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Masters/MScRF and Microwave Engineering with Industrial Studies

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Programme structure

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 compulsory modules in the fundamentals of communications, in satellite, cellular and optical fibre communications, electromagnetics, antennas and propagation, radio frequency and microwave engineering and computer and communications networks provide 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.

In addition to the modules taken as part of a standard MSc programme, the with Industrial Studies programme includes an industrial placement module. This provides an opportunity for you to develop ideas for your individual project on a topic related to the interests of the host company. The placement takes place during the summer, following the sessional examinations. After the industrial placement you return to the University to begin an individual project.

To qualify for this degree you must meet the standard requirements for an MSc, obtain and pass an industrial placement. To obtain a placement students must pass the January examinations at the first attempt and be selected by a company. Selection for a placement involves interviews with companies, which are arranged by the School from our extensive network of industrial contacts. The University will provide training in the preparation of a CV, and in interview technique but cannot guarantee a placement. Students who do not meet the requirements for a degree with industrial studies, including those who are unable to secure a placement, will revert to a standard degree programme.

Career opportunities

Examples of employers

Aero Engine Controls
Jaguar Land Rover
Ministry of Defence
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Ernst and Young
Glaxo SmithKline
Talk Talk

Examples of occupations

Electronic Engineer
Applications Engineer
Communications (Electronic) Engineer – Officer
Optimisation Consultant
Manufacturing Engineer
Junior Business Analyst
Test Engineer
Service Specialist
IT Analyst
Development Engineer

Further study – examples of courses

MSc Project Management
MSc Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering
MSc Electronic and Computer Engineering
MSc Physics and Technology
Postgraduate Certificate in Education – teaching
AAT accountancy

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you