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Electronic Engineering Summer School

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Our Electronic Engineering Summer School offers advanced undergraduates and recent graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of electronic engineering and gain first-hand experience of laboratory work and industrial application.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

Electronic Engineering will examine cutting-edge application areas such as:

  • Working knowledge of key tools LabVIEW and Keysight's ADS for instrument control and circuit simulation
  • The concepts of Amplitude Modulation and demodulation
  • Time and frequency domains and how to interrogate data in each domain
  • Communication channels and how they impact modulated signals
  • RF power amplifier design and communications
  • Advanced PA optimization for 5G
  • Soldering techniques

You will be able to work with world-leading research and academic staff from in the School of Engineering's high-quality facilities, located in the multi-million-pound Queen’s Buildings complex.

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

July 2021Arrival in Cardiff (pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
 Social event
 Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
 Lecture: What are mobile communications?
Build a freestanding mobile system transmitter tower
Laboratory session
 Lecture: Interdisciplinary uses of microwave sensors and actuators
Lecture: Radio communication, modulation and detection
Laboratory sessions
 Lecture: Mobile base station power amplifiers
Laboratory sessions
 Lecture: Information theory, encoding and networks
Laboratory sessions
 Field trips and free time
 Field trips and free time
 Lecture: The development of active harmonic load-pull and the development of RFPAs
Laboratory sessions
 Industrial site visit
 Lecture: RF I-V waveform measurement and engineering
Tour of School research laboratories
Free time and social event
 Hands-on laboratory with National Instruments
 Lecture: Final assessment day
Final Gala Ceremony
 Departure from Cardiff (drop off at Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The standard fee for our two week Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Excellence scholarship

One student on each Summer School will receive an Excellence Scholarship worth £1,000. The scholarship is merit-based and will consider your academic profile, work experience and personal statement.

Partner institutions

Partner institutions will receive a reduction in feeds depending on how many students will be attending the Summer School. Our partnership agreement contract will include more information about this. Alternatively please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Applying for a short-term study visa

Some students will need to apply for a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK while others can apply on entry to the UK at immigration control. For the latest information on short-term visas head to Home Office guidance.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team.

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