The MSc Electronic, Communications and Computer Engineering is designed to provide instruction and training in the most recent developments in the areas of technology covering communications, electronics and computer engineering. It aims to provide you with advanced and comprehensive coverage of the specialist skills required by an engineer working in the computer hardware and software aspects of computer engineering, electronic instrumentation, electronic systems and telecommunications (both wireless and wired). The programme also provides an excellent basis for engineers wishing to update their knowledge or students who wish to go on to do research or enhance their training. It offers exciting opportunities for research, industrial collaboration and learning in the fast-growing field of communications and computer engineering.

Course structure

The programme is operated on a modular basis where you will follow a series of taught modules (120 credits), followed by a research project (60 credits) undertaken during the summer period. You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources. If you have taken any of the modules as part of a BEng/ MEng degree course at the University of Nottingham, you are not allowed to take those modules for a second time.


Typical core modules:

  • Research Project

Typical optional modules:

  • Control Systems Design
  • Digital Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing for Telecommunications, Multimedia and Instrumentation*
  • Electronic Design
  • Embedded Computing
  • Hardware Description Language (HDL) for Programmable Logic*
  • Hardware Accelerated Computing
  • Mobile Communications*
  • Optical Communications
  • Optical Communication Systems and Sensors
  • Power Electronic Design
  • Solid State Devices
  • Telecommunication Electronics
  • Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Design
  • Visual Information Computing
  • Web-based Computing

*These modules can be taken with or without a project.

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in electronic, communications, computer engineering or a related discipline.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
  • TOEFL (iBT): 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
  • PTE (Academic): 55 (with no less than 51 in each element)

IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test.

Career prospects

Electrical and electronic engineering continue to be buoyant industries. The MSc Electronic, Communications and Computer Engineering offers excellent career opportunities with internet providers, mobile communications manufacturers, mobile communications operators, the optical communications industry and wired telecommunications companies. Some graduates enter the management and commerce sector, or software and IT, while others pursue PhD programmes or work in the academic field.