Electronic Engineering (by short course) MSc – 2024 entry

Key information

  • Part-time: 3-5 years.

Why choose this course

This course has been introduced to comprise elements drawn from our full-time MSc programmes. Its purpose is to encourage you as an industrial professional to continue with your development without necessitating an expensive career break and minimising disruption to your work.

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

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:

  • Machine vision, speech and signal processing
  • Mobile and satellite communication systems
  • Nanotechnology, renewable energy and advanced electronics
  • Radio frequency engineering
  • Space engineering.

Notably, the Department is home to the 5G/6G Innovation Centre and Surrey Ion Beam Centre, and founded the Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

Professional recognition

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

International students travelling to the UK

Due to the module structure of this programme, we are unable to provide sponsorship on the Student Route. International students should make use of the Visitor Visa Route to attend the practical component of the programme. Further details can be found on our apply for a visa page

Unfortunately, the University cannot guarantee that Visitor Visa applications will be successful, and a refusal may result in students being unable to successfully complete the programme.

Academic year structure

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 via short courses you’ll need to gain 120 credits. These are awarded by attending seven to eight, one-week courses and successfully passing assessment for the corresponding eight modules.

In addition to this, you’ll also complete a project that’s awarded 60 credits. It’s also possible for you to undertake your project in the context of your day job, which not only helps to manage time between work and study but can facilitate direct transfer of knowledge from what you’ve learned into the work you carry out.

You must complete a minimum of two modules a year and undertake the necessary distance learning before completing your subsequent assessments. A separate handbook on the MSc Electronic Engineering via short courses will be provided once your registration has been accepted. This includes guidance on forming a study plan.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Eight modules are required to be taken. Note that a maximum of two modules at Level 6 may be chosen. The modules and their level are listed with links to the full module descriptions. The modules are delivered via a short course that normally has a different name as shown in the extra information column. For a list of forthcoming short courses please visit the short course calendar.

Module titleLevelSemesterExtra information
Advanced 5G Wireless TechnologiesLevel 72Delivered via the 5G Communications and Technologies short course.
Antennas and PropagationLevel 72Delivered via the Antennas and Propagation short course.
Data and Internet NetworkingLevel 62Delivered via the IP Networking Protocols and Technologies short course.
Fundamentals of Digital Signal ProcessingLevel 71 
Fundamentals of Mobile CommunicationsLevel 71 
Internet of ThingsLevel 71Delivered via the Internet of Things: Communications, Networking and Data Analysis short course.
Microwave Design TechniquesLevel 72Runs typically every two years via the Microwave Circuits and Systems short course.
RF and Microwave FundamentalsLevel 61Delivered via the RF Circuit and Systems Design short course **DL.
RF Systems and Circuit DesignLevel 71Delivered via the RF Circuit and Systems Design short course **DL.
Satellite Communications SLevel 71Delivered via the Satellite Communications short course.
Satellite Remote SensingLevel 71Delivered via the Radar and Remote Sensing short course.
Space System DesignLevel 61Delivered via the Spacecraft Systems Design short course.
60 Credit Standard ProjectLevel 7Cross yearUndertaken towards the end of the course.

**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.

Programme leader

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Dr Tim Brown

Senior Lecturer in RF Antennas and Propagation

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, computer engineering, electronic and computer engineering, mathematics, physics or telecommunication engineering, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

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Exceptionally, other qualifications, combined with evidence of relevant employment, can be taken into account in lieu of a UK honours degree or relevant 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. Please contact Barbara Steel on b.steel@surrey.ac.uk to discuss further. 

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other element.

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

Registration is currently free of administrative charges. A charge will be made for attending the short course corresponding to a module, which are the following:

IET members: £1,750

Non-IET members: £1,850

Standard rate: £1,950 (for all bookings made within one month of the course start date)

Early bird rate: £1,700 for online MSc short courses where available.

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.

Additional costs

Books/stationery: Costs may be incurred associated with the purchase of writing paper and associated stationery.

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 via short courses.


Please email our Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel at b.steel@surrey.ac.uk to get the form for this course. Do not use the link to the part-time/full-time MSc application form as there is one specific to the Electronic Engineering (by short course) MSc.

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.

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.

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.

Overseas students

Note that this course consists of one-week short courses taken over a period of two to five years. Typically, two to three courses are taken each year.

This programme is not continuous. 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’s no guarantee that a visa would be granted.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to follow our policies and procedures, student regulations, and terms and conditions.

We provide these terms and conditions in two stages:

  • First when we make an offer.
  • Second when students accept their offer and register to study with us (registration terms and conditions will vary depending on your course and academic year).

View our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide on what to expect.


This online prospectus has been published in advance of the academic year to which it applies.

Whilst we have done everything possible to ensure this information is accurate, some changes may happen between publishing and the start of the course.

It is important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read our full disclaimer.

Contact details

For further information, please contact:

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

Course location

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