This 12 month MSc in Electronic Communications and Computer Engineering allows for study of a variety of topics including electronic design, communications and software engineering.
The course delivers broad-based understanding of the art of electronic engineering and an in-depth study of topics covering modern technology for electronic engineering and communication systems.
Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional, at ease with the conventions of the discipline, and ready to tackle any area of research in electronic engineering.
- Students will gain experience of the type of problems encountered by academic and industrial researchers
- This course is accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology)to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.
This is a highly flexible course, which gives you the opportunity to choose modules according to your specific interests and requirements.
This course is taught on a full-time basis over 12 months and consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit independent research project. Students will take optional modules from three different streams, electronic engineering, communications and software programming.
You will be taught using up to date practices, including the use of electronic resources. Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, lab work, tutorials and projects, with assessment usually performed through formal examination and coursework.
After completing the taught components of the course, you will undertake a major piece of advanced independent research over the summer, under the supervision of a specialist in your chosen area. We will provide you with advice and guidance while you select and refine your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research and your MSc.
Planning and preparation for the project is undertaken during the spring semester.
Key learning outcomes of the course are for students to:
- develop problem solving skills
- become competent users of relevant equipment and software
- develop ability to think logically and critically
- develop a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and appreciation of likely new development
- develop design skills and methodologies relevant to a variety of electrical and electronic systems, circuits and models and gain experience of dealing with the challenges encountered by academic and industrial researchers.
- Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals for Masters (autumn): 10 credits
- Research Project Organisation and Design (spring): 10 credits
- MSc Project (full-year): 60 credits
- HDL for Programmable Logic
- Instrumentation and Measurement
- Optical Communications
- Applied Computational Engineering
- Mobile Technologies
- Digital Signal Processing for Telecommunications, Multimedia and Instrumentation
- RF Microelectronics
- Digital Communications
- Integrated Circuits and Systems
- Embedded Computing
- Robotics, Dynamics and Control
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Our postgraduates generally progress to exciting roles in design and development with major international companies or government agencies, obtain consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies or move into successful academic careers.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career destinations for our graduates in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well as electrical engineers and engineering professionals.
Career Prospects and Employability
The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
*The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.
- Entry requirements: A high 2:2 or equivalent in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree, including elements in Signals and Systems, Electronic Circuits and Digital Signal Processing
- IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).
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