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MSc Electronic Engineering

Course Overview

The course will provide you with academic and technical skills to analyse, synthesise, interpret and make sense of modern electronic systems. It will enable you to meet the demands of tomorrows engineering society.

This course provides an opportunity to study the subject of electronic engineering at an advanced level. It is designed to introduce you to the fundamental principles that underpin the subject (e.g. digital signal processing, digital communications etc) as well as providing an insight into the fast changing nature of the subject.

During the course you will get to study topics with the area of embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, optical communications and other exciting emerging technologies within the field of electronics, such as energy harvesting. The course itself is designed for those who have a previous background in electronics (e.g. those who may have previously studied electrical engineering or computer science and electrical engineering).

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Electronic Engineering

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology - The IET

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £11,000

    Intakes

    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement

    No

    Course location

    Milton Keynes

Academic entry requirements

A good UK honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification. Additional: Evidence of having studied at least two of the following (or closely aligned topics): Engineering mathematics, Analogue and digital electronics, Circuits design and analysis, Signal processing, Digital communications, Control engineering during your undergraduate studies, or having evidence of equivalent experience.

Example 1: You may have studied physics at UG level, which included engineering mathematics / numerical techniques / applied mathematics UANDU circuit design / analysis / electronics.

Example 2: You may have completed a relevant HND together with several years working within the electronics industry with a technical role. Example 3: You have studied computer engineering at UG level, which included control engineering UANDU signal processing.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

You are assessed in a variety of ways. The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in the context of a group seminar.

You will also produce software artefacts in the area of your specialism. Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work. You will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in your major project – the MSc Project – where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.

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 critical, theoretical, analytical and practical skills of this degree will prepare you for a range of careers. The most common destination will be in industries dealing with electronic systems. Examples are companies active in designing novel solutions for wireless communications, avionics or cars with a focus on electronic engineering tasks, such as microcontrollers, sensors or actuators for these final products. You may as well work for companies that provide solutions for signal processing problems, for instance in manufacturing medical imaging tools, healthcare monitoring or for seismology analysis. Examples of such companies at a global level are Siemens, Philips or Schlumberger.

Modules

  • Microprocessor Architecture and Embedded Hardware – 15 credits
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing – 15 credits
  • Embedded Sensors, Controllers and Energy – 15 credits
  • Systems Engineering – 15 credits
  • Applied Microwave and Optical Communications – 15 credits
  • Emerging Technologies – 15 credits
  • Advanced Digital Communications – 15 credits
  • Professional Project Management – 15 credits
  • MSc Project – 60 credits

 

Reasons for choosing this course

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Exhibit an advanced understanding of methods, concepts and technologies that deal with the analysis, synthesis, application and interpretation of electronic system concepts
     
  • Contribute specialist expertise productively to a multi-specialist development team working on electronic engineering
     
  • Learn and use new ideas and techniques as they appear within an evolving industry
     
  • The course has been designed in conjunction with industry experts and will involve a variety of learning approaches including hands on laboratory sessions in which you will be able to work with, and even build your own electronic devices
     
  • Gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in digital communications, signal processing, electronic circuits and microprocessors, as well as an understanding of engineering best practice and how to apply it in real-life scenarios
     
  • Study in an electronic laboratory environment, gaining valuable hands-on experience as well as opportunities for industry connections including National Instruments, Rhode & Schwarz and Axis Electronics
     
  • Explore topics including applied microwave and optical communications, systems engineering, embedded sensors, controllers and energy, advanced digital signal processing, microprocessor architecture and embedded hardware, advanced digital communications, wireless sensor networks, optical communications and other exciting emerging technologies such as energy harvesting
     
  • Develop practical skills in laboratory sessions in which you will build and work with your own electronic devices
     
  • Gain skills and insight into a fast-changing area on a course accredited by the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), making you well-prepared to enter a demanding and exciting industry
     
  • Benefit from developing expertise and understanding of professional standards to allow you to access careers like electronic systems design, as a development engineer, in software design, as an embedded systems engineer, a communications engineer, product support engineer, technical consultant or further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD. 

 

Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • LO1: Demonstrate an in‐depth knowledge at the theoretical level, and a systematic understanding of electronic engineering and be critically aware of emerging techniques and their impact on electronic systems, and to communicate their knowledge using a variety of communication media (e.g., formal written reports, essays and presentations with supporting oral communication)
     
  • LO2: Autonomously carry out a substantial piece of original research in terms of analysing and evaluating existing emerging electronic engineering techniques against theoretical and practical criteria and proposing creative and innovative embedded solutions to a variety of complex electronic products
     
  • LO3: Systematically and creatively apply theoretical knowledge to deal with complex issues when undertaking electronic system development projects which involves every aspect of a project life‐cycle, such as requirement collection and analysis, design, implementation, testing, maintenance and individual or team project management
     
  • LO4: Integrate an electronic hardware/software into products and critically evaluate the solutions in the contexts of the products
     
  • LO5: Critically evaluate and apply appropriate industry‐standard developing toolkits in electronic system development projects
     
  • LO6: Demonstrate a deep understanding and a critical awareness of social and economic impacts of electronic engineering techniques
     
  • LO7: Question and challenge current thinking and consider possible future developments in the field within a variety of diverse and complex scenarios
     
  • LO8: Demonstrate means of communicating complex ideas and developments in a comprehensive, effective, systematic and professional way