Our research degrees provide the opportunity to combine academia with creativity and innovation. Pioneer innovative research in key areas of expertise, from computational electromagnetics to nanotechnology.
The focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods to support your growing expertise. Your research will culminate in a thesis, which is usually around 15,000 to 20,000 words long.
You can take advantage of advanced taught courses to help fill any gaps in background knowledge required for your research project. The choice of courses taken will be made together with your supervisor at the beginning of the programme. Your progress throughout this course will be continually guided by said supervisor and a thesis advisory panel.
Transfer to PhD
You may be able to transfer to the PhD programme, if your project is of a sufficiently high standard and has the potential to be explored in greater depth.
Our academics are working on a wide range of projects suitable for research students to join.
UK Top 30
We are 28th for Engineering - Electrical & Electronic in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023
97% of our research in Engineering is rated as 3* or 4*, the highest levels, according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
Explore Physics, Engineering and Technology funding for postgraduate researchers and wider postgraduate support.
We encourage you to find out about our academics and get to know how their work and expertise fit with your research interests.
Our academics are working on a wide range of projects suitable for research students to get involved with.
You will be based on Campus West. Most of your training and supervision meetings will take place here, though your research may take you further afield.
All full-time students are allocated a desk space in the School for the duration of their programme. Dependent on your project, you might also use other facilities, including NAMAS-accredited EMC measurement facilities, clean room, well-equipped music and media technology suites and anechoic chambers.
You should have, or be about to complete, a 2:2 or above honours degree (or equivalent) in:
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Music Technology
or a closely related subject.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.
Take a look at the supporting documents you may need for your application.
Find out more about how to apply.
Funded research projects
If you are applying for an advertised research project, which gives full details of the project, you do not normally need to submit a research proposal but you must include the project name. You should contact the project leader, who may ask you to submit a research proposal.
If you are not applying for a particular research project, you should contact the member of academic staff you wish to work with, who may provide you with a research / project outline.
The research proposal needs to describe the nature of your proposed study and give some indication of how you will conduct your research. The purpose of this exercise is to ensure that you and your potential supervisor(s) have matching research interests. The proposal should be 250 to 350 words in length. It must be in English, and be your own words
Careers and skills
The MSc Electronic Engineering by research course will help to extend your knowledge of the electronic engineering field. You will be able to explore and research new and forefront ideas in engineering to improve current technologies offered or to develop new innovations, which will strengthen sectors and organisations within the engineering industry. You will develop your critical thinking, engineering, mathematics and technology and problem solving skills, opening the door to a wide range of career opportunities.
Our dedicated careers team offer specific support including a programme of professional researcher development and careers workshops and 1:1 career support sessions. They will help you to build up your employability portfolio and to engage in activities that will build up your skills and experience within and outside of your research work.
- Electronic engineer
- Testing engineer
- Project manager
- Academic researcher
- Further academic study, eg PhD
- Product development engineer
- Software developer
We offer a range of campus accommodation to suit you and your budget, from economy to deluxe.
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