About this course
Develop your electronic engineering knowledge on this master’s degree at the University of Southampton. This MSc course will give you the latest techniques, technologies and tools to help you meet emerging economic and social challenges. We’re a top 10 university in the UK for electronic engineering, meaning you’ll get the graduate opportunities you need for your future career.
The MSc Electronic Engineering is a portfolio master’s degree, enabling you to further your knowledge of a number of areas, such as:
- micro and nanoelectronics
- micro and nanotechnology
- wireless communications
It offers a wider choice of modules than our specialist masters programmes, enabling you to tailor the degree to your interests. You’ll also work during the summer research project on a specialist topic.
The degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 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.
The course lead is Dr Maurits De Planque. As Associate Professor at the Life Sciences Interface of ECS his main research interests are nano/microtechnology aspects of bioengineering, including chemical oscillators, microfluidic cell arrays, semiconductor biosensors and ion channel nanopores. Find out more on Dr De Planque’s staff profile page.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in electronic engineering or a closely related subject.
You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following:
- 1 maths module
- 5 electronics modules (e.g. semiconductor devices, microelectronics, microprocessors, digital systems, control and communications, signal processing, signals and systems, automation)
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This electronic engineering master’s consists of 8 taught modules, and an individual research project. You can choose 7 modules from a wide range of topics, allowing you to personalise your course to suit your own interests.
By choosing appropriate modules, it is possible to concentrate on a specific topic:
You’ll need to study a research and project preparation, module which spans the entire course. You’ll prepare for your research project and examine ethical and legal issues around professional practice.
Over the summer you’ll write up your research project.
We recommend you read up on MATLAB for our wireless communications and signal processing modules.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this master’s in electronic engineering include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- lab work
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- lab reports and essays
- individual and group projects
- problem-solving exercises
- written exams
- a research report
You’ll have access to a personal tutor and a mentor, whom you can meet for advice on your programme and choice of options, or for pastoral support.
The ECS Student Advisory Team and helpdesk are also available to give you support and advice.
This programme provides an excellent platform for a career in academic studies or industry sectors such as:
- electronics and semiconductors
- materials and packaging
- motor vehicle and aerospace industries
We are ranked second equal for graduate prospects in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Complete University Guide 2019.
Graduates from our MSc programmes are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology. As well as for larger multinationals, many students also go on to work for small to medium enterprises, including start-ups.
ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 companies including:
- Microsoft Research
- Imagination Technologies
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £25,450.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000