Why study MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering?

MSc Electrical and ElectronicOur MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering allows students to develop their understanding of electronic devices and systems and is ideal preparation for a career in industry or research.

The highly flexible nature of the course means you’ll have the opportunity to experience a wide range of topics across electronic and electrical engineering or to specialise in an area that particularly interests you.

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Sheffield is internationally recognised for the quality of its research and you’ll be taught by academic staff who are leading innovations in areas such as the development of high performance nanostructure electronic devices and the design of next-generation communication and radar systems.

There are lectures, laboratories and seminars. We assess you on exams, coursework and a project dissertation.

What you'll do

The MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering is offered on a full-time basis over a year, starting in September. It requires completion of eight modules and a major research project dissertation.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor who will provide advice and guidance throughout the period of study.

The MSc(Eng) consists of:

  • optional modules (choose 8)
  • a major research project

Optional modules

AC Machines

This module will introduce AC, synchronous, induction, and synchronous/switched reluctance machines, looking at their operation, performance, characteristics and modelling.

Advanced Control of Electric Drives

This module explores advanced modelling and modern control strategies of electric drive systems, focusing on induction (IM) and permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSM).

Energy Storage Management

You will gain an insight into the storage and management of energy in electrical systems. Topics covered include fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors and the principles of mechanical energy storage.

Motion Control and Servo Drives

You will gain in-depth knowledge of the performance and characteristics of modern AC and DC variable speed drives and actuation systems, as well as their applications in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Permanent Magnet Machines and Actuators

You will learn about the design and characteristics of permanent magnet electrical machine, including the types of magnets employed, electromagnetic torque, thermal behaviour and modelling.

Power Electronics Converters

This module introduces the key principles of power conversion, as well as looking at their industrial applications.

Power Semiconductor Devices

This module will look at the physics, technology, characteristics, packaging and application of power semiconductor devices.

Advanced Computer Systems

This module covers modern computer systems from operating systems down to the underlying computer architectures, providing an overview of how such systems work and how their performance can be improved.

Advanced Integrated Electronics

This module aims to advance students' understanding of analogue and digital Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) design, concentrating on issues such as power consumption, the effect of interconnect and circuit layout.

Advanced Signal Processing

You will learn about advanced signal processing methods and technologies and their applications including multi-rate filtering and filter banks, signal transforms, random signals, adaptive filtering and array signal processing.

Semiconductor Materials

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the physical, structural, optical, electronic properties of semiconductor materials used in modern electronic devices.

Principles of Semiconductor Device Technology

This course aims to give students an understanding of semiconductor properties and processing, crystal and semiconductor growth, characterization and device modelling.

Packaging and Reliability of Microsystems

You’ll be introduced to the methods used to fabricate microsystems from electronic, opto-electronic and micro-electromechanical (MEMS) devices. You’ll also gain an understanding of the reliability and failure mechanisms in the devices and resulting microsystems.

Nanoscale Electronic Devices

This module provides students with an understanding of the science and technology which underpins modern nanoscale electronic devices.

Energy Efficient Semiconductor Devices

You will learn about different approaches to reducing the power consumption of electrical and photonic devices and systems, as well as the use of semiconductor detectors in energy efficient devices and systems.

Optical Communication Devices and Systems

In this module you will examine the behaviour of components in a communications system and the impact of system requirements on their design and individual performance.

Computer Vision

You will be introduced to current approaches to computer vision, and taught to use hardware and software tools to solve practical computer vision problems, including detection and recognition tasks.

Electronic Communication Technologies

This module aims to provide students with a range of skills that are required when designing circuits at high frequencies, covering topics such as circuit interference mechanisms and design techniques and circuit layout.

Data Coding Techniques for Communications and Storage

Processing techniques that enable the safe and reliable transmission and storage of data are a key element in nearly all modern communication systems. In this module you’ll learn about data coding techniques required for reliable and secure data transmission and storage

Principles of Communications

You’ll cover the theory and techniques used by a wide range of communication systems, particularly the most recent digital and cryptographic systems, gaining an understanding of the structure of modern communication systems and the relevant issues at each stage in the system.

Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems

This module provides an understanding of electromagnetic theory for use in antenna analysis.

Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols

This module examines the specifications of present and future mobile communication systems, including the antenna designs required, commonly used protocols, cell sizes, and future issues such as satellite communication capability and health issues.

System Design

To learn the basics of structured approach to design of complex systems, you’ll undertake a design project using state of the art design tools to create error free design structures.

Broadband Wireless Techniques

This module will give an understanding of the most up to date communication techniques used in the design and operation of broadband wireless systems.

Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols

The aim of this module is to give an understanding of packet switching protocols and how they can be used to achieve reliable data delivery in wireless communication systems.

Major research project

Opportunities exist for dissertation studies to be carried out in collaboration with other university research centres or with industrial organisations. Examples of previous research projects include:

  • Design oriented analysis of future aircraft electrical power systems
  • Prediction of motor control signals
  • Optical scissors technique for photolithography applications
  • Design, build and measurements of an optoelectronic device measurement system
  • PWM closed loop speed control of a brushless DC motor

This degree is 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 for student entry up to and including September 2016. The department is being visited by the IET in December 2016 for the purposes of re-accreditation for student entry from September 2017 onwards (this happens every 5 years).

Is this course right for you?

This course is designed for students with a 2:1 honours degree from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification.

Your background may be in electronic or electrical engineering or any discipline involving significant mathematical competence, including physics, maths and other branches of engineering.

Students holding a lower second class or an equivalent degree, and those with industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Students must have an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Dr Nathan Porter, MSc Admissions and Course Support Assistant.

Employability

The Department has large industrial contracts with several industries. The skills you will gain will be of use for a range of employers as well as providing an ideal background for PhD research.

Our graduates work across the globe in a variety of roles including:

  • Digital signal processing engineer
  • Telecoms technician
  • Product and test engineer
  • Research associate

Employers include Airbus, ARUP, Ericsson Communications, Intel Asia Pacific, Rolls Royce, Shanghai Automotive Industry Company and Siemens Energy.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.