Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc

Postgraduate (12 months, 15 months full-time)

Chelmsford

September, January

Course duration: September starts, 12 months; January start, 15 months.

Overview

With an ever-growing demand for skilled electronic engineers, our IET accredited course will equip you with the skills and expertise you’ll need to meet the challenges of a constantly changing industrial world.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

Full description

Careers

The possibilities that are open to you range from design or systems engineering, to medical electronics, environmental monitoring, microelectronics, sound technology, biophysics, power, transport, industrial process control, and teaching. Across industry, there’ll be opportunities to find your own specialist niche. You could also apply your newly acquired skills to enter a research degree (PhD, ProfDoc).

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Gain a foundation across several technology disciplines, including energy systems, sustainable development, behavioural changes or policies. You will address topics unique to energy technologies, such as Smart Grid, interfacing and design issues. We will also introduce you to basic sustainable technologies, ranging from traditional topologies to modern renewable energy based systems, including energy storage systems such as fuel cells. You will also look at hybrid electrical vehicle principles and build a smooth transition from background material to more complex systems and applications, in the modern context of sustainability.
  • DSP is an integral part of electronics systems design. Ranging from medical systems to mobile technology, DSP algorithms are in implemented in a variety of ways. This module will build on your prior knowledge of the subject and provide a solid working foundation to perform future design and development. In order to enhance your understanding of the subject, you will expected to work through a set of programming exercises (using both C and assembly language) and implement the programs on suitable evaluation modules (EVMs) hosting a commercial DSP device. ARM Technology, which is based in Cambridge, is a major player in the design of microelectronics components. A strong working knowledge of their products, design tools and development programme strategies, forms a fitting component in the education of every electronics engineer at Master's level. You will work through a set of exercises using ARM development tools.
  • Review Digital Systems as well as their design philosophy in light of using modern Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) tools for design, simulation and implementation of complex electronic circuits. We will introduce you to the modern top-down approach to VLSI circuit analysis, design and implementation techniques, aiming to shorten the design cycle and to manage an increased complexity. Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs), Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) will also be reviewed. We will present VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language), a hardware description language largely used for holistic modelling of electronic systems and Integrated Circuit (IC) design, and discuss its syntax in detail, followed by practical design examples based on FPGA implementation. Every practising electronics engineer needs to have a strong working knowledge of VHDL design. Together with FPGAs, these two components of an electronics engineer's training are essential in order to design microelectronic systems largely based on this technology.
  • The module introduces basic power technologies, ranging from traditional topologies to modern renewable energy based systems, including modern storage systems such as fuel cells. Hybrid electrical vehicle principles are also briefly introduced. The modules build a smooth transition from background material to more complex topologies and applications, in the context of global sustainability.
  • The internet allows devices, systems and services to interconnect and provide cost effective and novel applications and services in almost all fields. Connected objects are identified uniquely by their IP addresses and may be sensors (e.g. medical sensors, gas and electricity meters, temperature/pressure/light sensors) or actuators (household appliances, motors, bulbs, locks, alarms) which communicate with each other via the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT uses sensing technologies to collect data from objects, employs technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud computing to store and analyse the data collected from the sensors, and eventually uses remote control technology to control the objects. This results in the creation of smart networks that make services more efficient and adaptive and all leading to an improved working and living environment. You will learn about the design and development of IoT systems, including the layered architecture of IoT, technologies on each layer, and applications of IoT in every corner of life. You will develop your hands-on skills by demonstrating, experimenting, and implementing testbeds in the lab. Our lectures will introduce the architecture and various technologies for IoT and your lab work will allow you to design and implement technologies.
  • This module supports you as you prepare and submit a Masters-stage project, dissertation or artefact. It's an opportunity to select and explore in-depth a topic of interest and relevance to your course - and to gain a significant level of expertise. Through this module you will: demonstrate your ability to generate significant and meaningful questions in relation to your specialism; undertake independent research using appropriate, recognised methods based on current theoretical research knowledge; critically understand method and its relationship to knowledge; develop a critical understanding of current knowledge in relation to a chosen subject, and critically analyse and evaluate information and data, which may be complex or contradictory, and draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions; develop the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches to changing situations and/or develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development of best practice; demonstrate an awareness of and to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in your research or professional practice; communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion; evaluate your work from the perspective of an autonomous, reflective learner.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design and develop a theoretical and practical foundation in research for your major project/dissertation. You will get an understanding of a range of approaches to research, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, together with an understanding of a number of specific research methods. You will develop your knowledge of research design in order to critically consider the design for your research project, including preparing your proposal and considering ethics and ethical issues. You will develop a theoretical and practical foundation from which to develop your Masters Level Major Project/Dissertation.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through exams, written assignments, demos and vivas based on case studies and scenarios.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2022/23 (full-time, per year)

£9,500

International students starting 2022/23 (full-time, per year)

£15,000

UK students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year)

£10,000

International students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year)

£15,800

How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.

International students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Funding for postgraduate students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. These include an Alumni Scholarship, worth 20% off fees for ARU graduates.

International students

As well as a number of scholarships, we offer an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@aru.ac.uk for further information.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

Teaching at ARU

We offer face-to-face campus teaching (with the exception of Distance Learning courses), supported by our established online learning systems, which provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information.

In the event that there are restrictions that are put into place due to the pandemic by the government - we will endeavour to retain face to face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Check the standard entry requirements for IELTS requirements for this course.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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