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 maximum amount of time allocated for you to complete the course is five years, though normally students complete within four years from registration.

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.

Note that this course consists of one-week short courses taken over a period of two to four 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.

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

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.

Entry requirements

A first degree with a minimum of 2:2 is usually necessary 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.

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, which you can gain access to by emailing our Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel at 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.