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This twelve-month MSc degree in System on Chip uses cutting-edge and industry standard tools and methods to give you a thorough grounding in system on chip design techniques, including modules on nanoelectronic devices, digital system design and electronic design automation. Read more

This twelve-month MSc degree in System on Chip uses cutting-edge and industry standard tools and methods to give you a thorough grounding in system on chip design techniques, including modules on nanoelectronic devices, digital system design and electronic design automation. Optional modules include cryptography and medical electronic technologies.

Introducing your degree

Take an integrated design approach and develop the skills to respond to the ever-evolving systems field.

Overview

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Systems in mobile telephones, computers, cars and aircraft are shrinking, with many parts of the design now implemented as a single integrated circuit. This course will enable you to develop the rapidly changing skills that are required to support this.

The programme focuses on system on chip design techniques, with extensive practical use of cutting-edge and industry-standard tools and methods. You will be taken through the complete system on chip design process, from concept to implementation.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

This programme provides an excellent platform for further research in either industry or academia.

Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology. ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies including:

  • IBM
  • Arm
  • Microsoft Research
  • Imagination Technologies
  • Nvidia
  • Samsung
  • Google

Visit our careers hub for more information.

Through an extensive blend of networks, mentors, societies and our on-campus startup incubator, we also support aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build their professional enterprise skills. Discover more about enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.



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This two-year Msc degree in Embedded Computing Systems allows you to study at two locations, choosing from the unique strengths of University of Southampton (system on chip electronics), Kaiserslautern University (embedded systems) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (electronics and communication). Read more

This two-year Msc degree in Embedded Computing Systems allows you to study at two locations, choosing from the unique strengths of University of Southampton (system on chip electronics), Kaiserslautern University (embedded systems) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (electronics and communication).

Introducing your degree

Develop a thorough understanding of some of the most important technologies that are transforming our communications systems.

Overview

The European Masters in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS) is a two-year programme run in conjunction with Kaiserslautern University and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim.

You will benefit from Southampton’s expertise in system on chip and electronics, Trondheim’s knowledge of electronics and communications and Kaiserslautern’s strong track record in embedded systems.

The curriculum consists of a core programme, an elective programme and a Masters thesis.

  • The core programme covers the fundamentals of embedded computing systems and offers an equivalent education in all three institutions.
  • The elective programme reflects the specific profiles of the participating partner universities and their associated research institutes.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to work as architects of hardware and/or software systems, or as specialists in design methodology or gain employment in companies involved in system-on-chip design, telecommunications, automotive systems and manufacturing.

Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology. ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies like IBM, Arm, Microsoft Research, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia, Samsung and Google to name a few.  Visit our careers hub for more information.

Through an extensive blend of networks, mentors, societies and our on-campus startup incubator, we also support aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build their professional enterprise skills. Discover more about enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.



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Develop and enhance your understanding of electronic engineering to an advanced level, setting you apart in your career. You will engage with technology that goes beyond silicon based electronics to develop specialist knowledge and skills for emerging markets. Read more

Develop and enhance your understanding of electronic engineering to an advanced level, setting you apart in your career. You will engage with technology that goes beyond silicon based electronics to develop specialist knowledge and skills for emerging markets.

You may already have a firm grasp of the essentials of the discipline; however, this programme will provide you with a practical understanding of key areas of advanced electronic engineering. With links into a research portfolio that has been rated as internationally excellent, this programme is guided by leading experts, including industry specialists. You will work with familiar technology like WiFi, and explore new innovative landscapes such as micro and nanostructures in sensory equipment and self-healing electronics for safety critical systems.

The programme has been developed to meet the demands of the contemporary electronic engineering landscape. Emerging markets such as smart grid, healthcare and medicine, energy and environment are set to join established industrial sectors including security, transport and aerospace and as such, skilled Masters graduates are highly sought after.

Over the year you will explore a range of high-level topics, which will test your previous understanding while allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of electronics. The skills gained during these modules will be invaluable as you progress in your career.

The technical element of the degree will involve you engaging with a range of technologies and topics, such as: system-on-chip engineering; micro engineering; RF engineering; control and instrumentation; and communications and embedded systems. You will also benefit from the programme’s practical element, which will enable you to gain a wealth of valuable experience. You will become adept at digital design; the design of microstructures; programming of embedded microcontrollers; RF circuits; and methods of building control loops and associated software. The robust and comprehensive skill set and knowledge you gain will open up a range of opportunities and support your progression as a professional.

During the year, you will also complete a project provided by one of our industry partners. This will allow you to bring together everything you have learnt and gain valuable real-world experience of working as a professional electronic engineer. As part of this project, you will structure and break down a problem; develop team organisation, project management and technical skills; and use background sources and research. You will also gain career experience by presenting your results and writing a customer report. Examples of previous projects include:

  • Detection of living cells in a microfluidic system using electrochemical and RF technologies
  • Self-repairable electronics through unification of self-test and calibration technology
  • Solution-processed electronics over a large area: design and realisation of a fully computerised XY(Z) spray coater employing multiple pneumatic and/or ultrasonic airbrushes
  • Higher-order mode couplers in semiconducting RF cavities
  • Monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design for wireless networks
  • Vision and robotic control interface system.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Assessment

Engineering is more than just theory and, as a result, you will experience labs/practical sessions, workshops and group tutorials, alongside lectures. This contact is with academic staff that are internationally recognised and work alongside global electronics companies.

In addition, our technicians and admin support team are very approachable and have many years of experience in helping students achieve success.

Assessment varies between modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typically you can expect assignments such as coursework, presentations and formal examinations.

Community

As a department, we prioritise delivering high-quality, rigorous programmes that prepare and equip our graduates for a rewarding career. The Department provides an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the dynamic nature of professional engineering.

Our Department is an internationally recognised leader in research and innovation and, as such, you will join a thriving and supportive academic community. Staff and students alike will welcome and support you both academically and socially.

You will be encouraged throughout your programme in a friendly, vibrant environment that is conducive to excellent research and learning.

Career

Our MSc in Electronic Engineering is designed to support your career ambitions and progression. By enabling you to develop your technical and professional skills to an advanced level, and allowing you to apply what you have previously learnt to real-world problems, this programme equips you with the knowledge and experience for a range of electronic engineering careers, and will put you ahead of the competition.

There is a wide range of sectors where electronic engineering is relevant, such as Aerospace, Energy, Environment, Health, IT and Telecommunications, and Security. Roles in these sectors come with highly competitive starting salaries, and include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Network Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer

In addition, studying at Masters level will further enhance your prospects, opening up opportunities to progress further in your career.

Alternatively, our programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to take up further study at PhD level and begin a career in research, exploring innovative, cutting-edge areas of the engineering discipline.



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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.

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 transceiver design.

Modern society depends on reliable and efficient electronics. Mobile phones, the Internet, computers and TVs are just a few examples that constantly improve in terms of functionality, performance and cost. In addition, a growing number of concepts and technologies significantly improve areas such as mobile and broadband communication, healthcare, automotive technology, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications, and much more. This suggests that there will be vast industrial opportunities in the future, and a high demand for skilled engineers with the knowledge and skills required to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems.

World-class research activities

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

Design-project courses with the latest software

The programme starts with courses in digital communication, 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 enables students to choose between two major tracks:

  • System-on-Chip, with a focus on digital System-on-Chip design and embedded systems
  • Analogue/Digital and RF IC design, with a focus 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 state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and the CAD tools used in industry today. For instance, students who take the course VLSI Design will design real chips using standard CMOS technology that will be sent for fabrication, measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only a few universities in the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses.



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Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU). 5G mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems lie at the heart of many emerging applications. Read more

Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

5G mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems lie at the heart of many emerging applications. These include:

  • the internet-of-things
  • connected and driverless cars
  • smart cities
  • eHealth
  • virtual reality
  • robotics
  • smart manufacturing.

We’ve designed this new MSc course to give you the up-to-date knowledge and skills needed in modern digital technologies.

It's for newly qualified or practising engineers who’d like to extend their knowledge and practical skills in these rapidly growing areas of mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems.

The MSc offers you the opportunity, and the support, to go on an industrial placement at a UK company. This means you’ll gain industry experience, ready for your future career.

We also offer this course without the industrial placement year.

Why choose this course?

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules and work on an individual MSc project.

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning, using for example:

  • wireless communications design tools
  • software-defined radios
  • IoT platforms
  • wearable and reconfigurable technologies.

The modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory work. Assessment is linked to the modules’ learning outcomes and involves unseen exam and/or coursework. The MSc project is mainly assessed by a project dissertation and oral presentation.

MSc project

You’ll complete a substantial MSc project, which is often practical as well as theoretical. You may have opportunities to work with an industrial partner.

Some of our previous students’ project work has led to journal and conference publication, giving them a head start in their careers.

The project allows you to develop your skills as an engineer and will involve:

  • an in-depth study of an advanced topic in mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems
  • further development of your critical awareness, creative thinking and project planning skills
  • enhancing your ability to describe complex technical issues clearly and concisely
  • developing your presentation skills to effectively communicate your work and ideas to senior colleagues within an organisation.

Project assessment can include interim reports, presentations and a dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in our Department. A member of faculty supervises the project.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • MSc Individual Project
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Mobile Communications
  • Real Time Embedded Systems
  • Reconfigurable System on Chip
  • Topics in Wireless Communications
  • Wearable Technologies

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • Cryptography
  • Cybernetics and Neural Networks
  • Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Fibre Optic Communications
  • Image Processing
  • Satellite and Space Systems

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills for a career in areas such as:

  • mobile and satellite telecommunications (where large industry players include Samsung, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Cobham, British Telecom, Telefonica)
  • aerospace (where large industry players include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GE)
  • automotive and transport (where large industry players include Jaguar, BMW, Continental, Network rail)
  • defence and security (where large industry players include BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Thales)
  • healthcare (where large industry players include Siemens and GE).

The MSc is also an ideal entry point for doctoral research in the fields of telecommunications and embedded systems.



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Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU). 5G mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems lie at the heart of many emerging applications. Read more

Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

5G mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems lie at the heart of many emerging applications. These include:

  • the internet-of-things
  • connected and driverless cars
  • smart cities
  • eHealth
  • virtual reality
  • robotics
  • smart manufacturing.

We’ve designed this new MSc course to give you the up-to-date knowledge and skills needed in modern digital technologies.

It's for newly qualified or practising engineers who’d like to extend their knowledge and practical skills in these rapidly growing areas of mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems.

We also offer this course with an industrial placement year.

Why choose this course?

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules and work on an individual MSc project.

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning, using for example:

  • wireless communications design tools
  • software-defined radios
  • IoT platforms
  • wearable and reconfigurable technologies.

The modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory work. Assessment is linked to the modules’ learning outcomes and involves unseen exam and/or coursework. The MSc project is mainly assessed by a project dissertation and oral presentation.

MSc project

You’ll complete a substantial MSc project, which is often practical as well as theoretical. You may have opportunities to work with an industrial partner.

Some of our previous students’ project work has led to journal and conference publication, giving them a head start in their careers.

The project allows you to develop your skills as an engineer and will involve:

  • an in-depth study of an advanced topic in mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems
  • further development of your critical awareness, creative thinking and project planning skills
  • enhancing your ability to describe complex technical issues clearly and concisely
  • developing your presentation skills to effectively communicate your work and ideas to senior colleagues within an organisation.

Project assessment can include interim reports, presentations and a dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in our Department. A member of faculty supervises the project.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • MSc Individual Project
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Mobile Communications
  • Real Time Embedded Systems
  • Reconfigurable System on Chip
  • Topics in Wireless Communications
  • Wearable Technologies

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • Cryptography
  • Cybernetics and Neural Networks
  • Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Fibre Optic Communications
  • Image Processing
  • Satellite and Space Systems

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills for a career in areas such as:

  • mobile and satellite telecommunications (where large industry players include Samsung, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Cobham, British Telecom, Telefonica)
  • aerospace (where large industry players include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GE)
  • automotive and transport (where large industry players include Jaguar, BMW, Continental, Network rail)
  • defence and security (where large industry players include BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Thales)
  • healthcare (where large industry players include Siemens and GE).

The MSc is also an ideal entry point for doctoral research in the fields of telecommunications and embedded systems.



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Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU). Digital signal and image processing lies at the heart of modern society – we all use mobile phones, watch digital tv and may soon ride in automated vehicles guided by embedded vision systems. Read more

Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Digital signal and image processing lies at the heart of modern society – we all use mobile phones, watch digital tv and may soon ride in automated vehicles guided by embedded vision systems.

All these technologies rely on signal processing methods and specialised hardware. This new MSc is designed to give you the specialised knowledge and skills needed in modern digital technology.

This course is for you if you have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or if you’re a practising engineer and would like to update your knowledge and practical skills in the areas of digital signal processing and image processing.

Why choose this course?

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules and work on an individual MSc project.

The modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory work. Assessment is linked to the modules’ learning outcomes and involves unseen exam and/or coursework. The MSc project is assessed by a project dissertation and oral presentation.

MSc project

You’ll complete a substantial MSc project, which is often practical as well as theoretical. You may have opportunities to work with an industrial partner.

Some of our previous students’ project work has led to journal and conference publication, giving them a head start in their careers.

The project allows you to develop your skills as an engineer and will involve:

  • an in-depth study of an advanced topic in digital signal or digital image processing
  • further development of your critical awareness, creative thinking and project planning skills
  • enhancing your ability to describe complex technical issues clearly and concisely
  • developing your presentation skills to effectively communicate your work and ideas to senior colleagues within an organisation.

Project assessment can include interim reports, presentations and a dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in our Department. A member of faculty supervises the project.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • MSc Individual Project
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • Cybernetics and Neural Networks
  • Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Image Processing

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Fibre Optic Communications
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Mobile Communications
  • Real Time Embedded Systems
  • Reconfigurable System on Chip
  • Topics in Wireless Communications
  • Wearable Technologies

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills for a career in areas such as:

  • mobile and satellite telecommunications (where large industry players include Samsung, Vodaphone, Nokia and Arm Holdings)
  • aerospace (where large industry players include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GE)
  • automotive (where large industry players include Jaguar, BMW and Continental)
  • defence and security (where large industry players include BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Thales)
  • healthcare (where large industry players include Siemens and GE).

The MSc is also an ideal entry point for doctoral research in the field of digital signal and image processing.



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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Engineering and Technology has extensive expertise in the areas of Digital Broadcast Technology, System on Chip and specialist Processor Architecture, Robotics and Virtual environments, Digital Signal Processing and Biometrics and Broadband Communication Networks which are underpinned by a series of specialised laboratories and supported by Industry forming membership of the School's own Industrial Advisory Group.

With more than a fifth of the school's student population steered towards postgraduate taught and research programmes, blue sky and applied research has been successfully conducted, with funding originating from responsive, knowledge transfer and industrial CASE funding schemes and dynamically supported by research seminars, showcases and exposition to research conferences.

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ISMM is very different to any other academic course. it combines traditional teaching material with a series of industrial visits, some of which will take place overseas. Read more
ISMM is very different to any other academic course: it combines traditional teaching material with a series of industrial visits, some of which will take place overseas. The course members work a full industrial week and conform to business dress codes. This intensive, practical programme gives direct experience of many different industries, cultures and working environments, and the projects present real challenges in genuine industrial and business environments. The aim of the course is to equip numerate graduates with the skills, personal development and industrial experience to be immediately effective in their early careers in industry.

ISMM will broaden your perspective and experience and open the door to a wide range of industrial careers. Many blue chip companies recognise the value of the course and target our graduates. Equally, for those who want to work in a smaller company, ISMM gives the confidence to start directly in a manufacturing engineering or management role. Those with entrepreneurial flair go on to set up their own companies.

The programme is structured around taught modules, company visits and in-company projects solving live business or technical problems. An overseas study tour offers a broader international context and the individual research thesis allows greater depth of study in a specific area of manufacturing.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegmpimm

Course detail

During the year you will acquire a working understanding of the fundamentals of a business enterprise, with a particular emphasis on manufacturing disciplines. You will visit up to forty companies, large and small, chosen to cover all industrial sectors; you will absorb the different cultures and learn to identify strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the course you will be in a perfect position to choose your career direction.

Skills acquired during the course include:

- critical analysis;
- creativity – the generation of innovative solutions;
- evaluation of designs, processes and products;
- balancing theory and practice;
- problem identification, definition and solution;
- data gathering, evaluation and analysis;
- effective communication written, verbal and graphic;
- preparation of business and finance cases;
- presentation preparation and delivery;
- project management;
- report writing;
- a 'can do' attitude;
- teamworking;
- appreciating the responsibilities of leadership

Format

Teaching is delivered through a variety of media. During Cambridge termtimes, there will be traditional academic lectures and interactive seminars; the dissertation is based in one of the Institute for Manufacturing's research groups and will involve normal graduate-level supervision. However, much of the learning during the course takes place during the industrial visits (of which there are approximately forty annually), and on the projects themselves. During the projects, students can expect to receive substantial 'supervisory' feedback from their line managers and colleagues. Academic assessment of the course is split into three components: examinations on module material; assessment of project reports; examination of the dissertation.

Placements

In addition to the series of industrial visits, students will undertake four two-week industrial placements over the course of the programme. During this time they will be working on live business/technical issues relevant to the company, and will be treated as an employee. These placements will terminate in a presentation to the Senior Management of the company, and in the writing of a handover report that will be examined as part of the course assessment.

Assessment

All students will be required to write a dissertation of no greater than 15,000 words. Achieving a passing mark on this dissertation is a precondition for obtaining the degree.

All students are required to write four project reports, each of which will be based on two weeks of project work on an issue relevant to a host company.

Four taught modules will be assessed through written assessments under timed conditions.
At the discretion of the Examiners, candidates may be required to take an additional oral examination on the work submitted during the course, and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Students can expect to receive reports at least termly on the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System. They will have access to a University supervisor for their dissertation, and can expect to receive input from their line managers during project placements.

Continuing

The MPhil is a professional practice programme and is not specifically designed to lead on to doctoral research. Nevertheless, students wishing to apply for continuation to a PhD in Engineering at Cambridge would normally be expected to attain an overall mark of at least 70%.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

Bursaries are available to two categories of applicant.

Category A: Bursaries of between £1,200 and £1,800 are available to successful applicants who either (i) have UK citizenship; or (ii) have settled status in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands (for a purpose other than full-time education) for the three years prior to the 1 September immediately preceding the course.

Category B: Successful applicants who have secured sufficient funding from studentship providers to cover the standard University Composition Fee rate, but not the additional cost, may receive a bursary to cover the discrepancy.

All eligible applicants will be considered for bursaries. Students in Category B may wish to contact the course email to ensure that their situation is noticed.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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Microsystems Engineering is one of the most dynamic and interdisciplinary engineering fields. The Master of Science program in Microsystems Engineering (MSE) provides the educational basis for your success in this field. Read more

Microsystems Engineering is one of the most dynamic and interdisciplinary engineering fields. The Master of Science program in Microsystems Engineering (MSE) provides the educational basis for your success in this field. The MSE program is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor degree in engineering or science.

In the first year 12 mandatory courses provide the fundamental theoretical framework for a future career in Microsystems. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base in the most important aspects of the field:

• MSE technologies and processes

• Microelectronics

• Micro-mechanics

• MSE design laboratory I

• Optical Microsystems

• Sensors

• Probability and statistics

• Assembly and packaging technology

• Dynamics of MEMS

• Micro-actuators

• Biomedical Microsystems

• Micro-fluidics

• MSE design laboratory II

• Signal processing

As part of the mandatory courses, the Microsystems design laboratory is a two-semester course in which small teams of students undertake a comprehensive, hands-on design project in Microsystems engineering. Requiring students to address all aspects of the generation of a microsystem, from conceptualization, through project planning to fabrication and testing, this course provides an essential glimpse into the workings of engineering projects.

In the second year, MSE students can specialise in two of the following seven concentration areas (elective courses), allowing each student to realize individual interests and to obtain an in-depth look at two sub-disciplines of this very broad, interdisciplinary field:

• Circuits and systems

• Design and simulation

• Life sciences: Biomedical engineering

• Life sciences: Lab-on-a-chip

• Materials

• Photonics

• Process engineering

• Sensors and actuators

Below are some examples of subjects offered in the concentration areas. These subjects do not only include theoretical lectures, but also hands-on courses such as labs, projects and seminars.

Circuits and Systems

• Analog CMOS Circuit Design

• Mixed-Signal CMOS Circuit Design

• VLSI – System Design

• RF- und Microwave Devices and Circuits

• Micro-acoustics

• Radio sensor systems

• Optoelectronic devices

• Reliability Engineering

• Lasers

• Micro-optics

• Advanced topics in Macro-, Micro- and Nano-optics

Design and Simulation

• Topology optimization

• Compact Modelling of large Scale Systems

• Lattice Gas Methods

• Particle Simulation Methods

• VLSI – System Design

• Hardware Development using the finite element method

• Computer-Aided Design

Life Sciences: Biomedical Engineering

• Signal processing and analysis of brain signals

• Neurophysiology I: Measurement and Analysis of Neuronal Activity

• Neurophysiology II: Electrophysiology in Living Brain

• DNA Analytics

• Basics of Electrostimulation

• Implant Manufacturing Techologies

• Biomedical Instrumentation I

• Biomedical Instrumentation II

Life Sciences: Lab-on-a-chip

• DNA Analytics

• Biochip Technologies

• Bio fuel cell

• Micro-fluidics 2: Platforms for Lab-on-a-Chip Applications

Materials

• Microstructured polymer components

• Test structures and methods for integrated circuits and microsystems

• Quantum mechanics for Micro- and Macrosystems Engineering

• Microsystems Analytics

• From Microsystems to the nano world

• Techniques for surface modification

• Nanomaterials

• Nanotechnology

• Semiconductor Technology and Devices

MEMS Processing

• Advanced silicon technologies

• Piezoelectric and dielectric transducers

• Nanotechnology

Sensors and Actuators

• Nonlinear optic materials

• CMOS Microsystems

• Quantum mechanics for Micro- and Macrosystems Engineering

• BioMEMS

• Bionic Sensors

• Micro-actuators

• Energy harvesting

• Electronic signal processing for sensors and actuators

Essential for the successful completion of the Master’s degree is submission of a Master’s thesis, which is based on a project performed during the third and fourth semesters of the program. Each student works as a member of one of the 18 research groups of the department, with full access to laboratory and cleanroom infrastructure.



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Research profile

The Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS) brings together researchers from integrated-circuit design, system-on-chip design, image-sensor design, bioelectronics, micro/nano-fabrication, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micromachining, neural computation and reconfigurable and adaptive computing.

Research interests include low-level analogue, low-power, adaptive and bio-inspired approaches, system-on-chip computing and applications from telecommunications to finance and astronomy. There is also a research focus on integrating CMOS microelectronic technology with sensors and microsystems/MEMS to create smart sensor systems. We also have a strong and growing interest in applications relating to life sciences and medicine, with particular focus on bioelectronics, biophotonics and bio-MEMS.

IMNS has laboratory facilities that are unique within the UK, including an advanced silicon and MEMS micro-fabrication capability coupled with substantial design and test resources. The Institute has an excellent reputation for commercialising technology.

Training and support

The development of transferable skills is a vital part of postgraduate training and a vibrant, interdisciplinary training programme is offered to all research students by the University’s Institute for Academic Development (IAD). The programme concentrates on the professional development of postgraduates, providing courses directly linked to postgraduate study.

Courses run by the IAD are free and have been designed to be as flexible as possible so that you can tailor the content and timing to your own requirements.

Our researchers are strongly encouraged to present their research at conferences and in journal during the course of their PhD.

Every year, the Graduate School organises a Postgraduate Research Conference to showcase the research carried out by students across the Research Institutes

Our researchers are also encouraged and supported to attend transferable skills courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.

Facilities

The Institute has laboratory facilities that are unique within the UK, including a comprehensive silicon and MEMS micro-fabrication capability coupled with substantial design and test resources.

The Institute has an excellent reputation for commercialising technology.



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The Masters in Electronics & Electrical Engineering & Management introduces you to contemporary business and management issues while increasing your depth of knowledge in your chosen speciality of electronics and electrical engineering. Read more

The Masters in Electronics & Electrical Engineering & Management introduces you to contemporary business and management issues while increasing your depth of knowledge in your chosen speciality of electronics and electrical engineering.

Why this programme

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017). It was also ranked 1st in Scotland in the Guardian and Complete University Rankings 2018.
  • You will be taught jointly by staff from the School of Engineering and the Adam Smith Business School. You will benefit from their combined resources and expertise and from an industry-focused curriculum.
  • If you have an engineering background, but with little management experience and are wanting to develop your knowledge of management while also furthering your knowledge of electronics and electrical engineering, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will gain first-hand experience of managing an engineering project through the integrated system design module, allowing development of skills in project management, quality management and accountancy.
  • You will benefit from access to our outstanding laboratory facilities and interaction with staff at the forefront of research in electronics and electrical engineering.
  • This programme has a September and January intake.

Programme structure

There are two semesters of taught material and a summer session working on a project or dissertation. September entry students start with management courses and January entry students with engineering courses.

Semester 1

You will be based in the Adam Smith Business School, developing knowledge and skills of management principles and techniques. We offer an applied approach, with an emphasis on an informed critical evaluation of information, and the subsequent application of concepts and tools to the core areas of business and management.

Core courses

  • Contemporary issues in human resource management 
  • Managing creativity and innovation 
  • Managing innovative change 
  • Marketing management 
  • Operations management 
  • Project management.

Semester 2

You will study engineering courses, which aim to enhance your group working and project management capability at the same time as improving your depth of knowledge in chosen electronics and electrical engineering subjects.

Core course

  • Integrated systems design project

Optional courses (a choice of two)

  • Computer communications
  • Electrical energy systems
  • Micro- and nano-technology
  • Microwave and millimetre wave circuit design
  • Microwave electronic and optoelectronic devices
  • Optical communications
  • Real-time embedded programming.

Project or dissertation

You will undertake an individual project or dissertation work in the summer period (May - August). This will give you an opportunity to apply and consolidate your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to the industry. Project and dissertation options are closely linked to staff research interests. September entry students have a choice of management dissertation topics in addition to electronics and electrical engineering projects, and January entry students have a choice of electronics and electrical engineering projects. 

Career prospects

Career opportunities include software development, chip design, embedded system design, telecommunications, video systems, automation and control, aerospace, development of PC peripherals and FPGA programming, defence, services for the heavy industries, for example electricity generation equipment and renewables plant, etc.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:

Project Engineer at TOTAL

Schedule Officer at OSCO SDN BHD

Control and Automation Engineer at an oil and gas company.



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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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In order to master the development process, you will obtain a firm foundation of design methods, software and hardware architectures, as well as programming of embedded systems. Read more

In order to master the development process, you will obtain a firm foundation of design methods, software and hardware architectures, as well as programming of embedded systems. Together with innovation and entrepreneurship studies, the Programme enables you to work in the embedded systems industry from start-ups to large-scale enterprises.

After graduation, you can pursue a career in academia, industry or the public sector.

Programme structure

1. Advanced-level studies in the major subject (65-70 ECTS)

  • Compulsory courses
  • Compulsory as well as optional courses

2. Optional and language studies (20-25 ECTS)

  • Optional studies in the minor subject (20 ECTS)
  • Language studies (0-5 ECTS)

3. Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

Academic excellence and experience

Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing is a two-year programme in the field of technology. It is designed to give you understanding of theoretical issues for starting PhD studies in the fields of embedded computing, cyber-physical systems (CPS) and internet of things (IoT). It also provides you with practical competences for challenging engineering jobs in the embedded systems industry.

The goal of the Programme is to offer education on modern embedded system design and modelling. Both hardware and software aspects are covered. You will obtain a firm foundation to design, model and implement embedded systems, including cyber-physical and IoT systems as well.

To master the development process, you will have an understanding of:

  • design constraints
  • hardware/software tradeoffs
  • design methods and software
  • hardware architectures
  • low-level programming of embedded and IoT systems

Research in the Programme focuses on Internet of Things (IoT), novel massively parallel computing platforms and paradigms, as well as autonomous embedded and cyber physical systems (CPS). The key application domains for the research are personal health, safety and well-being. The focus is on application development and implementation tools for multiprocessor platforms that are developed within the laboratory and wireless sensor networks.

Master's thesis and topics

In the Master’s thesis, you must prove your ability to do scientific work. You need to master management of research methods, knowledge of the research field and skill of scientific writing.

The goal of the Master’s thesis is:

  • to train independent problem solving for demanding research questions
  • to train presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written
  • to train search and critical evaluation of information
  • to develop an ability to engage in a constructive dialogue with related disciplines
  • to gain insight into actual research and development work as well as the possibilities and constraints of embedded computing methods in the application domain and in the society at large

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Internet of Things Platform Interchangeability with Radiation Meter
  • Embedded System Design of Touch Panel Screen for IoT Applications
  • Task Migration Implement for Fault-Aware Resource Management of Networked Many-Core Systems
  • Hybrid Memory for Next Generation Chip
  • Interoperability Solutions for IoT Protocols via Intelligent Gateway
  • Parallelization of Sorting Algorithms with GPU
  • Embedded Service Bus for Internet of Things Interoperability

Co-operation with other parties

The laboratory of the Programme also participates in the EIT Digital Master School. The Master School is a collaboration with several European technical universities. In the EIT Digital Master School, the laboratory hosts Embedded Systems major’s Internet of Things and Energy Efficient Computing specialisation track.

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation. Its goal is to drive Europe’s digital transformation. For more information, see https://masterschool.eitdigital.eu/programmes/es/

Competence description

You will be offered multidisciplinary education which addresses systematic design of embedded systems from both hardware and software perspective.

In the Programme, you will:

  • gain profound knowledge in the field of embedded computing
  • learn to model, design and verify advanced embedded solutions
  • gain understanding of the factors that influence hardware/software tradeoffs
  • learn to carry out research in the field, analyse research results and perform innovative design tasks
  • gain competences for postgraduate studies in the field of embedded computing

Job options

The employment percentage of those holding an Master of Science (in Technology) degree is high in Finland. The degrees from this Programme cover different topical areas of embedded computing well. The education benefits from co-operation with companies in the region, especially in terms of optional Capstone projects.

Based on the personally planned expertise profile, successful careers in the IT sector as embedded computing experts are achievable both Finland and abroad. Graduates are able to pursue careers in the IT industry as embedded computing specialists and experts.

Possible job titles are:

  • systems architect
  • software architect
  • hardware architect
  • specialist or engineer
  • entrepreneur in embedded or control systems engineering

Career in research

Master of Science degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.

Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.



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

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, followed by a research project, leading to a masters thesis. There is a great deal of flexibility in our degree programme with three distinct streams as follows:

  • Analogue
  • Analogue and Digital
  • Bioelectronics

Analogue Stream

Compulsory courses:

  • Analogue IC Design
  • Analogue VLSI A
  • Discrete-time Signal Analysis (MSc)
  • Power Electronics (MSc)
  • Principles of Microelectronic Devices
  • Analogue Circuit Design
  • Analogue VLSI B
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Electronics: Project and Thesis

Optional courses: A choice of either :

  • Sigma Delta Data Converters

or

  • Microfabrication Techniques and
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Analogue and Digital Stream

Compulsory courses:

  • Analogue IC Design
  • Analogue VLSI A
  • Discrete-time Signal Analysis
  • Principles of Microelectronic Devices
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Digital Systems Laboratory
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Electronics: Project and Thesis

Optional courses: Either

  • Power Electronics or
  • Digital Systems Laboratory A

Plus one of:

  • Microfabrication Techniques
  • Modern Economic Issues in Industry
  • Technology and Innovation Management

And either:

  • Sigma Delta Data Converters

or

  • Embedded Mobile and Wireless Systems (EWireless)

Bioelectronics Stream

Compulsory courses:

  • Analogue Circuit Design
  • Analogue IC Design
  • Biosensors
  • Introduction to Bioelectronics (MSc)
  • Lab-on-Chip Technologies
  • Analogue VLSI A
  • Biosensors and Instrumentation
  • Microfabrication Techniques
  • Applications of Sensor and Imaging Systems
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Electronics: Project and Thesis

Optional courses: A choice of either:

  • Principles of Microelectronic Devices

or

  • Digital Systems Laboratory A

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. Recent graduates are now working as applications, design, field, test and validation engineering for employers such as BMW, Guangzhou Hangxin Avionics and Kongsberg Maritime.



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