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University of Birmingham
School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Course/Program description

Research in the School

We offer research degrees in the mainstream areas of communications, control engineering, digital systems, power and solid-state devices and also in specialised areas such as acoustics and sonar and image processing and high temperature superconductivity. The recently formed Education Technology Group aim to develop the educational software and communication devices needed for education and work in the post-networked society. We have strong links with industry particularly BT, DERA, LUL and Kodak Ltd. The School’s Research Assessment Exercise rating is 4 and we were awarded the top score of 24 points in the recent Assessment of Quality in Education Exercise.

Taught Courses

These courses comprise of two sections. The first consists of taught material, lectures, tutorials, short assignments and laboratory work, whilst the second section consists of a substantial project.

PhD Research Degree
  • Acoustics and Sonar Systems
  • Communications Engineering
  • Digital Systems and Vision Processing
  • Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Educational Technology
  • Estimation and Control
  • Power Electronics and Traction Systems

    Approximately 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time, this course starts on the beginning of any month. There are approximately 60 research students in the School. Some Financial assistance may be available

    MSc in Communications Engineering
  • 1 year full-time, 2 - 5 years part-time
  • 15 students on the course currently
  • No Financial assistance available
  • Dr H Ghafouri-Shiraz, Course Director

    This programme is intended to provide specialist education for electronic or electrical engineering graduates who wish to deepen their expertise in communications engineering

    MSc in Electronics and Information Technology
  • 6 students on the course currently
  • No Financial assistance available
  • Mr D Pycock, Course Director

    This programme aims to provide special training for a career in research and in industries concerned with digital systems for telecommunications, instrumentation, control and information processing.

    MSc in Power Electronics and Drives
  • 19 students on the course currently
  • Possible financial assistance for home fees paying students
Dr A Forsyth, Course Director

This course provides a thorough treatment of the principles and applications of power electronics.

About theUniversity

The University of Birmingham is a major international centre for postgraduate research and teaching. It has all the benefits of a large, established university: there is a wide range of research opportunities and courses, the standard of teaching is very high and the facilities both for academic work and for social life are varied and of a good quality.

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has approximately 500 undergraduates, 60 research students and 30 MSc students. Research facilities include clean rooms, a 10-kW induction motor test rig, two microwave anechoic chambers, a large network of Sun workstations and superconducting and laser ablation facilities. The School has its own library and provides a computer suite dedicated to postgraduate students.

Address Information:

Address Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England
Tel. No. + 44(0) 121 414 4292
Fax No. +44 (0) 121 414 4291
Email address
Course titles
  • PhD Research Degree
  • MSc in Communications Engineering
  • MSc in Electronics and Information Technology
  • MSc in Power Electronics and Drives
  • Length of course See below
    Date of Commencement 27 September 1999
    Accommodation Available
    Student grants/
    financial assistance
    See course description below
    Admission requirements
  • For research degrees a minimum of a 2.1 equivalent in a related subject
  • For taught courses a minimum of a 2.2 equivalent in a related subject
  • TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0
  • Class size See course description below
  • Home/EU fees currently £2610 pa
  • Overseas fees currently £8900 pa
  • National/Overseas
    Men/Women 90/10
    Age range 21 - 50
    Director of Postgraduate Studies Professor P S Hall

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