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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Final award MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Programme title Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Programme code WSPT05
Length of programme The programme is available on a full-time basis. The duration of the programme is one year.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MSc Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/WSPT05

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:09:12 BST

1. Programme Aims

The Master of Science programme in Electronic and Electrical Engineering aims to develop a thorough knowledge of principles and techniques in state of the art electronic and electrical engineering including areas of national importance:- renewable energy, networks, mobile communications, and modern sensor systems, with a focus on emerging technologies and relevant applications.

  • To provide, through group and individual learning, a broad knowledge base within  core material covering the key engineering topic areas of renewable resources, modern sensor systems, communications, high frequency circuit design and very large scale integrated circuits.
  • To allow students the flexibility to choose between a broad or deep programme of study, over a very wide range of topics, based on their interests.
  • To provide concentrated presentation of material in block taught modules allowing completion of each topic as a complete, individual unit. 
  • To allow students time between block taught modules for individual study, scholarship and project work. 
  • Provides the opportunity to undertake an advanced project in association with one of the research groups in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer Standard, Engineering Council UK, 2013.
  • UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Engineering Council UK, 2013.
  • Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, October 2019.
  • Master's degree characteristics, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, September 2015.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of a programme, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:

K1 Mathematical methods appropriate to the programme

K2 Principles of electronics, electrical engineering and applications (multicore programming, simulation and test, high frequency circuits, advanced control and electrical power integration). In particular:

    • Distributed Generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power using renewables
    • Embedded and multi-core systems
    • Dynamic behaviour of sensor and actuator systems and the faults that may occur with them.
    • Principles of EEE in other areas as determined by options choice.
    • Research methods applicable to the field of electronic and electrical engineering

K3 Principles of ICT appropriate to the programme.

K4 Operational practices and requirements for safe operation relevant to the programme

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1 Select and apply appropriate mathematical and/or software approaches for modelling and analysing engineering problems

C2 Model and analyse engineering systems, processes, components and products

C3 Develop engineering solutions to practical problems

C4 Integrate, evaluate and use information, data and ideas from a wide range of sources

C5 Develop new systems, processes, components or products by integrating ideas from a wide range of sources

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 Use appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems relevant to the programme

P2 Use relevant test and measurement equipment

P3 Use computational tools and packages (including the UNIX and Windows OS and a variety of programming languages where appropriate)

P4 Design systems, components or processes

P5 Undertake testing of design ideas in the laboratory and/or by simulation, and analyse and critically evaluate the results

P6 Integrate information, ideas and data from a variety of sources

P7 Manage a project and apply appropriate processes

P8 Produce technical figure, papers and reports.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1 Represent data in a range of different forms and select the most appropriate.

T2 Use evidence based methods in the solution of complex problems

T3 Work with limited, incomplete and/or contradictory information in the solution of unfamiliar problems

T4 Use an engineering approach to the solution of problems in unfamiliar situations

T5 Be creative and innovative in problem solving

T6 Use a wide range of information and electronic or electrical engineering technology.

T7 Manage time and resources appropriately

T8 Communicate effectively orally, visually and in writing

T9 Learn effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments.

4. Programme structure

The tables below list the modules that comprise the programme.

Students should choose six optional modules over the two semesters.  It is suggested that three are chosen in each.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules (15 credits) 





Sensors and Actuators for Control                                  


Optional modules (Students can select up to 45 credits of modules) 





Digital Signal Processing                                                



Communication Networks



Programming Multi/many core Systems



Solar Power



Introduction to Wind Turbine Technology


Semester 2

Compulsory modules (15 credits) 





Advanced Electronic Engineering Applications                  


Optional modules (Students can select up to 45 credits of modules) 





Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio



Mobile Network Technologies



Elements of Pulsed Power Technology



Radio Frequency and Microwave Integrated Circuit Design


Project (60 credits)

The taught modules are normally prerequisites for the Project module, which is an individual project under the direction of a supervisor.







All module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

In addition:

  • To meet PSRB requirements students must achieve a minimum of 150 credits with the remaining modules achieving a mark no lower than 40%.
  • To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, candidates must have accumulated at least 60 credits excluding the Project module (WSP502).

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XXI  for candidates who have the right of re-examination to undergo reassessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification


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