Electronic Engineering MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Electronic Engineering

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Electronic Engineering
PGCert Electronic Engineering

Professional recognition

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PFA61911 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PFA61910 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

H610

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Engineering (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

Uses Engineering Council (EC) document UK-SPEC as benchmark. EC document “Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes in Engineering”; IET Handbook (on the interpretation of EC documents in the context of electronic engineering programmes)

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Programme Leader

WANG N Dr (Elec Elec En)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

The taught postgraduate Degree Programmes of the Department are intended both to assist with professional career development within the relevant industry and, for a small number of students, to serve as a precursor to academic research. Our philosophy is to integrate the acquisition of core engineering and scientific knowledge with the development of key practical skills (where relevant).

Attract well-qualified entrants, with a background in Electronic Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computing & Communications, from the UK, Europe and overseas.

Provide participants with advanced knowledge, practical skills and understanding applicable to the MSc degree.

Develop participants' understanding of the underlying science, engineering, and technology, and enhance their ability to relate this to industrial practice.

Develop participants' critical and analytical powers so that they can effectively plan and execute individual research/design/development projects.

Provide a high level of flexibility in programme pattern and exit point.

Provide students with an extensive choice of taught modules, in subjects for which the Department has an international and UK research reputation.

Underpinning learning– A graduate from this MSc Programme should know, understand and be able to apply the fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles that underpin electronic engineering.

Engineering problem solving - A graduate from this MSc Programme should be able to analyse problems within the field of electronic engineering and find solutions

Engineering tools - A graduate from this MSc Programme should be able to use relevant workshop and laboratory tools and equipment, and have experience of using relevant task-specific software packages to perform engineering tasks.

Technical expertise - A graduate from this MSc Programme should know, understand and be able to use the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles associated with the topics within electronic engineering.

Societal and environmental context - A graduate from this MSc Programme should be aware of the societal and environmental context of his/her engineering activities.

Employment context - A graduate from this MSc Programme should be aware of commercial, industrial and employment-related practices and issues likely to affect his/her engineering activities

Research & development investigations - A graduate from this MSc Programme should be able to carry out research-and-development investigations.

Design - A graduate from this MSc Programme should where relevant, be able to design electronic circuits and electronic/software products and systems.

Students on the Programme may study (in the first two semesters) any four modules from the pool available to MSc students in semester 1 and any four modules from the pool available to MSc students in semester 2. This enables the student to freely choose the combination of modules that will best suit their desired personal development and career aspirations. With the aid of advice from a tutor they will also choose a combination of modules, which will typically be closely related to a specific discipline area being one of space systems, communication systems, wireless technologies, signal processing, integrated circuits or nanotechnology. Additionally the project dissertation which the student will complete will be one which relates suitably to the area of the taught modules chosen by the student and as such it will be supervised by an academic from an appropriate research centre within the department.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Describe some of the theories and ideas on which electronic engineering is founded, PGDip
Describe the fundamental operation and information that can be obtained from a range of sophisticated electronic engineering tools, PGDip
Describe and compare the characteristics of components used in electronic engineering, PGDip
Demonstrate transferable skills such as problem solving, analysis and critical interpretation of data. PGDip
Describe of some of the theories and ideas of electronic engineering, PGCert
Describe the operation of some tools of electronic engineering, PGCert
Demonstrate transferable skills such as problem solving, analysis and interpretation of data. PGCert
IT tools. Be able to use computers and basic IT tools effectively. T
Information retrieval. Be able to retrieve information from written and electronic sources. T
Information analysis. Be able to apply critical but constructive thinking to received information. T
Studying. Be able to study and learn effectively. T
Written and oral communication. Be able to communicate effectively in writing and by oral presentations. T
Presenting quantitative data. Be able to present quantitative data effectively, using appropriate methods. T
Time & resource management. Be able to manage own time and resources. T
Planning. Be able to develop, monitor and update a plan, in the light of changing circumstances. T
Personal development planning. Be able to reflect on own learning and performance, and plan its development/improvement, as a foundation for life-long learning. T
Underpinning science. Know and understand scientific principles necessary to underpin their education in electronic and electrical engineering, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering content, and to support their understanding of historical, current and future developments. KC US1
Underpinning mathematics. Know and understand the mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in electronic and electrical engineering and to enable them to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. KCP US2
Underpinning engineering. Be able to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of electronic and electrical engineering. C US2
Analysis and modelling of systems and components. Be able to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques. CP E2
Engineering principles and analysis. Understand electronic and electrical engineering principles and be able to apply them to analyse key engineering processes. KCP E1
Use of mathematical and computer-based models. Be able to apply mathematical and computer-based models to solve problems in electronic and electrical engineering, and be able to assess the limitations of particular cases. CP E2m
Use of quantitative methods for problem solving. Be able to apply quantitative methods relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, in order to solve engineering problems. C E3 (part)
Systems thinking. Understand and be able to apply a systems approach to electronic and electrical engineering problems. KCP E4
Workshop & laboratory skills. Have relevant workshop and laboratory skills. P P2
Programming & software design. Be able to write simple computer programs, be aware of the nature of microprocessor programming, and be aware of the nature of software design CP
Software tools. Be able to apply computer software packages relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, in order to solve engineering problems. CP E3 (part)
Topic-specific knowledge. Know and understand the facts, concepts, conventions, principles, mathematics and applications of the range of electronic and electrical engineering topics he/she has chosen to study. KCP
Characteristics of materials and engineering artefacts. Know the characteristics of particular materials, equipment, processes or products. K P1
Current and future practice. Have thorough understanding of current practice and limitations, and some appreciation of likely future developments. K P1m
Emerging technologies. Be aware of developing technologies related to electronic and electrical engineering. K US2m
Deepened knowledge of underlying scientific principles. Have comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of electronic engineering and related disciplines. KC US1m
Deepened knowledge of mathematical and computer models. Have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computer models relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, and an appreciation of their limitations. KCP US3m
Deepened topic-specific knowledge. Know and understand, at Master's level, the facts, concepts, conventions, principles, mathematics and applications of a range of engineering topics that he/she has chosen to study. KCP (m)
Deepened knowledge of materials and components. Have extensive knowledge of a wide range of engineering materials and components. K P2m
Broader grasp of relevant concepts. Understand concepts from a range of areas including some from outside engineering, and be able to apply them effectively in engineering projects. KC US4m
Sustainable development. Understand the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development. K S3
Legal requirements relating to environmental risk. Relevant part of: Be aware of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety and risk (including environmental risk issues. K S4 (part)
Ethical conduct. Understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering. K S5
Commercial context. Know and understand the commercial and economic context of electronic and electrical engineering processes. K S1
Engineering applications. Understand the contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations and management, technology development, etc.) K P3
Intellectual property. Be aware of the nature of intellectual property. K P5
Codes of practice. Understand appropriate codes of practice and industry standards. K P6
Quality. Be aware of quality issues. K P7
Working under constraints. Be able to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints. CT P3m
Financial Accounting. Understand the basics of financial accounting procedures relevant to engineering project work. K
Commercial risk. Be able to make general evaluations of commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks. CT S2m
Regulation. Be aware of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety and risk (including environmental risk) issues. K S4 (part)
Technical information. Understand the use of technical literature and other information sources. T P4
Need for experimentation. Be aware of the need, in appropriate cases, for experimentation during scientific investigations and during engineering development. K
Investigation of new technology. Be able to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies. CP E1m
Problem-solving using researched data. Be able to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and employ this data in solving the problem, using computer-based engineering tools when appropriate. CP E3m
Technical uncertainty. Be able to work with technical uncertainty. CT P8
Understanding design. Understand the nature of the engineering design process. K
Design specification. Investigate and define a problem and identify constraints, including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety and risk assessment issues. C D1
Customer needs. Understand customer and user needs and the importance of considerations such as aesthetics. KT D2
Cost drivers. Identify and manage cost drivers. CT D3
Creativity. Use creativity to establish innovative solutions. CPT D4
Design-life issues. Ensure fitness for purpose and all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal. KC D5
Design management. Manage the design process and evaluate outcomes CT D6
Design methodologies. Have wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and be able to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations. KCP D1m
Innovative design. Be able to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes, to fulfil new needs. CP D2m
Team membership. Be able to work as a member of a team. T
Team leadership. Be able to exercise leadership in a team. T
Multidisciplinarity. Be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment. T
Management awareness. Know about management techniques that may be used to achieve engineering objectives within the commercial and economic context of engineering processes. K S2
Business practice. Have extensive knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied appropriately. K S1m

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over three to five years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
EEE3006 DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS Optional 15 1
EEE3007 DATA & INTERNET NETWORKING Optional 15 2
EEE3008 FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING Optional 15 1
EEE3027 DIGITAL DESIGN WITH VHDL Optional 15 2
EEE3032 COMPUTER VISION AND PATTERN RECOGNITION Optional 15 2
EEE3033 RF AND MICROWAVE FUNDAMENTALS Optional 15 1
EEE3034 MEDIACASTING Optional 15 2
EEE3037 NANOSCIENCE & NANOTECHNOLOGY Optional 15 1
EEE3039 SPACE DYNAMICS AND MISSIONS Optional 15 1
EEE3040 SPACE SYSTEM DESIGN Optional 15 1
EEEM004 60 CREDIT STANDARD PROJECT Core 60 Year-long
EEEM005 AI AND AI PROGRAMMING Optional 15 2
EEEM006 ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION Optional 15 1
EEEM007 ADVANCED SIGNAL PROCESSING Optional 15 2
EEEM009 ADVANCED GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION AND CONTROL Optional 15 2
EEEM011 IMAGE AND VIDEO COMPRESSION Optional 15 2
EEEM012 LAUNCH VEHICLES & PROPULSION Optional 15 2
EEEM017 FUNDAMENTALS OF MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS Optional 15 1
EEEM018 ADVANCED MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS Optional 15 2
EEEM022 NANOELECTRONICS & DEVICES Optional 15 2
EEEM024 OPERATING SYSTEM FOR MOBILE SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING Optional 15 2
EEEM025 PRINCIPLES OF TELECOM AND PACKET NETWORKS Optional 15 1
EEEM029 SPACE ROBOTICS AND AUTONOMY Optional 15 1
EEEM030 SPEECH & AUDIO PROCESSING & RECOGNITION Optional 15 1
EEEM031 SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS FUNDAMENTALS Optional 15 1
EEEM032 ADVANCED SATELLITE COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES Optional 15 2
EEEM033 SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING Optional 15 1
EEEM040 SPACECRAFT SYSTEM DESIGN Optional 15 1
EEEM042 MOBILE APPLICATIONS AND WEB SERVICES Optional 15 2
EEEM044 RF SYSTEMS AND CIRCUIT DESIGN Optional 15 1
EEEM048 INTERNET OF THINGS Optional 15 1
EEEM049 SPACECRAFT STRUCTURES AND MECHANISMS Optional 15 2
EEEM057 SPACE ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECTION Optional 15 2
EEEM058 RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES Optional 15 2
EEEM059 SPACE AVIONICS Optional 15 1
EEEM061 ADVANCED 5G WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES Optional 15 2
EEEM062 APPLIED MATHEMATICS FOR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS Optional 15 1
EEEM063 IMAGE PROCESSING AND DEEP LEARNING Optional 15 1
EEEM064 MICROWAVE DESIGN TECHNIQUES Optional 15 2

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

A full-time student must choose:
FOUR in Semester 1
FOUR in Semester 2
Students are not permitted to selected more than two FHEQ Level 6 modules.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.