Taught course

Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering

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

Entry requirements

At least a lower second-class Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Physics, please see website

International students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

Months of entry


Course content

In an increasingly overcrowded electromagnetic spectrum, the efficient and reliable operation of wireless, mobile and satellite communication systems, and of radar and remote sensing systems, relies upon advanced components and subsystems that exploit ongoing developments in technologies such as microfabrication, nanotechnology and high frequency semiconductor devices.

This programme provides training for engineers to become innovators in these rapidly expanding markets. A firm grasp of the fundamentals is established through modules in the foundations of communications engineering and in satellite, cellular and optical fibrte communications, electromagnetics and antennas, propagation, radio frequency and microwave engineering and computer and communications networksprovide advanced knowledge in an aspect of the relevant component technologies.

The programme will help you to develop an ability to interpret user requirements and component specifications, to engineer effective designs within the constraints imposed by the available resources and the fundamental physical limits. The programme provides a theoretical basis from which the design, construction and operation of satellite and cellular radio communications can be understood.

Compulsory modules

  • Introductory Module for Communications
  • Principles of Communication Systems
  • Electromagnetics, Antennas and Propagation
  • RF and Microwave Engineering
  • Individual Project

Cross-Programme Options
(Take one of the following)

  • Satellite, Cellular and Optical Fibre Communications
  • Computer and Communications Networks
  • RF Sensor Systems

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Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. For further information contact the School directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005