Electronic and Electrical Engineering (with Professional Experience) MSc

Electrical engineering student fixing robot insect
Mode of Study
18 months full-time
Start Date
September 2023


Are you looking to get professional experience in an electronic and electrical engineering role while also qualifying with a Master's in the field?

On this Electronic and Electrical Engineering Master's course, you'll combine a professional experience module or 6-month placement with taught modules that develop your skills and understanding in electronic and electrical engineering. You'll cover areas including advanced digital signal processing, microwave and high-speed digital circuit design, electrical machines, and power system technology.

When you complete the course successfully, your Master's degree and professional experience could lead to career opportunities in industries such as telecommunications, power generation and car manufacturing.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). It 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.

Entry requirements​

We'll confirm entry requirements for this course in autumn 2022.

What you'll experience

On this Master's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, you'll:

  • Develop your knowledge and skills in electronic and electrical engineering
  • Complete a professional experience module or take part in a 6-month placement to improve your employability skills and apply what you learn in industry
  • Receive a student membership subscription to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), paid for by the University
  • Develop an understanding of advanced digital signal processing, sensors and measurement systems
  • Advance your knowledge of microwave and high-speed digital circuit design
  • Learn about electrical machines and drive, and electrical power system technology
  • Get practical experience in our fully equipped labs such as the Analogue Lab, the Digital and Micro Lab, the DSP Lab (using MATLAB), the Microwave Lab and the Power and Machine Lab
  • Improve your transferable skills in areas such as communication, team working, research, numerical analysis, leadership, project management and enterprise
  • Experience guest lectures to understand the latest industry developments and research
  • Visit companies to get exposure to industrial activities and see how you can apply what you learn in industry
  • Take part in research and work alongside academics who are researching in the field

Careers and opportunities

This Electronic and Electrical Engineering Master's degree can significantly improve your career prospects. The course exposes you to the latest developments in the field, as well as current research taking place at the University.

Importantly, you'll get 6 months' experience of working in the industry and get to apply your learning during your placement, or you'll complete a professional experience module. This gives you an advantage over other graduates when applying for jobs in industries that need skilled engineers.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

What can you do with a Master's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering?

After the course, areas you could go into include:

  • the telecommunications industry
  • power generation
  • electrical car manufacturing
  • industrial control
  • manufacturing

What jobs can you do with a Master's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering?

Roles you could take on include:

  • design engineer
  • manufacturing engineer
  • test engineer
  • commissioning engineer

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

On this course, you'll study modules worth 190 credits. 

Modules (indicative)

Full-time over 18 months

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced DSP Techniques – 20 credits
  • Electrical Machines and Drives – 20 credits
  • Electrical Power Systems Technology – 20 credits
  • Engineering Management, Economics & Risk Analysis – 20 credits
  • Individual MSc Project – 60 credits
  • Microwave and High Speed Digital Design – 20 credits
  • Sensors and Measurement Systems – 20 credits
  • Tutorial – 0 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

6-month professional experience module

In this module, you'll do a work placement or a professional experience programme. You'll do this for 6 months between September and March after you've completed your year of taught studies.

Work placement

When on placement you can experience functions such as test engineering, design engineering, manufacturing engineering, programming, fault-finding, and research and development, depending on the placement you do.

You can begin looking and applying for placements after completing your first teaching block. You'll get support from the Careers and Employability Centre and the Faculty of Technology Student Placement and Employability Centre in enhancing your employability skills, and in identifying and applying for suitable placements.

Note that work placements can't be guaranteed because it depends on their availability and the specific needs of placement providers. We'll give you the support you need to identify work placements but you'll be responsible for securing a placement successfully.

Professional experience programme

If you're unable to secure a work placement, you'll complete a professional experience programme designed to meet your career aspirations.

You'll further develop your employability and enterprise skills and prepare yourself for the workplace. This could be an entrepreneurship, industrial-related or consultancy project, or other activities appropriate for your career development. 


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • guest lectures
  • practical workshops
  • seminars
  • project-based learning
  • a possible company visit

Teaching staff include experienced experts, many of who have a PhD and are active in the research of their field. Many also have Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, or are working towards it.

How you're assessed:

You’ll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • coursework - reports, practical work and presentations
  • computer-based tests (CBTs)
  • in-class tests (ICTs)

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You'll have access to past exam papers and CBT trial tests.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

We recommend you spend at least 40 hours a week studying for your Electronic and Electrical Engineering Master's degree. You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures and practical workshops for about 12 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework, programming and conducting experiments.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. Optional field trips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

If you do a work placement, your working hours will depend on your employer and role but are likely to be around 35–40 hours a week.

Term times

The academic year for the taught elements of your course runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Following the taught elements if your course, you'll work on your dissertation from early June until September and complete your 6-month professional experience module from September to March.

Supporting your learning

You'll get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

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.

Learning support tutors

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

Laboratory support

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.

Maths and stats support

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

Academic skills support

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.

Library support

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.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

Note these fees are based on courses starting in 2022. We'll confirm 2023 fees here in autumn 2022.

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)

EU students 

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students 

  • Full-time: £18,300 (subject to annual increase)

You'll also need to pay a fee for your professional experience module, which you'll pay in the September following your taught studies.

The following are included in your tuition fees:

  • the use of devices and components
  • a standard printing allowance
  • IET student membership
  • a possible company visit
  • a scientific calculator

Funding your studies

Find out more how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover. 

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

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course 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

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can 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.

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.