Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc(Eng). A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 45 credits. These are the modules studied in 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Industry dissertation - 15 credits
This module develops a detailed understanding of the global electronics industry. The topic of the dissertation is agreed with the module leader; examples include an essay on a particular aspect of the electronics industry, a proposal for research funding, a business plan and/or a manufacturing/ outsourcing plan.

Mini-projects and Laboratory - 15 credits
Provides experience of practical electronics and measurement techniques. Laboratory work covers measurement and sampling techniques, PCB design and assembly, and embedded systems.

Main project - 45 credits
Involves independent research on a relevant topic, agreed between you and your supervisor, throughout the second semester and the summer months.

Optional modules

Wireless Communications Systems Design - 15 credits
This module addresses communication design at many different levels. At the system level, it covers microwave systems, system modelling, subsystem characterisation and the delivery of complete communications systems in the real world. The propagation level covers system noise-figure analysis, link budgets and radio propagation analysis as a system planning tool. At the circuit levels, it includes: RF subsystems; direct and heterodyne conversion; RF integrated circuits; the impact of RF/microwave component design on wireless communication system performance; modulation formats and their impact on circuit design; and distortion and spectral regrowth.

Micro- and NanoElectromechanical Systems - 15 credits
The aim of the module is to provide students with a working knowledge of the principles of operation, physical structures, methods of fabrication, properties and market relevance of a range of micro-and nano-electromechanical systems: microfabrication, micromaching processes, anisotropic etching, selective etching, reactive ion etching, and focused ion beam systems.

Power Electronics and Drives - 15 credits
Covers FET, IGBT and MOSFET switches (characteristics, limitations, fields of use, switching loss and thermal behaviour) and switched-mode power supplies with transformer insulation, forward and flyback converters. The dynamics of induction motor drives, adjustable frequency induction motor drives, brushless DC motor, stepping motor and switched-reluctance motor drive systems are also covered.

Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources - 15 credits
This module provides you with knowledge and understanding of power generation technology from renewable sources, particularly wind and solar power. It describes how renewable energy sources can be employed and how they are integrated into electricity systems. It covers the control and management of photovoltaic and wind power generation systems comprising power converters and energy storage components.

Electric Drives - 15 credits
This module covers operating characteristics and control principles of DC motors: steady-state characteristics and transient behaviour, DC motor drives, thyristor convertor controlled drives, chopper-controlled drives, and closed-loop control strategy for a separately excited motor.

Control Systems Design - 15 credits
This module covers the analysis and design of control systems. Knowledge and understanding of linear systems are developed to enable analysis of control systems using analytical techniques and computer tools.

FPGA Design for System-on-chip - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the principles of the design of digital signal processing systems for VLSI technologies. You will gain a detailed knowledge of digital design techniques for silicon chip technologies in the sub-100nm scale, understand the fundamentals of implementing complex systems on a single chip, and be able to use contemporary EDA design tools to design practical examples.

Embedded Microprocessor System Design - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the various options for system-on-chip implementation: ASIC, FPGA and DSP chips; the various aspects of an EDA system, including support programmes, design environment, compilers, assembler and linker; the limitations and advantages of the architecture and instruction set hard processor; and the use of EDA support tools.

Medical Electronics and E-Health - 15 credits

Provides students with a knowledge and understanding of how electronics technology is, and could be, used in medical applications and healthcare.

Optional modules (choose one)

Programming - 15 credits
Develops competence in computer programming, using both Matlab and c.

Software Development - 15 credits
Refreshes and enhances cprogramming skills, and develops further software engineering expertise via a software project in which you will use professional methodology and an alternative programming language. This module is only suitable for students who have good prior experience of c programming.