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ES3E6-15 Microwave Engineering and RF Circuits

School of Engineering
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Christos Mias
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
40% coursework, 60% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

ES3E6-15 Microwave Engineering and RF Circuits

Module web page

Module aims

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • To present specialist microwave engineering and RF circuit theory, enable students to perform microwave measurements and design microwave components and RF circuits.
Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Review of transmission line theory, Smith Chart, impedance matching, EM waves
General theory of waveguides
Microstrip line
Scattering parameters
Microwave resonators, power dividers and filters
Microwave diodes
RF Amplifier Design
RF Oscillators
RF Mixers

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Consolidate specialised knowledge in microwave engineering and RF circuit design.
  • Experimentally evaluate the performance of microwave components using microwave equipment.
  • Design microwave components and RF circuits.
  • Perform complex analytical calculations in microwave engineering and RF circuits.
Indicative reading list
  1. Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Design for Wireless Communications, N. Somjit, I. Robertson, M. Chongcheawchamnan, 2016, John Wiley and Sons.
  2. Microwave Active Circuit Analysis and Design, Clive Poole and Izzat Darwazeh, 2016, Academic Press.
  3. Passive and Active RF-Microwave Circuits, Pierre Jarry and Jacques N. Beneat, ISTE Press, Elsevier, 2015.
  4. Microwave Engineering, David M. Pozar, Wiley, 2012.
Subject specific skills

Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills
Ability to conceive, make and realise a component, product, system or process
Ability to be pragmatic, taking a systematic approach and the logical and practical steps necessary for, often complex, concepts to become reality

Transferable skills

Numeracy: apply mathematical and computational methods to communicate parameters, model and optimize solutions
Apply problem solving skills, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities
Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including time management, which may be as a team member or leader

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 30 sessions of 1 hour (20%)
Seminars 2 sessions of 1 hour (1%)
Practical classes 1 session of 1 hour (1%)
Other activity 2 hours (1%)
Private study 115 hours (77%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Self-study 112 hours

Other activity description

2x1 hour Revision classes


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group D3
Weighting Study time
Assignment 40%

Assignment (2250 words)

Online Examination 60%

QMP online examination

~Platforms - AEP,QMP

  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
  • Students may use a calculator
Feedback on assessment
  • Support through advice and feedback hours.
  • Written feedback on marked assignment reports.
  • Cohort-level feedback on final exam.

Past exam papers for ES3E6


To take this module, you must have passed:


This module is Core for:

  • Year 3 of UESA-H63W BEng Electronic Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-H63V BEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 3 of UESA-H63X MEng Electronic Engineering

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 4 of UESA-H636 MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H63Y MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 3 of UESA-H115 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 3 of UESA-H113 BEng Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-H115 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 1 of TESA-H641 Postgraduate Taught Communications and Information Engineering

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 4 of UESA-H111 BEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 3 of UESA-H112 BSc Engineering