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Published: 17 October 2013

Department of Electronic Engineering launches new two-year EuroMaster course

Students now have the opportunity to combine a traditional MSc with valuable professional skills and work experience.

Available from September 2013, Surrey’s MSc Electronic Engineering (EuroMaster) programmes offer a unique combination of academic and business-focused teaching. As well as studying cutting-edge techniques and technologies in their chosen specialist area (with content identical to the standard one-year MSc course), students will also be trained in important professional skills such as business management, and get the opportunity to spend three to six months on an industry placement.

The largest department at the University, the Department of Electronic Engineering is at the forefront of global research across a wide range of specialist areas. The taught technical content of the new EuroMaster programmes is closely aligned with research being conducted in the Electronic Engineering Department’s four major research centres: the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR), Centre for Vision, Speech & Signal Processing (CVSSP) and Surrey Space Centre (SSC).

The new MSc EuroMaster also leverages the University of Surrey’s long experience in professional training and its strong links with industry. Having pioneered the concept of integrating work placements into degree courses 40 years ago, Surrey offers a Professional Training placement programme that is admired all over the world.

Professor Josef Kittler, Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering comments: “We are consistently ranked among the best Electronic Engineering departments in the UK, both for our teaching and our internationally-leading research. The new MSc Electronic Engineering (EuroMaster) programmes draw on both our excellent technical teaching and our long-established expertise in professional skills training, giving students an important advantage as they pursue their future careers.”

Students can choose to take the EuroMaster programme in Communications Networks and Software; Medical Imaging; Microwave Engineering and Wireless Sub-systems Design; Mobile Communication Systems; Mobile and Satellite Communications; Multimedia Signal Processing and Communications; Multimedia Technology and Systems; Satellite Communication Engineering; and Signal Processing and Machine Intelligence.

Added to this technical content, all students receive comprehensive training in business skills such as problem solving, understanding customer needs, risk evaluation, quality issues and environmental implications. They may also choose to take a three- to six-month placement in industry during their second year.

The MSc Electronic Engineering (EuroMaster) follows the structure of European university Masters programmes – enabling student exchanges with Surrey’s partner universities in the Erasmus Mundus Exchange programme – and is also similar to the two-year Masters programmes offered in the USA.