Taught course

Electronic Engineering

University of Essex · School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent, with at least 50% computer science content but professional or industrial experience may be taken into account. There are no formal mathematical prerequisites but courses require the exercise of abstract thought, and some modules use a range of mathematical concepts drawn, for example, from set theory and predicate logic, which are taught as necessary.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Electronic Engineering enables you to acquire the essential knowledge, skills, competency, and critical awareness necessary for a rewarding career in the electronics industry. We prepare you for a career in analogue and digital circuit design, an area with a major skills shortage worldwide (particularly in the UK). The content of our course is far-reaching and includes theory, practice, simulation and realisation underpinned by our 40 years of expertise in electronics and telecommunications.

Our MSc Electronic Engineering is modular with compulsory, as well as optional, modules allowing you to tailor your qualification according to your interests within the discipline. We bring together our teaching, research and industrial contacts to form a vocational offering with enhanced postgraduate employability. You will be equipped with skills in: analogue design, digital design, signal processing, CAD, time domain analysis, frequency domain analysis, IC design, PCB manufacture, fault analysis, electronic device principles, embedded processing, and DSPs and fast prototyping.

All of your acquired knowledge culminates in a project which sees the design, simulation, construction, testing and manufacture of a complex electronic system aimed at the industrial or consumer markets. There are career opportunities for well-qualified electronics design engineers in the avionics, automotive, entertainment and consumer product markets, and within companies such as Siemens, Fujitsu, Sony, Toshiba, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Sharp, Cannon, Acer, Levono, Hitachi, Epson, Philips, Nikon, Pioneer, TCL, JVC etc, all of whom are searching for competent designers. A number of careers are also available through local SMEs, geographically close to Essex, who account for a significant proportion of the workforce, both in the UK and on the continent.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Dissertation40 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719