Electronic Engineering MSc

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Gain practical, technical skills and knowledge. Access industrial standard software to help prepare you for a future career in a digital context. Revolutionise the way we live.

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This course will cover a range of topics at the cutting-edge of the discipline using the latest digital tools. Topics will cover core aspects of Electronic Engineering along with their application in design and manufacturing. The project will also develop research skills and you will learn to apply these to real and current engineering problems.

Project work will be a strong focus of the course and you will learn interactively by applying the skills you develop in our recently upgraded laboratory facilities.

Why us?

  • Sunderland has over 100 years experience in teaching engineering
  • Recent significant investment in Engineering laboratories
  • 95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
  • World-leading' research in Engineering, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Benefit from strong industrial links delivered via the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP)

Course structure

In providing a bridge from your previous science-based degree to this specialist Masters, we recognise the importance of extending your hands-on technical experience. We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, tutorials, project work and practical laboratory sessions. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods may include individual written reports and research papers, exams and practical assignments.

Modules on this course include:

  • Research in Practice (30 credits)

Gain an understanding of the expectations of Masters-level work and support in developing the appropriate research and communication skills.

  • Advanced Electronic Systems (30 credits)

Examine the components, systems and processes that can be used to design and implement modern electronic systems to include microcontrollers, SoC, FPGAs and DSPs. Explore contemporary approaches such as Model-Based Design, In-Circuit Simulation and ‘X’ in the loop.

  • Automation and Mechatronics (30 credits)

Learn how to create automated systems that can operate collaboratively using technologies such as PLCs, HMIs and SCADA. Examine the issues relating to the increasing levels of connectivity for such devices including cybersecurity and integrity.

  • Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

Using your research and critical analysis skills, draw on the knowledge you have gained during the course of the programme to address a real engineering problem or research question at the forefront of the discipline.

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Advanced Materials Engineering (30 credits)

Study the latest research into the production, characterisation and application of advanced materials.

  • Smart Factories (30 credits)

Investigate the latest technology that can be deployed to improve the effectiveness of manufacturing facilities including the use of Smart Instrumentation, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and Robotics and Automation technologies.

  • Engineering Management Practice (30 credits)

Learn about the issues facing modern engineering operations to include operations management and improvement, lean manufacturing techniques, supply chain management and development, maintenance strategy and development and condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for engineers include:

    • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
    • Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology, including journals, technical reports and dissertations 
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier, with journals such as ‘Engineering Structures’, ‘Advanced Engineering Informatics’ and ‘Electric Power Systems Research’
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text engineering and management articles
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You will be based at the David Goldman Informatics Centre. Our specialist labs include:

• Product Development Lab
• Electronics Lab
• Automation Lab
• Project Lab
• Material Characterisation Lab
• Formulation Lab
• Thermofluids Lab
• Mechanical Engineering Lab

You will have access to a range of industry leading technologies at the Industry Centre, the home of the Institute of Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice as well as access to industrial standard software to help prepare you for a future career in a digital context.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold a 2:2 honours degree in Electrical, Electronic Engineering or suitable closely related course. We will consider applicants with a wide range of relevant experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual, full-time fee for this course is:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £13,000 if you are an international student

The part-time fee for this course is £361 per 10 credits.

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Engineers are in high demand with 186,000 people with engineering skills needed per year in the run up to 2024 (Prospects Engineering and Manufacturing guide 2017). Employers recognise the value of qualifications from Sunderland, which has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years.

Graduate success

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines, GSK, Northumbrian Water, Hitachi and Parametrics Technology. Other graduates conduct research with major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan.


Our Engineering team is engaged in a wide range of industry projects via AMAP including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Consultancy. AMAP is also host to the North East Maintenance Forum (NEMF) – a quarterly meeting attended by a wide range of industrial representatives from a number of sectors including manufacturing, process industries and utilities. Several academics are also engaged in activities with professional engineering institutions such as the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Research-active staff

You’ll be taught by a dynamic, diverse team of research-active staff who are engaged in a number of areas of research including:

  • Model Based Design for Embedded Systems
  • Advanced Instrumentation, Industry 4.0 and the ‘Internet of Things’
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Robotics and Control

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