H1K909 Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc Postgraduate Taught 2021
Please note: 2020-21 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Summaries of course-specific changes resulting from the impact of Covid-19 will be provided to applicants during August 2020.
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The main objective of the course is to educate you in the key engineering aspects of electronic and electrical engineering, enabling you to undertake responsible, creative, challenging and stimulating posts in industry or research.
The course covers the key areas of electronic and electrical engineering. In addition to the technical background provided in these subjects, hands-on experience is gained through a major individual Research and Development project, a group design project and a supporting laboratory programme.
The course consists of five core modules to provide an advanced engineering education in Electrical (List A) or Electronic (List B) Engineering alongside an optional module that allows students to increase their understanding in an area suited to their interests and needs. Students choose to follow List A or List B as described below. In addition to these taught modules, you will also complete a group design project and a major, individual research and development project working closely with an academic in your chosen subject area.
Electrical Engineering core taught content (List A):
- Renewable Energy Technologies
- Future Vehicles
- Electrical Energy Conversion
- Power Electronics
- Smart Energy Networks
Electronic Engineering core taught content (List B):
- Radio and Digital Communications
- Advanced Electronics Measurement
- Communication Networks
- Advanced Electronics
Examples of optional taught content:
Students select one optional module from the following topics:
- Internet of everything
Course Learning and Teaching
This is a 12-month full-time degree course that runs from October to the end of August the following year.
For the Group Design Module, each group is supervised by one or more members of staff, and guided through the various stages of design. The principal learning outcome from this module is for you to understand the stages in the design of electronic and electrical systems. You should expect to have around 20 hours of contact time with their academic supervisors over the course of the design module.
A major individual research and development project is also undertaken on the course. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project you are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. You are also required to prepare and to present a poster to allow an assessment to be made of your understanding and ability to present your work, plus an oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to you regarding the technical aspects of your project. You should expect to have around 25 hours of contact time with your supervisors plus 500 hours of practical work, supported by the Department’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of the research project.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A second class honours degree (typically equivalent to UK 2:1 Honours) or better in a subject which includes a significant electronic or electrical engineering content.
English Language requirements
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How to apply
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£25,970.00 per year|
|Home Student||£11,550.00 per year|
|Island Student||£11,550.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£25,970.00 per year|
The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
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Scholarships and funding
Department of Engineering
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Department of Engineering
The Department of Engineering offers postgraduate courses that are challenging and technologically relevant. The Department’s research covers a wide range of topics, which are divided into three challenge areas: Future Energy Systems, Next Generation Materials and Microsystems, and Sustainable Infrastructure. A broad range of specialist research clusters support our activities in these areas. Durham engineering postgraduates, both taught and research, will be making a vital contribution to these challenge areas. You will have access to extensive and diverse research facilities to support your learning. For example, airflow sensors, made using cutting-edge microfabrication techniques in the Class 1000 Cleanroom, have been tested and characterised in the Department’s wind tunnel facilities.
Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent or World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.