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Most people aren't familiar with Embedded Systems, but we use them every day of our lives. Smartphones, digital TV, MP3s and iPods, washing machines, even toys or a talking greetings card they all contain a microprocessor or a microcontroller. Read more
Most people aren't familiar with Embedded Systems, but we use them every day of our lives. Smartphones, digital TV, MP3s and iPods, washing machines, even toys or a talking greetings card they all contain a microprocessor or a microcontroller. Embedded systems are the backbone of the digital revolution.

As the complexity of embedded systems increases, the industry needs skilled graduates to fill the talent shortage.

Course detail

With the MSc Embedded Systems and Wireless Networks you'll develop a sound technical knowledge of the fundamentals of electronics, embedded systems, software and hardware, and become an embedded system designer with a multidisciplinary background. You'll develop software programming and hardware design skills, and a broad knowledge of electronics fundamentals.

Graduates of electronic engineering, systems engineering or other appropriate sciences can develop, deepen or update their skills and knowledge in advanced electronic engineering technology and cutting-edge research fields.

This course is ideal for graduate engineers interested in electronics, embedded systems, signal processing, mobile communications and wireless technology.

Modules

• Embedded Real-time Control Systems
• Safety Critical Embedded Systems
• Wireless and Mobile Communications
• Advanced Control and Dynamics
• System Design using HDLs
• Wireless Sensor Networks
• Group Project Challenge
• Dissertation

Format

You'll be taught by experienced specialist academic staff who are experts in basic and advanced electronics, control systems, basic and advanced robotics, mobile communications, wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, power systems, power electronics, signal processing and sensor technology. Many of them are involved in cutting-edge research.

You'll attend lectures, then apply what you've learned to real life through tutorial sessions, case studies, classroom discussions, project work, laboratory exercises and visits to or guest lectures from professionals working in engineering organisations.

Assessment

You are assessed through examinations, coursework, lab-based assessment and oral presentations. An independent examiner assesses your dissertation.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The program aims to form Master graduates with a comprehensive and solid scientific and technological background in Electronics Engineering, able to design and to use electronic devices, electronic circuits and electronic systems of any complexity as well as to promote the diffusion of electronic technologies in the fields of human activity where benefits can be envisaged. Read more

Mission and goals

The program aims to form Master graduates with a comprehensive and solid scientific and technological background in Electronics Engineering, able to design and to use electronic devices, electronic circuits and electronic systems of any complexity as well as to promote the diffusion of electronic technologies in the fields of human activity where benefits can be envisaged.
To meet these training needs, the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering bases its roots on a full spectrum of basic courses (mathematics, classical and modern physics, computer science, signal theory, control and communications, basic electronic circuits) that are prerequisites required from the Bachelor, and focuses on the most advanced disciplines in electronic design (analog and digital electronics, solid state physics and devices, microelectronics, optoelectronics, sensors and electronic instrumentation, communications and control systems) to provide a complete and updated preparation. Upon graduating, students will have developed a “design oriented” mindset and acquired a skill to use engineering tools to design solutions to advanced electronic challenges in scientific and technological fields.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electronics-engineering/

Career opportunities

Thanks to the deep and solid scientific and technological knowledge provided, Master of Science graduates in Electronics Engineering will be able to hold positions of great responsibility, both at technical and management level, in a wide variety of productive contexts:
- Scientific and technological research centers, national and international, public or private;
- Industries of semiconductors, integrated circuits and in general of electronic components;
- Industries of electronic systems and instrumentation, such as consumer electronics (audio, video, telephone, computers, etc.), optoelectronics, biomedical, etc.;
- Electromechanical industries with high technological content such as aeronautics, transportation, aerospace, energy, robotics and plant automation, etc.;
- Work as a freelance in the design and fabrication of custom electronic systems.

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See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Electronics_Engineering_01.pdf
The Master of Science in Electronics Engineering aims to form graduates with a comprehensive and solid scientific and technological knowledge in the field of Electronics, able to design and to use electronic devices, electronic circuits and electronic systems of any complexity as well as to promote the diffusion of electronic technologies in the fields of human activity where benefits can be envisaged. The course focuses on the most advanced aspects of Electronics (analog and digital integrated circuits design, solid state devices, microelectronics, optoelectronic devices and sensors, electronic instrumentation, communications and control systems) to provide a complete and updated professional preparation. Upon graduating, students will have developed a “design oriented” mindset enabling them to successfully deal with the complex needs of today’s industrial system. They will have also acquired a skill to use engineering tools to design solutions to advanced electronic challenges in scientific and technological fields as well as a maturity to hold positions of great responsibility both at technical and management level. The programme is taught in English.

Required background from Bachelor studies

The Master of Science in Electronics Engineering bases its roots on a full spectrum of knowledge that students are expected to have successfully acquired in their Bachelor degree, like advanced mathematics, classical and modern physics, computer science, signal and communication theory, electric circuits and feedback control, basic electronic devices and analog & digital circuit analysis.

Subjects

- Analog & Digital Integrated Circuit Design
- MEMS and Microsensors
- Electronic Systems
- Electron Devices and Microelectronic Technologies
- Signal recovery and Feedback Control
- Optoelectronic Systems and Photonics Devices
- RF Circuit Design
- Power Electronics
- Semiconductor Radiation Detectors
- FPGA & Microcontroller System Design
- Biochip and Electronics Design for Biomedical Instrumentation

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electronics-engineering/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electronics-engineering/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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This degree, offered by the Department of Computer Science, is aimed at graduates who already have a background in computer science or engineering and who wish to acquire the depth of knowledge and the skills required to help design, deploy and use the technologies through which systems can operate in networks and in a distributed way. Read more

This degree, offered by the Department of Computer Science, is aimed at graduates who already have a background in computer science or engineering and who wish to acquire the depth of knowledge and the skills required to help design, deploy and use the technologies through which systems can operate in networks and in a distributed way. You will be able to tailor your degree according to your interestm with optional modules available in cybersecurity, large-scale data storage and processing, and artificial intelligence.

Skills that you will acquire include the ability to:

  • analyse complex distributed systems in terms of their performance, reliability, and correctness
  • design and implement middleware services for reliable communication in unreliable networks
  • design and implement reliable data communication and storage solutions for wireless, sensor, and ad-hoc networks
  • work with open source and cloud tools for scalable data storage (DynamoDB) and coordination (Zookeeper)
  • design custom-built application-driven networking topologies
  • work with modern network management technologies (Software-Defined Networking) and standards (OpenFlow)
  • work with relational databases (SQL), NoSQL databases (MongoDb), as well as with Hadoop/Pig scripting
  • work with low-power wireless and mesh networking standards and technologies, such as IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee and XBee
  • work with state-of-the-art microcontroller devices and kits, such as Arduino and Tessel, and miniature computing technologies, such as RaspberryPi

You will be taught by world-leading academics. We carry out research in all aspects of distributed computing and systems – including design and analysis of algorithms, large-scale and cloud-based systems, fault-tolerance, distributed storage, cloud computing, peer-to-peer, concurrency control, and multi-core computing – and in artificial intelligence, including cognitive and autonomous agents, automated planning, scheduling and domain-independent search control, and applications in surveillance operations, disaster response missions, space operations.

  • Study in a highly-regarded departments, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.
  • Graduate with a Masters degree with excellent graduate employability prospects.
  • Tailor your learning with a wide range of engaging optional modules.
  • Choose from a one-year programme structure or an optional year in industry.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Interconnected Devices
  • Advanced Distributed Systems
  • Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
  • Individual Project

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Data Analysis
  • Visualisation and Exploratory Analysis
  • Computation with Data
  • Semantic Web
  • Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Advanced Data Communications
  • Machine Learning
  • Large-Scale Data Storage and Processing
  • On-line Machine Learning
  • Network Security
  • Computer Security (Operating Systems)
  • Security Technologies
  • Security Testing - Theory and Practice
  • Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security
  • Software Security
  • Introduction to Cryptography and Security Mechanisms

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is organized in terms of 11 weeks each. Examinations are taken in April/May of each academic year, except for Data Analysis for which the exam is in January. The individual project is taken over 12 weeks during the Summer.

A weekly seminar series runs in parallel with the academic programme, which includes talks by professionals in a variety of application areas as well as workshops that will train you to find a placement or a job and lead a successful career.

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, small group projects, and examinations, the proportions of which vary according to the nature of the modules.

This degree can be taken part-time.

Your future career

According to Cisco, the number of 'connected devices' (including vending machines, electricity meters and refrigerators as well as phones and computers) will exceed the number of people on the planet by a factor of two. By 2020 some 27 billion unique objects will be connected wirelessly to the Internet; from then on, the Internet of Things (IoT) will double in size every five years. By 2020, VisionMobile estimates that 4.5 million IoT developers will be needed.

We bring several companies to our campus throughout the year, both for fairs and for delivering advanced topics seminars, which are an excellent opportunity to learn about what they do and discuss possible placements or jobs.

Together with the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service, we offer you workshops and one-to-one coaching that train you to find a placement or a job and lead a successful career.



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The digital revolution is increasing the power, scope and importance of computer systems at a rapid pace. Software-enabled systems are everywhere, with Distributed and Networked Systems underpinning the economy, society and infrastructure. Read more

The digital revolution is increasing the power, scope and importance of computer systems at a rapid pace. Software-enabled systems are everywhere, with Distributed and Networked Systems underpinning the economy, society and infrastructure. Study Distributed and Networked Systems with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll gain detailed knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques required for developing systems including sensor and actuator networks, cyberphysical systems, patient-centred healthcare and disaster recovery systems.

This flexible programme has been developed for graduates with a background in Computer Science or Engineering, giving you the chance to further hone your knowledge and skills. A wide range of optional modules lets you tailor your learning to your own strengths and interests, including Information Security, Data Analysis and Online Machine Learning to choose from.

You’ll study in a department renowned for the quality of its research and you’ll have the chance to contribute to this leading research culture through your Individual Project. Your studies will help to develop transferable skills and knowledge including open source and cloud tools for scalable data storage, contemporary network management technologies, relational databases and microcontroller devices.

The skills you’ll develop as a student of Distributed and Networked Systems will make you a highly employable candidate in a number of different fields. You’ll graduate in a strong position to progress to PhD study, while Royal Holloway’s proximity to the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – offers excellent opportunities to enjoy a rewarding year in industry with one of the country's top tech organisations.

  • Study in a highly-regarded departments, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Develop your skills and gain invaluable connections and experience during your year in industry.
  • Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.
  • Graduate with a Masters degree with excellent graduate employability prospects.
  • Tailor your learning with a wide range of engaging optional modules.

Course structure

Core modules

Year 1

  • Interconnected Devices
  • Advanced Distributed Systems
  • Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

Year 2

You will spend this year on a work placement. You will be supported by the Department of Computer Science and the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to find a suitable placement. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme and you will be asked to complete assessed work. The mark for this work will count towards your final degree classification.

  • Individual Project

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Data Analysis.
  • Visualisation and Exploratory Analysis
  • Computation with Data
  • Semantic Web
  • Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Advanced Data Communications
  • Machine Learning
  • Large-Scale Data Storage and Processing
  • On-line Machine Learning
  • Network Security
  • Computer Security (Operating Systems)
  • Security Technologies
  • Security Testing - Theory and Practice
  • Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security
  • Software Security
  • Introduction to Cryptography and Security Mechanisms

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation. The placement is assessed as part of your degree.

Your future career

Graduates in Distributed and Networked Systems with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London can expect excellent employability prospects in a variety of expanding fields. You’ll gain a desirable Masters qualification from a highly-regarded department, and develop a range of transferable skills to take into the workplace. A year in industry also provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience and to develop industry connections to take into your future career.

Our proximity to the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – provides excellent networking opportunities with some of the country’s top technology institutions. The Department of Computer Science is also located close to Royal Holloway’s on-site College Careers Service, providing you with help, support and advice on your future career and further postgraduate study. 

  • 90% of Royal Holloway graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Strong industry ties help to provide placement and networking opportunities with some of the country’s leading institutions.
  • On-site College Careers Service provides help and support for students. 


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