Electronic Communications and Computer Engineering MSc


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MSc Electronic Communications and Computer Engineering
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
Other requirements
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


The course provides you with the skills required by an engineer working on systems in various different industries.
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This 12 month MSc provides advanced training in electronics, communications and computer engineering.

The course aims to provide you with a comprehensive coverage of the skills required by an engineer working in instrumentation, electronic systems, wireless and wired telecommunications, computer hardware, and software aspects of computer engineering.

The programme provides an excellent basis for engineers wishing to update their knowledge, students who wish to go on to do research, or for first degree students wishing to enhance their training.

This course is also taught at the University's Malaysia Campus.

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Key facts

Particular features of the programme include: 

  • teaching informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field
  • innovative and engaging teaching methods
  • one-to-one project tuition with expert members of staff
  • access to many online resources and flexibility in course content
  • the Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UK’s top ten universities for engineering
  • This course is accredited with the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact cele-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk.


Course details

This is a highly flexible course, which gives you the opportunity to choose modules according to your specific interests and requirements.

After completing the taught components of the course, you will undertake a major piece of advanced independent research over the summer under the supervision of a specialist in your chosen area. We will provide you with advice and guidance while you select and refine your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research and your MSc.

This course operates on a modular basis and consists of a series of taught modules (worth 120 credits) - followed by a 60-credit research project undertaken during the summer period.

You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources. Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, lab work, tutorials and projects, with assessment usually performed via  formal examinations and coursework.

Lecturers provide feedback on your assignments. Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional, at ease with the conventions of the discipline, and ready to tackle any area of research in electrical engineering.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma Electronic Communications and Computer Engineering, which – unlike the MSc – does not have a dissertation requirement.

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



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Further funding may be available through the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Our postgraduates generally progress to exciting roles in design and development with major international companies or government agencies, obtain consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies or move into successful academic careers.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 91% of postgraduates in the Engineering Faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,592 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career destinations for our graduates in Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well as electrical engineers and engineering professionals.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

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