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Engineering (Electronics) MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): January 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time / Two years full-time with one year placement / Two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Combining computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and management, the course enables students to develop imaginative and innovative design solutions, enterprise, leadership and interpersonal skills.

This Engineering (Electronics) postgraduate degree will furnish graduates with a greater understanding of imaging and display technology and smart mathematical techniques for engineering design and optimisation. The course emphasises the importance of independent learning, problem solving and self-organisation.

  • One year paid work experience option available.
  • In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 80% of NTU's Computer Science and Informatics submission was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

What you’ll study

You will study six core modules and pick one optional module from three choices.

Core modules:

Digital Control (20 cp)

This module introduces key techniques for practical digital control systems and process control including processing of digital signals. By means case studies, the students will develop knowledge and understanding of object-oriented 4th-generation programming as applied to digital control.

Embedded Systems  (20 cp)

This module introduces the theory and practice of embedded engineering including performance, limitations, and benefits of micro-controllers and other embedded controller systems. Through the use of a small scale development project on an embedded device, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the communications and integration capabilities of embedded devices.

Wireless Communications (20 cp)

This module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of wireless communication technologies, practical constraints and their applications to simulated and / or practical implementation scenarios. Case studies will include examples of advanced topics in wireless communications.

Group Design Project (20 cp)

During this module, you will focus mainly on the technical aspects of developing a cross-disciplinary group design project. The set projects will be taken from areas of advancing technology.

Major Project (60 cp)

You will apply your understanding of research processes and methodologies to develop and integrate knowledge focusing on a specialist Engineering topic.

Research Methods (20 cp)

This module develops your understanding of research design and methodology. As well as being introduced to the School’s research facilities, you will develop the skills necessary for research and for writing a project definition document.

Optional modules:

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management (20 cp)

You will develop your appreciation of entrepreneurship and leadership, and their role in economic development, project management and entrepreneurial business success. You will learn the tools and methodologies for effective project management.

Global Business Management (20 cp)

This module includes global business enterprises, global supply chain management, international marketing and the strategic importance of integrated marketing, design, finance, manufacturing and distribution.

Software Engineering 1 (20 cp)

This module allows non-computing graduates to learn the methodologies for the analysis and design of procedural and object-orientated software systems. You will develop skills in procedural programming and the production of software solutions to problems.

How you’re taught

The postgraduate academic year is divided into three terms: term one has 10 weeks where you will study 40 credits; term two has 20 weeks where you will study 80 credits; and term three has 15 weeks. Those students who wish to continue on to the MSc will study 60 credits in term three.

The first two terms are spent studying the taught modules and the last term, pursuing an individual major project.

Study hours

Contact hours for a 20 cp modules are typically around 50 hours, with a further 150 hours expected from you for directed and independent study.

Assessment

Global Business Management is assessed by a combination of both coursework and examination.  All other modules are assessed by coursework, case studies and projects.

Contact hours

Lectures / seminars / workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Research informed teaching

By daring to think differently our research is tackling real-world issues. The subjects you will study with us are informed by our research so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 80% of NTU's Computer Science and Informatics submission was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

How you’re assessed

Coursework (100%)

Careers and employability

Not only will you have enviable transferable skills at the end of this course, but you will also be perfectly placed to enter a range of careers in the industrial or engineering sectors.

The industry-focused nature of this course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. Nottingham Trent graduates are widely respected amongst employers and our Computing and Technology students are perceived as having the competitive edge due to the hands-on approach of our teaching.

Placement opportunities

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

The school of Science and Technology will work closely with you to help find a placement and strengthen your CV and interview techniques. You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement and submit your placement report, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice.

Please note that placements are not guaranteed and the process is competitive through an application and interview process.

If you take the sandwich route, you will take a one-year work placement after the first three terms before returning to NTU the following year to start your research project.

Our recent students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including Active Plan Consulting, Suman Chemical Industries and Techplus Solutions. They secured varied roles such as Software Engineer, Cloud Operations Officer and Business Analyst.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From conservation management to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Based at the Clifton Campus, Computing and Technology students use our high-specification electronic and communication laboratories. More about our world-class facilities can be found here.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a related discipline such as electronics, electrical, physics or engineering subjects
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need:

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a related discipline such as electronics, electrical, physics or engineering subjects
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Course fees for January 2022 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,500£15,500
Full-time with placement year£8,500 + £1,385£15,500 + £1,385
Part-time£4,250£7,750*

Course fees for September 2022 and January 2023 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,800£15,850
Full-time with placement year£8,800 + £1,385£15,850 + £1,385
Part-time£4,400£7,925*

*For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for January 2022 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,500£15,500
Full-time with placement year£8,500 + £1,385£15,500 + £1,385
Part-time£4,250£7,750*

Course fees for September 2022 and January 2023 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,800£15,850
Full-time with placement year£8,800 + £1,385£15,850 + £1,385
Part-time£4,400£7,925*

*For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 ENTRY. YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR ENTRY IN JANUARY OR SEPTEMBER 2023.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 ENTRY. YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR ENTRY IN JANUARY OR SEPTEMBER 2023.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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