MSc Electronic Engineering - University of Portsmouth
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MSc

Electronic Engineering

Gain professional engineering competencies for the dynamic field of modern electronics

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Electronic engineering is a discipline at the forefront of advances for modern-day living and continues to push forward technological frontiers.

This course provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will enhance your engineering competencies. You will broaden your knowledge of electronic engineering and strengthen your ability to apply new technologies in the design and implementation of modern systems.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Focus on the practical application and design aspects of electronic systems rather than intensive analytical detail
  • Experiment with our range of control applications including helicopter development kits and walking robots
  • Access a wide range of powerful and modern multimedia computational facilities, with the latest industry software installed

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • professional electronics
  • design
  • research and development
  • product manufacture
  • project management

 

David Hume, engineering student

The lecturers here are world class engineers – leaders in their field – so deciding to stay on and do my MSc here was the best decision I ever made.

David Hume, engineering student


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Structure & Teaching

You will study several key topics and complete a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

  • VHDL and Digital Systems Design: This unit covers the use of a hardware description language (VHDL) to capture and model the design requirement - whilst programmable logic devices enable an implementation to be explored and tested prior to moving into manufacture. The learning will have a practical bias such that experience as well as theory is gained in completing this unit.
  • Advanced DSP Techniques: This unit aims to introduce you to the fundamentals of statistical signal processing, with particular emphasis upon classical and modern estimation theory, parametric and nonparametric modelling, time series analysis, least squares methods, and basics of adaptive signal processing. 
  • Analytical Management Techniques: The answer to the question "what is the most important thing that engineers do?" is remarkably basic: it's making decisions. Especially about problems, which appear very confusing due to the complexities introduced by uncertainty. This unit is a problem-based introduction to the science of decision making. It lays the foundations of both deterministic and stochastic modelling, and it emphasises links between management science and economic reasoning. 
  • Materials for Electronic Products: The unit provides a functional introduction to the role and directions of materials for electronic product development.
  • Microwave and Wireless Technology: The unit combines team working via a project based learning activity relating to a significant circuit simulation and design problem with lectures aimed at analysing and applying the characteristics of a range of devices used in the microwave and wireless industries. 
  • Sensors and Measurement Systems: This unit proposes to introduce you to the technologies underpinning measurements, including sensors both in terms of hardware and software. It also aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a practical setting and gain an appreciation of modern day requirements of measurement.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis and you will spend a significant amount of time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories.

How are you assessed?

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • laboratory-based project work
  • a major individual project/dissertation


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Facilities & Features

Laboratories

We offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory and the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory. From Digital Signal Processing (DSP) kits to walking robots, all are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.

Specialist Software and Equipment

We have an impressive collection of hardware/software development tools for design, development and implementation. With many of our labs fully equipped with numerous benches for testing and measurements of a wide range of electronic systems, you'll have access to all the gadgets you’ll possibly need to explore different networking technologies, study programming languages and apply a wide range of application packages to complete your individual project.



Computing Suites

You will have access to our advanced computer suites with the latest analysis and simulation software including ProEngineer, ANSYS, FLUENT, AutoCAD, Abaqus, Geomagic Studio, LabVIEW, CES, Enterprise Dynamics, Adobe Dreamweaver and MATLAB. We also have computer and network suites for ECAD, software development and computer networking, Linux general application suites, specialised networking rooms and a Cisco Academy. Regular use of such applications is a great way to further familiarise yourself with industry-standard software packages.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

This course is designed to respond to a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in advanced electronic engineering. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this ever expanding and dynamic field of modern electronics.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests ranging from overall system design to the more detailed development of subsystems.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.


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