Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc

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

About the Course

Brunel's MSc programme in Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering offers a uniquely flexible structure that prepares students for a wide range of career pathways.

Core modules featured cover project management, advanced analogue electronics and photonics, applied sensors, instrumentation and control and renewable energy and power electronics systems, with a choice of modules available to choose as specialist options.

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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:

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 an advanced and broad level of knowledge and skills to meet the needs of today's industry.

This involves:

  • developing students' in-depth knowledge of electrical and electronics engineering issues, helping them deal with new, complex and unusual challenges across a range of electrical and electronics issues.
  • developing their imagination, initiative and creativity to enable them to problem solve effectively.
  • providing a pathway that will prepare graduates for successful careers with national and international organisations including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status.


Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Course Director:  Dr Roger Powell

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Course Content

Core Modules (comprising 75 credits)

Project Management
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 (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. 

Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Systems
Covers power generation, transmission, and storage in renewable energy systems and associated power electronics.

Optional Modules (comprising 45 credits – select 3 modules)

1. DSP for Communications. Covers real-time signal processing, reconfigurable computing and DSP/FPGA system architecture in the context of communication systems or 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 or 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

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel.

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.


Assessment techniques include written assignments, presentations, examinations and a major dissertation project.


A recent survey of the job market (see: 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:

  • 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.

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Fees for 2015/6 entry

UK/EU students: £8,000 full-time

International students: £16,500 full-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

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 2015/6

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: Tuesday 18 August 2015