Research course

Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirements are a first degree of at least good UK upper second-class Honours standard, an appropriate standard of English and adequate financial support. The requirements also allow for entry based on comparable ability, as indicated by a good UK MSc performance or a lower first degree performance plus substantial relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year EPSRC-sponsored programme is primarily intended for candidates who wish to pursue a career in research, and provides training in research skills appropriate for both industrial and academic careers.
One-third of your time is spent on coursework and professional and research skills. The remaining time is devoted to a research project.

The MRes course consists of 180 credits. 60 of these credits are from taught modules and the remaining 120 is by a comprehensive research project. The list shows the modules available, and the student is expected to choose appropriate modules to make up 60 credits. The modules chosen are usually aligned with the topic of the project.
The School's website has a large section on research, and prospective students are invited to look at this for topics for the project. Although this website shows many research topics in the School, MRes projects are not limited to these areas.
Compulsory Modules
  • Individual Project 120 credits
Option Modules
Select Modules to a total of 60 credits
  • Digital Communications - 20 or 30 credits
  • Advanced Digital Design - 20 or 30 credits
  • Multimodal Interaction - 20 or 30 credits
  • Medical Information Systems - 10 credits
  • Intelligent Systems - 10 credits
  • Diffusion and Deployment of Technology - 10 credits
  • Electrical Energy Conversion Systems - 10 credits
  • Antennas and Electromagnetics - 10 or 20 credits
  • Small Embedded Systems - 20 credits
  • Computer and Communications Networks - 10 or 20 credits
  • User Models and Models of Human Performance - 20 credits
  • Digital Signal Processing - 20 credits
  • Satellite and Cellular Radio Systems - 10 or 20 credits
  • Optical Communications - 10 or 20 credits
  • Radiowave Propagation - 10 or 20 credits
  • Radio Frequency Sensors and Systems - 10 or 20 credits
  • Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering - 10 or 20 credits
  • Advanced Interact. 3D Design for Virtual Env. and 3D Serious Games - 20 credits
Note: When there are two entries to the credits then either can be chosen. The lower credit value usually indicates that the module assignment is not done.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005