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MSc Embedded Systems

Course Description


The aim of this advanced course is to provide a natural follow-up to typical undergraduate courses in electrical and electronic engineering, concentrating on the commercially important and rapidly expanding area of embedded digital systems for communication and control. It offers a range of options of immediate relevance to industry at large, and is excellent preparation for those wishing to engage in research. The topics covered include embedded system design, software engineering, data communications, signal and image processing and embedded control systems. The course concludes with a major project and dissertation. See website http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-embedded-systems/

Programme content

- Embedded Systems
- Digital Design
- Research Methods Critical Analysis and Project Planning
- Embedded Systems Design Project
- Project Phase 1
- Embedded Software
- MSc Project

- Software Engineering 1
- Digital Signal Processing
- Software Engineering 2
- Image Processing
- Advanced Digital Electronics

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-embedded-systems/

Visit the MSc Embedded Systems page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Muhammad Haider

1551.JPG My time at Heriot-Watt was one of the most exciting and fun times I had during my academic studies because of a wonderful campus, very friendly staff and excellent teaching and learning facilities available.

The course was well structured for people having a background in Electrical, Electronics or Computer Engineering However other students even from Chemical Engineering backgrounds were able to fit in with a bit of work and motive.

Our course instructor to class ratio was on average between 10 to 20 students which gave us a good opportunity to fully interact with the course instructor and gain the best individual advantage possible.

Heriot Watt had all state of the art equipment available for Embedded System graduates including new equipment being added regularly to their inventories. I also witnessed a presentation from Texas Instruments European Marketing Branch to promote latest embedded equipment which could be made available to students and lecturers. The labs were top notch including latest DSP and FPGA kits and were made available to anyone who wanted to explore the equipment even on their own. Additionally, other than a library with a wide portfolio of required material on Embedded Engineering, research articles and access to important online resources, there is a state of the art postgraduate centre with WIFI printing also available which is ideal for group studies. Its view is one of the best views with lush green scenery for an excellent and serene studying environment.
Overall, the campus provides some of the best scenic views and trails to spend a day out with friends and family with BBQ spots and playing fields spread across it. There are on campus living facilities with excellent lakeside views. The manmade lake inside Heriot Watt also has its own swans and ducks where students are seen feeding them on a daily basis. All in all it is one of the most beautiful University campuses in the UK.

In conclusion, the university provides an excellent learning environment for postgraduate students looking for a relaxed and friendly environment to put effort into their studying. There aren’t a lot of parties going on all the time which is ideal for postgraduate students. You will also find a very culturally diverse student and instructor base and most certainly find people from all over the world.


Alumni Scholarship - 20+ Awards

We will pay a percentage of your fee - this year it was 20%

Value of Scholarship(s)



You need to have taken your undergraduate degree at Heriot-Watt but all alumni are welcome to be included

Application Procedure

We should pick this up automatically as part of the application procedure

Entry Requirements

A First or Second Class Honours Degree from a British or overseas university in an electrical/electronic engineering discipline or equivalent overseas qualifications

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