MSc Microelectronic and Communications Engineering 18 months

Northumbria University

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Program Overview

This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer.


You will gain expertise and experience in the areas of analogue and digital systems and circuit design using state-of-the-art software and processors. You will gain the in-depth knowledge and skills you need for analysing, modelling and optimising the performance of advanced microelectronic and communication systems. The course covers a broad range of topics including advanced embedded system technologies, digital design automation and silicon electronic design, as well as optical fibre communication systems and wireless communications.


In the second year, for one semester you will have the chance to undertake study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employment opportunities and further develop your theoretical and practical skills. 


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

18 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500


IELTS: 6.5


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Your progress will be monitored by lecturing staff and advice and appropriate links supplied to improve your learning.

Web links are provided for further reading whilst online videos, where appropriate, are available for you to review taught material in your own time. Lecture material is enhanced with laboratory sessions which allow demonstration of theories and exploration of practical problems and limitations.


As a postgraduate student you will be expected to have a responsible and professional approach to learning, accessing the material and support provided and raising any problems with academic staff or your programme leader. You will have an opportunity to take an active role in the operation and content of the course via the departmental programme committee.


The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your study abroad or research group activities.



We are currently reviewing modules which provide opportunities to work with industry to gain real experience. Modules will be updated in due course.


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.


Year one


  • KD7019 -Advanced Embedded System Design Technology (Core,20 Credits)
  • KD7020 -Digital Design Automation (Core,20 Credits)
  • KD7063 -Wireless Communication Systems (Core,20 Credits)
  • KD7064 -Optical Communications System (Core,20 Credits)
  • KD7066 -Analogue Electronic Design (Core,20 Credits)
  • KD7067 -Engineering Research and Project Management (Core,20 Credits)
  • KL7003 -Academic Language Skills for Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year two


  • KD7065 -MSc Engineering Project (Core,60 Credits)
  • KL7014 -Advance Practice semester (Core,60 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23


Standard Entry


Applicants should normally have:


A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Physics, Engineering or a relevant subject. Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.


International qualifications:


If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. 


English language requirements:


International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £12,075


Full EU Fee: £19,500


Full International Fee: £19,500

The rapid growth of the communications and microelectronics industries has created a strong demand for skilled engineers, who are able to design and manufacture semiconductors and freespace and optical communication systems.

The UK Government’s commitment to high-speed broadband means that demand for communications engineers is expected to outstrip supply. UK and international demand for microelectronic engineers remains strong, with salaries reflecting employers’ need to attract the best candidates.


Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped to apply for roles such as communications engineer, electronic/electrical engineer, operational researcher, software engineer and systems developer. You may also consider the wider engineering and information technology sectors, including energy, transport, electronics and telecommunications, defence and manufacturing and engineering management.


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