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MSc RF and Microwave Engineering

Course Description

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.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/rf-and-microwave-engineering


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.

Programme structure

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.

Compulsory modules

- RF Systems and Circuit Design
- Microwave Engineering

Optional modules

- 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.

Academic support

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.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MSc RF and Microwave Engineering page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

Student Profiles

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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

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