Electronic and Communication Engineering MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

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.

Pavlos Lazaridis

Dr Pavlos Lazaridis, Reader

Course detail

Core modules

Digital Design

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.

Communication Systems

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).

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.

Wireless Communications for LANs, PANs and the IoT

The module is concerned with the principles of modern communication systems and their application in wireless communication networks, in particular the Internet of Things. It begins with a basic overview of communications techniques as used in wireless applications. It then reviews existing wireless sensor, and related, technologies such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, WirelessHart and LoRaWAN comparing their performance metrics and application areas. The role of wireless communication technologies in the Internet of Things and similar application areas will be discussed.

Project Management

This module aims to raise your understanding of the strategic, leadership and technical aspects of project management and their role in adding competitive advantage to any enterprise. Concepts and techniques for programme and project management are introduced, developed and applied, with the aid of industrially relevant case material. Focus is placed upon the need for competence of project planning and control, together with contemporary methodologies such as Prince2 and Agile techniques. Through the module you will gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin project management, but also be encouraged to challenge traditional thinking in the field. Team-working and communication skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of software for project management with assessment undertaken through an equally weighted group project and examination.

Optional modules

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.

Virtual Instrumentation

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.

Modern Vehicle Systems

The module is structured to give students (i) an appreciation of the issues encompassing the move to lower emission road transportation, (ii) an understanding of the technical and economic aspects of new vehicle drive-train technologies and (iii) the ability to make informed design decisions associated with the integration of more-electric systems for road vehicle traction and control.

Every effort is made to obtain an industrial based project, but all projects are real and relevant.

Entry requirements

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.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

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Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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* Percentage of our postgraduate students who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

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