Taught course

Electromagnetic Sensor Networks with Industrial Studies

University of Birmingham · Department of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class Honours degree from a university of high international standing. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.

Months of entry


Course content

Electromagnetic sensor networks is an emerging field that will be at the forefront of economic growth and research in the next decade, helping to create a safer world for all. To design electromagnetic sensor networks, an advanced knowledge of how the electromagnetic properties of sensors can be described mathematically is required.

Typically, sensor networks involve a number of sensors (acoustic, seismic, etc) maintained on communication and processing platforms (nodes). Sensor information can be generated through the analysis of distortion in communication channels between the nodes. These signals enable objects to be recognised, classified and even reconstructed as silhouettes.

The programme provides specialist study in a wide range of topics that are available for study full-time and part-time. Each degree programme provides a coherent stream of study, which can be tailored to individual needs by the selection of appropriate options.

Most of the individual modules are available as short courses for professional engineers who want a course on an unfamiliar topic or to refresh their knowledge.

The course structure is designed to promote a thorough understanding of appropriate material and to encourage independence by means of enquiry-based learning. This is achieved through a series of assignments and a substantial project. Most of the modules are assessed by a combination of an examination and a substantial coursework element. Coursework assignments can be individual or group based.

Students take modules totalling 180 credits from the following lists:

Compulsory modules

  • Introductory Module for Communications
  • Principles of Communication Systems
  • RF Sensors and Systems
  • Individual Project

Cross-Programme Options
(Take two of the following)

  • Computer and Communications Networks
  • RF and Microwave Engineering
  • Electromagnetics Antennas and Propagation

It is possible to contact members of staff at the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering through Skype. This will only be available when the relevant person is in their office. To avoid disappointment it is therefore best to email in advance in order to arrange a good time to call.

Skype contacts for MSc enquiries related to the School of EECE:

MSc Director
David Pycock
E: D.Pycock@bham.ac.uk
Skype ID: UofBEECEMScDirector

Postgraduate Office
M.M. Winkles and S.O. McCauley
E: M.M.Winkles@bham.ac.uk or S.O.McCauley@bham.ac.uk
Skype ID: UofBEECEPGOffice

MSc Admissions
Xiao-Ping Zhang
E: X.P.Zhang@bham.ac.uk
Skype ID: UofBEECEMSCAdmiss

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If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,910 FT
International students
£23,625 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005