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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Embedded Systems Engineering MSc (Eng)

Embedded Systems project


The huge growth of processing power, now available in small power-efficient packages, has fuelled the digital revolution, which has touched all sectors of the economy. The consumer electronics industry has seen MP3 players, PDA devices, HDTV and games consoles, while the car industry has experienced tremendous developments in adaptive control, engine management and GPS. Advances in personal communications have given rise to WiFi and GSM networks. The medical and process industries have sensing and imaging technologies that can visualise three dimensionally in real time. Banking and commerce require secure online transactions, which are only possible through encryption algorithms encoded in embedded systems.

The growth of tools and techniques in this area has led to a significant skills shortage, particularly for those trained at the highest level. This is a practically orientated, advanced course in the area of electronics design and applications. It is distinctive in that it provides a strong digital technology core backed with applications led modules. Examples of these applications include medical and electronics, e-health, intelligent building design, automotive electronics, retail and commerce.

This broad coverage of diverse applications cannot be found in any comparable course in the UK. This is beneficial to you as it prepares you for a range of careers in industry. Another feature of the course is the substantial amount of practical work, giving you confidence with software and digital hardware implementations using microcontrollers, FPGA, DSP devices and general system-on-chip methodology.

Find out about our MSc programme managers by visiting our staff profiles page.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,000
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £3,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

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The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2015 download our 2015 brochure to give you a flavour of what you will study.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 45 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Industry Dissertation 15
Digital Signal Processing for Communications 15
Mini Projects and Laboratory 15
FPGA Design for System-on-chip 15
Digital Media Engineering 15
Embedded Microprocessor System Design 15
Medical Electronics and E-Health 15
Research Project 45
Optional modules (choose one)  
Programming 15
Software Development 15
Optional modules (choose one)  
Digital Wireless Communications Principles 15
Data Communications and Network Security 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
Embedded systems are ubiquitous in engineering and graduates are likely to find employment in a wide and diverse range of industries including: communications, automotive, transport, construction, industrial, automation, energy and environmental monitoring.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in electronic/electrical engineering, physics, computing, or a related discipline; or the equivalent to a good lower second class honours degree (2.2) accompanied by demonstration of specific competence in programming using C, C++, Java or a similar high-level language.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2035.