MSc Electronic Engineering via short courses

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  Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

How to gain your masters degree

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.

The modules you can take

Modules currently available as part of this course are listed below.

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.

MSc Electronic Engineering by short courses.

ModuleLevelExtra information
Advanced 5G Wireless TechnologiesLevel 7Delivered via the 5G Communications and Technologies short course
Antennas and PropagationLevel 7Delivered via the Antennas and Propagation short course
Fundamentals of Mobile CommunicationsLevel 7Runs on an occasional basis delivered via the Fundamentals of Mobile Communications short course
Microwave Design TechniquesLevel 7Runs typically every two years via the Microwave Circuits and Systems short course
Satellite Remote SensingLevel 7Delivered via the Radar and Remote Sensing short course
RF Systems and Circuit Design **DLLevel 7Delivered via the RF Circuit and Systems Design short course 
Satellite Communications SLevel 7Delivered via the Satellite Communications short course
Internet of ThingsLevel 7Delivered via the Internet of Things: Communications, Networking and Data Analysis short course
Data and Internet NetworkingLevel 6Delivered via the IP Networking Protocols and Technologies short course
Space System DesignLevel 6Delivered via the Spacecraft Systems Design short course
*RF and Microwave Fundamentals **DLLevel 6Delivered via the RF Circuit and Systems Design short course

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

Entry requirements

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.

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.

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.

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.


Candidates should formally apply to the programme through the University’s online application portal. 

Do not use the link to the part-time/full-time MSc application form as there is one specific to the MSc via Short Courses. 

Please email our Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel at 

for a copy of the link for the MSc via Short Courses. 

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.

Get in contact

For further information, please contact:

Professional Development Manager
Barbara Steel
Phone: +44 (0)1483 686040.