Electronic Engineering (by short course) MSc - 2023/4
University of Surrey
University of Surrey
FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
Final award and programme/pathway title
MSc Electronic Engineering (by short course)
|PGCert||Electronic Engineering (by short course)|
|PGDip||Electronic Engineering (by short course)|
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Modes of study
|Route code||Credits and ECTS Credits|
|Part-time||PFA61024||180 credits and 90 ECTS credits|
QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)
Other internal and / or external reference points
EC document “Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes in Engineering”; IET Handbook (on the interpretation of EC documents in the context of electronic engineering programmes)
Faculty and Department / School
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Computer Science and Electronic Eng
BROWN Tim (CS & EE)
Date of production/revision of spec
Educational aims of the programme
- This MSc programme in Electronic Engineering via Short Course aims to provide a high-quality qualification in a number of discipline areas where the majority of students taking this pathway are graduate employees on a continuing professional development programme seeking to broaden their skills in radio frequency (RF) and microwave, wireless communication systems and satellite technologies. These subject areas have been identified by training managers in industry where there is a skills shortage and the modules are suitably complementary to enable those skills to be developed. Students will undertake an individual major project either in an industrial setting with their employer or as an independent project supervised directly from the University. The project dissertation will be chosen by the student allowing them to assist with professional career development within industry or to serve as a precursor to academic research.
- To ensure that our MSc programmes completely satisfy the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status thereby allowing our graduates to obtain professional recognition.
- To produce graduates equipped with subject specific knowledge and transferable skills aligned to the Surrey Pillars of graduate attributes and graduates capable of planning and managing their own life-long learning to equip them for roles in industry, in research, in development, in the professions, and/or in public service.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of engineering concepts and tools in analysis of engineering problems.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of design principles in the creation and development of innovative products to meet a defined need.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of engineering practice including the importance of project management, teamwork, and communication within an engineering context.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to enhance their global and cultural intelligence through working with students from around the world and working on a rich variety of assignments and projects appropriate to their programme.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to enhance their digital capabilities through the use of assignments and projects making various use of programming languages as well as enhancing their general transferable information technology skills in the analysis of data, and via the preparation of assignments, reports and presentations.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to enhance their employability skills via use of a training needs analysis which students complete for their individual project to understand how they need to build both their technical and transferable skills.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to enhance their resourcefulness and resilience skills via use of authentic style coursework and assignments, working in teams and undertaking a major individual project. This will build up a student¿s personal confidence as they advance from well-structured problems to open-ended problems and their individual project.
- To provide opportunities for masters students to enhance their knowledge and awareness of sustainability via consideration of sustainability issues such as the UN¿s Sustainability Development Goals appropriate to their programme.
Programme learning outcomes
|Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems in electronic engineering.||KC||PGDip, MSc||M1|
|Formulate and analyse complex problems in electronic engineering to reach substantiated conclusions.||KC||PGDip, MSc||M2|
|Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems in electronic engineering, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed||KC||PGDip, MSc||M3|
|Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems in electronic engineering||CT||PGDip, MSc||M4|
|Design solutions for complex problems in electronic engineering that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate to include consideration of applicable health & safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards||CP||PGDip, MSc||M5|
|Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems in electronic engineering (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts||CP||PGDip, MSc||M7|
|Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. Evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance||PT||MSc||M16|
|Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used||PT||MSc||M17|
|Apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems in electronic engineering.||KC||PGCert|
|Formulate and analyse problems in electronic engineering to reach substantiated conclusions||KC||PGCert|
|Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model problems in electronic engineering||KCT||PGCert|
|Select and evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve problems in electronic engineering||CT||PGCert|
|Design solutions for problems in electronic engineering that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate to include consideration of applicable health & safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards||CP||PGCert|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over three to five years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.
Parts of this programme may be studied outside of the standard University structure and may be subject to professional body requirements.
Programme Adjustments (if applicable)
Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
Module Selection for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
EIGHT in total
A student must choose:
FOUR in Semester 1
FOUR in Semester 2
A part-time student must complete study of EIGHT optional modules within 60 months.
*Special constraints apply to FHEQ Level 6 modules
Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity
|Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics||Y|
|Professional Training Year (PTY)||N|
|Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY)||N|
|Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme)||N|
|Study exchange (Level 5)||N|
Each student will undertake one short course, following which they will be provided with distance learning material in order to study for the subsequent assessment. The students may be assessed for either one or two modules from the short course they undertake. Typically a student would complete two modules and therefore up to two short courses within the space of year, though they are at liberty to study for more modules if they have the time. It is expected that they will begin their project module after completing the majority of their modules, though they are not allowed to begin the project until they have successfully completed at least four modules.
Transfer between MSc programme and the corresponding MSc (EuroMasters) Programmes is allowed, at the discretion of the Director of Postgraduates Studies, provided that the student meets any educational requirements deemed necessary for the Programme onto which transfer is requested. Each transfer request is considered individually, on the merits of the case made. A transfer request of this kind must be submitted before the end of the semester 1.
The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.