Electronic engineering students at a workbench
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year full-time (September start), 3 years part-time (September start), 16 months full-time (January start)
Start Date
January 2023, September 2023, January 2024
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Master the key elements of contemporary electronic and electrical engineering with this accredited MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering course. You'll design and implement electronic systems, work with the practical application of current technology, and upgrade your skills to meet the needs of more ambitious roles in your industry. 

You'll learn about key topics in electronic and electrical engineering, such as microwave and wireless technology, and the practical application and design aspects of electronic systems, on a course designed to meet a skills shortage in the sector. You'll graduate in an excellent position to pursue roles from product design to aerospace engineering.

You can start this course in September or January (full time only in January).

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Follow a programme that is recognised by European and UK accrediting bodies, and is designed to shape your skills to the needs of the electronic and electrical engineering sector
  • Learn more about the practical design and application of your electronic and electrical engineering study, using professional-standard tools, simulation software and laboratory equipment
  • Plan and complete a final project in your area of interest, using any relevant lab or computer suite in the School of Energy and Electronic Engineering to deliver a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design
  • Explore key industry themes, such as Electrical Power Systems Technology, Advanced DSP Techniques, Electrical Machines and Drives, and Sensors and Measurement Systems

Accredited by:

The MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This MSc also qualifies, under the UK Engineering Council's Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), as the further learning required to register for Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. This course is also accredited by European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE).

What you'll study on this MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree course

Full time

Modules studied

All modules on this MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and apply a range of techniques to examine the characteristics of two types of discrete signals ' deterministic and random signals, both in time and frequency domains
  • Analyse the performance of advanced digital filtering algorithms including various versions of optimal and adaptive digital filters to process deterministic and random digital signals
  • Implement, test and evaluate advanced DSP methods in order to solve practical engineering problems

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of static and rotating magnetic fields and relate this theory to the tasks of design and construction of both DC and AC electrical machines and power transformers
  • Discuss and critically analyse the applications of DC machines and transformers and critically analyse the steady state and dynamic operation of synchronous machines
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the principles of operation of power electronic devices and gain an advanced knowledge of how power electronics is used to control the speed and operation of electrical machines

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and operation of the modern power systems and its constituent components and subsystems
  • Competently perform the load flow analysis for an electrical power network and interpret the results of the analysis
  • Analyse the faults and transient stability of the system using both analytical and simulation approaches and techniques

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and operation of the modern power systems and its constituent components and subsystems
  • Competently perform the load flow analysis for an electrical power network and interpret the results of the analysis
  • Analyse the faults and transient stability of the system using both analytical and simulation approaches and techniques

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Plan and manage a substantive individual project activity with the breadth, scope and discrimination appropriate to a Master of Science award with time, technical and resource constraints
  • Appraise current practice limitations and investigate the new emerging technologies by research and experiments
  • Apply mathematical or technical skills for identifying problems, designing, implementing, testing and critically evaluating solutions in engineering
  • Evaluate and reflect on the scientific, commercial or industrial context of the project, and reflect on the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • Professionally use of technical literature and other information sources and formally report the progress and results of the project, orally and in writing

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Model and analyse high-speed interconnect phenomena
  • Critically evaluate the behavioural and performance characteristics of electronic systems taking account of high-speed effects
  • Design at least one modern RF/microwave circuit through simulation
  • Critically analyse the designed RF/microwave circuit that is a part of a bigger system, carefully considering its impact on this overall system and vice versa

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Analyse the performance of a measurement system against set criteria
  • Propose solutions which yield reliable measurement systems
  • Assess the needs in terms of measurement from both hardware and software perspectives for a given application
  • Design and implement a measurement system (hardware and/or software) as part of a solution developed for a given problem

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Part time

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

All modules on this MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and apply a range of techniques to examine the characteristics of two types of discrete signals ' deterministic and random signals, both in time and frequency domains
  • Analyse the performance of advanced digital filtering algorithms including various versions of optimal and adaptive digital filters to process deterministic and random digital signals
  • Implement, test and evaluate advanced DSP methods in order to solve practical engineering problems

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of static and rotating magnetic fields and relate this theory to the tasks of design and construction of both DC and AC electrical machines and power transformers
  • Discuss and critically analyse the applications of DC machines and transformers and critically analyse the steady state and dynamic operation of synchronous machines
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the principles of operation of power electronic devices and gain an advanced knowledge of how power electronics is used to control the speed and operation of electrical machines

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Analyse the performance of a measurement system against set criteria
  • Propose solutions which yield reliable measurement systems
  • Assess the needs in terms of measurement from both hardware and software perspectives for a given application
  • Design and implement a measurement system (hardware and/or software) as part of a solution developed for a given problem

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and operation of the modern power systems and its constituent components and subsystems
  • Competently perform the load flow analysis for an electrical power network and interpret the results of the analysis
  • Analyse the faults and transient stability of the system using both analytical and simulation approaches and techniques

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and operation of the modern power systems and its constituent components and subsystems
  • Competently perform the load flow analysis for an electrical power network and interpret the results of the analysis
  • Analyse the faults and transient stability of the system using both analytical and simulation approaches and techniques

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Model and analyse high-speed interconnect phenomena
  • Critically evaluate the behavioural and performance characteristics of electronic systems taking account of high-speed effects
  • Design at least one modern RF/microwave circuit through simulation
  • Critically analyse the designed RF/microwave circuit that is a part of a bigger system, carefully considering its impact on this overall system and vice versa

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Plan and manage a substantive individual project activity with the breadth, scope and discrimination appropriate to a Master of Science award with time, technical and resource constraints
  • Appraise current practice limitations and investigate the new emerging technologies by research and experiments
  • Apply mathematical or technical skills for identifying problems, designing, implementing, testing and critically evaluating solutions in engineering
  • Evaluate and reflect on the scientific, commercial or industrial context of the project, and reflect on the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • Professionally use of technical literature and other information sources and formally report the progress and results of the project, orally and in writing

Explore this module

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Careers and opportunities

Because electronic and electrical engineering skills are in global demand, you'll be in a strong position to secure employment when you graduate successfully. Here in the UK, EngineeringUK has identified both electrical engineers and electronic engineers as careers with a shortage of skilled entrants, which means you can expect your salary to reflect your postgraduate qualification.

Career routes you could explore with a Master's in electronic and electrical engeering include:

  • Electronics engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Application engineer
  • Design
  • Research and development
  • Product manufacture
  • Project management

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Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Female student standing at careers and employability help desk

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure 

This Master's degree will take:

  • 3 years (part time study)
  • 12 months (full-time study, September start)
  • 16 months (full time study, January start)

You can expect:

  • 10–15 hours of teaching time every week, made up of lectures and tutorials (pro rata for part time students). We do our best to keep all teaching within three days, leaving you the rest of the week for work experience or self-guided study
  • 15–20 hours of independent study each week, depending on the modules being studied (pro rata for part time students)

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • project work

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

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

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Branislav Vuksanovic

Branislav is a researcher in digital signal and image processing. He works on noise analysis and active noise suppression, ground penetrating radar (GPR) signal analysis and forecasting for power systems projects and problems. He also coordinates the school's programme of research and industrial talks. 

Read more about Branislav

Mojtaba Ghodsi

Mojtaba works with instrumentation and measurement systems. His research is in smart materials and structures to develop actuators, sensors, energy harvesters, vibration control, NDT, and mechatronics systems. 

Read more about Mojtaba

Term dates

September start:

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January / February start:

The academic year for this course runs from January to May in the following year. There are breaks in the summer, at Christmas, and at Easter.

See key dates

Your facilities

Electrical engineering student plugging cable into feedback system frame

Power Electronics Laboratory

This facility lets you study the impact of electrical loads in a household or a city, and how electricity can be distributed using the grid – establish the fundamental principles of transformers, thyristors, DC and AC motors, to simulations of the smart grid and wind turbines.

Learn more

Male student in the telecommunications lab

Telecommunications Laboratories

Get experience with instruments for generating, receiving and analysing high-frequency signals, such as signal generators and spectrum analysers that cover communication bands up to 22 GHz, with an emphasis on 3G frequencies.

Learn more

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 and January 2023 start)

  • Full-time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £3,130 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

  • Full time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £3,130 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

These figures both include the Transition Scholarship for EU students.

  • Full-time: £18,300 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £6,100 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements​

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

January 2023 / September 2023 /  January 2024 start

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.