Electromagnetic Sensor Networks with Industrial Studies Masters/MSc

Postgraduate degree programme Electromagnetic Sensor Networks with Industrial Studies Masters/MSc:

Electromagnetic sensor networks is an emerging field that will be at the forefront of economic growth and research in the next decade, helping to create a safer world for all. To design electromagnetic sensors networks an advanced knowledge of how the electromagnetic properties of sensors can be described mathematically is required. This variant of our standard MSc in Electromagnetic Sensor Networks includes an industrial placement module, providing an opportunity for you to develop ideas for your individual project.

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Electromagnetic sensor networks is an emerging field that will be at the forefront of economic growth and research in the next decade, helping to create a safer world for all. To design electromagnetic sensors networks an advanced knowledge of how the electromagnetic properties of sensors can be described mathematically is required.

Typically, sensor networks involve a number of sensors (acoustic, seismic, etc) maintained on communication and processing platforms (nodes). Sensor information can be generated through the analysis of distortion in communication channels between the nodes. These signals enable objects to be recognised, classified and even reconstructed as silhouettes.

A wide range of topics are available for study including communications engineering and sensor networks with options in electromagnetic, antennas, propagation, computer communications networks and RF and microwave engineering.

You will learn how to design and characterise sensors, how to model their behaviour mathematically and how to apply theoretical concepts to practical aims.

Current research on the fundamentals of networks, including dynamic and ad-hoc networks, forms an important part of this programme. Lecturers include staff from the Microwave Integrated Systems Lab in the School.

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to play a leading part in future developments that are central to the security and surveillance industry and which will help protect us all as we go about our daily activities.

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The programme provides specialist study in a wide range of topics that are available for study full-time and part-time. Each degree programme provides a coherent stream of study, which can be tailored to individual needs by the selection of appropriate options.

Most of the individual modules are available as short courses for professional engineers who want a course on an unfamiliar topic or to refresh their knowledge.

The course structure is designed to promote a thorough understanding of appropriate material and to encourage independence by means of enquiry based learning. This is achieved through a series of assignments and a substantial project. Most of the modules are assessed by a combination of an examination and a substantial coursework element. Coursework assignments can be individual or group based.

Students take modules totalling 180 credits from the following lists:

Course outline

Compulsory modules Semester
Introductory Module for Communications 1
Principles of Communication Systems 1
RF Sensors and Systems 2
Individual Project 3
Cross Programme Options
(Take two of the following)
Computer and Communications Networks 2
RF and Microwave Engineering 2
Electromagnetics Antennas and Propagation 2

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home/EU students 2016/17

MSc FT - £8,910

Tuition fees for international students 2016/17

MSc FT - £23,625

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or email sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class Honours degree in Computing, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering from a university of high international standing.

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

English language requirements
Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

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Patterns of study

The majority of students study our taught Masters programmes full time. Our programmes are also suitable for practising engineers who wish to study part-time or take a single module to earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Many modules are completed in three-day sessions allowing you to focus one topic at a time. Following each session of lectures there is an opportunity for you to deepen your understanding through private study and in most cases there is also an assessed assignment.

Overview module

There is a shared introduction to topics from communications engineering, requirements analysis and object-oriented design, and an introduction to and recap of C programming. For the communications engineering programmes there is an introduction to key issues in the design of antennas, radio frequency circuits and link budgets. For the computing programmes there is an introduction to object-oriented programming.

Core modules

These modules cover the advanced specialist topics required for your specific degree programme, such as statistical signal processing and coding and advanced digital design. These technologies are at the heart of many current developments in modern electronic systems. 

Cross-programme option modules

These options specialize in topics relevant to each degree programme and give you the opportunity to adapt the programme that you have chosen to study. The prior knowledge needed for each module is specified in the student handbook to help you make the most appropriate choice. This allows you the greatest possible freedom to customise your study package appropriately.

Individual project

This is an opportunity for you to develop specialist knowledge. Some projects are undertaken in collaboration with companies and, in some cases, you may work on company premises investigating issues of direct concern to future product development. Typical projects include the development of hardware for automotive radar signal processing and the detection of leaks in landfill sites, wireless access systems, 3G mobile radio for light aircraft, the creation of 3D worlds for surgery simulation and wearable computing.

Assessment and awards

Assessment is by a combination of written examination and course work. There is a strong emphasis on course work to deepen understanding. The pass mark is 50%. A merit is awarded to students with an average of 60% or more and a distinction is awarded to students with an average of 70% or more, in both taught and project modules. There are prizes for students who perform especially well overall and for those who complete exceptionally good individual projects.

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