This M.Eng programme is targeted specifically at the area of Electronic Design Engineering. There is a wide breadth and depth requirement in the techniques regarded as indispensable for the design of modern complex electronic products. In the field of Electronic Design Engineering it is unlikely that any single individual will possess all the required skills to sufficient depth. In reality each individual Engineer must endeavour to reach a depth of knowledge in a chosen speciality to allow participation in that discipline as part of a team. The Engineer must also possess a breadth of skills and knowledge to ensure they are not too constrained by their speciality and also to allow for constructive interaction with Engineers from other disciplines.
Electronic systems can be viewed as a combination of analogue, digital and software sub-systems. Design problems or tasks are often partitioned into sub-systems in each of these categories, and perhaps some others, where they can be tackled by specialist Engineers. Modern Engineers need specialist knowledge i.e. the depth of knowledge to function effectively but must also understand more than just their narrow area and in smaller companies will be required to contribute across a broader spectrum of skills. For example, digital designers need to understand clock skew, cross talk, fan out limitations and much more to be effective while software engineers performing real time software design typically must understand the principles of microprocessor performance and input/output latencies to be effective. This Masters Degree Programme aims to give the students the necessary depth and breadth of knowledge to be effective at a professional level.
This is a year-long Programme and requires the student to take modules in the major area while also taking additional modules to give breadth to their studies. This combination of modules delivers the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills required of a modern graduate. The student is also required to study a module on Technical Innovation and Research Methods which aims to provide lifelong learning and self-learning skills in the crucially important area of research and innovation. In total the student will take eight taught modules. The Project and Dissertation permits further opportunity for skills and knowledge to be developed and practiced. The programme provides a valuable progression route from undergraduate to M.Eng degree, as well as providing a continuing professional development option for Electronic Engineering professionals in industry. Students will study a range of topics which are directly relevant to electronic design engineering and will have the opportunity of acquiring and developing more specialist knowledge through the dissertation element of the programme which accounts for one third of the credits on offer. The programme will provide specialised content in emerging areas and will also develop the graduate's research skills.