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RF and Microwave Engineering MSc - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc RF and Microwave Engineering

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip RF and Microwave Engineering
PGCert Electronic Engineering

Professional recognition

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
Full-time PFA61035 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PFA61038 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

100177

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Engineering (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

Uses Engineering Council (EC) document UK-SPEC as benchmark. 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

Programme Leader

BROWN Tim (CS & EE)

Date of production/revision of spec

06/02/2023

Educational aims of the programme

  • To develop a specialist knowledge in the programme area relating to electronic engineering, while on some specific programmes forming a multidisciplinary ability with the inclusion of electronic engineering. The extent of the specialisation is aligned to the expertise in our research activities and will be reflected in the title of the degree.
  • 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.
  • The overarching aim of the MSc programme in RF and Microwave Engineering aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the use of RF and microwaves for a wide range of applications including wireless communications, satellite communications, frequency identification (RFID), broadcasting, satellite links, and printed and integrated microwave circuits. This course places¿particular emphasis on the use of¿RF¿and microwaves in 5G communications and beyond, as well as across industries in the space and¿defence sector. Theoretical concepts delivered in lectures are complemented by practical laboratory sessions, where students can gain experience of industry-standard computer-aided design software. 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 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

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems in rf and microwave engineering. KC PGDip, MSc M1
Formulate and analyse complex problems in rf and microwave engineering to reach substantiated conclusions KCT PGDip, MSc M2
Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems in rf and microwave engineering, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed KCT PGDip, MSc M3
Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems in rf and microwave engineering CT PGDip, MSc M4
Design solutions for complex problems in rf and microwave 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 rf and microwave 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 KCT 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 KC 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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and 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.

Part-time

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.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

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
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

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.