MSc SIS Edinburgh Course - Radio Frequency Engineering 4 PHYS4062

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course builds on the Electro-magnetics material taught in third year and aims to introduce the student to design techniques used for RF and microwave frequencies. Overall it is intended to give students an appreciation and insight into RF and microwave design addressing antenna systems and offer important components in RF systems.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



PHYS5044 Fundamentals of Sensing



Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Edinburgh University operate a compensation scheme in place of resit examinations for MSc students.

Course Aims

The course aims to teach students the following topics:

- Antenna Systems
- RF Circuits
- Key Parameters
- Design Challenges
- Advanced Systems
- Examples
- Design Techniques and Tools

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Understand key components of an RF system and how they work;

2. Describe the nature of the electro-magnetic field around various antenna types;

3. Explain what is meant by "near" and "far" electro-magnetic fields;

4. Use S-parameters to analyse multi-port networks at RF and microwave frequencies;

5. Design basic RF systems; including antennas, matching circuits and RF amplifiers.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.