Postgraduate study
This course, in collaboration with the Business School, focuses on commercialising new technologies.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Entrepreneurship
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A 2:1 degree or equivalent
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
Campus
University Park Campus
 

 

Overview

This 12-month course gives you the opportunity to obtain the skills required to develop and commercialise new technologies in electrical and electronic engineering.

This course brings together the strengths and resources of both the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Nottingham University Business School.

As you will have the invaluable chance to experience the steps necessary to commercialise a technical idea, this programme provides an excellent basis for those engineers who wish to commercialise their ideas or graduates who wish to explore the exciting world of commercialisation.

Key facts

  • this course is a collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and Nottingham University Business School, a leading centre for management education, ranked sixth in the UK for research power.
  • the Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world leading or internationally excellent.
 

Full course details

Applicants must have a high 2:1 degree or equivalent in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree.

 

This is a highly flexible course – particularly in terms of the engineering content – and this gives you the opportunity to choose modules according to your specific interests and requirements, and to carry out your studies in any of the internationally renowned research groups with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Course content

You will undertake a major piece of commercialisation work on an advanced technical topic, which you will complete over the summer under the supervision of specialists from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Nottingham University Business School.

We will provide you with advice and guidance while you refine and enhance your business strategy and literature review, whilst offering close supervision and support as you complete your dissertation.

Learning outcomes

You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources, as well as small-group and individual tuition from both the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Nottingham University Business School.

Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional engineer, at ease with the conventions of both engineering and business disciplines. We aim to prepare you to tackle many areas of commercialisation within the field of electrical and electronic engineering.

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 

 
 

Modules

Core modules

Entrepreneurial Creativity: 20 credits
The course will introduce students to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship. Having established the vital link between creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation, the course uses directed reading, case study exercises, reflective blog writing and group-based creative problem solving to illustrate entrepreneurial creativity in practice.

Students will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and learn how to apply these techniques in the context of the development, evaluation, and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential. The course culminates in students pitching their identified entrepreneurial opportunity to peers and real world entrepreneurs.

This module encourages students to develop an understanding of entrepreneurial creativity through:

  • Theoretical analysis and the use of creative problem solving techniques.
  • Enabling students to generate, evaluate, and apply new ideas and concepts within a business planning process.
  • Experiencing creative problem solving techniques, reflecting upon appropriate methods for different stages of problem solving, and exploring the relationship between creative problem solving and entrepreneurship.
 
Leading Entrepreneurial Growth: 20 credits
The module combines practical and theoretical perspectives on the process of leading an entrepreneurial firm, managing growth, and developing a strategic plan.

Leading entrepreneurial growth will develop your capacity to evaluate multiple strategic options under conditions of uncertainty. Using multiple frameworks and concepts you will construct a strategic growth plan. The module also provides insights into personal dimensions of leading entrepreneurial growth strategies across multiple types of organisations including start-ups, family owned firms, corporations and non-profits.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand how to plan for growth by analyzing strategic options for value creation and value capture
  • develop confidence to use judgment under uncertainty
  • examine the typical entrepreneurial management challenges of growth
  • understand how to develop a strategic plan for growth
  • explore the personal dimensions of growth using academic theories of identity and leadership styles along with practical leadership development exercises
 

Launching New Ventures: 20 credits

Course summary

Launching New Ventures will introduce students to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including not just new venture creation but corporate and social entrepreneurship as well. Whereas Entrepreneurship and Creativity focuses on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Launching New Ventures will prepare students to recognise opportunities, and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas. The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this.

Taught semesters

Autumn UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 9 weeks 2 week 2 hours
Seminar 2 weeks 2 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 60.00 Individual based on group work (3,000 words max)
Coursework 20.00 Individual Reflection (2,000 words max)
Presentation 20.00 Group presentation. 10 mins plus 10 mins Q&A. Powerpoint slides to be submitted via Moodle
 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology Transfer Project: 60 credits

Course summary

The purpose of the Project is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake independent research into a topic appropriate to Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology Transfer. In undertaking the project, you should draw on and extend material presented in the course. The project has several aims, beyond reinforcing information and methodology presented in the taught modules. You will gain experience by: 

  • addressing the challenges involved in developing the commercial potential of a scientific advance; 

  • giving a PowerPoint presentation that describes some aspects of the work achieved 

  • producing a written report in a style that would be useful, not only to the scientists involved in the field of your investigations, but also to potential investors.

Full details can be found in the course handbook. A project supervisor and moderator will be allocated by the end of February in the academic year of study and an interim report will be required by mid-march. The Project will commence in June of the academic year of study, after the end of Examination period. The student should manage all aspects of the project, arranging meetings with the supervisors, as required. Private study time approx. 430 hours.

Taught semesters

Full year UK


Delivery

Specific activities are not listed

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 10.00 Interim Report
Coursework 2 80.00 Project Report
Presentation 1 10.00 Presentation

 

Previous projects have included:

  • Industrial cure monitoring in the automobile and aerospace industries
  • Assessment of market potential for embedded ultrasonic sensors for structural health monitoring
  • Commercial opportunity for novel capsule endoscopes
  • Commercial assessment of portable laser Doppler blood flow monitors
 

Example optional modules: 

Advanced Control System Design with Project: 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module introduces the state-space representation of physical systems and the control design of multi-input multi-output systems using multi-variable control techniques for both continuous and discrete implementation. The module then covers both full and reduced observer design for those cases when state variables are not measurable. The module finishes with an overview of optimal control design. A more detailed design experience using advanced CAD will be acquired by means of a specialized coursework.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 7 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Three hours of lectures per week, supplemented by printed notes, example classes and project work supervision.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00 50 hours of student time
Exam 1 50.00 2 hour exam
 

Digital Signal Processing: 10 credits

Course summary

This module focuses on applications of digital signal processing. The module covers:

  1. revision of continuous signals, linear time-invariant systems and Fourier transform
  2. sampling of analogue signals, discrete time-invariant systems and discrete Fourier transform
  3. signal enhancement techniques
  4. digital spectral analysis
  5. design of digital filters
  6. adaptive signal processing
  7. image processing
  8. implementations of digital signal processing
  9. use of MATLAB for signal processing

Taught semesters

Autumn UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Workshop 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00 15 hours of student time
Exam 1 70.00 There will be one exam, 40% of this is based on multiple choice questions; 30% based on compulsory regular questions and 30% based on the optional question selected from the two on offer
 
  • Instrumentation and Measurement with Project: 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module is an introduction to the principles and practice of instrumentation and measurement systems in an engineering context. The module will cover the generally applicable basic principles and then look at specific classes of instrument and associated electronics and signal processing methods. Topics covered include:
  • Basic principles and instrument characteristics.
  • Measurement errors, basic statistics, noise and its control.
  • Dynamic characteristics of instruments, time and frequency domain responses.
  • System identification using correlation techniques.
  • Amplifiers, filters, ADCs and DACs.
  • Position, strain, pressure and motion sensors (resistive, capacitive, inductive, optical).
  • Flow sensors (correlation, acoustic, electromagnetic, mechanical).
  • Electronic and optical measurement instrumentation.

The coursework will be in the form of a design or case study in a business context.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Two 1-hour lectures/examples classes per week plus coursework.  Breakdown of    hours: lectures/example classes - 22 hours; student-directed project work - 75  hours; revision and assessment - 53 hours.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00 50 hours of student time
Exam 1 50.00 2 hour exam
 
  • Mobile Technologies: 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module provides knowledge of the fundamentals of mobile communications and its application to real systems. Typical subjects might be 3rd and 4th generation systems, OFDM and MIMO and how 5th generation systems are likely to develop.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hour

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
coursework 1 25.00 12.5 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00  
 
Optical and Photonics Technology: 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module covers selected topics from the interface between electronic and optical regimes. It includes issues regarding component, circuit, and system design, with applications to communications, material processing, bio-photonics and optical imaging.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 weeks 2 hours
Workshop 1 week 1 week 4 hours


Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 50.00

Part 1: weight 25%, 25 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate fundamental acquisition of the module's learning outcomes.

Part 2: weight 25%, 25 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate application of the module's learning outcomes to realistic engineering design and implement tasks.

Exam 50.00  
 
Renewable Generation Technologies: 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module covers the analysis and design of renewable and sustainable energy systems. It covers the various types of renewable energy and the resources available. It uses an understanding of the physical principles of various types of energy resources in order to develop analytical models which can be applied to the design of renewable energy systems, including energy conversion and storage, especially for electrical power generation. It includes:
  • Wind power: wind probability distributions, wind turbine performance and control, comparison of generator types
  • Hydro and tidal power: resource assessment, turbine types and principles
  • Solar power, including PV cell equivalent circuit, analysis of losses, matching to DC and AC power systems
  • Wave power systems, including wave energy characteristics, types of energy converter
  • Characteristics of synchronous and induction generators
  • Embedded generation; types of generator and operation of RE within the power system
  • Economic and environmental assessment of energy conversion technologies.

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

The module will comprise a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and visits during the Spring Semester.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Sustainable energy case study: A written report.
Exam 1 75.00 Two Hour Paper. The examination will be based on the whole of the course.
 

Power Systems for Aerospace, Marine and Automotive Applications: 10 credits

Course summary

This module considers the design and operation of Power Systems in a range or transport related applications

Taught semesters

Spring UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks 1 week 4 hours

Assessment Method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 1 hr 30 min exam

All teaching takes place in 5 weeks, with a single 4 hour session per week, giving 20 hours of timetabled lectures and demonstrations
 
  • Advanced AC Drives with Project: 20 credits

Course summary

This module addresses the control of AC drives and consists of a lecture component (10 credits) and a design and assessment project (10 credits)

The lecture component covers vector controlled induction motor drives and permanent magnet motor drives. Vector control is covered in depth covering the concept of space vectors, dq representation of 3-phase machines, dynamic equation structure and the concepts of direct and indirect flux orientation. Implementation of Indirect Vector Control, including current flux and speed control is covered in some detail and includes the effect of incorrect parameters.

Both AC and Brushless DC permanent magnet motor drives are introduced. The vector control concepts learned for induction machines are applied to AC PM machines. The concept of salient and non-salient AC PM machines are covered leading to the vector control using maximum torque per amp control strategies. Finally the field weakening control of both non-salient and salient PM machines are considered.

The project component is a design and simulation exercise using MATLAB/Simulink. The student is required to design an indirect vector controlled induction motor drive, implement the design in Simulink, and undertake evaluative tests covering current and speed loop performance, including field weakening for high speed. The exercise covers investigating the effects of parameter variation and designing engineered solutions to reducing the sensitivity.

Taught semesters

Spring UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00 50hrs of student work
Exam 1 50.00  

 

 
  • Technologies for the Hydrogen Transport Economy: 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module considers:
  • Hydrogen use in the transport and energy sectors
  • Sustainable sources of Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen storage and distribution
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen Vehicles
  • Grid stability and decarbonisation of heat applications
  • Economic and environmental feasibility assessment

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 2-hour lectures in 10 weeks

Method of Assessment: 1 Examination (100%) -  2 hours

 

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. Project equipment and components are normally covered by the department, though some students opt to buy some of their own components up to £100. 

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles which could cost up to £300. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

International students

A step by step guide to funding is available via the Graduate School. More information on the funding opportunities available for international students can be found on the University's International Office website.

 
 

Careers and professional development

The very nature of this course means that you will be well equipped to enter the exciting world of commercialisation or to launch your own business or develop and market your own project.

Students of this course have entered into roles in design and development within major international companies or government agencies, obtained consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies and moved into successful academic careers.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £32,500 with the highest being £40,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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.

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 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

 

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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