Electrical and Electronic Engineering MSc
Coventry University (Coventry)
1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time
Study level: Postgraduate
If you like the idea of creating electrical systems which could help millions of people on a day-to-day basis, 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 worldwide, 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 accredited1 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 facilities4, as well as an annual programme of lectures (subject to availability) 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.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
EmployabilityCareer ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Why you should study this course
- At Coventry University, we believe that studying engineering should be so much more than just learning theory and passing examinations. Instead, our activity-led learning approach can enable you to develop your skills and knowledge by working on real-life problems and projects, many commissioned by our industry partners.
- We aim to regularly update course content to reflect emerging trends and knowledge fields to enrich your technical and transferrable skills. For example, power electronics explores the modern-day systems used for electrical power generation, such as smart meters, smart appliances, renewable energy resources and energy efficiency resources.
- Robotics is another key area, so we will examine the sub-systems that a robot needs, such as sensors to perceive its environment, cognition to make informed decisions, image processing to ‘see’ and detect objects in the real world and the mechanics to enable movement through 3D space.
- You’ll study in our modern £50m Engineering and Computing building, with access to extensive facilities4 and the latest technologies in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering, such as a new machines and microprocessors laboratory.
- We currently have extensive industry links with a broad range of commercial collaborators including IBM, Invensys and Jaguar Land Rover to name just a few, enabling you to collaborate on industry-themed research projects.
- You’ll be taught by current experts in their field, many of whom are active researchers in areas that include but are not limited to control theory and applications, wireless sensors, pervasive computing, embedded micro-electronics and electrical energy. This should not only help to inform your teaching, keeping you abreast of new developments and issues, but may also provide opportunities to partner staff on research projects. (Please note staff may be subject to change)
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited1 and recognised by:
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2022-23 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost. Further details can be found under the modules tab and on the Professional Development module homepage.
Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems.
Institution of Engineering and Technology
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) up to and including the May 2024 intake on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
What you'll study
FPGA-Based Digital System Design - 15 credits
Aims to provide the 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 - 15 credits
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 - 15 credits
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 - 15 credits
Aims to enhance the understanding of electric motors and their associated drive systems to develop the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.
Power Systems - 10 credits
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 - 15 credits
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 - 10 credits
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 - 15 credits
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.
Individual project - 60 credits
You will also be asked to 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.
Entrepreneurial Practice – 10 credits
This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategic and entrepreneurial way. Ultimately, you will be given the opportunity to develop strategic priorities for entrepreneurial leadership.
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.
How you'll learn
This 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 prerecorded 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.
This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.
Teaching contact hours
The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, there is around 30 hours of contact time associated with each module.
Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 35 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will 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 achieving the intended learning outcomes.
An honour’s degree in electrical and/or electronic engineering or a related subject area. Applicants offering equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered on merit.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
An honour’s degree in electrical and/or electronic engineering or a related subject area. Applicants offering equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered on merit.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
Fees and funding
2022/23 Tuition fees
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|UK||£10,600 per year||Not available|
|International||£18,250 per year||Not available|
For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Throughout your studies, you will have access to our modern facilities4; 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.
Our labs are equipped with a range of test and measurement equipment for you to use. These include development boards for embedded electronics, communications and motor solutions, and a variety of interface applications such as GSM and Ethernet.
Electrical Power Laboratory
This provides you with hands-on learning tools and test benches. You can benefit from training in the maintaining and running of electrical machines and learning of the properties of electrical generation use.
The Cisco Laboratory is used for working with general networking as well as working towards accreditation by Cisco. You can take optional modules to work in the lab to develop your skills in preparation for the Cisco certification exam.
Careers and opportunities
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.
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.
The course has several 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 in 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 increased demand in this area; industrial measurement and monitoring systems; robotics and associated activities.
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.
How to apply
Full-time and part-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
For further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
Full-time international students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for postgraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.