Postgraduate taught 

Computer Systems Engineering MSc

Microwave and Millimetre Wave Circuit Design ENG5056

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of microwave and millimetre-wave components and to develop the skills necessary for circuit design. This foundation is extended to integrate such components into more complex system such as TX/TR in modern communications and imaging systems taking into considerations of techniques required and technology involved.



Friday 9am - 1pm

Excluded Courses





75% Written exam

25% laboratory exercises

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of the course are: to provide students with fundamental knowledge about microwave and millimeter-wave components and basic circuits; to develop the necessary skills to design microwave and millmeter-wave circuits adhering to specification; to introduce and apply the concepts necessary to integrate such circuits into more complex systems such as TX/TR in modern communications and imaging systems;  to foster students' ability to choose the appropriate techniques/methods for circuit design depending on the technology involved.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Design and analyse millimetre-wave and microwave planar transmission lines (microstrip and CPW) and use them for circuit matching using appropriate techniques depending on the technology involved. 

■ Design and analyse RF behaviour of passive elements such as filters, resonators, couplers and splitters using lumped and distributed element models

■ Design and analyse active devices such as amplifiers, oscillators and low noise receivers using small-signal method

■ Evaluate the most commonly used measurements techniques for application in microwave and millimetre-wave integrated circuits technology.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Requirements for the award of credits

To ensure that a student will be awarded the credits for a course, he or she must complete the course and reach a minimum level of attainment. This requires that a student:

■ be present at lectures, laboratories and tutorials on at least 50% of occasions at which attendance is monitored,

■ satisfactorily complete the assignments in the laboratories,

■ attend the class test (if held) and gain a nonzero mark and

■ attend the degree examination and gain a nonzero mark

Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher partici-pa-tion rates. Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a Websurf absence report.