Electronic and Communication Engineering MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2015-16 entryThis course also available for 2016-17 entry
About the course
This course has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry and to update or retrain more experienced engineers.
This broad-based course deals with a range of design and development areas relevant to electronic systems and communication projects. You should gain the knowledge and skills required of a professional engineer to design and develop systems for applications such as: wireless communications, mobile-cellular communications, electronics design, broadcasting, remote control, instrumentation, diagnostics, and monitoring.
Hands-on experience is gained through a major individual research project.
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
1 year full-time
Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:
• Honours degree or equivalent qualification in electronic engineering, computing or related disciplines.
• Other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at Honours degree standard may also be acceptable.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
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+ Digital Design
The module compares the design of asynchronous and synchronous controllers, error correction codes and error detection strategies for high reliability systems using Hardware Description Language (HDL) tools. It then develops an understanding of electronic testing and Design For Testability (DFT), covering both Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and board test. It develops abilities in the design of test strategies and in the application of DFT techniques to enhance testability.
+ Virtual Instrumentation
This module has been designed to build on your skills in modelling, designing, processing and simulating a range of analogue and digital systems. To support you in this the module reviews the hardware and software aspects of virtual instrumentation (VI). You’ll have the opportunity to use graphical and C/C++ programming languages using PC’s and interface cards as the hardware platform. Industry standard software tools (such as LabVIEW) will also be explored to help design and simulate real systems.
+ Parallel Computer Architectures Computer Clusters
Many existing and future computer-based applications impose exceptional demands on performance that traditional computer systems cannot offer. Large-scale computational simulations for scientific and engineering applications now routinely require highly parallel computers. The availability of powerful computers and high-speed networks as low-cost commodity components are changing the way computers are used. This module will focus on large-scale distributed and parallel systems such as: "cluster computing" in local-area-networks, "grid computing" and “cloud computing”. The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth introduction to Cluster technologies and their applications in scientific computing and engineering. The hands-on laboratory exercises will provide the necessary practical experience with Cluster middleware software required to construct Cluster, MPI programming and benchmarking parallel systems and applications.
+ Communication Systems
The module is concerned with the design and performance of communications systems. It begins with a basic discussion of communications techniques and noise. It then develops an understanding of selected systems, for example, optical fibre, cable, terrestrial radio, satellite, broadcast, mobile and WSNs (Wireless Sensor Networks - ZigBee). Practical examples are used wherever possible. Cellular mobile radio communications are covered: classical 2G (GSM systems), 3G (UMTS), 4G (LTE), and future 5G systems are introduced. New generation digital TV broadcasting is covered: first generation Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) and second generation DVB-T2, OFDM systems for HD and Ultra High Definition 4K TV. Other topics include: satellite communications, wireless LANs (WiFi), WiMAX, Ultra Wideband (UWB) communications, and Software Defined Radio (SDR).
+ Computers in Control
This module provides a critical review of the hardware and software aspects of microcontroller interfacing. The software will be implemented in C programming language using PC’s as the hardware platform. Industry standard software tools will also be utilised in designing embedded systems.
The module extends your design skills in both software and hardware in implementing microcontrollers in embedded systems.
+ Planning an Advanced Technical Project
This module provides the opportunity to undertake a programme of independent work to plan, and undertake background research for, an advanced technical project. Successful completion of this module will entitle you, if required, to progress to a full Masters level project based on the planning and background research undertaken in this module.
+ Advanced Technical Project
The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. It requires you to investigate a chosen topic and achieve specified technical goals through good planning and the application of analytical, problem-solving and design skills. The project is developed in collaboration with either an industrial company or within one of the research groups in the School. Your supervising tutor will monitor progress and provide guidance in various aspects of the project including preparation of the final report.
Every effort is made to obtain an industrial based project, but all projects are real and relevant.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
100% of graduates from courses in this subject area go onto work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to roles such as Test Progress Engineer, Telecommunications, Software Technicians and Systems Engineer in organisations such as Cummins Turbo Technologies, National Grid, Havard Engineering Ltd, and GCHQ*.
*Sourced: DHLE stats 13/14
Professional links and accreditations
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through structured lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory-based sessions. For the practical sessions, you will work in our modern laboratories equipped with the latest development tools and software design packages.
You will be able to take control of your learning through access to on-line learning material, the Internet and by interactive demonstrations.
You will be assessed through a mix of examinations, reports on laboratory experiments, laboratory-based assignments and project work.
XX% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
You will have the opportunity to work within modern facilities, including an impressive range of professionally equipped electronic project, communication, embedded systems and computer work-station laboratories with industry research standard software and measurement instruments such as RF spectrum and vector network analysers.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the next Postgraduate Open Day or contact us.
Our research courses involve in-depth study of a specific field across the engineering discipline. If you wish to undertake longer term, highly focussed research, we offer a number of flexible routes to PhD. For more information see http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
If you are planning to study part-time, please get in touch with the contact in the 'At a glance' section above.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.
For more information see the Research section of our website.