Radio to Optical Frequency Engineering (H6109)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Radio Frequency (RF) circuits are the fundamental building blocks in a vast array of consumer electronics and wireless communication devices. Fibre optic communications is the backbone of the internet and enabler also from mobile communication systems.

Using a combination of theory and practice, and drawing on latest research and industry standards, this modules provides insight into the principles of operation, together with guidance to developing RF circuit designs as well as fundamental principles and design of fibre optics.

It introduces established high frequency circuit design techniques along with a coverage of electromagnetic transmission to millimetre wave and optical frequencies. You'll benefit from the practical and highly illustrative approach combined with simplified mathematical theory, analysis, design and operation of RF and microwave circuits and optical fibres.

Topics covered include:

  • high frequency devices and equivalent circuit models
  • S-parameters
  • biasing
  • linearity
  • stability and matching
  • the Smith chart
  • RF noise
  • key concepts of broad and narrow band small signal amplifiers, mixers, and high-efficiency broadband power amplifier design complemented by PCB fabrication and laboratory implementation
  • high frequency measurements using vector network analyser
  • fundamentals and design of optical fibres.


65%: Lecture
35%: Practical (Laboratory)


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 34 hours of contact time and about 116 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: