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    12 months full-time

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  • Last Updated

    02 November 2018

Programme description

This industry-focused programme - run jointly by the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow - focuses on the principles, methods, techniques and technologies that underpin a vast range of needs in applications spanning from research to industry to medicine.

The programme is designed for students looking to develop the skills and knowledge that will open up opportunities in the many companies developing sensor and image based solutions.

Sensing and sensor systems are essential for advances in research across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and can be enhanced when multiple sensing functions are combined into arrays to enable imaging.

Industrial applications of sensor systems are ubiquitous: from mass-produced sensors found in modern smartphones and cars to the state-of-the-art, specialist high-value sensors routinely used in oil and gas recovery, scientific equipment, machine tools, medical equipment and environmental monitoring.

Programme structure

This programme is run over 12 months. The first semester of taught courses is run at the University of Glasgow and the second at the University of Edinburgh. The taught courses are followed by a research project, carried out at either university, leading to the production of your masters thesis.

Semester 1

Semester 1 is delivered at the University of Glasgow.

  • Fundamentals of Sensing and Measurement
  • Imaging and Detectors
  • Detection and Analysis of Ionising Radiation
  • Circuits and Systems
  • Optional course in physics or engineering

Semester 2

Semester 2 is delivered at the University of Edinburgh.

Two compulsory courses:

  • Applications of Sensor and Imaging Systems
  • Research Project Preparation

Two to four (depending on course weighting) optional courses in engineering and/or chemistry:

  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Physical Techniques in Action
  • BioSensors and Instrumentation
  • Lab-on-Chip Technologies
  • Microfabrication Techniques
  • Electronic Product Design and Manufacture
  • Technology & Innovation Management

Career opportunities

Sensor and imaging systems (SIS) underpin a vast range of societal, research and industrial needs. Sensing is essential for advances in capability across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and is enhanced when individual sensing units are configured in arrays to enable imaging and when multiple sensing functions are integrated into a single smart system.

Visit the Sensor & Imaging Systems (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!




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