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Integrated circuit (IC) technology has been the principal driver of the electronics industry in the past thirty years. The advancement of integrated electronics from the microscale to the nanoscale is critical to the advancement of information technology for another thirty years to come. Read more
Integrated circuit (IC) technology has been the principal driver of the electronics industry in the past thirty years. The advancement of integrated electronics from the microscale to the nanoscale is critical to the advancement of information technology for another thirty years to come.

Program Objectives

Integrated circuit (IC) technology has been the principal driver of the electronics industry in the past thirty years. The advancement of integrated electronics from the microscale to the nanoscale is critical to the advancement of information technology for another thirty years to come. Our daily encounter with ICs starts with mobile phones and computers. Entertainment electronics such as MP3 players and play-stations cannot perform 1% of their functions without using ICs. Fuel injection systems for efficiency and automatic braking systems for safety of automobiles would be non-existent without using ICs. Medical implants, such as pacemakers, would be 500g instead of 5g without using ICs. Tens of millions of smart-cards and RFID tags are issued for security and inventory control every year, and the number grows exponentially. It is evident that the sustenance and advancement of our information society depends on the development of integrated electronics.

Hong Kong has every reason in prompting the IC industry due to her strong research and development foundation in the academic community, and her good marketing sense in defining new applications and products in the industrial community. Many overseas companies are setting up IC design centers in Hong Kong to get closer to the consumers’ market: the mainland China, and in particular, the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong has been recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology as one of the “7+1” designated national IC centers, taking up the role in SIP (semiconductor intellectual property) management. Certainly, Hong Kong is playing an important role in the IC industry in China.

In the past, over 95% of the integrated circuits used in China are imported. There is a clear vision from the Chinese government to build a strong integrated circuit design industry in order to reduce China's dependency in this area and to supply China with the ICs needed for its ever growing electronic industries. The percentage of ICs that are designed and manufactured in China increases year by year due to the new national policy. To fuel the growing IC industry, over 100,000 IC design and production engineers will be needed in China in the next decade. The current education system cannot even train a small fraction of the IC design engineering manpower needed. A similar shortage is also bothering the IC industry in Hong Kong.

The Master of Science in IC Design Engineering (MSc(ICDE)) of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a postgraduate degree program tailored to train IC design engineers for Hong Kong and China. This degree program is designed for professionals and students with a bachelor degree in science or engineering who are interested to acquire in-depth as well as broad-based knowledge in integrated circuit design. The curriculum meets the HKUST requirements for granting the Master of Science degree.

Curriculum

To complete the MSc(ICDE) program, students are required to complete eight taught courses (3 credits x 6 plus 2 credits x 2) and one project course (4 credits).

Complete List of Courses
EESM 5000 CMOS VLSI Design
EESM 5020 Digital VLSI System Design and Design Automation
EESM 5060 Embedded Systems
EESM 5100 Analog Integrated Circuits Analysis and Design
EESM 5120 Advanced Analog IC Analysis and Design
EESM 5200 Semiconductor Devices for Integrated Circuit Designs
EESM 5310 Power Management Circuits and Systems
EESM 5320 Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits Design
EESM 5810 Business Development for Technological Innovations
EESM 5900 Special Topics *
EESM 5920 Topics in Analog IC Systems and Design
EESM 6980 MSc Project
EESM 6980M MSc Project [4 credits]

All the above courses carry 3 credits each (except for EESM5310 and EESM5320 which carry 2 credits each and EESM6980 which carries 4 credits).

* Student may take EESM 5900 for a maximum of 6 credits.

Facilities

Students can enjoy library support, computer support, sports facilities, and email account at no extra cost. Upon graduation, students could also apply for related alumni services.

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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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On this well-established MSc programme you willdevelop advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems. Read more
On this well-established MSc programme you willdevelop advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems.

The course content is updated annually to maintain industry relevance and to reflect the latest developments in the industry.

We cover the following core (compulsory) topics during the MSc:

- Embedded computer systems
- Digital system design
- IC design
- Microprocess systems
- Research skills and project management.

Part-time study is in co-operation with the students’ employers. Please contact the Programme Director before applying.

Projects

Your project work will earn you 60 credits towards your MSc degree. The project's examined by oral presentation and dissertation.

In your work you'll need to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of your topic, mastery of research techniques, and the ability to analyse assembled data and assess outcomes.

Why Electrical Engineering and Electronics?

World-class facilities, including top industry standard laboratories

We have specialist facilities for processing semiconductor devices, optical imaging spectroscopy and sensing, technological plasmas, equipment for testing switch gear, specialist robot laboratories, clean room laboratories, e-automation, RF Engineering, bio-nano engineering labs and excellent mechanical and electrical workshops.

A leading centre for electrical and electronic engineering expertise

We are closely involved with over 50 prominent companies and research organisations worldwide, many of which not only fund and collaborate with us but also make a vital contribution to developing our students.

Career prospects

Our postgraduate students get to be a part of the cutting edge research projects being undertaken by our academic staff.

Here are some of the areas these projects cover:-

Molecular and semiconductor integrated circuit electronics
Technological plasmas
Communications
Digital signal processing
Optoelectronics
Nanotechnology
Robotics
Free electron lasers
Power electronics
Energy efficient systems
E-Automation
Intelligence engineering.

You'll get plenty of industry exposure too. Our industrial partners include ARM Holdings Plc, a top 200 UK company that specialises in microprocessor design and development.

As a result our postgraduates have an impressive record of securing employment after graduation in a wide range of careers not limited to engineering.

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This programme offers distinct specialisation areas in electronics. analogue VLSI design, bioelectronics and analogue and digital systems. Read more

Programme description

This programme offers distinct specialisation areas in electronics: analogue VLSI design, bioelectronics and analogue and digital systems.

In analogue VLSI design, our facilities include a unique custom designed analogue integrated circuit specifically designed to support laboratory based teaching. Our advanced design and prototyping laboratories, advanced micro and nano fabrication facilities and state-of-the-art digital system laboratories use the latest industry standard software tools.

Alternatively, students may specialise in the emergent discipline of bioelectronics where our research and teaching interests include access to the fabrication facilities at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre. For students who wish to study a more general electronics course including digital systems, a prescribed course selection is available.

Programme structure

This programme is run over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses, with a number of options, followed by a research project, leading to a masters thesis.

Semester 1 courses:
Analogue IC Design
Analogue VLSI A
Discrete-Time Signal Analysis
Power Electronics
Principles of Microelectronic Devices
Digital Systems Laboratory A
Introduction to Bioelectronics
Biosensors

Semester 2 courses:
Digital System Design
Digital Systems Laboratory
Research Project Preparation
Electronic/Electrical Engineering System Design
Analogue VLSI B
Sigma Delta Converters
Analogue Circuit Design
Microfabrication Techniques
Biosensors and Instrumentation
Lab-on-Chip Technologies
Biomedical Imaging Techniques
Embedded Mobile and Wireless Systems
Modern Economic Issues in Industry
Technology and Innovation Management

Career opportunities

You will gain significant practical experience in analogue and digital laboratories and become familiar with the latest industry standard design software and environments. Having been exposed to concepts such as design re-use and systems on chip technology, you will be able to cooperate with others in electronic system design.

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This MSc course provides integrated circuit (IC) designers with in-depth knowledge of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits and also experience with both the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements. Read more
This MSc course provides integrated circuit (IC) designers with in-depth knowledge of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits and also experience with both the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements.

A key feature is the course’s balanced approach to both analogue and digital IC design, and its in-depth treatment of high frequency and low power circuits.

Issues related to design for test and CAD algorithms and design automation will be covered, as well as robust design methods, which allow relaxation of performance requirements, yield enhancement and exploitation of state-of-the-art process technology.

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The Master’s programme in Electronics Engineering focuses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. Read more
The Master’s programme in Electronics Engineering focuses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science, far beyond the curriculum of traditional electronics education. The programme provides a competitive education in digital, analogue and Radio Frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems and radio transceivers design.

The modern society depends to a large extent on reliable and efficient electronics. Mobile phones, internet, PCs and TVs are just a few examples that constantly improve in terms of functionality, performance and cost. In addition, there is a growing number of concepts and technologies which will significantly improve areas such as: mobile and broadband communications, healthcare, automotive, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications and much more. This indicates that there will be vast industrial opportunities in the future, and also a high demand for competent engineers with the required knowledge and skills to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems.

The programme is arranged by several strong divisions at the department of Electrical Engineering and the department of Computer and Information Science. These groups, which include more than 60 researchers and 10 internationally recognized professors, have excellent teaching experience, world-class research activities which cover nearly the entire field of integrated electronic design, state-of-the-art laboratories and design environments, as well as close research collaboration with many companies worldwide.

The programme starts with courses in wireless communication systems, digital integrated circuits, digital system design, analogue integrated circuits and an introduction to radio electronics, providing a solid base for the continuation of the studies. Later on, a large selection of courses provides two major tracks of studies, including common and specific courses. The tracks are:
System-on-Chip with focus on digital System-on-Chip design and embedded systems.
Analogue/Digital and RF IC design with emphasis on the design of mixed analogue/digital and radio frequency integrated circuits.

The programme offers several large design project courses, giving excellent opportunities for students to improve their design skills by using the same state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and CAD tools that are used in industry today. For instance, in the project course VLSI Design students will design real chips using standard CMOS technology that will be sent for fabrication, measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only few universities in the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses.

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The Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering provides tuition and practice in state of the art technology areas such as wireless communications, nanotechnology, mixed-signal IC design. Read more
The Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering provides tuition and practice in state of the art technology areas such as wireless communications, nanotechnology, mixed-signal IC design. It will extend the student's capabilities in a number of established topic areas, e.g. semiconductor engineering and digital communication systems.

A module entitled Mathematical Modelling will enhance the analytical skills of students while important engineering management skills will be dealt with in the Technology Management module. The programme is designed to develop the student's knowledge and skills through a study programme which links theory and practice.

The programme will also provide students with experience of carrying out post-graduate level research in selected topic areas. The Masters degree requires successful completion of ten compulsory modules and two out of four elective modules. The student must also complete an applied programme consisting of the design project plus dissertation, the mini-project and the workshop seminar series.

Typical career opportunities for graduates of this programme can be found in the following industry sectors;
- computer engineering,
- computer networking,
- telecommunications,
- semiconductor devices,
- IC circuit design,
- analogue and digital system design,
- and many others.
Typical job functions include Design Engineer, Research Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Technical Manager.

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The Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems MRes, taught at the University of Cambridge and at the UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, aims to train students to PhD level in the skills needed to produce new integrated photonic systems for applications ranging from information display to ultra-fast communications and industrial materials processing. Read more
The Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems MRes, taught at the University of Cambridge and at the UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, aims to train students to PhD level in the skills needed to produce new integrated photonic systems for applications ranging from information display to ultra-fast communications and industrial materials processing.

Degree information

The programme offers a wide range of specialised modules, including electronics and biotechnology. Students gain a foundation training in the scientific basis of photonics and systems, and develop a good understanding of the industry. They are able to design an individual bespoke programme to reflect their prior experience and future interests.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Students take two compulsory research projects (90 credits), one transferable skills module (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and two elective modules (30 credits).
-Project Report 1 at either UCL or Cambridge
-Project Report 2 at either UCL, Cambridge or industry
-Transferable Business Skills

Optional modules - students choose three optional modules from the following:
-Nanotechnology
-Biosensors
-Advanced Photonic Devices
-Photonic Systems
-Solar-Electrical Power: Generation and Distribution
-Photonic Sub-systems
-Broadband Technologies and Components
-Management of Technology
-Strategic Management
-Telecommunication Business Environment

Elective modules - students choose a further two elective modules from the list below:
-Solid State Devices and Chemical/Biological Sensors
-Display Technology
-Analogue Integrated Circuits
-Robust and Nonlinear Systems and Control
-Digital Filters and Spectrum Estimation
-Image Processing and Image Coding
-Computer Vision and Robotics
-Materials and Processes for Microsystems
-Building an Internet Router
-Network Architecture
-Software for Network Services
-Optical Transmission and Networks
-Nanotechnology and Healthcare
-RF Circuits and Sub-systems
-Physics and Optics of Nano-Structure
-Broadband Communications Lab
-Analogue CMOS IC Design Applications

Dissertation/report
All students undertake two research projects. An independent research project (45 credits) and an industry-focused project (45 credits).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects, seminars, and laboratory work. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination and coursework (written assignments and design work).

Careers

Dramatic progress has been made in the past few years in the field of photonic technologies. These advances have set the scene for a major change in commercialisation activity where photonics and electronics will converge in a wide range of information, sensing, display, and personal healthcare systems. Importantly, photonics will become a fundamental underpinning technology for a much greater range of companies outside the conventional photonics arena, who will in turn require those skilled in photonic systems to have a much greater degree of interdisciplinary training, and indeed be expert in certain fields outside photonics.

Employability
Our students are highly employable and have the opportunity to gain industry experience during their MRes year in large aerospace companies like Qioptiq, BAE Systems, Selex ES; medical equipment companies such as Hitachi; and technology and communications companies such as Toshiba through placements based both in the UK and overseas. Several smaller spin-out companies from both UCL and Cambridge also offer projects. The Centre organises industry day events which provide an excellent opportunity to network with senior technologists and managers interested in recruiting photonics engineers. A recent 2014 graduate is now working as a Fiber Laser Development Engineer for Coherent Scotland. Another is a Patent Attorney for HGF Ltd.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The University of Cambridge and UCL have recently established an exciting Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, leveraging their current strong collaborations in research and innovation.

The centre provides doctoral training using expertise drawn from a range of disciplines, and collaborates closely with a wide range of UK industries, using innovative teaching and learning techniques.

This centre, aims to create graduates with the skills and confidence able to drive future technology research, development and exploitation, as photonics becomes fully embedded in electronics-based systems applications ranging from communications to sensing, industrial manufacture and biomedicine.

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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 knowledge and skills required for designing the integrated circuits which lie at the core of the vast array of consumer electronics of today’s world. The demand for people to fill such roles is extremely high, in companies (small and large) covering the range of electronics and ICT products, and integrated circuit design companies that supply them.

Integrated circuits have been powering the information revolution for over 50 years. Continuous innovation has resulted in greater processing power, memory and new devices. This, together with ever reducing manufacturing costs and reliability, has enabled the mass production of integrated circuits for consumer products that are more powerful han the supercomputers of the 1980s. While the fabrication technology advances, there is an increasing need for innovative design which can harness the power of these circuits, while taking into account constraints such as requirements for energy efficiency.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1224/integrated-circuit-design-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.

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.

Course structure

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.

EL893 - Reconfigurable Architectures (15 credits)
EL894 - Digital Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits)
EL896 - Computer and Microcontroller Architectures (15 credits)
EL897 - Analogue Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits)
EL898 - Electronic Design Automation for IC Design (15 credits)
EL849 - Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
EL871 - Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (15 credits)
EL827 - Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)
EL890 - MSc Project (60 credits)

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.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

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

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Our MSc Electronic Engineering enables you to acquire the essential knowledge, skills, competency, and critical awareness necessary for a rewarding career in the electronics industry. Read more
Our MSc Electronic Engineering enables you to acquire the essential knowledge, skills, competency, and critical awareness necessary for a rewarding career in the electronics industry. We prepare you for a career in analogue and digital circuit design, an area with a major skills shortage worldwide and particularly in the UK.

The content of our course is far-reaching and includes theory, practice, simulation and realisation underpinned by our 40 years of expertise in electronics and telecommunications.

Our course brings together our teaching, research and industrial contacts to form a vocational offering with enhanced postgraduate employability. You will be equipped with skills in the areas of:
-Analogue and digital design
-CAD and IC design
-Time and frequency domain analysis
-Fault analysis
-Embedded processing
-DSPs and fast prototyping

All of your acquired knowledge culminates in a project which sees the design, simulation, construction, testing and manufacture of a complex electronic system aimed at the industrial or consumer markets.

Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s electronic engineers are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top engineers, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).This accreditation is increasingly sought by employers, and provides the first stage towards eventual professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our expert staff

We have been one of the leading electronics departments in the country throughout our history, and in recent years, our prolific research staff have contributed to some major breakthroughs.

We invented the world's first telephone-based system for deaf people to communicate with each other in 1981, with cameras and display devices that were able to work within the limited telephone bandwidth. Our academics have also invented a streamlined protocol system for worldwide high speed optical communications.

Specialist facilities

We are one of the largest and best resourced computer science and electronic engineering schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment.
-We have six laboratories that are exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students. Three are open 24/7, and you have free access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress
-All computers run either Windows 7 or are dual boot with Linux
-Software includes Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Project
-Students have access to CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET)
-We also have specialist facilities for research into areas including non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, intelligent environments, robotics, optoelectronics, video, RF and MW, printed circuit milling, and semiconductors

Your future

There are career opportunities for well-qualified electronics design engineers in the avionics, automotive, entertainment and consumer product markets, and within companies such as Siemens, Fujitsu, Sony, Toshiba, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Sharp, Canon, Acer, Levono, Hitachi, Epson, Philips, Nikon, Pioneer, TCL, and JVC, all of whom are searching for competent designers.

A number of careers are also available through local SMEs, geographically close to Essex, who account for a significant proportion of the workforce, both in the UK and on the continent.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:
-Electronic Data Systems
-Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
-Bank of Mexico
-Visa International
-Hyperknowledge (Cambridge)
-Hellenic Air Force
-ICSS (Beijing)
-United Microelectronic Corporation (Taiwan)

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-MSc Project and Dissertation
-Electronic System Design & Integration
-Professional Practice and Research Methodology
-Programming Embedded Systems
-Programming in Python
-Theory of Signals and Systems
-Advanced Embedded Systems Design (optional)
-Creating and Growing a New Business Venture (optional)
-Digital Signal Processing (optional)
-High Level Logic Design (optional)
-Intelligent Systems and Robotics (optional)
-IP Networking and Applications (optional)
-Mathematical Research Techniques Using Matlab (optional)
-Mobile Communications (optional)
-Networking Principles (optional)

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On this well-established MSc programme you willdevelop advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems. Read more
On this well-established MSc programme you willdevelop advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems.

The course content is updated annually to maintain industry relevance and to reflect the latest developments in the industry.

The first two sections consist of lectures, laboratory classes and seminars, with a final section devoted to an individually supervised project.

We cover the following core (compulsory) topics during the MSc:

Embedded computer systems
Digital system design
IC design
Microprocess systems
Research skills and project management.
To meet the increasing demands for MSc students with industry experience, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics has introduced a 2-year MSc programme for graduates of the highest calibre, to develop advanced knowledge and skills in microelectronic systems and give students the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through valuable work experience during a one year industrial placement.

Graduates will be capable of undertaking research and development work in microelectronic Systems and also developing and managing R&D programmes.

This 2-year MSc programme EEMI shares the same taught modules with its equivalent 1-year MSc in Microelectronic Systems (EEMS) in year 1. But unlike the 1-year MSc students who do their MSc project over the summer, students on the 2 year MSc (EEMI) are required to undertake an industrial project and placement (either in the UK or overseas) in year 2, typically 30 weeks from September to next June.

This opportunity to work in industry will help students strengthen their career options by

Undertaking the project work in an industrial setting;
Applying theory learnt in the classroom to real-world practice;
Developing communications and interpersonal skills;
Building networks and knowledge which will be invaluable throughout their career.

The placement

During the placement year students will spend time working in a relevant company suitable for the MSc. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical engineering experience which will boost students’ CV, build networks and develop confidence in a working environment. Many placement students continue their relationship with the placement provider by undertaking relevant projects and may ultimately return to work for the company when they graduate.

The University of Liverpool has a dedicated team to help students find a suitable placement. Preparation for the placement is provided by the University’s Careers and Employability Services (CES) who assist students in finding a placement, help students produce a professional CV and prepare students for placement interviews. Placements can be near or far in the UK or overseas.

The University has very good links with industry; companies (such as ARM Plc) have offered our MSc students competitive placements. Although industry placements are not guaranteed, the University offers students opportunities and support throughout the process to ensure that the chance for a student to find a placement is high.

If a student is unable to secure a suitable placement by the end of April during year 1, the student will be transferred onto the 1-year MSc to undertake the MSc project over the summer and graduate after one year.

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Power ahead and make your postgraduate studies really count in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. The recent evolution of Electronic and Computer Engineering has been developed into a wide-ranging discipline covering technologies critical to the growth of the knowledge economy. Read more
Power ahead and make your postgraduate studies really count in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. The recent evolution of Electronic and Computer Engineering has been developed into a wide-ranging discipline covering technologies critical to the growth of the knowledge economy.

Networking, wireless communications, multimedia signal processing, microelectronics, microprocessors, IC design, opto-electronics, display technologies, and control and robotics all fall into this exciting discipline. Advanced training in these fields opens up a wealth of career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, business sector, government and universities worldwide.

The Department has gathered a talented faculty team, with PhDs from the world's top universities, and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to enable pioneering research and multimedia teaching to be carried out. We have over 40 teaching faculty members, over 300 research postgraduate students and are committed to world-class research and excellence in teaching, leading to significant results with international impact.

The Department's goal is to prepare students to become leading academics, top quality engineers or productive managers in the ever-changing high-technology world.

The MPhil program is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in research and development in industry or academia, and is an excellent preparation for a PhD degree. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully research and defend a thesis.

Research Foci

The Department's research concentrates on six pillar areas:
Solid-State Electronics and Photonics
Topics related to Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics, Large Area Electronics, Power and Energy-Efficient Electronic Devices, High-Speed Electronics, Semiconductor Materials, Devices and Fabrication Technology, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Displays, Optoelectronics, Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), Solid-State Lighting, Liquid-Crystal Displays, Liquid-Crystal Photonics, Silicon Photonics, Optical Communications and Interconnects, Solar Cells, Epitaxy of Compound Semiconductors by MOCVD.

Integrated Circuits and Systems
Topics related to Digital, Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits (IC) Design, VLSI Design, Embedded Systems, Network-on-Chip and Multiprocessor System-on-Chip, Circuit and System Simulation and Verification Tools. Advanced topics include RF and mm-Wave IC and Systems, Data Converters, Power Management IC, High-Speed Optical Communication Transceiver, Image and Bio-Medical Sensors, Signal Processing and System Architectures, Design Automation, Computer Architecture, Reconfigurable System and Hardware/Software Codesign.

Wireless Communications and Networking
Topics related to Physical Layer, Signal Processing, Coding and Information Theory, Networking as well as New Architecture for Next Generation 5G Wireless Communications, Massive MIMO and Cloud Radio Access Networks, Interference Management, Heterogeneous Networks, Green Communications, Tactile Wireless Systems For Machine Type (MTC), Device-To-Device (D2D) and Multimedia Communications, Integration of Control and Wireless Communication Theory, Display-Smart Mobile Communications And Interactions, Network Coding Theory and Applications, Cross-Layer Stochastic Optimization, Distributed Algorithms and Optimisations, Big Data Systems, Social Media and Cyber-Physical and Social Computing Systems, Self-Organising Networks, Cloud Computing and Virtualisation.

Biomedical Engineering
Topics related to Medical Imaging, Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics, Neuroengineering, Medical Electronics, Bioinformatics/Computational Biology and Biomedical Microdevices and BioMEMS.

Control and Robotic Systems
Topics related to Control and Optimization (including System Theory, Optimization Theory, Detection and Estimation, Financial Systems, Networked Sensing and Control), Robotics and Automation (including UAV, Next-Generation Industry Robots, Medical/Healthcare Robotics, and Autonomous Systems).

Signal, Information and Multimedia Processing
Topics related to Digital Signal Processing of Video, 3D, Image, Graphics, Audio, Speech, Language, Biomedical Data, Financial Data, and Network Data. Specific topics include Signal Capture, Conditioning, Compression, Transformation, Playback and Visualization, Data Analysis, Information Theory, Error Correction, Cryptography, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Language Understanding, Translation, Summarization, Retrieval, Multi-Lingual and Multi-Modal Processing, and Embedded Systems.

Facilities

There are extensive facilities available to support the Department's programs. Laboratories for research and teaching encompass: advanced VLSI design and testing analog, automatic-control, biomedical instrumentation, broadband networks, computer networks and system integration, digital electronics and microprocessors, electro-optics, fine-line lithography, integrated power electronics, machine intelligence, optical device characterization, robot manipulation, signal processing and communication and wireless communication.

Relevant central facilities, research centers and research institutes include: the Automation Technology Center, Center for Networking, Center for Wireless Information Technology, Multimedia Technology Research Center, Nanoelectronics Fabrication Facility, Photonics Technology Center, Semiconductor Product Analysis and Design Enhancement Center.

In addition to the University's central computing facilities, the Department has over 200 Linux/Solaris workstations and over 900 PCs and Apple computers. Both industrial standard and research-oriented software are used by faculty and students for teaching and research.

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This program is designed to equip participants with an in-depth and up-to-date technical knowledge based on the latest topics in wireless systems, optical networking, broadband multimedia communications, and convergence protocols. Read more
This program is designed to equip participants with an in-depth and up-to-date technical knowledge based on the latest topics in wireless systems, optical networking, broadband multimedia communications, and convergence protocols.

Program Objectives

Hong Kong is rapidly changing to a knowledge-based economy and telecommunications is playing a key role in this development. Because of the rapid introduction of new technologies in telecommunications, there is a need for telecommunication practitioners, technologists, and managers to upgrade themselves. This program is designed to equip participating students with an in-depth and up-to-date technical knowledge based on the latest topics in wireless systems, optical networking, broadband multimedia communications, and convergence protocols.

The MSc program in Telecommunications is a degree program designed for people with a Bachelor degree in science or engineering who are interested to acquire further in-depth knowledge in the field of telecommunication. The curriculum meets the HKUST requirements for granting the Master of Science degree.

Curriculum

Students are required to take 30 credits of specified courses to complete the MSc program.

Complete List of Courses
-EESM 5515 IP Networks
-EESM 5520 Telecommunication Regulations, Markets, and Services
-EESM 5536 Digital Communications
-EESM 5539 Wireless Communication Networks
-EESM 5540 Introduction to Telecommunication Networks
-EESM 5546 Wireless Communication Systems
-EESM 5547 Multimedia Signal Processing
-EESM 5550 Online Social Networks
-EESM 5810 Business Development for Technological Innovations
-EESM 5900 Special Topics *
-EESM 5910 Topics in Telecommunications and Network Convergence
-EESM 6980 MSc Project

* Student may take EESM 5900 for a maximum of 6 credits.

Subject to prior approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of coursework offered by other self-financing MSc programs, including:
-A maximum of 9 credits of EESM courses offered by the MSc program in Electronic Engineering, and the MSc program in IC Design Engineering, or
-A maximum of 3 credits of non-EESM courses.

The availability of courses offered by other self-financing MSc programs may be subject to quota limitations imposed by individual programs.

Facilities

Students can enjoy library support, computer support, sports facilities, and email account at no extra cost. Upon graduation, students could also apply for related alumni services.

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Our MSc Electronic Engineering enables you to acquire the essential knowledge, skills, competency, and critical awareness necessary for a rewarding career in the electronics industry. Read more
Our MSc Electronic Engineering enables you to acquire the essential knowledge, skills, competency, and critical awareness necessary for a rewarding career in the electronics industry. We prepare you for a career in analogue and digital circuit design, an area with a major skills shortage worldwide and particularly in the UK.

The content of our course is far-reaching and includes theory, practice, simulation and realisation underpinned by our 40 years of expertise in electronics and telecommunications.

Our course brings together our teaching, research and industrial contacts to form a vocational offering with enhanced postgraduate employability. You will be equipped with skills in the areas of:

- Analogue and digital design
- CAD and IC design
- Time and frequency domain analysis
- Fault analysis
- Embedded processing
- DSPs and fast prototyping

All of your acquired knowledge culminates in a project which sees the design, simulation, construction, testing and manufacture of a complex electronic system aimed at the industrial or consumer markets.

Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s electronic engineers are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top engineers, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

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The MSc Mechanical Engineering programme provides practical skills and an understanding of fundamental theory to prepare students for the rapidly changing global market. Read more
The MSc Mechanical Engineering programme provides practical skills and an understanding of fundamental theory to prepare students for the rapidly changing global market.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at both new graduates and engineering professionals who wish to develop advanced skills in thermofluid, structural analysis, heat conversion and recovery, design and technology that are taught by leading experts in the field; all modules are updated by the latest advancements in technology.

This course is designed to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market; with the focus on well-designed systems and processes that are key to successful commercial enterprises.

Objectives

This course provides a broad-based knowledge of the latest technological developments in mechanical engineering. This includes thermos-fluids, structural mechanics, renewable energy, gas turbine, IC engines and advanced heat transfer.

Students not only gain an in-depth understanding on fundamental theory, but also acquire practical skills and can appreciate impending developments in the Mechanical fields of technology.

The Dissertation provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply knowledge and develop a deep understanding in a specialised aspect of your choice. Dissertations can be institution or industry based and company sponsored students have the opportunity to develop their career. Successful industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of students by the collaborating company.

Teaching and learning

The programme comprises lectures, assessed assignments and technical visits.

Teaching by academics and industry professionals whose work is internationally recognised. Seminar series and talks are conducted by visiting speakers.

Assessment

Assessment is based on marks obtained throughout the year for courseworks, class tests, and end-of-year examinations. Modules, based on coursework only, are assessed through substantial individually designed courseworks, assignments and small projects. IT skill is assessed through submitted work on CATIA design reports and computational courseworks.

Modules

There are eight taught modules equating to 120 credits, plus a dissertation of 60 credits. The taught part of the MSc is structured into modules of 15 credits each.

The mode of delivery will follow a weekly teaching structure delivered at City, distributed through the year at the rate of four days per week. This course develops the broad skills and knowledge base required by mechanical engineers and provides a platform for career development.

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree. Specialisations include computer-aided design, energy systems and management, combustions, IC engines, screw compressors and expanders, experimental techniques, mechatronics and dynamics of structures.

Core modules - 6 Core Modules, 15 credits each (90 credits):
-MEM102 Combustion Fundamentals and Applications (15 credits)
-MEM106 Advanced Structural Mechanics (15 credits)
-MEM107 Advanced Heat Transfer (15 credits)
-MEM108 IC engines and Vehicle Propulsion (15 credits)
-AEM301 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (15 credits)
-AEM305 Gas Turbine Engineering (15 credits)
-Plus the individual project (EPM698) (60 credits)

Elective modules - Elective modules, choice of two, 15 credits each (30 credits):
-EPM707 Finite Element Methods (15 credits)
-EPM767 Mathematical Modelling in CAD (15 credits)
-EPM770 Renewable Energy (15 credits)
-EPM501 Power Electronics (15 credits)

Career prospects

Recent employment destinations of graduates include:
-Ford
-Rolls Royce
-Lotus
-BP
-Howden
-Shell
-Heliex
-Sortex
-Transport for London
-Jaguar
-Toyota
-Delphi
-Holroyd

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