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This is an MSc course in Embedded Systems with contributions from the fields of mechatronics and robotics. Embedded systems are microprocessor-based systems within a larger mechanical or electrical system that performs a dedicated function or task. Read more
This is an MSc course in Embedded Systems with contributions from the fields of mechatronics and robotics.

Embedded systems are microprocessor-based systems within a larger mechanical or electrical system that performs a dedicated function or task. They encompass a wide variety of products ranging from small mobile phones to large process automation installations. A practicing engineer in the field of embedded systems needs to have a specialised expertise in more than one of the engineering subjects of this multi-discipline subject.

Our MSc is tailored to provide you with advanced learning in microprocessor systems that are at the heart of embedded systems, with additional contributions from the fields of mechatronics and robotics. This approach reflects the needs of the industry and is well supported by the range in expertise we have in our Department.

The Department of Engineering and Design covers the full gamete of teaching in electronic, telecommunication and computer networks engineering as well as mechanical engineering and product design.

Our academics are a cohesive group of highly skilled lecturers, practitioners and researchers. You'll benefit from your choice of supervisors to support a wide range of modern and multi-discipline Masters-level projects. Our teaching is supported by well-equipped laboratory workshops, using mostly the latest hardware and software available in universities.

- Robot Detectives
LSBU holds an international reputation as a world leader in the use of robotics in non-destructive testing and developing intelligent robotic systems. Groundbreaking projects have ranged from building wall climbing robots to robots that work under water and oil.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/mechatronics-robotics-engineering-msc

Modules

- Embedded system design
This module shows you how to design and implement an Embedded System on a single IC. You will learn about the basics and the benefits of all programmable devices. The SOC (System on Chip) process flow is explained for FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) stressing the role played by the Hardware Description Languages (HDL). The accompanying workshops demonstrate the use of tools and methodologies as well as the programming, verifying and protecting your designs. We use the commercial software Quartus II and QSYS and the hardware development platform DE2 by Altera.

- Individual project
The individual project is a major element of the course. It involves a wider spectrum of multidisciplinary research in design, manufacturing systems, quality management and IT, with due regard to the efficient exploitation of the technology, materials and marketing resources of industrial firms. Students are encouraged to work on industrial-based projects.

- Pattern recognition and machine learning
This module introduces the fundamentals of both statistical learning theory and practical approaches for solving pattern recognition problems. Further, it consolidates lectures with experimental computer-based workshops to inculcate the principles of machine learning and classification. The module covers: Bayesian decision theory, parametric density estimation, linear discriminant functions, perceptrons, support vector machines, neural networks and clustering.

- Microprocessor-based control and robotics
This module will provide information allowing you to critically evaluate and make the right choice of the microprocessor that will be at the heart of your embedded system. To this effect we provide a thorough discussion and qualitative comparison of the various microprocessor architectures and the methods of the software development available to you. The workshop assignments involve interfacing 8 and 32 bit microcontrollers to a wide range of devices, including robotic manipulators and control/measurement instrumentation.

- Electromechanical systems and manufacturing technology
This module consists of two parts. The first part covers the design of electromechanical components of the embedded system. The material presented here derives from the fields of Mechatronics and Robotics. The second part provides information on modern developments in the field of materials and the manufacturing. Examples of topics covered include applications of nano-technology, use of polymers and composites. Manufacturing techniques are described together with process modelling and control that is essential to produce the material to the required specification.

- Technology evaluation and commercialisation
This module includes: research product idea generation; product definition and value proposition; market research and assessment; functional assessment of product concepts; and strategic assessment of commercial viability.

- Technical, research and professional skills
This module includes: an introduction to project management, project planning, research project characteristics, ethics, feasibility analysis of requirements and resources; research methods; stages in project management; modelling and optimisation tools (PERT and CPM); technical report writing.

- Robotics
This module introduces you to the basic elements and principles of modern robotics. You'll gain a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of the fundamental concepts of this important and fast developing field. Essential geometric concepts will be introduced and these will be applied to the analysis and control of several different types of machines. A key feature of the module will be the wide range of robotic devices studied, from industrial serial manipulators, through mobile robots to quadcopters. The workshop for this modules includes various topics such as Robot Programming, Path Planning, Mapping and Localisation.

- MSc project
The individual project is a major element of the course. We offer a supervision of projects from a wide spectrum of either specialized or multi-disciplinary topics. There are opportunities for individual-centered projects as well for the student being allocated specific tasks within a larger research effort. Students are encouraged to work on industrial-based projects under joint supervision with their employer.

Employability

The course has been designed to help to meet the needs of industry. How much your employability will increase, will depend on your background and the personal contribution you make to your development whilst studying on the course.

Benefits for new graduates

If you are a new graduate in electronic or computer engineering then you benefit from the further advanced topics presented. You'll get an opportunity to cut your teeth on a challenging MSc Project, which will demonstrate your abilities to the potential employers. Alternatively, you could also pursue PhD studies after completing the course.

Benefits of returning to University after time working in industry

If you are returning to University after a period of working in industry, then you'll be able to update yourself with the recent technological progress in the field. You'll gain confidence in your ability to perform at your best and stand a better chance to seek challenging work opportunities. If you are already working in the field, the MSc qualification will enhance your status which will may help with your promotion.

Employment links

We are continually developing links with employers who are interested to provide internship to our students . Examples of this can include small VHDL and DSP designs, ARM based designs, industrial design or correlation research. These projects can be performed as part of the curriculum or as part of a research project.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

The School of Engineering at LSBU has a strong culture of research, extensive research links with industry through consultancy works and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), and teaching content is closely related to the latest research findings in the field.

History and expertise

A strong research tradition and our industrial links has helped shaped the course design, content selection, course delivery and project supervision.

The Department of Engineering and Design has a strong Mechatronics, Robotics and Non-destructive testing research group with a wide national and international profile. This is in addition to excellent research in many areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, product design, computer network and telecommunications engineering.

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Your smartphone is probably the most well-known example of an advanced embedded system; a handheld low-power device that carries out signal processing at the same time as it is able to entertain its user with computer games, internet sessions, and streaming audio/video. Read more
Your smartphone is probably the most well-known example of an advanced embedded system; a handheld low-power device that carries out signal processing at the same time as it is able to entertain its user with computer games, internet sessions, and streaming audio/video. What makes a system embedded is that system functionality must be implemented in hardware and software within very challenging constraints, such as performance, power consumption, real-time demands, reliability, and size.

The aim of this programme is to educate engineers that can design, implement and verify advanced embedded electronic systems based on hardware and software. The programme graduates will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, such as integrated circuit technology, computer design, industrial design methodologies and industrial design software suites. Programme graduates will be qualified to work as productive engineers in industrial teams designing state-of-the-art embedded products or intellectual property, or to undertake graduate studies leading to a doctorate in the field of electronic system design.

Who should apply

As far as study background, most of our students have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or in Computer Science and Engineering. In particular, you need skills in electronic and computer fundamentals, including digital system design using VHDL/Verilog and basic programming.

Why apply

This programme is designed to address the entire design challenge of embedded systems. During the first fall semester three compulsory courses will give you a solid design platform in preparation for the spring design project, when all students will participate in a programme-wide embedded system design project; here, the knowledge and skills acquired during the fall are put to use in the design of a prototype embedded system. By adding elective courses from one of the three main profiles - System Design, Computer Systems and Electronics Production - each student can combine breadth with a certain depth.

An overarching idea of the programme is to facilitate progression of key knowledge and skills throughout the courses that lead up to the big spring project. The programme makes use of progressive educational methods such as small projects, hands-on design exercises, flipped classroom teaching and scientific writing. Also, examination is adapted to the learning outcomes which means that the traditional written exam is complemented by, for example, report and log book writing, project demonstrations and oral examinations.

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This MSc concentrates on the commercially important and rapidly expanding area of embedded digital systems. It is the ideal choice if you plan a career in embedded systems engineering, or for professional development if you already work in the engineering industry. Read more
This MSc concentrates on the commercially important and rapidly expanding area of embedded digital systems. It is the ideal choice if you plan a career in embedded systems engineering, or for professional development if you already work in the engineering industry.

Embedded systems are at the heart of many engineering devices and you will investigate how they are designed and implemented in hardware and software. You will learn how to critically understand and apply circuit and system simulation techniques, with an emphasis on products that incorporate embedded technology. You will also understand the design of embedded systems, including microcontroller architectures and real-time embedded hardware operating systems.

The course has significant input from industry and as part of the course you will be given the chance to undertake a 6-month unpaid internship*. Whilst not compulsory, internships provide the opportunity to put the theory you’ve learned in the classroom into practice in the real world.

Routes of study:
The course is available to study via two routes:
- MSc Embedded Systems Design (with internship)
- MSc Embedded Systems Design (without internship)

Please note: *Internships are available to full-time students only. Internship places are limited. Students have the opportunity to work in a participating UK company or within a Research Centre at the University. You can also opt to study the course without an internship which will reduce your course length.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1492-msc-embedded-systems-design-with-internship

What you will study

Modules include:
- Embedded Systems Design
- Designing with RTOS
- Digital Design with HDLs
- Research Methodology and Product Management
- Opto-Electronics Devices for Life Science and Measurement
- Applied Digital Signal Processing
- * Six month Internship*
- Msc Major Project (60 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

MSc Embedded Systems Design is delivered in three major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year in February and September. You will learn to use the latest computer-aided engineering tools and techniques for the design, manufacture and testing of electronic products. There are six taught modules and an 18-week major project. If you study part-time, you will study three modules per year.

The course is available to study via two main routes, you can opt to add further value to your studies by undertaking an internship or simply focus on building your academic knowledge through a on-campus study as detailed below:


MSc Embedded Systems Design (with internship):

- Delivery: Full-time only | Start dates: September and February
If you choose to undertake an internship, your course will be delivered in four major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern. Six taught modules are completed during two teaching blocks featuring 12 contact hours per week. This is followed by 6 month period of internship, after which the student returns to undertake a 16-week major research project. Please note: Course length may vary dependent on your chosen start date.


MSc Embedded Systems Design (without internship):

- Delivery: Full-time and Part-time | Start dates: September and February
The study pathway available without internship is available full-time and part-time. The full-time route is delivered in three major blocks. Six taught modules are completed during two teaching blocks featuring 12 contact hours per week followed by a 16-week major research project. The full-time course duration is about 12 months, if you study part-time then you will complete the course in three years. Part-time study involves completing three modules in each of the first two years and a major research project in the final year. The use of block-mode delivery in this way allows flexible entry and exit, and also enables practising engineers to attend a single module as a short course.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Many industries need specialists in embedded systems design, and by the time you graduate, your skills and knowledge will be highly desired by employers. Careers are available in industrial and technology sectors such as embedded systems hardware or software development, telecommunication implementations, instrumentation, general real-time device applications, and signal processing development.

Internship

Internships are only available to students studying full-time: Following successful completion of six taught modules, you will be competitively selected to join participating UK companies or University Research Centres on a six-month period of unpaid work placement before returning to undertake your major research project. All students who have an offer for the MSc Embedded Systems Design (with internship) are guaranteed an internship either in industry or in a University Research Centre.

There are 10 internship places available. Students who wish to undertake an internship must apply for the MSc Embedded Systems Design (with internship). It is anticipated that there will be significant demand for this programme and applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and the numbers of students offered a place on the programme with internship will be capped.

If the course is already full and we are unable to offer you a place on the Masters course with internship, we may be able to consider you for the standard MSc Embedded Systems Design (without internship) which is a shorter programme.

Assessment methods

Typically, each module will be assessed through coursework.

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This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer. Read more
This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer.

You will gain expertise and experience in the areas of analogue and digital systems and circuit design using state-of-the-art software and processors. You will gain the in-depth knowledge and skills you need for analysing, modelling and optimising the performance of advanced microelectronic and communication systems. The course covers a broad range of topics including advanced embedded system technologies, digital design automation and silicon electronic design, as well as optical fibre communication systems and wireless communications.

This course can also be taken in January - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/microelectronic-and-communication-engineering-msc-ft-dtfmiz6/

Learn From The Best

Our passion for research informs the curriculum and impacts our teaching, ensuring that course content stays current and our academic staff are amongst the best in the country. The team include published authors and industry experts with research interests including analogue electronics, networking, professionalism in practice, teaching and learning in technology and project management.

The department of Physics and Electrical Engineering is a top-35 research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the 2014 UK wide Research Excellence Framework. This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

Teaching And Assessment

Your progress will be monitored by lecturing staff and advice and appropriate links supplied to improve your learning. Web links are provided for further reading whilst online videos, where appropriate, are available for you to review taught material in your own time. Lecture material is enhanced with laboratory sessions which allow demonstration of theories and exploration of practical problems and limitations.

As a postgraduate student you will be expected to have a responsible and professional approach to learning, accessing the material and support provided and raising any problems with academic staff or your programme leader. You will have an opportunity to take an active role in the operation and content of the course via the departmental programme committee.

Module Overview
KD7019 - Advanced Embedded System Design Technology (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7020 - Digital Design Automation (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7063 - Wireless Communication Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7064 - Optical Communications System (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7065 - MSc Engineering Project (Core, 60 Credits)
KD7066 - Analogue Electronic Design (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7067 - Engineering Research and Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

Whether your subject matter is renewable energy, astrophysics or communications, our range of specialist and general use facilities will support you. Throughout your work you will be able to measure, explore, experiment and model developments that are changing the way we all live our lives.

Technology to enhance learning in engineering is embedded throughout the programme. This takes the form of self-guided exercises, online tests with feedback, assessment feedback and videos and tutorials to support lectures. Self-development and employability are enhanced throughout the programme, especially with respect to communicating ideas in written and oral forms, the use of appropriate IT tools, personal time management, problem solving and independent learning skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Our course is at the forefront of current knowledge and practice, shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. All the modules are industry or research informed, based upon academic staff industrial experience, consultancy or personal research interests. This allows the knowledge and skills that you will acquire to meet the need and practical application for real world scenarios.

The course is supported by a team of academics who are highly respected by research groups around the world and who make a significant contribution to the faculty and University vision for the future of research within the higher education sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

A strong industrial and research based curriculum enhances your employability by considering real world scenarios in which known solutions are absent. You will be encouraged to research information from professional publications, company literature, etc. to determine innovative and appropriate solutions to these scenarios, enabling you to demonstrate relevant industry practice.

You will also be attached to one of the departmental or faculty research groups for your final dissertation, exposed to and incorporated into a working team and environment. This provides the opportunity for both work-related learning experience and professional career development.

Your Future

The rapid growth of the communications and microelectronics industries has created a strong demand for skilled engineers, who are able to design and manufacture semiconductors and freespace and optical communication systems. The UK Government’s commitment to high-speed broadband means that demand for communications engineers is expected to outstrip supply. UK and international demand for microelectronic engineers remains strong, with salaries reflecting employers’ need to attract the best candidates.

Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped to apply for roles such as communications engineer, electronic/electrical engineer, operational researcher, software engineer and systems developer. You may also consider the wider engineering and information technology sectors, including energy, transport, electronics and telecommunications, defence and manufacturing and engineering management.

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An understanding of advanced digital systems engineering is vital to the design of most modern electronic devices and systems. The Advanced Digital Systems Engineering MSc enables you to develop advanced skills in the major aspects of modern embedded systems design at hardware, software and firmware levels. Read more
An understanding of advanced digital systems engineering is vital to the design of most modern electronic devices and systems. The Advanced Digital Systems Engineering MSc enables you to develop advanced skills in the major aspects of modern embedded systems design at hardware, software and firmware levels.

Recent advances in chip fabrication technologies now mean that it is possible to use embedded system technology in an increasing number of technically demanding applications and engineers with skills in embedded system design are in high demand. In the EU it has been estimated that over 600,000 new jobs in embedded systems will be created over the next 10 years.

Advanced Digital Systems Engineering has a central role in computer systems, mobile and wireless communications, consumer electronics and automotive engineering and is important in the design of modern instrumentation and measurement systems used for industrial automation and manufacturing processes.

The MSc programme uses practical examples in instrumentation, monitoring, control, computing and communication to illustrate the evolving technology. Graduates are able to develop embedded systems using a variety of technology platforms in a wide range of applications including communications, consumer electronics, automotive electronics, industrial control, instrumentation and measurement.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/252/embedded-systems-instrumentation

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media.

Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.

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The MSc in Electronics with Embedded Systems aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced level of understanding in the design of real-time embedded systems for time-critical, power sensitive applications. Read more
The MSc in Electronics with Embedded Systems aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced level of understanding in the design of real-time embedded systems for time-critical, power sensitive applications. Practical skillset development is emphasized throughout the course. Students will be taught the theory, protocol and the efficient use of both analogue and digital interfaces and sensor devices together with the principles of and use of Real-Time-Operating-Systems (RTOS). A key focus of the course will be in the implementation of power aware sustainable solutions, the course will provide an in-depth discussion of the underlying power management hardware sub-systems within modern MCUs and will show and use software techniques that will exploit these to reduce power consumption.

Broader consideration of embedded system design will be examined. In particular, the design process, risk assessment, product life-cycle, software life-cycle, safety and regulation will be investigated and used. It is intended that the course will re-focus existing knowledge held by the student in software engineering and hardware engineering and deliver a set of enhanced practical skills that will enable the student to fully participate in this multi-disciplined, fast expanding and dominating engineering sector of embedded systems.

Course Structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

MSc Electronics Suite of Courses

The MSc in Electronics has four distinct pathways:
-Robotic and Control Systems
-Embedded Systems
-System-on-Chip Technologies
-Medical Instrumentation

The subject areas covered within the four pathways of the electronic suite of MSc courses offer students an excellent launch pad which will enable the successful graduate to enter into these ever expanding, fast growing and dominant areas. With ever increasing demands from consumers such as portability, increased battery life and greater functionality combined with reductions in cost and shrinking scales of technologies, modern electronic systems are finding ever more application areas.

A vastly expanding application base for electronic systems has led to an explosion in the use of embedded system technologies. Part of this expansion has been led by the introduction of new medical devices and robotic devices entering the main stream consumer market. Industry has also fed the increase in demand particularly within the medical electronics area with the need of more sophisticated user interfaces, demands to reduce equipment costs, demands for greater accessibility of equipment and a demand for ever greater portability of equipment.

There are plenty of opportunities for employment in the electronic systems subject area, in particular, there is a demand for engineers that can solve problems requiring a multi-disciplined approach covering skills from software engineering, control engineering, digital electronic systems engineering, analogue electronic engineering, medical physics, and mechanics amongst others. The MSc in Electronics and its specialist pathways will provide the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter this exciting world of multi-disciplined jobs.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Electronics MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

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This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer. Read more
This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer.

You will gain expertise and experience in the areas of analogue and digital systems and circuit design using state-of-the-art software and processors. You will gain the in-depth knowledge and skills you need for analysing, modelling and optimising the performance of advanced microelectronic and communication systems. The course covers a broad range of topics including advanced embedded system technologies, digital design automation and silicon electronic design, as well as optical fibre communication systems and wireless communications.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

It’s also possible to complete this course in one year without the Advanced Practice element.

Learn From The Best

Our passion for research informs the curriculum and impacts our teaching, ensuring that course content stays current and our academic staffs are amongst the best in the country. The team include published authors and industry experts with research interests including analogue electronics, networking, professionalism in practice, teaching and learning in technology and project management.

The department of Physics and Electrical Engineering is a top-35 research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the 2014 UK wide Research Excellence Framework. This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

Teaching And Assessment

Your progress will be monitored by lecturing staff and advice and appropriate links supplied to improve your learning. Web links are provided for further reading whilst online videos, where appropriate, are available for you to review taught material in your own time. Lecture material is enhanced with laboratory sessions which allow demonstration of theories and exploration of practical problems and limitations.

As a postgraduate student you will be expected to have a responsible and professional approach to learning, accessing the material and support provided and raising any problems with academic staff or your programme leader. You will have an opportunity to take an active role in the operation and content of the course via the departmental programme committee.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

Module Overview
Year One
KD7019 - Advanced Embedded System Design Technology (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7020 - Digital Design Automation (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7063 - Wireless Communication Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7064 - Optical Communications System (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7066 - Analogue Electronic Design (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7067 - Engineering Research and Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)

Year Two
KD7065 - MSc Engineering Project (Core, 60 Credits)
KF7005 - Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Whether your subject matter is renewable energy, astrophysics or communications, our range of specialist and general use facilities will support you. Throughout your work you will be able to measure, explore, experiment and model developments that are changing the way we all live our lives.

Technology to enhance learning in engineering is embedded throughout the course. This takes the form of self-guided exercises, online tests with feedback, assessment feedback and videos and tutorials to support lectures. Self-development and employability are enhanced throughout the course, especially with respect to communicating ideas in written and oral forms, the use of appropriate IT tools, personal time management, problem solving and independent learning skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Our course is at the forefront of current knowledge and practice, shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. All the modules are industry or research informed, based upon academic staff industrial experience, consultancy or personal research interests. This allows the knowledge and skills that you will acquire to meet the need and practical application for real world scenarios.

The course is supported by a team of academics who are highly respected by research groups around the world and who make a significant contribution to the faculty and University vision for the future of research within the higher education sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

A strong industrial and research based curriculum enhances your employability by considering real world scenarios in which known solutions are absent. You will be encouraged to research information from professional publications, company literature, etc. to determine innovative and appropriate solutions to these scenarios, enabling you to demonstrate relevant industry practice.

You will also be attached to one of the departmental or faculty research groups for your final dissertation, exposed to and incorporated into a working team and environment. This provides the opportunity for both work-related learning experience and professional career development.

Your Future

The rapid growth of the communications and microelectronics industries has created a strong demand for skilled engineers, who are able to design and manufacture semiconductors and freespace and optical communication systems. The UK Government’s commitment to high-speed broadband means that demand for communications engineers is expected to outstrip supply. UK and international demand for microelectronic engineers remains strong, with salaries reflecting employers’ need to attract the best candidates.

Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped to apply for roles such as communications engineer, electronic/electrical engineer, operational researcher, software engineer and systems developer. You may also consider the wider engineering and information technology sectors, including energy, transport, electronics and telecommunications, defence and manufacturing and engineering management.

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This MSc has been designed to capture the essence of the rapidly developing fields of Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems. Read more
This MSc has been designed to capture the essence of the rapidly developing fields of Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems. It is suitable for a computer science or electrical/electronic engineering graduate who wishes to specialise in the high-speed technology of embedded microelectronics and wireless systems including mobile communications.

As a leading university we are committed to the advancement of embedded microelectronic systems. Research in the University is carried out in several faculty research centres such as Transport & Mobility, Manufacturing & Material Engineering and Cogents Lab, where advances in fields associated with embedded microelectronics and wireless systems include designing real-time wireless networks, the application of systems modelling, statistical and artificial intelligence techniques.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Electrical and electronic research carried out in the Faculty is recognised as world-leading, 45% Internationally Excellent (RAE 2008)
-Excellent links with a number of industrial organisations enable access to the use of high-cost equipment for real-time investigations

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The MSc in Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems curriculum consists of a fixed menu of study and a substantial MSc project. Successful completion of both parts leads to the award of MSc in Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems. Completion of the taught modules without a project leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

The mandatory modules are as follows:
-Digital System Design with VHDL
-Object Orientated Programming
-Digital Communications
-Digital Signal and Image Processing
-Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics and Applications
-Embedded Operating Systems
-Wireless Intelligent Systems
-Microprocessor Applications
-Individual Project

Prospective students should be aware that most of the mandatory modules include an element of programming, usually in the C/C++ language.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems are now ever-present in all aspects of technological life for example automotive, biotechnology, communications fixed and mobile networks, information technology, industrial electronics process control, security, and computer technology.

So much so that there is a demand for top graduates in the fields of embedded microelectronics and wireless systems to work either in their development or in the vast number of industries that employ these technologies.

Opportunities also exist to complete a PhD research degree upon completion of the master’s course. More information can be found on our Research page.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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An MSc-level conversion programme for those with first degrees in numerate disciplines (e.g. Maths, Physics, others with some mathematics to pre-university level should enquire). Read more
An MSc-level conversion programme for those with first degrees in numerate disciplines (e.g. Maths, Physics, others with some mathematics to pre-university level should enquire). The programme targets producing engineers with the knowledge and skills required for working in the communications industry on programmable hardware, in particular. There is a high demand for people to fill such roles in communications and test & measure equipment vendors, and in many smaller companies developing devices for the internet of things.

The huge growth of interconnected devices expected in the Internet of Things and the goals of flexible, high-speed wireless connections for 5G mobile networks and beyond, require programmable, embedded electronics to play a vital role. From the development of small, intelligence sensors to the design of large-scale network hardware that can be functionally adaptive in software-defined networking, there is a huge demand for advanced embedded electronics knowledge and skills in the communications sector.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1223/embedded-communications-engineering

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media.

Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

EL829 - Embedded Real-Time Operating Systems (15 credits)
EL849 - Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
EL893 - Reconfigurable Architectures (15 credits)
EL896 - Computer and Microcontroller Architectures (15 credits)
EL822 - Communication Networks (15 credits)
EL827 - Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)
EL871 - Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (15 credits)
EL872 - Wireless/Mobile Communications (15 credits)
EL873 - Broadband Networks (15 credits)
EL890 - MSc Project (60 credits)

Research areas

- Communications

The Group’s activities cover system and component technologies from microwave to terahertz frequencies. These include photonics, antennae and wireless components for a broad range of communication systems. The Group has extensive software research tools together with antenna anechoic chambers, network and spectrum analysers to millimetre wave frequencies and optical signal generation, processing and measurement facilities. Current research themes include:

- photonic components
- networks/wireless systems
- microwave and millimetre-wave systems
- antenna systems
- radio-over-fibre systems
- electromagnetic bandgaps and metamaterials
- frequency selective surfaces.

- Intelligent Interactions:

The Intelligent Interactions group has interests in all aspects of information engineering and human-machine interactions. It was formed in 2014 by the merger of the Image and Information Research Group and the Digital Media Research Group.

The group has an international reputation for its work in a number of key application areas. These include: image processing and vision, pattern recognition, interaction design, social, ubiquitous and mobile computing with a range of applications in security and biometrics, healthcare, e-learning, computer games, digital film and animation.

- Social and Affective Computing
- Assistive Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction
- Brain-Computer Interfaces
- Mobile, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
- Sensor Networks and Data Analytics
- Biometric and Forensic Technologies
- Behaviour Models for Security
- Distributed Systems Security (Cloud Computing, Internet of Things)
- Advanced Pattern Recognition (medical imaging, document and handwriting recognition, animal biometrics)
- Computer Animation, Game Design and Game Technologies
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Digital Arts, Virtual Narratives.

- Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems:

The Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems Research Group comprises a mixture of highly experienced, young and vibrant academics working in three complementary research themes – embedded systems, instrumentation and control. The Group has established a major reputation in recent years for solving challenging scientific and technical problems across a range of industrial sectors, and has strong links with many European countries through EU-funded research programmes. The Group also has a history of industrial collaboration in the UK through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

The Group’s main expertise lies primarily in image processing, signal processing, embedded systems, optical sensors, neural networks, and systems on chip and advanced control. It is currently working in the following areas:

- monitoring and characterisation of combustion flames
- flow measurement of particulate solids
- medical instrumentation
- control of autonomous vehicles
- control of time-delay systems
- high-speed architectures for real-time image processing
- novel signal processing architectures based on logarithmic arithmetic.

Careers

The programme targets producing engineers with the knowledge and skills required for working in the communications industry on programmable hardware, in particular. There is a high demand for people to fill such roles in communications and test & measure equipment vendors, and in many smaller companies developing devices for the internet of things.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

We have developed our programmes with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students are in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline. You develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for, including problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The future of information and communication technology (ICT) is driven by mobile and networked embedded systems. Read more

About Mobile and Embedded Systems

The future of information and communication technology (ICT) is driven by mobile and networked embedded systems: tomorrow’s digital cities, Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will all depend on embedded sensing of real-world phenomena, in-situ computation as well as automated information exchange and data distribution using machine-to-machine (M2M) com­munications between local and distributed control systems and machinery.

The ‘smart grid’ is one example of an application for future embedded systems, as it uses real-time sensing of the available renewable energy to determine where energy is to be routed across the power grid and controls intelligent machinery to increase production during peak times; this requires that internet-connected smart meters are installed in industrial plants and private homes alike to facilitate real-time sensing and control of technical systems.

Another exciting area of application for embedded systems is mobile and wearable technology, which allows users to access and manipulate information ‘on the go’ as the system provides relevant and timely information — indeed, this is one of the main purposes of mobile information technology such as smartphones and tablet computers. Additional meaning for this Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is generated by the context of the device, the user, the location and many more factors, all of which are sensed and computed by a plenitude of embedded sensors and collocated or connected systems.

Wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches collect bio-physiological and health-related data to facilitate novel applications, including smart contact lenses and feedback systems for the learning of physical activities. At the same time, increasing cross-device interoperability means that users of head-mounted augmented reality and virtual reality displays can, for instance, use their entire smartphone screen as a keyboard and have the typed text displayed on augmented reality glasses.

Programme content

The programme is divided into three module groups with core and elective modules. These are:

1. Human-Computer Interaction
2. Systems Engineering
3. Data Processing, Signals and Systems

Features

- Excellent rankings for computer science, e.g. in U-Multirank and the CHE rankings
- A strongly research-oriented two-year programme with a modern, broad range of subjects
- Allows flexible interest-based selection of modules from the groups ‘Human-Computer Interaction’, ‘Systems Engineering’ and ‘Data Processing, Signals and Systems’
- A fully English-taught programme
- An outstanding staff-student ratio
- Participation in cutting-edge research projects
- Excellent research and teaching infrastructure
- An extensive network of partnerships with academic institutions and businesses worldwide
- A great student experience in Passau, the ‘City of Three Rivers’

Language requirements

Unless English is your native language or the language of your secondary or undergraduate education, you should provide an English language certificate at level B2 CEFR, e.g. TOEFL with a minimum score of 567 PBT, 87 iBT or ITP 543 (silver); IELTS starting from 5.5; or an equivalent language certificate.

To facilitate daily life in Germany, it would be beneficial for you to have German language skills at level A1 CEFR (beginner’s level). If you do not have any German skills when starting out on the programme, you will complete a compulsory beginner’s German course during your first year of study.

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This programme will not have a 2016 intake as the content is being extensively improved. Microcontrollers are being designed into more and more products e.g. Read more

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This programme will not have a 2016 intake as the content is being extensively improved.

Overview

Microcontrollers are being designed into more and more products e.g. motor cars, washing machines, mobile phones etc. The fast growing and challenging area of embedded systems requires engineers with hardware and software design capabilities for use in this variety of situations. This advanced programme of study offers a natural progression route for graduates in electrical and electronic engineering, physics, computer science, or related disciplines, and is structured to provide the student with the necessary skills for embedded systems development.

Aims and Objectives

To provide knowledge of electronic systems design based around microcontrollers
To provide the ability to manage new technologies and integrate them into system design
To satisfy the growing demand for engineers with embedded systems experience
To facilitate professional development of the student that will lead to a successful professional career

Distinctive features

MSc in Embedded Systems is for students who wish to study a programme to engage them in system development and design focussing on microcontrollers, both hardware and software. It will provide advanced knowledge in areas essential for this type of design and development, whilst also providing learning in areas closely associated to embedded systems such as control and communications.

Modular structure

The course conforms to the standard University of Hull structure, consisting of two taught semesters (the Diploma stage) followed by a substantial individual project. Core modules are compulsory; choice of optional modules is based on student preferences.

Core:

Advanced Digital Systems Design (Semester 1)
Product Planning and Design Exercise (Semester 1)
Complex Circuits and Systems (Semester 2)
Advanced Discreet Time Signal Processing and Integrated Circuit Design (Semesters 1 and 2)
Dissertation project

Options:

Mobile Radio
Propagation and Antennas
Advanced Control
Radio Frequency and Microwave Devices
Techniques and Measurements
Machine Vision

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Systems in mobile telephones, computers, cars and aircraft are shrinking, with many parts implemented as a single integrated circuit. Read more

Course Summary

Systems in mobile telephones, computers, cars and aircraft are shrinking, with many parts implemented as a single integrated circuit. This course prepares you for the rapidly changing skills required to support this. The focus is on system-on-chip design techniques and extensive practical use of cutting-edge and industry-standard methods. You will be taken through the system-on-chip design process, from concept to implementation.

Modules

Semester one: System-on-Chip Electronic Design Automation; Nanoelectronic Devices; Digital System Design; System-on-Chip Design Techniques

Semester two: SOC Design Project; Automated Software Verification; Analogue and Mixed Signal CMOS Design; Advanced Wireless Communication Networks and Systems; Medical Electrical and Electronic Technologies; Cryptography; Digital Systems Synthesis; Embedded Processors

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COURSE AIMS. This MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. Read more
COURSE AIMS
This MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. This programme aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading in teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of the power systems and networks of the future.

This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

Power system engineering – using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods;
Design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks;
Regulatory frameworks for, and operation of, power systems and electricity markets.
Who should Study this Course?
This newly designed M.Sc. programme is appropriate for those seeking an in-depth knowledge of sustainable electrictrical power including:

Graduates in power or electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related disciplines who aspire to work in the electrical power industry;
Industrially experienced graduate engineers and managers who recognise the importance of developing new analytical and critical skills, and state-of-the-art methodologies associated with the development sustainable electrical power systems.

COURSE MODULES

Sustainable Power Generation

Generation costing of solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, wind, hydro, tidal, and wave.
Storage technologies and energy conversion: practical understanding and limitations.
Embedded renewable generation: technical challenges, opportunities and connection in electrical transmission and distribution grids.

Energy Economics and Power Markets

Principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, and operation of electricity markets.
Restructuring and deregulation in generation, transmission, and distribution.
Concepts of transmission congestion and demand side management.

Power System Analysis and Security

Capabilities and limitations of modern power systems design.
Accurate use of power systems modelling and analysis of secure operation.
Computational techniques for power systems modelling, optimal power flow, mathematical programming, heuristic methods, artificially intelligent methods.

Power System Operation and Management

Business drivers and technical requirements for operational management.
In-depth knowledge of operational management software.
Energy balance and intermittency in sustainable electrical power system operation and management.

Power Electronics and FACTS

Practical understanding of how to design advanced power electronic circuits.
Modern power electronic integration techniques and state-of-the-art Flexible AC Transmission Systems.
Capabilities and limitations of different power electronic circuits.
Integration of power electronic circuits into Flexible AC Transmission Systems.

Power System Stability and Control

How to ensure effective power system stability and control power system operation using computational methods.
Power system stability problems, static and dynamic, relaying and protection, stability control and protection design, excitation and power system stabilisers.

Project Management

Formal methods and skills to function effectively at high levels of project management.
Development of skills to achieve practical business objectives.

Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop
You will gain experience and expertise with industry relevant tools and techniques through hands-on workshop environments. These practical sessions involve individual and group work. Typical assignments include:

Sustainable generation scheduling.
Integration of renewable energy sources.
Computer simulation of active power filters.
Phase-controlled rectifiers.
Power network security.
Sustainable electrical power system stability control.
Electricity market auctions.
Sustainable electrical power system investment and planning.

Project
This provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply your knowledge and develop deep understanding in a specialised aspect of your choice. Projects can be university or industry and company sponsored students have the opportunity to develop their company’s future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of the student by the collaborating company.

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Embedded Systems are a key technology of modern society. Whether in automotive industry, aerospace and medical technology or in telecommunications, media and entertainment industries – embedded systems always play a major role in state-of-the-art technology. Read more
Embedded Systems are a key technology of modern society. Whether in automotive industry, aerospace and medical technology or in telecommunications, media and entertainment industries – embedded systems always play a major role in state-of-the-art technology.

The curriculum consists of courses belonging to the following areas:

- Design of microelectronic and micromechanic devices
- Software based components
- System integration
- System optimisation regarding speed, cost and energy efficiency
- Safety and reliability

Six different concentration areas are offered:

- Circuits and systems
- Design and simulation
- Sensors and actuators
- Reliable embedded systems
- Distributed systems
- Robotics and computer visions

There are different kinds of courses, such as lectures, exercises, lab courses, seminars and projects. The state-of-the art equipment of the laboratories at the Faculty of Engineering enhance a hands-on teaching style that combines research and teaching. With a flexible curriculum and a high number of elective courses, students can shape their individual profile.

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This course is designed to meet the needs of electrical, electrical power, electronic and telecommunication engineers who are looking to open up their career prospects. Read more
This course is designed to meet the needs of electrical, electrical power, electronic and telecommunication engineers who are looking to open up their career prospects. You will specialise in one of three majors: Emerging Power Systems, Telecommunication and Networking, or Embedded Systems. Among a wide range of optional units, you may study electrical power, renewable energy, communications and computer engineering at the system level and the component level.

The course is designed to allow you to undertake further studies in a field of your preference through advanced coursework and a major project, ultimately developing a prototype and presenting a formal thesis on the outcome. With the approval of the course coordinator, you may also include a unit from the Curtin Business School, or the Department of Computing, or the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

EMERGING POWER SYSTEMS (314675)

Global demands on resources have placed an urgent emphasis on supplying a growing population with affordable, environmentally responsible power. How we manage this challenging paradigm will rely on a new generation of creative, technically savvy engineers. Since fossil fuels are a finite resource, the development of alternative sources of electrical energy such as solar and wind is vital.

The challenges that face you as a power engineer include interfacing renewable sources to the electricity distribution system, maintaining stability in the presence of many small energy sources and guaranteeing an electrical supply in the presence of intermittent sources such as solar power.

This major addresses challenges in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Emergent technologies like smart grid and distributed generation are covered in detail. You will have the opportunity to further investigate and apply emergent technologies through your project work.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING (314676)

The electronics and communication fields represent two of the greatest growing technology areas in the world. With the rapid progress of information technology, the role of communications is becoming even more crucial for increasing industry efficiency and competition – whether machine talking to machine, computer with computer or human with human via a wide array of methods.

This major explores relevant topics in telecommunications and networking like mobile radio communications and data network security. The wide range of optional units includes topics such as computer architectural philosophies, LAN and WAN technologies, electromagnetics, error control coding, troubleshooter management, legal frameworks, and system design. You will also have the opportunity to further investigate a specialist area and apply your skills and knowledge through your project work.

EMBEDDED SYSTEMS (314677)

Our world is characterised by the ever-increasing number of intelligent devices which have inbuilt or 'embedded' computers. Computers in the form of microprocessors are being embedded in almost every other form of system to control them or provide additional services, creating a strong demand for electrical engineers in all industrially advanced nations.

In this major, you will study intermediate and advanced topics in embedded systems, for example, embedded systems in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and embedded software engineering. You will have the opportunity to further investigate and apply emergent technologies in embedded systems through your chosen advanced project.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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