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Electronic Engineering (with Placement) MSc

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

Start date

19 September 2022

9 January 2023

Duration

18 months with placement

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. We’ll support you in finding a 6 month work placement. You could work in industry, a research group or within a teaching environment.
  2. Graduate destinationscan will include innovative electronic product design; medical, aerospace and military system research and development.
  3. 94.1% of our graduates from the School of Computing and Engineering were in work or further study 15 months after graduation. (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19)

This course is specifically aimed at International students, supporting those wishing to gain practical work based experiential learning. Together with studying your chosen course we are offering you the opportunity to secure a placement* for an additional 6 months, making the course 18 months in length. This allows students with limited experience to put into practice the skills and techniques developed throughout the Master’s degree.

Engineering is a popular and specialised industry. As an electronic engineer you'll design, develop and test components, devices, systems or equipment that use electricity as part of their power source.

Our advanced course in Electronic Engineering aims to address the educational and training needs of research, design and development engineers working in the area of electronic systems. It should appeal to those of you wanting to specialise in the areas of digital system development, systems on 'chip' (SoC) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGA).The course will suit your interest if you're looking at comprehensive analysis of current digital systems and investigation of future techniques and methodologies.

It will give you the opportunity to choose from modules taught within the area of electrical and electronic engineering. Covering topics areas such as Advanced Digital Design Systems, Computers in Control and Project Management.

Graduate destinations are in innovative electronic product design; medical, aerospace and military system research and development.

*Please see placement section for more details.

Course detail

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.

Advanced Digital Design

This module compares the design of complex asynchronous and synchronous systems and architectures, along with error coding strategies, including error detection and correction for high reliability systems using HDL tools. Which will allow you to improve your understanding of system analysis and implementation of designs onto hardware.

Professional Development and Research Methods

This is an innovative module which delegates will find not only challenging but also very rewarding as it will extend the way they think about management excellence and research application. Through interactive module content, based upon the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, you will be guided through the theory and practice of professional development and research. Through the use of a number of diagnostic instruments and application tools, you will be able to benchmark your leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills, thereby providing a firm foundation for reflective career planning through portfolio development. On completion, you will be equipped to manage your career through to professional registration and have the ability to lead complex research projects. This activity will be supported by seminars led by experts in the field of research and development from academia and industry, prior to the delivery of equally weighted group and individual project assessments.

Computers in Control

This module provides a critical review of the hardware and software aspects of microcontroller interfacing. You will develop an understanding of embedded systems concepts through the use of various peripherals. You will explore various aspects of microcontroller based systems such as support programs, design environment, memory utilization, compilation, and modularization. This module will extend your design skills in both software and hardware in implementing microcontrollers in embedded systems.

Project and Finance Management

This module aims to develop your understanding of the strategic aspects of programme and project management and its role in adding competitive advantage to an organisation. The module enables you to gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin programme and project management. It also aids you to develop a systematic understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation. Emphasis is placed upon the need for competence in project planning and control. Team-working, communication and risk management skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of project management and simulation software.

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.

Professional Development and Practice

This module provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice during your Masters degree by undertaking a period of development through study or by working with a company, research group or within a teaching environment in the UK or overseas. This module encourages you to reflect on your technical, personal and professional development experiences, and to identify your learning from these experiences.

Option Modules

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. You will begin with a basic overview of communications techniques as used in wireless applications. Then you will review 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.

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 you (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.

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.

Modelling Dynamic System

Dynamic systems of inter-related entities are becoming more commonplace as computational resources are miniaturised. Examples of dynamic systems include information technology network infrastructure for communications, computational devices that have mobility, or even the inner workings of a modern central processing unit (CPU). As physical devices adopt more technology, become more ubiquitous, and contribute to inter-connected ‘smart’ environments, there is a need to be able to understand, model and design innovative solutions that embody, and take into account, these dynamic characteristics. This module will enable you to select the most appropriate method of modelling a dynamic system, before simulating its behaviour and then optimising its performance.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in Electronic Engineering or a related discipline or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • You are also encouraged to apply if you have other qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate that you are equipped with knowledge and skills equivalent to Honours degree level.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, 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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Placements


This course provides you with the chance to undertake a 6 month placement at the end of the taught element. This may be by working in a company, a research group or within a teaching environment. A placement can help you build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course.

The placement is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with work experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding a suitable placement opportunity. Students will have access to online learning materials to pick up advice on CVs, cover letters, speculative applications, online applications, and interviews. In addition, students will have access to the placement drop-in sessions for one-to-one advice and have a mock interview.

Student life

Enhance your career


Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as We would expect to see graduates progress to careers in electronic and electrical engineering, research and development in the electronics industry. You could also go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate research which may interest you.

*  Percentage of graduates from the School of Computing and Engineering who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates)

94.1%*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

In the School of Computing and Engineering we have a dedicated guidance team that provides the students that need it, guidance and support on both academic and non-curriculum matters.These may include:

  • Settling in
  • Personal development
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Balancing work and studies
  • Exam and assignment preparation
  • Staying the course (attendance, change course, extensions etc.)
  • Study skills and Technical English support from our Academic Skills Tutor

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

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.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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