Electronic Engineering (by short course) MSc
- Part-time: 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.
Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.
MSc - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
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.
Academic year structure
We award credits. These 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.
Typically, you’ll start your project either after completing all eight modules or whilst you’re completing your two remaining modules. We recommend not starting this until at least six modules have been completed. The project will follow the same requirements as for a standard masters course.
The project is intended to occupy approximately 75 working days (or 600 hours), of which at least 15 days would be typically spent writing up an interim report halfway through and eventually a dissertation.
You may carry out a project within your company to a schedule agreed by the company project supervisor, the university project supervisor and yourself. Where a project isn’t possible to take within your company, you can be supervised on a project directly with an academic at the University.
Read further details about the requirements for a 60 Credit Standard Project for an MSc programme.
Examinations are currently taken at the same time of the year as that for the full-time MSc students in January and May/June. These are taken in the UK, which means if you’re an overseas student, you’ll be required 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.
- 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.
You must also achieve overall weighted average above 55 per cent for all eight modules as well as the project to allow compensation.
If you fail an exam, you’ll have the opportunity to resit. If this exam is failed on the resit, 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.
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 where at least three are at level seven.
You can opt to undertake additional study beyond the short course in RF Circuit and Systems Design, 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 Circuit and Systems Design, a three-month distance learning course. You’ll need to complete all assessments for the two modules corresponding to these courses.
There’s 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.
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. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
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.
**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.
A first degree with a minimum of 2:2 is required to register for an MSc.
The degree can be in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Telecommunication Engineering.
Exceptionally, other qualifications, combined with evidence of relevant employment, can be taken into account in lieu of a first 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.
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.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we 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.
There are associated costs with this course:
- 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.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Please email our Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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