Taught course

Electronic Engineering

Durham University · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree (typically equivalent to UK 2:1 Honours) or better in a subject which includes significant electronic engineering content.

Durham University Band E English requirement.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in the vital field of electrical engineering provides you with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience that you can apply to the global challenges of creating sustainable and resilient energy management systems.

Through a combination of theoretical and practical education and using cutting-edge tools and technologies, you will develop valuable engineering insight and apply a range of innovative solutions to help meet challenges in areas such as electricity generation from renewable and conventional sources, energy transmission and distribution and future vehicle technologies.

As well as undertaking taught modules through lectures and seminars, you will develop valuable collaborative working skills by joining with other students to carry out advanced design work, to the appropriate design standards and using complex engineering analysis tools.

You will also have the opportunity to showcase your own capacities for innovation and application by undertaking a major research and development project which will ultimately demonstrate how to address some of the key challenges in electrical engineering.

The MSc in Electrical Engineering gives you a focused engineering perspective on the wide range of issues that exist in the industry and equips you with the ability to help meet these challenges, either by working in industry or by using knowledge and experience in a research function.

Course structure

Core modules:

Research and Development Project offers a stimulating challenge designed to develop your electronic engineering knowledge. With the support of a supervisor, you will identify and apply the specific methods needed to investigate your chosen area of study. You will then create a report of your findings which will include your background data, analysis and your recommendations.

Group Design Project sees your participation in a complex engineering system design task which will develop your knowledge of system design, introduce the concept of interdisciplinary design teams and will enable you to apply the knowledge gained in lectures to a complex engineering problem.

Photonics 4 provides an overview of electromagnetic waves propagation and the underlying Maxwell equations. It will enhance your knowledge and understanding of advanced semiconductor photonic devices including the photon-matter interaction.

Radio and Digital Communications 4 offers an overview and description of pulse analogue modulation schemes. It also explains the principles of digital communication systems and the technical aspects of cellular networks. You will also become familiar with analytical methods of radio propagation.

Advanced Electronics 4 sets out the characteristics of electronic devices at nanometre scale and their principles of operation, and explains the technical and economic constraints for the miniaturisation and design of electronic devices and solutions. You will also become familiar with application-based device design and analysis and acquire the technical knowledge of VLSI/MEMs system in order to understand their functionality and applications.

Advanced Electronics Measurement 4 explains the methods for measuring, characterising and assessing communication systems and semiconducting devices and sets out the working principles of various metrology and characterisation procedures for semiconductor devices and communication systems. You will be introduced to measurement techniques for radio channel characterisation, and wideband propagation models in various frequency bands and become familiar with solid-state device reliability tests and applications.

Communications Networks 4 sets out the challenges that designing communications networks can present. You will develop an understanding of key networking technologies used in modern communication networks and the principles of communications networks design.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Internet of Everything 4
  • Optimisation 4

Environmental Engineering 4

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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