(MSc) Master of Science
University of Essex
University of Essex
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Full-time or part-time
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
A 2.2 degree in Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Networks, Telecommunications, Engineering, Automation, Mechatronic Engineering, Mathematics or or Physics.
You must have studied at least one module in signals and systems and one module in mathematics.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment.
External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course.
They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards.
External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.
1. To provide postgraduate training in Electronic Engineering Systems and to produce engineers with an understanding of the design, development, planning and implementation of the electronic systems of the future.
2. To prepare students for careers in advanced research and/or industry by extending their knowledge and skills in a specialised area of electronics, communications and information systems.
3. To enable students to contribute to future developments in their field by providing them with an understanding of recent advances and current research activity.
4. To develop students' ability to make a critical evaluation of the theories, techniques and systems used in their chosen area of specialisation within electronic engineering.
5. To develop research and problem-solving techniques in their chosen area of specialisation.
6. To develop students' ability to undertake research through practical project experience.
Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A: Knowledge and understanding
A1: A comprehensive understanding of the relevant scientific principles of the specialisation.
A2: A critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights most of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the specialisation.
A3: Knowledge and understanding of electronic circuits and systems at an advanced level.
Lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles involved in the majority of the learning outcomes.
Students are also directed to reading from textbooks, academic papers and material available on-line.
Understanding is reinforced by means of exercise classes, discussion groups, laboratories, assignments and project work.
Specialist knowledge is further developed during supervision of the individual dissertation.
Achievement of knowledge outcomes is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations, and also through marked coursework.
An assessment of the understanding of underlying concepts and principles forms part of the overall assessment of the individual dissertation report and oral presentation.
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: Understanding of concepts relevant to the discipline, some from outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively, including in engineering projects.
B2: Ability both to apply appropriate engineering analysis methods for solving complex problems in engineering and to assess their limitations.
B3: Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies.
B4: Knowledge, understanding and skills to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies.
B5: Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations.
B6: Apply engineering design principles to the design of electronic circuits and systems.
The basis for intellectual skills is provided in lectures, and they are developed by means of recommended reading, guided and self directed study, assignments and project work.
Achievement of intellectual skills is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations, and also through marked assignments and project work.
C: Practical skills
C1: Ability to collect and analyse research data and to use appropriate engineering analysis tools in tackling unfamiliar problems, such as those with uncertain or incomplete data or specifications, by the appropriate innovation, use or adaptation of engineering analytical methods.
C2: Advanced level knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components.
C3: A thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments.
C4: Ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints
C5: Ability to design, construct and analyse electronic circuits and systems.
Practical skills are developed in exercise classes, laboratory classes, assignments and project work.
Achievement of practical skills is assessed through marked coursework, project reports, oral presentations and demonstrations of completed systems.
D: Key skills
D1: Ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs.
D2: Awareness of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering.
D3: Awareness that engineers need to take account of the commercial and social contexts in which they operate.
D4: Knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, their limitations, and how these may be applied in the context of the particular specialisation.
D5: Awareness that engineering activities should promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate.
D6: Awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities in the context of the particular specialisation.
D7: Awareness of and ability to make general evaluations of risk issues in the context of the particular specialisation, including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk.
D8: Understanding of different roles within an engineering team and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader.
D9: Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences.
Students learn key skills in research, problem solving, communication and team project work in projects, the Professional Practice and Research Methodology module and the individual dissertation.
Assessment of the key skills is intrinsic to subject based assessment.
The assessment of project work includes specific allocations of credit for project management and the quality of presentations.
An individual's contribution to team projects is determined by means of a submission containing reflective and self-assessment components.
The assessment of the dissertation report includes specific allocation of credit for the quality, extent and relevance of a bibliography, including internet sources.