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Signal Processing (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

Signal processing is recognised as a core technology in rapidly growing areas such as sensor networks, medical devices and renewable energy, audio, image and video systems. It’s the underpinning technology of all communication including the internet, wireless and satellite.

We’ve been carrying out research and development in signal processing for more than 30 years. Many of today’s industry leaders are alumni of the University and this industry awareness and experience underpins this specialised degree.

This MSc aims to address the growing skills shortage in industry of engineers who have an understanding of the complete signal processing design cycle. It’s also essential preparation if you’re considering advanced research in applied signal processing.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/signalprocessing/

What you’ll study

There are two semesters of compulsory and optional classes, followed by a three-month practical research project in a specialist area. There’s the opportunity to carry this out through the department's competitive MSc industrial internships.

The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners eg ScottishPower, SmarterGridSolutions, SSE. You'll address real-world engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.


You'll have exclusive access to our extensive computing network and purpose built teaching spaces such as our Hyperspectral Imaging Centre and the DG Smith Radio Frequency laboratory, equipped with the latest technologies.


The course is fully accredited by the professional body, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This means that you'll meet the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer – a must for your future engineering career.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on individual subject material.

Each module comprises approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.

The teaching and learning methods used ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.

- Industry engagement
Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events. The department delivers monthly seminars to support students’ learning and career development. Xilinx, Texas Instruments, MathWorks, and Agilent are just a few examples of the industry partners you can engage with during your course.


A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete at least six modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Assessment of the summer research project/internship consists of four elements, with individual criteria:
1. Interim report (10%, 1,500 to 3,000 words) – the purpose of this report is to provide a mechanism for supervisors to provide valuable feedback on the project’s objectives and direction.

2. Poster Presentation (15%) – a vital skill of an engineer is the ability to describe their work to others and respond to requests for information. The poster presentation is designed to give you an opportunity to practise that.

3. Final report (55%) – this assesses the communication of project objectives and context, accuracy and relevant of background material, description of practical work and results, depth and soundness of discussion and conclusions, level of engineering achievement and the quality of the report’s presentation.

4. Conduct (20%) - independent study, project and time management are key features of university learning. The level of your initiative & independent thinking and technical understanding are assessed through project meetings with your supervisor and your written logbooks.


With Signal Processing being a core technology in high-growth areas such as sensor networks, medical devices, renewable energy and communications, this course enables you to capitalise on job opportunities across all of these sectors, as well as in electronics design, IT, banking, and oil and gas.

Almost all of our graduates secure jobs by the time they have completed their course. They've taken up well-paid professional and technical occupations with multinationals such as Google, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Motorola Mobility, Intel, as well as Wolfson Microelectronics, Agilent, Freescale and Thales in the vibrant national UK arena.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/electronicelectricalengineering/ourscholarships/.

Visit the Signal Processing (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Shuai Wu

The course is organised really well so you can learn lots of subjects together which helps you understand what things are and how they work.


Entry Requirements

A first or good second-class UK Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic, electrical or communications engineering, or a related subject from a recognised academic institution. Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not undertaken their undergraduate course in the UK must possess a recent UKVI-recognised English qualification.

Course Fees

2017-18: Scotland/EU £5,500; Rest of UK £9,000; International £18,000

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