Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

This MSc course in Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a broad programme of advanced studies, whilst also offering a wide range of specialist modules which open a diverse range of career pathways on graduation.

The distinctive feature of the MSc is its flexible structure – you are able to customise the content of your programme to meet your academic interests and career aspirations.

Core modules are used to ensure there is depth and breadth in key areas of electronic and electrical engineering – notably sensors and instrumentation, control, photonics, sustainable power systems, telecommunications, intelligent systems, medical systems, integrated circuits and embedded systems.

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Having an advanced, broad level of engineering knowledge and skills is a prerequisite for improving your career options in a demanding and dynamic sector.

The course allows graduates with an electronic and electrical engineering background to further develop their skills 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.

On the MSC programme you will:

  • Gain the in-depth knowledge you need to resolve new, complex and unusual challenges across a range of electrical and electronics issues.
  • Develop imagination, initiative and creativity to allow you to problem solve effectively.
  • Become work ready for a career with leading engineering organisations.


Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Course Director:  Dr Roger Powell

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Course Content

Compulsory Modules

Project Management

This covers the latest advanced techniques and strategies for project management, management tools, management and reporting methods and team building.

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.

Applied Sensors, Instrumentation and Control

Focuses on particular aspects of sensors, instrumentation and control through the use of realistic examples and the characteristics of sensors and associated systems.

Group Project

The group aims to reinforce the understanding of engineering subjects from the curriculum of Advanced Electronic and Engineering Systems and crystallise this knowledge through a project that provides design practice, requires team-work and the management of interdisciplinary and collaborative skills.

Power Electronics and FACTS

The main aims of this module are to develop students’ ability to critically analyse and design advanced power electronic circuits and to incorporate state-of-the-art power electronic circuits in Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS).

Project and Dissertation
The dissertation project will demonstrate your ability to apply and build upon the specialist knowledge you have gained in the taught part of the course and, perhaps more importantly, to demonstrate your capacity for independent, advanced work in an academic and/or professional environment. This will involve most of the following activities: literature survey, critical review, project planning, specification, experiment design and execution, synthesis, analysis, careful documentation, evaluation of results, definition of future work, and preparation of a dissertation report.A well-executed project and dissertation provide the evidence that you are worthy of the title Master. 

Optional Modules (choose three, including at least one digital electronics)

Analogue Integrated Circuit Design
Develops students' knowledge and expertise in the specialisation of integrated circuit design. Introduces design rules and their relationship to circuit topology, circuit and system design strategies, and the CMOS design trade offs in terms of area, speed and power.

DSP for Communications
This module aims to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of real-time signal processing, reconfigurable computing and DSP system architecture. Students will have the chance to understand and implement real time algorithms on DSP processors for wireless communication applications. 

RF & Optical Communication Systems
Considers the operation of radio and optical frequency systems and their integration into global systems for effective communications.

Embedded Systems Engineering
Covers real-time computing for embedded and control computer systems and the implementation of algorithms on embedded systems.

Intelligent Systems
Focuses on intelligent systems techniques, DSP applications and implementing intelligent systems for given DSP problems.

Computer Networks
Focuses on computer networks, protocols/models for IP QoS provisioning.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • 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:
  • Our 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.

Teaching and Learning

This course in Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering blends lectures, tutorials, laboratories, individual and group projects with 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.


You will be assessed on your written assignments, presentations, examinations and a major dissertation project.


The current job market for electronic and electrical engineering graduates highlights a growing demand for specialists in:

  • Telecommunications
  • Mechatronics
  • Sensors and instrumentation
  • Embedded systems
  • Signal processing
  • Intelligent systems
  • Sustainable systems.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2015/6 entry

UK/EU students: £8,000 full-time

International students: £16,500 full-time

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UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a related discipline.

Other subjects which involve a high degree of mathematical competence, such other branches of Engineering with relevant work experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Wednesday 25 November 2015