School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The progress made in telecommunications and information technology allows you to benefit from greater access to entertainment, health, and commerce. A range of multimedia services underpins the growth in these areas. This programme focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of electronics and provides a solid foundation for engineering a wide range of electrical systems, such as embedded microcontrollers, renewable energy, power converters and high frequency communications.

Key features

  • Gain hands-on experience in signal processing and embedded systems programming.
  • Benefit from the industrial collaboration with British Telecommunications plc (BT) and Bombardier Transportation. Strong collaboration with BT's Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station and other companies such as Orange (France Telecom).
  • Progress in a school that has gained national and international recognition for its research in satellite communications, data storage, and digital signal processing (Research Assessment Exercise RAE 2008).
  • Develop research skills in leading edge technology. and advance with the support of our Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research.
  • Develop your knowledge in our Digital Signal Processing [DSP] laboratory, a new networks laboratory funded in part by CISCO, a separate postgraduate study room with full internet and specialist software, and a dedicated communications laboratory.
  • Explore the option of completing the programme over two years with an integral work placement year.
  • Draw on the expertise of our lecturers who are nationally and internationally recognised leading researchers. Professor Martin Tomlinson is internationally recognised for the invention of the Tomlinson-Harashima precoder – a key component of any telecommunications modem.
  • Benefit from Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) accreditation. The MSc is a significant step towards the status of Chartered Engineer (CEng) which is highly sought after in industry.
  • You are eligible to apply for an IET postgraduate scholarship. Amounts can vary between £2,500 and £10,000, tenable for one year, which are intended to reward excellence rather than alleviate financial hardship. For more information on the different scholarships available, details on how to apply and confirmed closing dates for applications, please visit the IET Awards and Scholarships. 
  • Stand out from the crowd by completing an integrated placement as part of your masters degree.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • The MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering will appeal to you if you are a design engineer. The programme provides an in-depth knowledge of specialist areas in electrical and electronic engineering underpinned by the theory and practice of modern electronics and renewable energy systems, together with the associated signal processing and embedded programming techniques. The modules have been selected to give you an even balance of essential modern areas of electrical and electronic engineering. The communications content will give you a broad grounding in communication theory and systems while the signal processing content is generally biased toward applications in communications engineering. From our experience of intensive courses, and our work with partner companies, this programme meets the current needs of electrical and electronics industry. The programme is taught in autumn and spring blocks and includes a project.
    Core modules
    • BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement as part of their masters programme. It is designed to assist students in their search for a placement, and preparation for the placement itself.

    • ELEC512 Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics

      This module is designed to provide interdisciplinary training in all aspects of the emerging Nanotechnology field. It introduces techniques for developing nano-scale devices and sensor technology as well as the nano-fabrication techniques required to construct them.

    • ELEC516 Advanced Signal Processing

      This module provides a thorough understanding of basic and advanced signal processing and coding techniques. This will equip students with knowledge that is vital for the processing, manipulation, encoding and transmission and efficient storage of information in most areas of IT, electronics and communications.

    • ELEC517 Integrated Power Systems

      This module will focus on current power systems pertinent to renewable energy. The design and performance of converters will be main focus of this module.

    • ELEC518 Digital and Wireless Communications

      This module provides knowledge of the fundamentals of communication theory and limitations of digital transmission in applications like multimedia and robust data transmissions. The module develops practical solutions using advanced coding and modulation and the associated techniques.

    • PROJ509 MSc Project

      The student will complete a research project of their choosing (from a Project Catalogue - or self-proposed), and communicate their motivation, methodology, and conclusions through a formal dissertation and presentation of a paper summarising their dissertation

    • ROCO503 Sensors and Actuators

      The module covers a range of classical and smart sensors and actuators which can be applied in interactive and automated system, with emphasis on several key sensors. This module has a strong hands-on component.

    • SOFT561 Robot Software Engineering

      In this module students will develop applications involving interconnected hardware devices and software capabilities. Devices will include both embedded and networked computers. Capabilities include sensor data acquisition, actuator control and behaviour generation. The module will cover both theory and practical work, including management of code complexity, and dealing with real-time, and reliability issues.

  • Optional placement year
  • Optional modules
    • BPIE502 Electrical/Robotics Masters Industrial Placement

      This module enables students to take a lengthy placement linked to their programme. Assessment is based on Progress Reports, Regional Tutor evaluation, Employer evaluation and self-evaluation via reflective report (or portfolio).

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering September Programme Specification 4676

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A minimum of BSc (Hons) 2:2 for MSc in electronic engineering or related subject. Applications from physical science or professional backgrounds may be considered. 

Entry to the MRes is via initial entry to the MSc.

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. 

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £6,500 To be confirmed
International £13,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £350 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

International students

Scholarships are available for international students.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Facilities available for electrical and electronic engineering

Resources available to you include a DSP laboratory allowing hands on experience, a new networks laboratory funded in part by CISCO, a separate postgraduate study room with full internet and specialist software, and a dedicated communications laboratory.

Studying electrical and electronic engineering

The progress made in telecommunications and information technology allows you to benefit from greater access to entertainment, health, and commerce.

Gain an in-depth knowledge of specialist areas in electrical and electronic engineering underpinned by the theory and practice of modern electronics.

Find out more about the demand in the field

Remi Declerck - current student quote

The best thing so far about my masters course at Plymouth is the fact that we are a very small group which means our tutors are very close to all of us. The course work is very interesting.

Jing Cai - graduate profile

The best thing about the course was that it systematically covered all corners, a benefit for those whose background is not relevant and offered the latest technology to support the course.
Find out more about Jing Cai

Minh Chu Hong - graduate profile

Plymouth University has a high ranking for electrical engineering and also offered the area of expertise that I was interested in, mobile communication. Now I am responsible for setting up an entire mobile phone network in Vietnam.
Find out more about Minh Chu Hong

Research in electrical and electronic engineering

This programme is closely linked with research activities within the Centre for Research in Information Storage Technology (CRIST), Communications Signal Processing and Multimedia Communications Network Research Group.

Find out more about our research in this area

People

GREAT scholarship for students of Indian nationality

Level/course of study: any post graduate taught degree programme. 

Minimum eligibility criteria for consideration for award: Students of Indian nationality with a first class with distinction (70 per cent) or equivalent in their undergraduate degree.

Value of award: £5,000

Application: Please complete the GREAT application form above and return this, along with all requested documents, to the email address specified. 

Please note: You must already hold an offer from the Plymouth University for September 2017 entry, for a postgraduate taught degree programme, before completing and submitting this form. Please do not complete or submit this form if you do not hold a relevant offer, as your application will not be considered. See terms and conditions for details. 

Closing date for award: 30 June 2017.