17 September 2018
7 January 2019
1 year full-time
Places available (subject to change)
About the course
This course has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry and to update or retrain more experienced engineers.
This broad-based course deals with a range of design and development areas relevant to electronic systems and communication projects. You should gain the knowledge and skills required of a professional engineer to design and develop systems for applications such as: wireless communications, mobile-cellular communications, electronics design, broadcasting, remote control, instrumentation, diagnostics, and monitoring.
Hands-on experience is gained through a major individual research project.
Electronics and Communications are shaping the future world we are going to live in. This Masters course aims to enhance your career prospects by improving your skills and providing you with the necessary background to work in the field of the next generation digital electronics and communications systems. Staff in this field are able to guide you through your studies, providing an opportunity to work in industry standard lab facilities and use industry standard software.
Dr Pavlos Lazaridis, Reader
The module compares the design of asynchronous and synchronous controllers, error correction codes and error detection strategies for high reliability systems using Hardware Description Language (HDL) tools. It then develops an understanding of electronic testing and Design For Testability (DFT), covering both Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and board test. It develops abilities in the design of test strategies and in the application of DFT techniques to enhance testability.
This module has been designed to build on your skills in modelling, designing, processing and simulating a range of analogue and digital systems. To support you in this the module reviews the hardware and software aspects of virtual instrumentation (VI). You’ll have the opportunity to use graphical and C/C++ programming languages using PC’s and interface cards as the hardware platform. Industry standard software tools (such as LabVIEW) will also be explored to help design and simulate real systems.
Parallel Computer Architectures Cluster and Cloud Computing
Many existing and future computer-based applications impose exceptional demands on performance that traditional predominantly single-processor systems cannot offer. Large-scale computational simulations for scientific and engineering applications now routinely require highly parallel computers. In this module you will learn about Parallel Computer Architectures, Legacy and Current Parallel Computers, trends in Supercomputers and Software Issues in Parallel Computing; you will be introduced to Computer Cluster, Cloud and Grid technologies and applications. You will study the fundamental components of Cluster environments, such as Commodity Components for Clusters, Network Services/Communication software, Cluster Middleware, Resource management, and Programming Environments. The module is assessed by examination (60%) and practical assignment based on laboratory work (40%).
The module is concerned with the design and performance of communications systems. It begins with a basic discussion of communications techniques and noise. It then develops an understanding of selected systems, for example, optical fibre, cable, terrestrial radio, satellite, broadcast, mobile and WSNs (Wireless Sensor Networks - ZigBee). Practical examples are used wherever possible. Cellular mobile radio communications are covered: classical 2G (GSM systems), 3G (UMTS), 4G (LTE), and future 5G systems are introduced. New generation digital TV broadcasting is covered: first generation Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) and second generation DVB-T2, OFDM systems for HD and Ultra High Definition 4K TV. Other topics include: satellite communications, wireless LANs (WiFi), WiMAX, Ultra Wideband (UWB) communications, and Software Defined Radio (SDR).
Computers in Control
Computers are extensively used in monitoring and controlling process plants. Many of the modern instruments contain a small computer chip called microcontroller. These computer chips are normally hidden in instruments and many other products such as mobile phones, cars, cameras, printers, toys etc. This module introduces the principle of computer chips and demonstrates how they can sense their surrounding environment by receiving signals from a variety of transducers and control the attached actuators such as lights and motors according to a specified control strategy. You will design and develop efficient ‘C’ programs in practical sessions and download them onto development boards containing many sensors and actuators. This will allow you to see your programs in action. The module is assessed by one assignment.
Planning an Advanced Technical Project
This module provides the opportunity to undertake a programme of independent work to plan, and undertake background research for, an advanced technical project. Successful completion of this module will entitle you, if required, to progress to a full Masters level project based on the planning and background research undertaken in this module.
Advanced Technical Project
The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. It requires you to investigate a chosen topic and achieve specified technical goals through good planning and the application of analytical, problem-solving and design skills. The project is developed in collaboration with either an industrial company or within one of the research groups in the School. Your supervising tutor will monitor progress and provide guidance in various aspects of the project including preparation of the final report.
Every effort is made to obtain an industrial based project, but all projects are real and relevant.
You will be taught through structured lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory-based sessions. For the practical sessions, you will work in our modern laboratories equipped with the latest development tools and software design packages.
You will be able to take control of your learning through access to on-line learning material, the Internet and by interactive demonstrations.
You will be assessed through a mix of examinations, reports on laboratory experiments, laboratory-based assignments and project work.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Entry requirements for this course are normally:
An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in electronic engineering, computing or related disciplines or an equivalent professional qualification.
Other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at Honours degree standard may also be acceptable.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.
For more information see the Research section of our website.
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