RF Circuit and Systems Design

Key information

Start date:
01 July 2024
Attendance dates:

01, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 July 2024

Time commitment:
35 hours
Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:


This course has been specifically designed to cover the major elements relevant to engineers working or starting out in the radio frequency (RF) field and should provide you with the expertise required to excel in this chosen field.

By joining some of the foremost experts in the field of RF engineering, you will quickly be given the tools to get to grips with the major aspects of RF circuit and system design. You will obtain an understanding of the technologies behind transmitter and receiver design including small signal RF amplifiers, synthesisers and PA design.

Important: Places on this course are now limited and we are about to start a waiting list. Please contact Barbara Steel on b.steel@surrey.ac.uk to find out if places are available. 

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for delegates wishing to consolidate and upgrade their RF knowledge to improve their effectiveness in implementing and using RF systems in the radio industry.

Good and comprehensive notes, enthusiastic lecturers… Would definitely recommend it to my colleagues at the same level for the purpose of learning and senior ones for refreshing… Excellent facilities, food, administration and parking… Lectures were passionate and informative.

Comment from previous student

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to apply RF systems and circuit design concepts in existing and future radio technologies, including use of S-parameters and the decibel scale
  • Be able to design and analyse circuits containing active non-linear components most commonly used in active RF devices
  • Understand how to use and apply data measured with RF test and measurement equipment including network analysers and spectrum analysers
  • Recognise commonly used active RF devices and know how to integrate them into systems
  • Apply circuit design theory within a computer simulation environment.

Course content

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Computer based laboratory sessions.


There is no assessment for those who take this as an individual short course.

Course leader

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Dr Tim Brown

Senior Lecturer in RF Antennas and Propagation

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites required to do this course.

Recognition of prior learning

The format of the course is such that even those with only a rudimentary understanding of the topic will quickly be brought up to speed.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


Non IET members: Early bird rate*


IET members: Early bird rate*


For all bookings made after 1 June 2024

£1800 per person for bookings of 2 or more from the same company

* Early bird rate available up to one month before the course start date

What these fees include

  1. Lunch, refreshments and course notes which will be provided on Dropbox or similar format.

How to apply

If you are interested in attending this course, then please email Barbara Steel at b.steel@surrey.ac.uk to register your interest.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood our privacy notice.

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040.
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.
  • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.
  • Proof of payment.
  • Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may 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 a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Barbara Steel Faculty Continuing Education Manager

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH