Wireless and Microwave Communication Engineering (MSc)

This degree aims to produce postgraduate specialists with essential expertise in electronic and microwave engineering, and develop an awareness of the rapidly growing application space for these technologies.

This course aims to provide you with key, advanced level knowledge and skills that will allow you to succeed in the rapidly growing wireless and microwave communication industry. You will also develop research skills and other related abilities, enhancing your general engineering competency, employability, and providing you with an excellent platform for career development, whether that be within industry or academic research.

More specifically, the programme aims to:

  • Develop expertise in new and evolving areas of microwave engineering including mobile communications and medical applications of microwaves.
  • Focus on areas including advanced computer aided design (CAD), measurement and characterisation and communication systems engineering.
  • Cover laboratory work and advanced engineering management alongside modules in radio frequency engineering, advanced fabrication and test, advanced communication systems and non-linear RF design and concepts.
  • Provide you with expertise in the areas of micro and nano-technology and optoelectronics.

Distinctive features

 The distinctive features of this course include:

  • The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution, taught by staff in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ranked 7th in the UK for research and 1st in the UK for the research impact.
  • The opportunity to work in modern facilities and commensurate with a top-class research university.
  • The participation of research-active staff in programme design and delivery.
  • MSc teaching complemented by guest lectures given by industrial professionals.
  • Formal accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
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Admissions criteria

An upper 2nd class honours degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a similar field from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a good 2:2 or equivalent, or relevant industrial experience, we will give your application individual consideration.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass IELTS exams. Minimum requirements are an IELTS score of 6.5.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

The course is presented as a one-year full time Masters level programme, and is also available as a part-time scheme run over two years. The programme is presented in two stages: In Part 1 students follow two semesters of taught modules to the value of 120 credits. Part 2 consists of a Dissertation or research project module worth 60 credits.     

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching styles are used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. You will attend lectures and take part in lab and tutorial based study during the Autumn and Spring semesters. During the summer you will undertake an individual research project.

At the beginning of Stage 2, you will be allocated a project supervisor. Dissertation topics are normally chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff in consultation with industrial partners, usually in areas of current research or industrial interest. You will also be encouraged to put forward your own project ideas.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor to assist you with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. For the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research, whom you should expect to meet with regularly.

Feedback

You will receive written feedback for written coursework assignments and oral feedback for assessed presentations. 
 

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through examinations, written coursework, and a final individual project report.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January and May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and elements of coursework.

What skills will I practise and develop?

On completing the course you will have developed key skills which can be applied to a variety of industrial and academic working environments. You will have gained learning skills including:

  • Understanding of the application of Wireless and Microwave Communication Engineering to the design, implementation and management of systems that are able to collect, manipulate, interpret, synthesise, present and report data.
  • The ability to select an appropriate IT-based system development tool for a given task. Examples of applicable tools include those deployed within current research into  microwave and radio frequency systems, electro-magnetic applications, communication systems and software engineering.
  • The ability to undertake detailed device level design and characterisation of communications system components based upon an in-depth understanding of the major issues surrounding architecture and structures.
  • An appreciation of the stages involved in a the realisation of a key wireless microwave communications sub-system - including characterisation and measurement, modelling, computer aided design, optimisation, fabrication and test.
  • An understanding of the hardware and software infrastructures used in the development of computer networks - including an appreciation of relevant industry standards and the use of current software tools associated with the widening role of internet-based communication.
  • The ability to communicate your own ideas, research findings, underlying principles and theories effectively by oral, written and practical means.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and as an individual.

Career prospects are generally excellent with graduating students following paths either into research or related industry.

If you are interested in working in industry, many of our graduating MSc students achieve excellent employment opportunities in organisations including Infineon, Huawei, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Vodafone and International Rectifier.

In terms of research, Cardiff University has many electrical, electronic and microwave related research areas that require PhD students, and this MSc will provide you with an excellent platform if this is your chosen career path.

 

Tuition fees

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed for this course.