What will I learn?

About us

The innovative and exciting new Department of Electronic Engineering links excellent engineering with the ingenious application of creativity as the starting point for invention. We offer opportunities for cutting-edge research in fields including Microwave Photonics and Sensors, Nanotechnology, Voice, Music and Biosignal technologies, and Power systems.

The Department offers a range of postgraduate study opportunities around current and emerging electronic engineering trends.

Research facilities and environment

As Royal Holloway’s newest department, we have designed a brand new building right in the heart of campus, with ample space to grow teaching and research around our strengths, using state of the art commercial software, experimental and laboratories equipment.

Our research groups provide a lively and interactive environment for postgraduates and academic staff. Research group members, and other researchers across other departments and industry, meet frequently and hold research seminars or invite internal and external speakers to present to our students. These groups also serve as a useful forum for discussing current research activities, formulating ideas, sharing resources, discussing journal articles and problem solving. Students are expected to become active members of their relevant research group and to participate in wider Departmental events such as seminars and colloquia.

Students discuss their research skills training needs with their supervisor soon after they start their degree. The College's Researcher Development Programme offers a series of transferable skills courses designed for research students to help them to develop their skills alongside their research.


Must be something within the PhD that can be deemed as novel. Demonstrated by reviewing the research literature during the first 9 months to establish a specific area of interest where there is scope for moving knowledge forward. Some way of exploring that area is formally established, usually through experimentation. Writing of the thesis usually starts during the last 3-6 months of year three.

There is no expectation of ‘novelty’ for the MPhil. This degree is based around excellent research that furthers knowledge. Demonstrated by reviewing the research literature mainly during the first 6 months to establish a specific area of interest where there is scope for moving knowledge forward. Then some way of exploring that area formally is established, usually through experimentation. Writing of the thesis generally starts during the last 3-6 months of year two.

MSc by Research. A topic that fits well within one of the Department’s research groups. No formal taught modules, this degree is assessed on the research work itself. Regular supervisions underpin research with opportunities to present progress on research at internal Research Seminars.

Your future career

Students graduating from these research programmes will have great opportunities to work in world leading engineering sectors such as Electronics, Photonics, Telecoms, Music Technology, Nanotechnology, Computer Systems Engineering, Biomedicine etc. Our Department will provide a range of expert support and information to our research graduates to acquire a head start in the graduate job market.

Which department am I in?

Electronic Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£21,000.00 (US$ 28,463) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Royal Holloway, University of London



TW20 0EX, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should ideally hold or be predicted to achieve, an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Science/Engineering (minimum requirement: 2.1). An MSc in relevant disciplines is desirable but not essential. Where English is not the applicant’s first language - IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5. or equivalent. TOEFL ib: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Royal Holloway

Located among 135 acres of beautiful Surrey parkland, Royal Holloway, University of London is a world-class research institution.

  • Research is top 25 in the UK (Research Excellence Framework)
  • Located on a beautiful 135-acre parkland.
  • Ranked 34th best UK university (Times Higher Education 2020)
  • Just 19 miles from central London

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