MSc Electronic Engineering via short courses

This course has been introduced to comprise elements drawn from the full-time MSc courses. The purpose of this course is to encourage those working in industry to continue with their professional development without necessitating an expensive career break and minimising disruption to their work.

The modular approach means that you can choose your own pace of study to fit in with your work commitments.

About us

We sit within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences which promotes excellence in research and education across a wide range of topics. Our Department has a worldwide reputation in several research areas including:

  • Mobile and satellite communication systems
  • Space engineering
  • Machine vision, speech and signal processing
  • Ion beam applications
  • Nanotechnology.

Notably, the department is home to the 5G Innovation Centre, Surrey Ion Beam Centre and founder of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

Overseas students

Note that this course consists of one-week short courses taken over a period of two to four years whereby typically two to three courses are taken each year. This course is not continuous and therefore at the present time the UK border rules require that you apply for one or two short term study visas each year for periods within which you will attend a course or examination for a module. Even if the University makes an unconditional offer, there is no guarantee that a visa would be granted.

How to gain your masters degree

We award credits which are assessed by a written examination and additionally by coursework in the case of some modules. Each module is worth 15 credits and to obtain an MSc Electronic Engineering you need to gain 120 credits which are awarded for successful completion of seven to eight courses. In addition to this, our students also undertake a project that is awarded 60 credits.

You must undertake a minimum of two modules a year. There is a separate handbook on the MSc Electronic Engineering via short courses that is given out once you have had your registration accepted.

How long will it take me

The maximum amount of time allocated for you to complete the course is five years, though normally students complete within four years from registration. Extensions to registration are possible where extenuating circumstances occur.

Complete a project

After you have completed the modules you will undertake a project. The project will follow the same requirements as for a standard masters course. Projects can only be submitted for assessment once 120 credits have been achieved through successful completion of the short course exams. You may, however, work on your project while studying for modules if you wish to, although we do suggest that the project is started after at least six modules are completed.

The project is intended to occupy approximately 75 working days (or 600 hours), of which at least 10 days should be invested in planning and preparation for the interim assessment.

You may carry out a project within your company to a schedule agreed by the company project supervisor, the University project supervisor and the student. Where a project is not possible to take within your company, you can be supervised on a project directly with an academic at the University.

The modules you can take

Modules currently available as part of this MSc Electronic Engineering via short courses are listed below, where eight modules are required to be taken. Note that a maximum of two modules at level six may be chosen.

Module Level Extra information
5G Communications and Technologies Level 7  
Antennas and Propagation Level 7  
Fundamentals of Mobile Communication Systems Level 7 Runs on an occasional basis
Microwave Engineering Level 7 Running in 2020
Radar and Remote Sensing Level 7  
*RF Circuits and Systems **DL Level 7  
Satellite Communications Level 7  
Internet of Things Level 7  
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies Level 6  
Spacecraft Systems Design Level 6  

* The RF Circuit and Systems course includes two modules: RF and Microwave Fundamentals at level six and RF Circuit and Systems Design at level seven.

**DL - This course is supplemented with a three month Distance Learning Programme comprising extra course material, tutorials, working through past exam papers and liaison with a tutor.

Process for passing a module

Coursework and examinations

Examinations are currently taken at the same time of the year as that for the full-time MSc students in January and June, and are taken in the UK, which requires overseas students to travel here. Usually, four weeks notice is given of the exam date from the Examinations Office.

If you fail a module, you will be required to undertake a re-assessment the following August in any given year.

Where coursework is undertaken as part of the assessment of a module, the specification of the coursework is set immediately after the course has ended and a deadline is informed. Late submissions will result in penalties in marking.

Pass marks

  • The pass mark for a level seven module is 50 per cent. Students who obtain a mark of 40 per cent to 49 per cent may be compensated
  • The pass mark for a level six module is 40 per cent. Students who obtain a mark of 30 per cent to 39 per cent may be compensated.

One module only can be compensated at either level after re-assessment.

Students must also have an overall average above 55 per cent for all eight modules when completed in order to allow compensation.

If you fail an exam

If you fail an exam you will have the opportunity to resit. If this exam is failed on the resit then there is no further opportunity to take this exam and it will result in failing to qualify for the degree. The maximum pass mark after re-assessment is capped at 50 per cent for level seven modules and 40 per cent for level six modules.

Postgraduate certificates

An exit award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Electronic Engineering is awarded to students whose studies terminate but successfully complete a minimum of four modules. You will need to have a 50 per cent average mark to get this.

Additional credits and distance learning

You can opt to undertake additional exam work for the short course in RF Circuits and Systems which doubles the number of credits available from the short course. The student will be given extra course notes or, in the case of RF Circuits and Systems a three month distance learning course and will need to complete all exams and assignments (if applicable) for these courses. There is an additional charge, currently £500, for undertaking the Distance Learning Module on this course. Some other courses are supplemented by extra study material on the University’s Distance Learning System, “SurreyLearn” and should be studied in addition to the course material provided during the five day short course.

Sign up for the course

How to register

Candidates should formally apply to the programme through the University’s online application portal, which you can gain access to by emailing our Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel. This form is processed by the Admissions Team in the University Faculty Postgraduate Admissions Office and Registry and, if satisfactory, a formal offer will be made.

Depending on when you sign up, the date of registration will be backdated to the start of the nearest quarter, i.e. January, April, July or October.

How much will it cost

Registration is currently free. A charge per module will be made for attending the module, which are the following:

  • IET members: £1650
  • Non-IET members: £1750
  • Standard rate: £1900 (for all bookings made within one month of the course start date).

It is possible for a company to pre-pay for modules within the academic year. Please note that a degree cannot be awarded unless all outstanding monies have been paid, including the cost of the project.

Project fees

A charge will be levied for the administration and supervision of the project which counts for up to 60 credits towards the standard MSc. The cost of this will be advised at the project stage by the Continuing Education Office. Please note that the charges for overseas delegates may differ from that charged to UK students. Our office has further information on this. Get further details of the modules available vis short courses.

Entry requirements

A first degree with a minimum of 2:2 is usually necessary in order to register for an MSc. Exceptionally, other qualifications, combined with evidence of relevant employment, can be taken into account in lieu of a first degree. The University has to be satisfied that the candidate is suitable for an MSc, particularly with regards to the level of mathematics required, and a candidate may be called for an informal interview.

Supporting evidence for an application includes:

  • Evidence of degrees or HNCs/HNDs claimed
  • Two referees
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s company
  • Evidence of previous experience.

The University reserves the right to refuse an application if it is felt that the student will have problems attaining the academic standards required for the MSc.

In the case of applications from overseas – evidence of an English Language qualification (IELTS) will be necessary. The minimum score requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other element.

Get in contact

For further information, please contact:

Professional Development Manager
Barbara Steel
Email: b.steel@surrey.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1483 686040.

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University of Surrey
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Surrey
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