Electrical and Electronic Engineering MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT052

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How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:
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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
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Overview

If you like the idea of creating electrical systems which could help millions of people on a day-to-day basis, then then studying an MSc in electrical and electronic engineering could be for you.

Electrical and electronic engineers are crucial to the development of power systems and devices, electrical machines, alternative energy and smart grids, digital communication systems, computer networking, Internet of Things (IoT) and household electronic devices world-wide, to name a few. Engineers capable of designing and implementing electrical and electronic systems and devices for such applications are in high demand all over the world.

This accredited course provides you with the opportunity to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge in a range of electronics fields, including digital systems, image and signal processing, robotics and sensors, together with electrical systems such as renewable energy, smart grids, advanced control engineering and instrumentation, electrical machines and power generation.

Designed to follow the Engineering Council UK-SPEC standard, the course encompasses theoretical and practical subjects within the broad area of electrical and electronic engineering as used by industries as diverse as aerospace and automotive, chemical and construction.

You’ll have access to modern facilities, as well as an annual programme of lectures which aim to inspire you in the areas of contemporary engineering and computing topics which are presented by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and British Computer Society (BCS) at no extra cost.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Accredited up to September 2020 intake by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as partially meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The University’s accreditation with IET shall be up for renewal after September 2020. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Course information

The course is designed for graduates with an electrical and/or electronic engineering background. It provides an advanced MSc degree education in electrical and electronic engineering.

The technical focus of the course concentrates on a combination of advanced electronics including Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) based system design, image and signal processing, digital communications, advanced control and instrumentation, and robotics as well as the subject specific knowledge in electrical systems including renewable energy, smart grids, electrical machines and power generation.

An emphasis on applied technical work will strengthen the engineering development skills of students from an academic background. Such work aims to provide you with the demonstrable expertise necessary to help secure professional level employment in related industries.

This course includes a mandatory Consulting Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Semester 1 concentrates on areas such as electrical machines, signal processing, robotics and advanced control engineering and instrumentation.

Semester 2 examines areas such as digital system design and communications systems, power systems, smart grid, and consultancy.

In Semester 3, students will perform a detailed research or design study with the help of an experienced supervisor into a technical aspect from the course. You can choose a topic to suit your interests, research to assist your career aspirations or a practical project. As an example, one former student worked on a project commissioned by a worldwide supplier of retail display solutions to develop a recoiler unit for mobile phone display security in shops.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Electrical machines and drives
    • Digital signal and image processing
    • Robotics: kinematics, dynamics and applications
    • Advanced control engineering and instrumentation

  • Semester 2

    • FPGA-based digital system design
    • Power systems
    • Alternative energy and smart grid
    • Digital communication systems
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Coventry has received the prestigious ‘Gold award’ in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • When combined with an accredited undergraduate degree, this degree enables you to achieve CEng accreditation status (upon successful completion).
  • Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring a variety of microprocessor and field programmable gate array platforms.
  • Regular expert guest lectures, which previously have covered topics such as Skype lectures on VHDL from industrialists aboard and seminars from the professional bodies on a variety of current topics from electrical vehicles to cybersecurity.
  • On and off site access to commercial engineering software, such as 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multibody Systems for design and simulation, as well as training in industry standard Catia, HyperWorks, STAR-CCM+, SIMPACK software.
  • Study in our modern £50m Engineering and Computing building, with access to extensive facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Your main study themes are:

  • FPGA-Based Digital System Design: Aims to provide capability to apply the VHDL hardware description language for the simulation and synthesis of digital systems. We cover the essential syntax of VHDL and its coding styles for different digital functions. You will apply VHDL to configure a digital system using integrated circuits, also known as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA).
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing: Computer-based systems are increasingly required to detect, analyse and manipulate signals, or data, from a wide range of sources, such as sound, light, temperature or pressure. You’ll have the opportunity to learn to analyse continuous and discrete-time signals and systems, developing higher level signal processing techniques and filters, together with knowledge of digital image processing and pattern recognition. You will apply these to problems to demonstrate their applications, such as feature extraction, object recognition, noise removal etc.
  • Robotics – Kinematics, Dynamics and Applications: Introduces the science and engineering of mechanical manipulation, an introduction to mobile robotics, some common sensors used in the field, drive mechanisms and their differing configurations and some of their applications.
  • Electrical Machines and Drives: Aims to enhance the understanding of electric motors and their associated drive systems in order to develop the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.
  • Power Systems: Operation of power systems and the control actions to be implemented on a system during normal and abnormal conditions. We look at the concepts of power system models and analysis techniques to ensure reliability and energy efficiency.
  • Alternative Energy and Smart Grid: Helps to develop a sound understanding of different renewable energy sources and the principle of energy conversion from renewable sources into electricity. We explore specialist areas, such as smart grid systems and power electronics.
  • Digital Communications: Aims to provide the principles of digital communications system applicable to both fixed and mobile data networks to include data transmission, error control, flow control, congestion control and routing strategies.
  • Advanced Control Engineering and Instrumentation: Aims to provide students with exposure to the underlying classical linear control theory and design tools with extensive applications in industrial practice. Additionally, the Instrumentation segment is aimed to impart the knowledge and skills necessary to work in areas involving design, testing and selection of sensors and development of advanced measurement systems.
  • Global Professional Development – Consultancy: Aims to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organizations and professional contexts. Students who successfully complete the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will gain a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting.

This course can be studied full-time over one year with the taught modules delivered over two semesters, followed by a project assignment. It may also be studied on a part-time basis over three years, but classes are not scheduled specially for part-time students. It has a September, January and May intake.

Your course will be taught using traditional teaching methods, such as lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory classes. However, we also incorporate a range of innovative teaching methods, including flipped classroom, activity led learning and peer based learning which the students will undertake both individually and in groups.

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed at home before the lecture, whilst lecture time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. The video lecture is often seen as the key ingredient in the flipped approach, such lectures being either created by the staff and posted online or selected from an online repository. While a pre-recorded lecture could certainly be a podcast or other audio format, the ease with which video can be accessed and viewed today has made it so ubiquitous that the flipped model has come to be identified with it.

Activity-led learning enables you to put into practice the theory you may have learned. You will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of ‘hands-on’ tasks, such as programming a device or building a circuit to demonstrate a concept. While peer-based learning enables you to learn from each other, presenting material, taking part in class discussion or explaining a concept to one another.

Throughout your studies, you will have access to our modern facilities; computers are installed with all the relevant computing software, ranging from the basics such as Matlab and Xlinix ISE to more subject-specific, like VREP (Virtual Robotic Environment Platform), Flux Electromagnetic and Thermal Finite Element Analysis software.

You may be provided with opportunities to sit in on guest lectures and take part in field trips, which have previously included industry visits to BT, GE, Electric Mountain, National Grid and Unipart to view current industrial practices. Some of our past students have also taken part in local Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) competitions, such as ‘Present Around the World’ where they must present a topic that interests them for 10 minutes and be able to answer questions on it. The cost of field trips are borne by the student. All field trips are subject to availability, application and meeting visa requirements.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include individual and group work, presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and computer simulation employing Simulink, Matlab, Multisim and PSCAD.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles of electrical and electronic engineering and their relationships to leading-edge, real-world applications.
  • Advanced analysis and design tools and processes.
  • The implementation and critical evaluation of design solutions relevant to the subject areas through simulation and practical applications.


On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the main approaches to research design, sampling and analysis appropriate to Engineering and construct research questions or hypotheses.
  • Conceptualise complex technical aspects of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Conduct detailed and systematic technical analyses of aspects of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Devise technical solutions to problems in the design and implementation of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Critically evaluate literature and solutions relating to problems arising in the design and implementation aspects of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Select, apply and critically appraise tools and techniques of advanced analysis and design.
  • Implement appropriate software and hardware solutions and simulations and critically evaluate the outcomes.
  • Plan, perform, critically evaluate and present the results of an independent project in a chosen specialist subject area.

Most taught modules on the MSc course will be delivered in a 3-week block teaching style (meaning that all teaching for the module will be consolidated into 3 weeks). A 15-credit module will typically have about 30 hours of contact in the first week, and a further 1-hour support session per week for the following two weeks which enables you to ask general questions or go through specific problems you may have.

Self-study is expected by students outside of supervised time in order to complete their coursework. Times vary depending on the weighting of the module, but assessment planning means that you will not be asked to submit more than one coursework assignment in the same academic week, giving you greater flexibility to plan their time accordingly.

Electronics is an international business, so we encourage a global perspective throughout our teaching.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

The normal entry route to the course will be through an honours degree in electrical and/or electronic engineering or a related subject area. Applicants offering equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered on merit.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘related subject’ or ‘equivalent qualifications and experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

The normal entry route to the course will be through an honours degree in electrical and/or electronic engineering or a related subject area. Applicants offering equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered on merit.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘related subject’ or ‘equivalent qualifications and experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

The normal entry route to the course will be through an honours degree in electrical and/or electronic engineering or a related subject area. Applicants offering equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered on merit.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘related subject’ or ‘equivalent qualifications and experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,800 (per year)


January 2020

£15,800 (per year)


May 2020

£15,800 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials – additional costs

Fieldtrips may incur additional costs on this course

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The course has a number of features designed to make you more attractive to employers.

Not only is the technical content of the course regularly reviewed to reflect what is currently important and in-demand in the electrical and electronic engineering industry, we also strive to ensure that the capabilities and skills that the sector regularly asks for are well addressed.

The specialist topics studied on the programme aim to prepare you for a wider range of roles in related industries. Possible industries include: electrical power supply generation and distribution including renewables; transport and industrial equipment manufacturers employing electrical drives; electrical vehicles are anticipated to create an increased demand in this area; industrial measurement and monitoring systems; robotics and associated activities.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. Opportunities also exist to complete a PhD research degree upon completion of the master’s course.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Graduates can progress onto further study in the form of a PhD or could begin a career in the electrical and electronic industries, for example, smart grids, Internet of Things, energy supply infrastructure, electrical devices, mobile communication devices and infrastructure.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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