Why choose this course
Surrey has an international reputation in forward-thinking areas such as nanotechnology, space engineering, future 5G communications and artificial intelligence. This course offers all the benefits of our standard MSc in Electronic Engineering, but with an additional year to enhance your capability by undertaking professional postgraduate-level research and development.
The course mirrors the two-year masters course that’s common elsewhere in Europe and in the USA and aims to develop your professional skills for industry. It also gives high-performing students the opportunity to find a professional placement or internship, enabling you to boost your CV with industrial work experience in addition to your professional postgraduate year.
What you will study
This two-year MSc in Electronic Engineering is a great choice if you’re interested in gaining further qualifications in advanced technology and related techniques. It enables you to choose from a wide range of stimulating modules offered by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Our course includes an enhanced project where you may have the opportunity to develop publishable or patentable work, as well as training in transferable skills including business awareness and management.
The course will also teach you advanced technical content in the specialised areas of electronic engineering, and your learning will be closely aligned with internationally recognised research conducted in the department.
Our course offers you the chance to gain valuable international experience by conducting research abroad at a European location during the second year. This would involve you spending two semesters at an Erasmus partner institution as you carry out work for your extended dissertation.
Our course complies with the structure defined by the Bologna Agreement. As such, it aligns with the masters course formats adhered to in European universities. It allows for student exchanges with our partner universities in the Erasmus Exchange programme.
A number of bilateral partnerships exist with the partner institutions where you can carry out your project. Current partnerships held by the department include the following:
- Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
- University of Prague, Czech Republic
- Universität Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- Universita' degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
Students take charge of an extended project within one of the following research centres during the second year of study in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering:
- Institute for Communication Systems
- Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing
- Surrey Space Centre
- Advanced Technology Institute.
Students complete their project over two semesters together with two coursework-based modules on engineering professional skills.
Study and work abroad
There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
As a graduate of this course, you’ll be highly employable, particularly if you succeed in doing a placement or internship, which can lead to a substantially enhanced CV.
Academic year structure
Our MSc Electronic Engineering with a Professional Postgraduate Year is a two-year course. In the first year, you’ll study eight technical modules. In the second year, you’ll complete an extended project, potentially leading to substantial research contributions, along with two modules on engineering and professional studies to enhance your professional skills.
If you perform well in the first year and are successful in finding a placement, you’ll complete your placement from the end of your first year in the summer vacation period, normally lasting between three and six months. This means that if you do a placement, you’ll start your extended project in Semester 2 and not Semester 1, and complete it later at the end of the summer period in your second year.
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.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 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:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Telecommunication Engineering, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
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.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: October 2021
Full-time (with placement) -
Full-time - 2 years
Start date: February 2022
Full-time (with placement) -
Full-time - 2 years
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time professional postgraduate course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
There are associated costs with this course:
- Books/stationery/admin: Costs may be incurred associated with the purchase of writing paper and associated stationery.
- Commuting (local travel expenses): depending on whether students elect to undergo a placement, students may incur travel, visa and accommodation costs.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.