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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Embedded Systems Engineering MSc

Embedded Systems project


The huge growth of processing power, now available in small power efficient packages has fuelled the digital revolution. All sectors of the economy have been touched by the digital revolution. The growth of tools and techniques within this sector has led to a significant skills shortage, particularly for those trained at the highest level.

This is a practically-orientated and advanced postgraduate course in the area of electronics design and applications. It is distinctive in that it provides a strong digital technology core reinforced 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 will prepare you for a range of careers in industry. Another feature of the course is the substantial amounts of practical work, which will give you confidence with software and digital hardware implementations using micro controllers, FPGA, DSP devices and general system-on-chip the methodology.

Course duration: Full-time, 12 months
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
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 tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. 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 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

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
Mobile Application Development 15
Digital Signal Processing for Communications 15
Mini Projects and Laboratory 15
DSP Hardware Implementation 15
Digital Design for System-on-chip 15
Digital Media Engineering 15
Medical Electronics and E-Health 15
Pilot Study 15
Research Project 45
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 degree equivalent to a UK upper second class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in appropriate numerate disciplines usually electronic engineering, but others may be considered. In some special cases, if places are still available, applicants with a good lower second class (2:2) honours degree and who have relevant experience may also be considered and should not be deterred from applying.

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

English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for a masters course is to apply online. This way you can track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer you can download an application form. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

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