The University of Surrey is one of very few institutions with the expertise and facilities to give you hands-on experience in radio frequency and microwave devices, backed and informed by pioneering research in wireless communications, space technology, and advanced gigahertz and terahertz microwave technologies. This programme emphasises radio and microwave communications in 5G and beyond.
Demand is high for skilled radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineers in the communication, space, aerospace, automotive industries among others. On this programme, you’ll learn about a range of modern theories and practical design techniques that are essential knowledge and skills for an RF engineer.
You’ll experience RF systems and circuits across the frequency spectrum, ranging from radio frequency identification (RFID) working at a few megahertz through to mmWave frequencies (at tens of gigahertz), which are relevant to satellite communications and advanced 5G radio. Theoretical concepts established in lectures are complemented by practical implementation in laboratory sessions, with direct experience of industry-standard computer-aided design (CAD) software.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|MSc||Full-time||12 months||Oct 2018|
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.
We provide solid academic support through the taught modules and into the project period. You will be assigned a personal tutor with whom you can discuss both academic and general issues related to the programme. When you move into the project phase of the programme, you will be assigned a project supervisor who you will meet, usually on a weekly basis, to discuss the progress of your project.
The individual taught modules also feature strong academic support, usually through a tutorial programme. All of the RF and microwave modules have tutorial sheets to support the lectures.
Although completing the tutorials is not part of the formal assessment, you have the option of using the tutorials to receive individual feedback on your progress in the modules.
The Department has three world class research centres which involve RF and microwave work: The Institute for Communication Systems (home of the 5G Innovation Centre); the Advanced Technology Institute (owner of the n3m Laboratories) and Surrey Space Centre (founder of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.). All teaching and project supervision is inspired by and delivered out of these research centres.
Highly skilled RF engineers are highly sought after in the industry, so a successful graduate of this course is unlikely to struggle to find employment. Past employers have included Telefonica, Qinetiq and Ericsson.