Our one year MSc by Research in Electronic Engineering is an internationally recognised advanced postgraduate research degree, providing an ideal foundation for advanced skills and knowledge. Traditional MSc degrees primarily contain taught modules, whilst an MSc by Research is heavily research or practice-based and you learn through hands-on projects.

Whereas a taught Masters develops expertise in existing subject knowledge, an MSc by Research places more emphasis on research and practical expertise and is project-based rather than module-based. An MSc by Research can focus on individual research skills, providing a strong foundation to build on for students considering a doctoral degree (PhD). Alternatively, our MSc by Research can be done via a practice-based approach, which is more orientated toward the industry. It is a well structured, with clearly defined tasks to be completed, which will eventually lead to the final dissertation.

Example topics for MSc by Research in Electronic Engineering

  • Ultrafast real-time microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Automated Analysis and Understanding of Biological Cells from Microscopic Images
  • 3D Printing of Wearable Antennas
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces for biometrics and emotion monitoring

Course structure

Our MSc by Research in Electronic Engineering can be undertaken as an External Research Degree (i.e. remotely), or via traditional physical attendance at our Canterbury campus.

Students taking our MSc by Research do not undertake credit-bearing taught modules and there are no written examinations. Instead, you will be assigned a supervisor who is a leading expert in their field. You are expected to attend a bi-weekly supervision lasting up to 1 hour via online tools such as Skype or Google Hangout for those choosing to undertake the MSc by Research through the online option. In these meetings, you will present your progress to your supervisor. Tasks and deadlines will be set accordingly to your schedule.

Tasks may include writing a report section, a prototype design, and an experimental set-up. Typically, we would expect a formal submission of your completed task every two months. Submissions are delivered via Kent's online learning system called Moodle.

The degree, therefore, allows you the flexibility to shape your own career path (either in research or in the industry) in an area of particular interest to you, whilst also enabling you to develop extensive subject expertise and independent research or practical skills over an extended period.

Generally, our MSc by Research in Electronic Engineering can be broken into the following parts:

  • Part I: Project definition and review of state-of-the-art
  • Part II: Project planning and Methodologies
  • Part III: Practical work (research and development, experiments, etc)
  • Part IV: Reporting

The MSc by Research in Electronic Engineering culminates in the submission of a written research dissertation which must be "defended" in an oral viva voce examination.


We have developed our programmes with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students are in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline. You develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for, including problem-solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2015 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 or honours degree or MSc with Merit or above in a computing, multimedia and digital arts or a related design subject.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
7,940 GBP
Annual tuition fees for UK/EU students: Full-time £7940; Part-time £3970. Annual tuition fees for overseas students: Full-time £19000; Part-time £9500.
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