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MSc Electronic Engineering

Course Overview

Electronic engineering defines the very fabric of today’s modern technologically advanced society. A myriad of consumer electronic products - televisions, CD and DVD players - are in daily use by practically everyone on the planet. Mobile phones and computers enable global communications on a scale unimaginable even a few decades ago. Yet electronic engineering continues to develop new capabilities which will shape the lives of future generations.

This programme aims to provide a broad based Electronic Engineering MSc which will enable students to contribute to the future development of electronic products and services. The course reflects the School’s highly regarded research activity at the leading edge of electronic engineering.

The MSc will provide relevant, up-to-date skills that enhance the engineering competency of its graduates and allows a broader knowledge of electronic engineering to be acquired by studying important emerging technologies, such as, optoelectronics, bioelectronics, polymer electronics and micromachining. The course is intended for graduates in a related discipline, who wish to enhance and specialise their skills in several emerging technologies.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Electronic Engineering

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Bangor University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months (18 months with industrial attachment)

    Tuition fees

    £13,300 (Scholarship available)



    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

To be accepted onto this degree programme candidates should hold an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering or a related scientific discipline, at a 2.2 level or higher or the international equivalent.

English entry requirements

Graduates for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

It may be necessary for applicants falling short of this minimum standard to attend an intensive English Language course before registering for the academic programme.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent research project.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

The course programme will support graduates seeking careers as Electronics Engineer, Product Design Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Application Engineer, Broadcast Engineer etc.


Semester 1


  • Intro to Nano & Micro Technology (15 credits)
  • Modelling & Design (15 credits)
  • Research Project Foundations (15 credits)


Optional (choose one)

  • Advanced Sensor Systems (15 credits)
  • Advanced Optical Communication (15 credits)
  • Broadband Communication Systems (15 credits)


Semester 2


  • Masters (MSc) Mini Project (15 credits)


Optional (choose three)

  • Microengineering (15 credits)
  • Further Microengineering (15 credits)
  • RF and Optical MEMS (15 credits)
  • Mobile Communication Systems (15 credits)


Semester 3


  • Eng-Project & Dissertation (60 credits)


Overall aims and purpose of this course

  • to gain an introductory background to the subjects of nanotechnology and microsystems technology (NMT); an overview of the development of the subjects and introduce topics of microfabrication and scanning probe techniques; advantages and disadvantages of nanotechnology and microsystems technology in a range of application area
  • Practical modelling and design is taught using the multiphysics modelling package “Comsol Multiphysics”. Guided projects are undertaken to model and analyse physical systems. Students are required to research their chosen system and identify significant design parameters. Simulation and analysis will be aimed at identifying an optimal configuration for the chosen system
  • To prepare the students for their MSc research project, including secondary research and primary research design, planning and execution via getting familiar with research tools and writing up a complete project proposal
  • The mini project will act as a precursor to the students’ main Masters Level project. The student will be required to: 1) plan and undertake a small literature review in Electronic Engineering that will act as a foundation for the main Masters Level research project, 2) Communicate their findings in a clear and concisely written dissertation
  • To provide students with an understanding of more complex sensor systems and a view of current developments in specific areas of sensor development. Applications of these systems and their main producers and users are also discussed
  • To provide an introduction to the rapidly expanding subject of microengineering - micro manufacturing issues for a range of materials such as silicon, polymers and metals will be discussed along with routes to larger scale manufacture
  • To provide an understanding of the dynamical behaviour of laser diodes; principles of optical modulation; characteristics of optical fibre waveguides and optical receivers
  • To examines a broad range of advanced manufacturing process including techniques suitable for larger scale production, particularly of polymer devices & specialist fabrication methods using laser systems and their flexibility in fabricating macroscopic and sub micron structures
  • To introduce the use and benefits of miniaturisation in RF and optical technologies. The module will investigate improvements in component characteristics, and manufacturing processes & applications of RF and optical nano and microsystems
  • To provide students with an in-depth understanding of current and emerging broadband communications techniques employed in local, access and backbone networks with emphasis on fundamental concepts, operating principles and practice of widely implemented communications systems, hot research and development topics, and opportunities and challenges for future deployment of broadband communications systems
  • To provide an in-depth understanding of current and emerging mobile communication techniques and systems, with particular attention being focussed on fundamental aspects of those systems and their future developing trends
  • The MSc research project will enable the students to develop an enquiring, analytical, critical and creative approach to problem identification and solution