester respectively. The work is supported by a course in Agilent ADS (Advanced Design System), which provides all of the fundamental information for using this software for circuit design and simulation. It takes you from the basics of login and circuit layout through to field simulation, so that you are in a position to employ the software for practical design in the second semester. You will also attend practical laboratories to gain hands on experimentation with concepts covered in the module.
Finally, in the project element, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in realistic design situations and make use of the extensive range of facilities available in the Department.
- RF Systems and Circuit Design
- Microwave Engineering
- Antennas and Propagation
- Fundamentals of Mobile Communications & Advanced Mobile Communication Systems
- Fundamentals of Satellite Communication Systems & Advanced Satellite Communication Systems
- Principles of Telecommunications and Packet Networks
- RF and Microwave Fundamentals
- Nanoscience and Nanotechnology & Nanoelectronics and Devices
- Semiconductor Devices and Optoelectronics
- MSc Project
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is primarily through lectures, supported by some assessed laboratory activities. Since practical design is a key feature of the programme, the lectures are supplemented by tutorial problems that enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
The primary means of assessment is through two-hour written examinations, where the theme of practical design is reflected in the format of the questions. Some of the modules involve assessed coursework, where 20 per cent of the marks for the module are given for reports on the directed laboratory activities.
We provide solid academic support through the taught modules and into the project period. You will be assigned a personal tutor with whom you can discuss both academic and general issues related to the programme. When you move into the project phase of the programme, you will be assigned a project supervisor who you will meet, usually on a weekly basis, to discuss the progress of your project.
The individual taught modules also feature strong academic support, usually through a tutorial programme. All of the RF and microwave modules have tutorial sheets to support the lectures. Although completing the tutorials is not part of the formal assessment, you have the option of using the tutorials to receive individual feedback on your progress in the modules.
Facilities and equipment
The combined facilities of the RF teaching laboratories and the Advanced Technology Institute provide MSc students with an exceptionally wide range of modern fabrication and measurement equipment. Furthermore a wide variety of RF test and measurement facilities are available through Surrey Space Centre and the 5G Innovation Centre, which also involve work in the RF and microwave engineering domain. Equipment includes access to CAD design tools, anechoic chamber, spectrum analysers, network analysers, wideband channel sounder, circuit etching and circuit testing.
As an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)-accredited institution, our programmes are countable under the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.
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An honours degree in electronic engineering, mathematics, computing or physical sciences. Our minimum entry level is a 2.2 from a good UK university, or overseas equivalent. Relevant industrial experience will also be considered. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0