About the course

The near STEM route is for admission of mathematics, physics, astrophysics or other relevant first degree candidates and whose programme would have made extensive use of applied mathematics to design and explain engineering and/or scientific concepts. After accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) at Level 5, you will spend three semesters studying towards a General Engineering Transition Masters with the opportunity to specialise in the above options at Level 6 and/or 7.

To obtain a Master's degree, you will need to complete an in-depth independent research project.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Engineering (Electronics and Communications) (Near STEM)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 General Transition Masters in Engineering

Why choose this course?

  • The course enable will enable you to understand the fundamentals of information theory and apply appropriate performance and quality measures to data communication systems.
  • Develop your ability to define and apply appropriate analytic, algorithmic and a mix of simulation and hardware tools for reliable data transfer.
  • The School has over 25 years' experience of teaching electronic engineering and has established an excellent international reputation in this field.
  • We offer extensive lab facilities for engineering students, including the latest software packages.
  • Study leading-edge applications such as biometric authentication and speech-based interaction.

Course details

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff are always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. In addition, our staff are active in research which is reflected in your learning experience.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussions with staff and other students.

A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible.

Structure

  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Digital Design & Embedded Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Microelectronics and VLSI 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Optical Communication Technologies 15 Credits Compulsory
    Broadband Networks and Data Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Mobile Communication Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Individual Masters Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Information Theory and Data Processing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Signal Processing and Applications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Biometric Systems & Speech Processing 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (at least 2:2 or above).

    International qualifications will be considered on the basis of their equivalence to UK qualifications, typically guided by a resource such as the National Academic Recognition Information centre (NARIC). Candidates will be required to demonstrate a suitable level of proficiency in written and spoken English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) would typically be required from candidates whose first language is not English. Candidates who do not satisfy these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 16 Months
    • Part Time, 3 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    26/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    26/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students