Postgraduate study
This course is a broad MSc with a large range of options from electrical power to micro-electronics.
  
Qualification
MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Duration
1 year full time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 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
Accreditation
IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology)
Campus
University Park Campus
 

 

Overview

The MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering allows for study of a variety of topics including electronic design, communications, software engineering, power generation and distribution, electrical machines and renewable energy systems.

The course delivers broad-based understanding of the art of electrical and electronic engineering and an in-depth study of topics covering modern technology for electrical and electronic engineering. You will study both electronic and electrical engineering modules.

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 and electronic engineering.

Key facts

  • Students will gain experience of the type of problems encountered by academic and industrial researchers.
  • This course is suitable for graduates of closely related disciplines who wish to convert to electrical and electronic engineering.
  • This course is accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.
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If you are interested in a two year MSc programme you may want to consider the Advanced Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Extended Research MSc.

 

Full course details

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

This course is taught on a full-time basis over 12 months and consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit independent research project. Students will take optional modules from across the range of electrical and electronic engineering topics.

Planning and preparation for the project is undertaken during the Spring semester. At least one module option from Electronics modules and one from Electrical (power) modules must be selected.

You will be taught using up to date practice, including use of appropriate electronic resources. Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, lab work, tutorials and projects, with assessment usually performed through formal examinations and coursework.

Learning outcomes

Key learning outcomes for this course are for students to:

  • become competent users of relevant equipment and software
  • develop problem solving skills
  • develop ability to think logically and critically
  • develop a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and appreciation of likely new development
  • develop design skills and methodologies relevant to a variety of electrical and electronic systems, circuits and models and gain experience of dealing with the challenges encountered by academic and industrial researchers.

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

Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals for Masters: 20 credits
Summary Of Content: The module expands students lifelong learning skills by developing their proficiency in self- assessment of their knowledge. This will be achieved by asking students to identifying gaps in their knowledge in the core areas of electrical and electronic engineering, development and implementation of an improvement plan.

To supplement, the student self-learning, problem/project based learning will be used to reinforce the fundamental skills of an electrical and electronic engineer. These problems will be introduced in student led small group seminars where students will discuss the problem and discuss what background knowledge is required and suitable resources. A member of academic staff will aid the students identify appropriate learning material where students finds it difficult to do so. As part of the learning experience, students will keep a weekly online log detailing the learning activities undertaken, what they have learnt and the areas they still need to develop.

To provide formative feedback during this learning period, there will be 4 compulsory on-line tests. Although the mark attained is not used in the calculation of the module mark, failure, without good cause to complete 3 of the 4 tests within the given time window, will result in a zero module mark.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Seminar 1 week 1 week 3 hours
Un Assign 4 weeks 1 week 1 hour

The formative progress tests will be on-line for completion within a 24 hour period.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Self Assessment/reflection and of additional learning requirements to complete the course.
Coursework 2 25.00  
Exam 1   2 hour on-line Formative Examination( Required to attend).
Exam 2 50.00 1 hour on-line examination.
 
Research Project Organisation and Design: 10 credits

Summary Of Content

A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:

  • Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
  • Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
  • Measurement and error analysis
  • Development of laboratory skills including safety & risk assessment

Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:

  • Meshing for computational engineering applications
  • Modelling using CAE packages
  • Use of CES Selector software
  • Specific laboratory familiarisation
  • Use of MSVisio software for process flow
  • Use of HYSYS process modelling software
  • Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits

The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.

Taught Semesters: Spring UK 

Delivery: 3-hour seminars in 12 weeks 

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40.00 2000 word literature review on a topic relevant to MSc programme.
Coursework 2   Formative health & safety risk assessment
Coursework 3 60.00 2000 word max planning report; topics to be specific to individual MSc courses and specialist training
 
MSc Project: 60 credits
Summary Of Content: In this module a student will be assigned to an individual supervisor who will be a staff member in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The student will carry out a practical or theoretical project chosen from the current interests of the staff member concerned. The student will be expected to conduct a literature survey, undertake practical or theoretical work and write a dissertation on this work.

Method and Frequency of Class: The Project will take place at the end of the Spring semester and during the summer.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Dissertation 80.00 Final Thesis 100 pages
Oral 10.00 Bench Inspection
Report 10.00 Interim Report

 

Previous projects have included:

  • Control of an Uninterruptible Power Supply using FPGA
  • Analysis of Household Appliance Load Signatures for Monitoring of Vulnerable Adults
  • Smart phone application for remote data logging and control
  • Electromagnetic modelling of nano-materials for bio-sensing applications
  • Design of communications and control systems in a more electric aircraft
 

Optional modules

Examples of available optional modules are listed below:

Advanced AC Drives: 20 credits
Summary Of Content: 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.

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00 50hrs of student work
Exam 1 50.00  
 
Advanced Control System Design: 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
 
Advanced Electrical Machines: 10 credits
Summary of content: This module will build on the material covered in Electrical Machines by introducing advanced concepts and applications in the area of more electric transport, renewable generation and industrial automation. Both theoretical and practical characteristics are covered. The module will cover:
  • Machine sizing considering power electronic, thermal and mechanical issues
  • Magnetic materials including soft and hard materials and winding design
  • FEA analysis of electrical machines, design tools and integration with power electronic and drive system modelling
  • Operating Principle and basic design principles of different machine types and topologies including surface and buried permanent magnet radial machines, axial flux, reluctance, and induction machines
  • High performance and be-spoke machines including high-speed motors and high-pole number direct drive motors
  • Example designs of machines for More-Electric vehicles including traction and turbo-charging, More-Electric aircraft actuation, More-Electric ship propulsion, Servo Drives and Renewable Generators for wind turbines

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of weeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks 1 week 4 hours
Lecture 1 week 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 5 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 15.00 15 hours of student time
Exam 1 85.00 2 hour exam
 
Analogue Electronics: 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module covers the design and analysis of electronic systems used in telecommunications particularly wireless devices. Devices covered typically include amplifiers, oscillators, phase-locked loops and mixers.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment: not yet available 

 
Digital Communications: 10 credits
Summary Of Content: This module is an introduction to the operation of modern digital communication systems. Topics covered include:
  • communication systems
  • information content and channel capacity
  • digital modulation techniques
  • data compression techniques
  • error-correcting and line coding techniques
  • digital signal regeneration techniques
  • system examples, telephone, digital television and CD technologies.

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

Two 1-hour lectures per week.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 12.5 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
 
Electrical Machines, Drives and Applications: 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module introduces students to the concepts and operating principles of fixed and variable speed electric machine and drive systems. The module will use a number of system examples to demonstrate how machines and drive systems are specified, designed, controlled and operated.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 25 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
 
Integrated Circuits and Systems: 20 credits

Summary Of Content: The module introduces CMOS integrated circuit design and internal operating mechanisms of semiconductor electronics and opto-electronic devices. 

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00  
Exam 1 50.00  
 
Renewable Energy: 10 credits
 
Optical Networks: 10 credits

Education Aims: To introduce students to the concepts and operating principles of optical communication systems and networks and the devices that underpin them.

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 25.00  
Exam 1 75.00  
 
Power Systems for Aerospace, Marine and Automotive Applications: 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module considers the design and operation of Power Systems in a range or transport related applications.

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

All teaching takes place in 5 weeks, with a single 4 hour session per week, giving 20 hours of timetabled lectures and demonstrations. 

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 1 hr 30 min exam
 
Robotics, Dynamics and Control: 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module gives and Introduction to electromechanical fundamentals in robotics, and introduces students to: Direct Kinematics, Inverse Kinematics, Workspace analysis and trajectory planning, Manipulator Dynamics (Lagrange, Lagrange-Euler, and Newton-Euler) and Robot Control. 

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 12.5 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2-hour exam
 
Power Electronic Applications and Control: 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module provides students with an understanding of the operational principles of power electronic converters and their associated systems and enables students to design both analogue and digital controllers for linear single-input single-output systems.

 Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 25 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
 
Sensing Systems and Signal Processing: 10 credits

Education Aims: To provide students with the necessary background knowledge so that they can understand sensors and their applications.

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00  
Exam 1 50.00  
 
Mobile Technologies (10 credits)
 
Power Networks (10 credits)

Summary Of Content: This module provides students with an understanding of power system apparatus and their behaviour under normal and fault conditions. This module covers:

  • concept and analysis of load flow
  • voltage/current symmetrical components
  • computation of fault currents
  • economic optimisation
  • power-system control and stability
  • power system protection

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour
One 2-hour lecture per week. Students will spend time in the computing laboratory working on CAD problems.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 25 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
 
Systems Engineering (10 credits)
 
RF Electronics (20 credits)
Summary Of Content: This module covers the topics of high-speed circuits and devices. The main module topics are:
  • RF circuits (transmission lines, impedance matching, directional couplers)
  • Amplifiers (concepts of bandwidth, wide bandwidth amplifiers, travelling wave amplifiers)
  • Active devices (diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs – their operation, frequency limitations and high frequency equivalents)

Method and Frequency of Class:

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

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40.00 20 hours of student work
Exam 1 60.00 2 hour exam
 
Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems (20 credits)
 
Optical and Photonics Technology (20 credits)
 
HDL for Programmable Devices (20 credits)
Summary Of Content: This course will be divided into two: taught material and a hands-on lab exercise.

- TAUGHT MATERIAL This will contain the following:

  • HDL overview and latest developments
  • Latest relevant software from Xilinx and Mentor Graphics
  • VHDL syntax
  • VHDL testbench design
  • Combinational and sequential circuit design
  • Finite State Machine VHDL design

- LABORATORY EXERCISES The lab classes will be tightly integrated with the lecture sessions. The lab exercises, directly related to the lecture material will be implemented on a pre-prepared FPGA development board.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 3 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 10 weeks 1 week 4 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 12.5 hours of student time
Exam 1 75.00 3-hour programming assignment done under examination conditions
 
Microwave, Millimetre and Terahertz Systems (20 credits)
 
Advanced Computational Engineering (20 credits)
 
Distributed Generation and Alternative Energy (20 credits)
 
Digital Signal Processing (20 credits)
 
Instrumentation and Measurement (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.
  • Electronic and optical measurement instrumentation.

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 per week.  Breakdown of hours: lectures/examples classes - 22 hours; revision and assessment - 53 hours.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 2 hour exam
 
Advanced Power Electronics (20 credits)
 
Advanced Engineering Mathematics (10 credits)
 

*These modules are available in two versions, one worth 10 credits, and another worth 20 credits, which includes a substantial piece of coursework.

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

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.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

This programme equips graduates with the skills suitable for a wide range of careers in UK and international organisations and for the pursuit of a research path in the field of electrical and electronic engineering.

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 destinations for our graduates in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well 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.

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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