RF Circuit and Systems Design

5-9 July 2010

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Please note that our "RF System and Circuits" course is endorsed by the IET and that the CE Office, FEPS University of Surrey is an Endorsed Provider. Endorsement requires the courses going through the IET Quality Assurance process and training organisations cannot claim to be Endorsed without undertaking assessment by the IET.


Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes

This course is very popular so early booking is advised.


This course is always well subscribed so early registration is advisable. If you wish to make a provisional registration please email the CE Manager on b.steel@surrey.ac.uk

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment. This makes the price of this course very competitive!

Some on-site accommodation is available from Monday-Thursday inclusive. See bottom of page for further information.

Discounts are also given for group bookings of 3 or more delegates on the course from the same company. Please phone +44 (0)1483 686040 for further information.

Course Overview

The course has been specifically designed to cover the major elements relevant to engineers working or starting out in the RF field. By joining some of the foremost experts in the field of RF engineering, attendees will quickly be given the tools to get to grips with the major aspects of RF Circuit & System Design. As we are an IET Endorsed Provider, IET members will receive a discount off the standard prices.


Who Should Attend

This course is intended for delegates wishing to consolidate and upgrade their RF knowledge to improve their effectiveness in the Mobile Radio Industry.  Delegates will obtain an understanding of the technologies behind receiver design including small signal RF amplifiers, synthesisers and PA design. They will become fully conversant with the use of advanced RF Design software packages, and their limitations, and the effects of EMC. Extensive use of a major CAD package will be a feature of this EPSRC supported course.

The format of the course is such that even those with only a rudimentary understanding of the topic will quickly be brought up to speed. The course material progresses to an advanced level equivalent to that required to an MSc module. This course can also form part of the Modular MSc in Electronic Engineering. Please contact the CE office for further details.

RF Circuit and Systems Design aims to provide engineers with a broad and detailed knowledge of  RF circuit design for both receivers and transmitters. Special emphasis will be given to design techniques for planar circuits appropriate for wireless communication systems.



  • Microstrip Design and Fabrication
  • Synthesiser Design
  • Small and Large Signal Amplifier Design
  • Network Analyzer
  • RF Multichip Modules
  • MMICs
  • Mobile Handset Design
  • EMC Considerations



The Lecturers

Brief CVs to follow.

Course Content - Provisional

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

1. RF Transmission Lines


6. RF Amplifiers


11. RF antennas I 


16. Thick-Film & RF

Fabrication - I


21. MMICs


  Dr Charles Free Professor Colin Aitchison Dr Charles Free



Prof. Ian Robertson

(U. Leeds)

2. Planar circuit design

7. Low Noise Oscillators



12. RF Antennas II



17. Thick-Film & RF

Fabrication - II


22. Transmitters and Handsets


Dr Charles Free

Professor Mike Underhill tbc

Dr Charles Free



Prof. Ian Robertson

 (U. Leeds)

3. RF Filters


8. Receivers and Mixers



 13. Reliability Issues

18. VNA




23. Tutorial/lab visit

Dr Charles Free Dr Charles Free Prof Nihal Sinnadurai (Consultant) Nick Ridler (NPL) Dr Charles Free
15:00-15:30 TEA TEA TEA TEA TEA

4. Introduction to CAD

 Huda Osman


9. RF Amplifier Design



14. RF Propagation


19. Dielectric measurements



    Dr Charles Free Dr Charles Free Dr Kevin Lees  (NPL)   
17:00-18:30 approx

5. CAD


 Huda Osman


 10. CAD (amplifier design)


15. CAD (multilayer circuit design)

20. CAD (Antenna Design)


    Dr Charles Free Huda Osman tbc Huda Osman tbc  


Updated 27 October 2010



A list of hotels in the Guildford area is available

Some en-suite student-standard accommodation may be available from Sunday-Monday at £50 per night payable by credit card in advance of the course. Breakfast is included. Please telephone 01483 689849 for further information.




Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes

For IET Members (proof of membership needed)


Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment. This makes the price of this course very competitive!

Discounts are also given for group bookings of 3 or more delegates on the course from the same company. Please phone +44 (0)1483 686040 for further information.

To reserve a place on the above course please complete this Registration Form

Please note that this course books up early so please telephone for availability or preregistration.

Credit Card Payments.

We can accept payment by credit card. However, these take time to process and can hold up registration, particularly in the case of overseas attendees where a VISA application is required. Therefore, when faxing us credit card details please include the following:

We cannot process your card without these details


RF Systems and Circuit Design is also an element within the unique MSc awarded by the University of Surrey. Suitably registered candidates can obtain MSc credit through this course.

Courses currently participating in the Modular Masters Programme are listed below.

* It is possible to gain extra credits on these modules by taking examinations/assignments based on the full Module MSc syllabus.

 (1) Counts as one module.
Registration on the Modular Masters scheme is optional and currently free. In addition to the opportunity to build credits towards a recognised qualification, benefits will include the availability of tutorial support and the opportunity to increase understanding through integrated exercises.

Assessments are mainly by examination with some Assignment content.

All courses are stand alone modules and therefore can be attended on an individual basis.

Students will have up to 4 years to complete their studies.

Pre-registration for the MSc via short courses is currently free, however, a charge of £100 per module is made for the examinations.


CCSR is a post-graduate research centre within the School of Electronic Engineering, Information Technology & Mathematics, running MSc courses in Satellite Communication Engineering, Satellites & Mobile Systems as well as research in:

Mobile Communication Systems Multimedia Systems Networks Digital Signal Processing

CCSR has 60 PhD students in the above area and research grants and contracts worth £5M. It is involved in the Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile & Personal Communications and is a major player in EU Framework awards.

CCSR and CSER were recently awarded the 1996 Queens Anniversary Prize for outstanding work in Satellite Communications & Engineering Research and Teaching.

Further Information

For further information and general enquiries, contact the Continuing Education Office

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Updated 27 October 2009 B Steel