Microwave Circuits and Systems

This course provides an introduction to the essential principles of radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineering, giving particular attention to printed circuits and guided wave transmission.


University of Surrey


Mon 24 - Fri 28 February 2020

Number of days

Five weekdays

Hours of study

9am - 6:30pm

Course overview

To supplement the theory covered in lectures, there will be invited presentations from industry that will put the theory into the context of current industrial practice. Practical and simulated laboratory sessions are also included in the course to supplement the lectures.

Who is this course for?

This can be a stand-alone course that will require only a minimum level of previous RF knowledge though some grounding in mathematics including matrix algebra, parabolic equations and some calculus will be desirable.

Course details

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

Full information on these sessions is below within course content.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Microstrip transmission lines and stub matching I

Dr P Aaen

Waveguides I

Dr T Brown

Microwave antennas

Dr T Brown

Microwave amplifiers

Dr P Aaen

Millimetre wave propagation

Dr T Brown

10:30am-11am Break Break Break Break Break

Microstrip transmission lines and stub matching II

Dr P Aaen

Waveguides II

Dr T Brown​​​​​​​

Microwave semiconductors

Dr R Davis​​​​​​​

Multiphysics microwave simulation and characterisation

Dr P Aaen

High-frequency MCMs

Q Reynolds​​​​​​​

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Printed microwave components

Dr P Aaen

Microwave measurements I

N Ridler


Dr R Davis​​​​​​​

Microwave oscillator concepts I

Prof M Underhill​​​​​​​


Dr T Brown and Dr P Aaen​​​​​​​

3pm - 3:30pm Break Break Break Break Break

Microwave transmission

Dr T Brown​​​​​​​

Microwave measurements II

N Ridler

PIN diodes and phase shifters

Dr P Aaen

Microwave oscillator concepts II

Prof M Underhill

5pm - 6:30pm including break

Lab work

ADS microstrip design

Dr P Aaen

Lab work

Waveguide demonstrator

Dr T Brown​​​​​​​

Lab work

CST antenna lab

Prof M Underhill

History of high power devices and magnetrons
(6pm finish)
6:45pm       Complementary course dinner at the Rum Wong Thai Restaurant  


Microstrip transmission lines and stub matching I and II – Dr Peter Aaen
9am - 12:30pm (break included)

Microstrip line design, Reflection coefficient, S-parameters, Smith Chart, Stub matching.

Printed microwave components – Dr Peter Aaen
1:30pm - 3pm

Quarter Wave Matching Circuit, transformers, Wilkinson combiners, Couplers (Hybrid, Rat-race, directional, Lange), Circulators

Microwave transmission – Dr Tim Brown
3:30pm - 5pm

Propagation of electromagnetic waves through material including propagation constant, wave number, attenuation constant dielectric constant and loss tangent. Types of transmission lines, phase velocity, group delay, dispersion. Brief overview of Maxwell’s equations, boundary conditions and skin depth.


Waveguides I and II – Dr Tim Brown
9am - 12:30pm (break included)

Principles of propagation in rectangular and circular waveguides. Phase velocity and group delay in waveguides, cut off frequencies. Evanescent modes, waveguide modes. Applications of waveguides.

Microwave measurements I and II – Nick Ridler
1:30pm - 5pm (break included)

Measurement of: Impedance, Power, Attenuation, Noise / Mismatch corrections / Accuracy and Uncertainty / Vector Network Analyser (VNA) Basics / Cables and Connectors / Calibration Methods / Calibration in Coaxial line / Calibration on-wafer / Extended VNA practical session – calibration; measurement; verification.


Microwave antennas – Dr Tim Brown
9am - 10:30am

Basics of antenna theory: directivity, gain, impedance and effective area. Types of microwave antenna: horn antennas and planar antennas.

Microwave semiconductors – Dr Rob Davis
11am - 12:30pm

Doping, semiconductor transport, comparison of key semiconductor properties, the p-n junction, band diagrams, the Schottky diode,  MESFET and HEMTs, bipolar transistors,  device characteristics, frequency response and equivalent circuits, Enhancement and Depletion mode FET integration, Bipolar and FET integration. Wideband gap materials and devices: SiC and GaN. Device Limitations: Noise, linearity and dynamic effects.

MMICs – Dr Rob Davis
1:30pm - 3pm

Introduction to Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs), examples of typical applications, overview of process technology, device modelling, Process Design Kits, designing your components, thermal design, using a foundry, process control and wafer acceptance.

PIN diodes and phase shifters – Dr Peter Aaen
3:30pm - 5pm

Operation of PIN diodes and switch circuits. Switched and loaded line phase shifters, reflection type phase shifters.


Microwave amplifiers – Dr Peter Aaen
9am - 10:30am

Microwave FETs, relative merits of FETs and BJTs. Device and circuit linearity, harmonic and intermodulation distortion, concept of 3rd order intercept.

Microwave oscillator concepts I and II – Prof Mike Underhill
1:30pm - 5pm

High frequency transistors and oscillator design. Phase noise characteristics. Oscillations using IMPATT and Gunn diodes.

History of high power devices and magnetrons – Dr Peter Aaen
5pm - 6pm

Tubes, Travelling wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs), Klystrons. Structure and operational principles of the magnetron.


Millimetre wave propagation – Dr Tim Brown
9am - 10:30am

Fundamentals of Propagation, propagation issues at microwave bands. Applications in packet microwave wireless backhauls.

High frequency MCMs – Quentin Reynolds
11am - 12:30pm

Definition of multi-chip modules (MCMs). Advantages, properties and types of MCM. Filter design examples. Assembly techniques, wire bonding and flip chip. Costing issues.


Price per person includes lunch, refreshments and course notes which will be provided on USB sticks and on Dropbox:

Non IET members

£1,950 Standard Rate

£1,850 Early Bird rate for registrations and payments made before 4 February 2020

IET Members (proof of membership needed)

£1,950 Standard Rate

£1,750 Early Bird rate for registrations and payments made before 4 February 2020

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Payments will be accepted subject to availability. If making payment by credit card, please forward the transaction receipt by email to Barbara Steel.

Mon 24 - Fri 28 Feb 2020

Terms and conditions

  • 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.
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University of Surrey