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.
  • 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.
  • Postgraduate scholarships for international students: you can apply for a postgraduate scholarship from the UK government to cover things like course fees and the cost of living when you study in the UK. For more information, details on how to apply and confirmed closing dates for applications, please visit Gov.uk. 

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
    • AINT515Z Artificial Vision and Deep Learning

      This module will provide an advanced knowledge of artificial vision systems for autonomous robots. It will be underpinned by current theoretical understanding of animal vision systems and computational models. This module will introduce the use of deep-learning neural networks in vision systems.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • ROCO506Z Science and Technology of Autonomous Vehicles

      This module focuses on both theoretical principles and practical methodologies of robotic perception, mapping and navigation aiming at providing ground vehicles with multiple degrees of autonomy. In addition, advanced technologies from statistics, vision and machine learning will be analysed. The module will then focus on the implementation of these technologies on real platforms to close the perceive-reason-act loop.

    • SOFT564Z Software Engineering for Distributed and Interactive Systems

      In this module, students will develop applications involving interconnected hardware devices and software capabilities. Devices 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.

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 Programme Specification September 2019 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 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,500 £9,500
International £14,000 £14,400
Part time (Home/EU) £550 £550
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September, with some January starts also available. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

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.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is 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 would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

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

University of Plymouth 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

Women in electronics and robotics

Within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics there has been a historic and consistent commitment to promote and encourage women in to electronics and robotics.

We are striving to eliminate the gender imbalance that exists nationally in the engineering sector.

Find out more about some of our women in electronic and robotic engineering

Left to right: Rithika Venkatesan, Chiara Rivetti, Jane Sheard, Katherine Page-Bailey

Nanotechnology and Electronics Research

The Nanotechnology and Electronics research group has extensive facilities for the design, fabrication and characterisation of graphene (and 2D related materials) devices and sensors (including bio-sensors), high-speed electronics, solar cells and more.

Find out more about our research in this area

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

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