Embedded systems are central to the technological world in which we live and can be found in traction controllers, power generation and personal audio systems. These systems require high performance embedded electronics to support their operation and their design involves specialised hardware and software and system level integration.
You will learn about the theory and techniques that provide ever more sophisticated services; especially where aspects of digital electronics, communications engineering, computing and power systems meet. Graduates from this programme can expect to find employment in the electronics industry developing novel solutions to provide new services, reduce costs and ensure reliability.
You will be helped to understand how to interpret requirements and component specifications, to produce functionally effective and cost effective design solutions. You will be shown how to make decisions on the basis of incomplete information and to understand strategies for evaluating designs through a combination of group and individual exercises.
There is a wide range of topics from embedded systems, communications engineering, spoken language processing, image analysis and interpretation and advanced Interactive 3D environments for virtual realty and serious games, from which you may choose. The topics available will enable you to understand how to design and build sophisticated electronic control systems, such as those found in mp3 players, computer peripherals, light rail systems, energy generation systems and digital networks.
An Embedded Systems MSc with Industrial Studies programme is also available.
After graduating I went straight into research by enrolling on a PhD. Going into this I am learning to be critical about my work, how to research papers in my field, and how to manage my time more effectively. The best part of the MSc was the practical labs where you could put what you learned into practice. Also the large weighting of the coursework in the examinable component was good, as the course really tested your practical knowledge. In addition to this the support staff in Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering were brilliant.
At least a lower second-class Honours degree in Computing, Electrical Engineering or Electronic Engineering from a university of high international standing.
Home and EU Students £7200; International Students £18,900
Recipient: University of Birmingham
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