Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc
- Course Content
- Teaching & Assessment
- Entry Criteria
About the Course
The course is intended to offer a route to an MSc to those prospective students who do not wish to specialise in a particular area within the discipline at this stage, either because they are uncertain of which area they would like to focus on, or because they wish to show a broad profile to as wide a range of potential employers of professional electronic and electrical engineers as possible. Accordingly, the course is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies across the range of specialist areas relevant to electronic and electrical engineering.
The distinctive feature of the proposed MSc is its flexible structure which allows students to construct a set of modules, hence customising the structure/content of the course to meet their academic interests and career aspirations. The core modules are used to ensure there is depth and breadth in core areas that are generally associated with electronic and electrical engineering. The options allow students the choice and flexibility that other MSc programmes do not allow.
The course will allow graduates with an Electronic and Electrical Engineering background to develop their skills further as well as allowing able students from other numerate degree backgrounds to build up strong expertise in this area to complement their original undergraduate studies. The wide range of specialist areas within the discipline covered by optional modules means the course can prepare its students for a wide range of career pathways within the discipline.
About Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel
The Electronic and Computer Engineering discipline is one of the largest in the University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £7.5 million, and has strong links with industry.
We have a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:
- Media Communications
- Wireless Networks and Communications
- Power Systems
- Electronic Systems
- Sensors and Instrumentation
The laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. We have comprehensive computing resources in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The discipline is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.
The primary aim of this programme is to produce MSc graduates with advanced and broad knowledge and skills relevant to a demanding and dynamic electronic and electrical engineering sector i.e., sensors and instrumentation, control, photonics, sustainable power systems, telecommunications, intelligent systems, medical systems, integrated circuits and embedded systems.
Specific aims are as follows:
- To develop in-depth knowledge in electrical and electronics engineering issues that will help to deal with new, complex and unusual challenges across a range of electrical and electronics issues..
- To develop imagination, initiative and creativity to enable graduates for problem solving.
- To provide a pathway that will prepare graduates for successful careers with national and international organisations including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status
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Course Director: Dr Roger Powell
The following modules will be delivered; The new modules that are needed for the programme are given in italics.
Core Modules: (75 Credits)
1) Project Management
Covers the latest advanced techniques and strategies for Project Management, management tools, management and reporting methods and team building.
2) Advanced Analogue Electronics & Photonics
Covers electronic and photonic systems for sensors in general and key analogue circuits used as front-end drivers or pre-amplifiers.
3) Applied Sensors, Instrumentation and Control (30 Credits)
Focuses on particular aspects of sensors, instrumentation and control through the use of real-world examples and the characteristics of sensors and associated systems. A group project activity based on the application of sensors, instrumentation and control techniques is part of this module.
4) Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Systems
Covers power generation, transmission, and storage in renewable energy systems and associated power electronics.
Optional Modules: (45 Credits – Need to select 3modules)
1) DSP for Communications
Covers real-time signal processing, reconfigurable computing and DSP/FPGA system architecture in the context of communication systems.
Advanced Signal Processing (This module will be modified to 'Advanced Signal Processing' as part of a new MSc in Embedded Systems and DSP).
Covers theory and mathematics of continuous-time/space and discrete-time/space DSP, digital filters including adaptive filters, their design, implementation and applications.
2) RF & Optical Communication Systems
Deals with design and operation of radio (Antennas, Amplifiers) and optical frequency systems and their integration into telecommunication systems.
Optical Satellite and Mobile Communications
Covers modern data transmission systems at component level and complete systems.
3) Embedded system Hardware
Concentrates on the design and implementation of Embedded Systems Hardware including a range of architectural techniques, design methodologies and their applications and suitability for systems such as FPGAs.
4) Embedded Systems Engineering
Covers real-time computing for embedded and control computer systems and the implementation of algorithms on embedded systems.
5) Intelligent Systems
Focuses on intelligent systems techniques, DSP applications and implementing intelligent systems for given DSP problems.
6) Digital VLSI Design
Covers digital VLSI design and introduce the structural organisation and operational principles of processor chip architectures.
7) Computer Networks
Focuses on computer networks, protocols/models for IP QoS provisioning.
Total taught modules: 120 credits
MSc Dissertation: 60 Credits (3rd term)
Total credits: 180
AssessmentThe learning outcomes of this course in Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering will be achieved by a blend of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, individual and group projects, presentations and a major research based dissertation project. External lectures and research seminars will be used to enhance the student experience and highlight the application of the technologies in industry. Assessment techniques include written assignments, presentations, examinations and a major dissertation project.
A recent survey of the job market (see: http://www.njobs.co.uk/) has shown companies that develop high-tech products often offer jobs to candidates with Masters level education in electronic and electrical engineering in the following areas:
- Sensors and instrumentation
- Embedded systems
- Signal processing
- Intelligent systems
- Sustainable systems
UK/EU students: £5,800 full-time
International students: £15,000 full-time
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry RequirementsStudents require a minimum 2.2 UK honours degree or an equivalent international degree qualification to enter this programme. In addition to applications from Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates, applications are welcome from graduates of most of the disciplines that involve a high degree of mathematical competence, such as Physics, Mathematics and other branches of Engineering. For students with an Electronics and Electrical based degree at least a second class honours standard (or equivalent) qualification is required. The non Electronics and Electrical based degree applicants will be assessed individually by the course director and also need to consult with the course director regarding their optional module choices. Those with relevant experience are considered on an individual basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4)
- TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.