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Our MSc in the vital field of electrical engineering provides you with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience that you can apply to the global challenges of creating sustainable and resilient energy management systems.

Through a combination of theoretical and practical education and using cutting-edge tools and technologies, you will develop valuable engineering insight and apply a range of innovative solutions to help meet challenges in areas such as electricity generation from renewable and conventional sources, energy transmission and distribution and future vehicle technologies.

As well as undertaking taught modules through lectures and seminars, you will develop valuable collaborative working skills by joining with other students to carry out advanced design work, to the appropriate design standards and using complex engineering analysis tools.

You will also have the opportunity to showcase your own capacities for innovation and application by undertaking a major research and development project which will ultimately demonstrate how to address some of the key challenges in electrical engineering.

The MSc in Electrical Engineering gives you a focused engineering perspective on the wide range of issues that exist in the industry and equips you with the ability to help meet these challenges, either by working in industry or by using knowledge and experience in a research function.

Course structure

Core modules:

Research and Development Project offers a stimulating challenge designed to develop your electronic engineering knowledge. With the support of a supervisor, you will identify and apply the specific methods needed to investigate your chosen area of study. You will then create a report of your findings which will include your background data, analysis and your recommendations.

Group Design Project sees your participation in a complex engineering system design task which will develop your knowledge of system design, introduce the concept of interdisciplinary design teams and will enable you to apply the knowledge gained in lectures to a complex engineering problem.

Photonics 4 provides an overview of electromagnetic waves propagation and the underlying Maxwell equations. It will enhance your knowledge and understanding of advanced semiconductor photonic devices including the photon-matter interaction.

Radio and Digital Communications 4 offers an overview and description of pulse analogue modulation schemes. It also explains the principles of digital communication systems and the technical aspects of cellular networks. You will also become familiar with analytical methods of radio propagation.

Advanced Electronics 4 sets out the characteristics of electronic devices at nanometre scale and their principles of operation, and explains the technical and economic constraints for the miniaturisation and design of electronic devices and solutions. You will also become familiar with application-based device design and analysis and acquire the technical knowledge of VLSI/MEMs system in order to understand their functionality and applications.

Advanced Electronics Measurement 4 explains the methods for measuring, characterising and assessing communication systems and semiconducting devices and sets out the working principles of various metrology and characterisation procedures for semiconductor devices and communication systems. You will be introduced to measurement techniques for radio channel characterisation, and wideband propagation models in various frequency bands and become familiar with solid-state device reliability tests and applications.

Communications Networks 4 sets out the challenges that designing communications networks can present. You will develop an understanding of key networking technologies used in modern communication networks and the principles of communications networks design.

In recent years, optional modules have included:

  • Internet of Everything 4
  • Optimisation 4
  • Environmental Engineering 4


This course with its mix of taught modules, a group design project and an individual research and development project provides you with an exciting and challenging learning experience covering electronic engineering in depth.

Core modules involve 38 hours of lectures on the topics that are at the heart of electronic engineering. A key module is the group design project, which offers the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills and develop technical expertise in the application of system design ideas, with content including energy systems and sustainability. The make-up of this module will also enhance your presentation skills, your ability to project manage and to work in a team with colleagues. It will also help boost your research skills.

You will complete an individual research and development project with the support of a supervisor who will hold regular meetings to check on your progress and to discuss any planning issues. This will include 12 hours of quality contact time with your supervisor and more than 500 hours of research work and preparation, during which you will be supported by the Department's technicians and other research workers.

As well as the core modules, you will also select one of three optional modules that fits with your interests.


Course assessment is thorough and includes a combination of project work, written exams, a competency portfolio and presentations.

A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure your research and development project is on track and following the completion of the project, you will be required to submit a report on your work, in the style and format of a research paper. You will also have an oral examination centering on the technical aspects of your project.

Finally, you will be required to create and deliver a presentation of your project in poster form to staff and colleagues.

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree (typically equivalent to UK 2:1 Honours) or better in a subject which includes significant Electronic Engineering content. Degree should include modules on Semiconductor Devices (or Physics of Electronic Devices), Communication and Signal Processing, Mathematics for Engineers or Scientists, and coding/programming skills.

Durham University Band E English requirement.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £13,500 per year
EU students £30,250 per year
Island students £13,500 per year
International students £30,250 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities


We take great pride in our reputation for producing engineers who make a successful and significant contribution in a wide range of professional career roles around the world.

We have strong links with industrial partners and our postgraduates have achieved rewarding and stimulating positions in civil, mechanical, electronic, electrical, manufacturing, design, aeronautics and systems engineering. They work as consultants, technology analysts, and software developers and as entrepreneurs, and also gain prestigious positions in banking and finance.

The Department has a dedicated careers contact who is available to offer advice and carry out mock interviews.

Our Industrial Partnership Committee of around 20 local, national and international companies will ensure you have access to the best employment opportunities.

For further information on career options and employability, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages. 

Department information


The Department of Engineering is a general engineering department that works on the principle that engineering is an integrated subject rather than a series of unconnected topics. The world-leading teaching and the research opportunities that we offer underline this academic positioning.

We guide postgraduate researchers so that they are able to make a significant contribution in the Department’s key areas of engineering focus. These topics range from the development of energy systems of the future, through next generation materials and microsystems to creating sustainable infrastructures. All reflect the challenges now facing the modern world.

Taught courses include MSc qualifications in Advanced Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Renewable and Sustainable Energy. We also offer the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Science by Research, which involve individualised training and require an extensive research project or thesis to be completed.

Teaching and supervision are provided by the Department’s subject specialists, who have an outstanding reputation for their expertise. An extensive range of facilities is available to support research work and we have strong and productive links with industry partners, ensuring that the research is relevant and applicable at this challenging yet exciting time to be in engineering.

For more information see our department pages.


  • 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 7th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024


For a current list of staff, please see the Engineering Department pages.


The Department of Engineering features a number of modern dedicated teaching laboratories including the newly refurbished electrical laboratory. Other facilities include a wind tunnel, state-of-the-art clean rooms for experiments in very controlled environments and a geotechnical engineering laboratory.

An investment of more than £4 million has boosted the computing resources available, providing large memory and high-end processor machines for projects requiring major computer capacity.

Our students benefit from the Engineering Open Access area, which was built to facilitate both group work and individual projects.

The Department is located on the main campus at Lower Mountjoy, close to the centre of Durham and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

More information on our facilities and equipment.


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