University of Surrey

RF and Microwave Engineering

This programme addresses the great shortage of skilled radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineers, and the growing demand for conceptually new wireless systems. You will learn about a range of modern theories and techniques, accompanied by topics on wireless frequencies and sizes of RF and microwave devices. This ranges from the lowest frequencies used in radio frequency identification (RFID) systems through to systems used at mm wave frequencies that can have applications in satellite communication systems and fifth generation wireless communication systems. Theoretical concepts established in lectures are complemented by practical implementation in laboratory sessions, with direct experience of industry-standard computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 in a UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Electronic or Electrical Engineering, Communication Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Physics or a related discipline. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

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Course modules

Example module listing: RF and microwave fundamentals; nanoscience and nanotechnology; antennas and propagation; fundamentals of mobile communications; principles of telecommunications and packet networks; satellite communication fundamentals; RF systems and circuit design; advanced mobile communication systems; microwave engineering; nanoelectronics and devices; advanced satellite communication techniques; standard project.

Assessment methods

The primary means of assessment is through two-hour written examinations, where the theme of practical design is reflected in the format of the questions. Some of the modules involve assessed coursework, where 20 per cent of the marks for the module are given for reports on the directed laboratory activities.


Please note these fees are for the academic year only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 20,500 (Year 1) International 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,800 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 2,300 (Credit) International 24 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 1,100 (Credit) Home/EU 24 24 Months

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