Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/funded/
This Masters in Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS) focuses on the technologies and techniques that underpin a vast range of societal, research and industrial needs. It is delivered and awarded jointly by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Sensing and sensor systems are essential for advances in research across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and are 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 smart phones and every modern car 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. This is an industry-focused programme, designed for people looking to develop skills that will open up opportunities in a host of end applications.
• MSc: 12 months full-time;
• Contact: Professor Andy Harvey: email:[email protected]
; Sian Williams: email:[email protected]
• This is a jointly taught and awarded degree from the University of Glasgow
and the University of Edinburgh, developed in with conjunction with CENSIS.
• CENSIS is a centre of excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS) technologies, CENSIS enables industry innovators and university researchers to collaborate at the forefront of market-focused SIS innovation, developing products and services for global markets.
• CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, is one of eight Innovation Centres that are transforming the way universities and business work together to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors, create jobs and grow the economy. CENSIS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (£10m) and supported by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government.
• CENSIS has now launched its collaborative MSc in Sensor and Imaging Systems, designed to train the next generation of sensor system experts.
The programme comprises a mix of core and optional courses. The curriculum you undertake will be flexible and tailored to your prior experience and expertise, your particular research interests, and the specific nature of the extended research project topic provisionally identified at the beginning of the MSc programme. Generally, courses taken in the first semester will focus on skills, understanding and knowledge in the fundamentals of sensor and imaging systems, while courses taken in the second semester will provide training in more specialist aspects.
• Programme timetable
• Semester 1: University of Glasgow
• Semester 2: University of Edinburgh
• Semester 3: MSc project, including the possibility of an industry placement
• Circuits and systems
• Detection and analysis of ionising radiation
• Fundamentals of sensing and imaging
• Imaging and detectors
• Technology and innovation management
• Research project preparation.
• Biomedical imaging techniques
• Biophysical chemistry
• Biosensors and instrumentation
• Chemical biology
• Digital signal processing
• Electronic product design and manufacture
• Electronic system design
• Lab-on-chip technologies
• Lasers and electro-optic systems
• Microelectronics in consumer products
• Microfabrication techniques
• Physical techniques in action
• Waves and diffraction.
• To complete the MSc degree you will undertake a research project worth 60 credits, integrating the subject knowledge and skills that you acquire during the taught part of the programme.
• The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your new skills and show future employers that you have been working on cutting edge subjects relevant to industry.
• Projects will be divided in approximately equal numbers between the University of Glasgow
and the University of Edinburgh, and each project will be allocated an academic supervisor from the appropriate School and University.
• Some projects may have a strong industrial input, while others will be related to research in the Schools. You will select from a list of MSc projects available at both universities. Projects may also involve placements within industry, in particular with companies associated with CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems.
Industry links and employability
• This is an industry-focused programme, developed in conjunction with CENSIS, an Innovation Centre established to maximise the growth potential of Scottish companies operating in the sensor systems market. It will appeal to graduates seeking to develop sensor and imaging systems (SIS) skills that can be used in a range of end markets and applications.
• SIS is key enabling technology to achieve quality, efficiency and performance across all key markets – from transport, security and oil and gas, through to agriculture, the built environment and life sciences. The underlying requirement across of these sectors is the same: to sense, measure, process, communicate and visualise in a way that provides valuable and actionable information based on data.
• Sensing is essential for advances in research across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry, and is enhanced when multiple sensing functions are combined into arrays to enable imaging. Industrial applications of SIS are ubiquitous: from mass-produced sensors found in smart phones 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.
• Increasingly, sensor systems – along with their underpinning device, signal processing, networking, information dissemination and diagnostics technologies - are being tightly integrated within the products and services of a wide range of Scottish businesses. There are endless opportunities within this emerging global market (worth £500Bn) to develop fundamental changes to benefit society and commercialise sensor lead products over wide market areas.
• Markets that need graduates with SIS skills include include defence and security, renewables, aerospace, subsea, intelligent transport, environmental science, built environment, energy and the smart grid, healthcare and drug discovery, medical diagnostics, and food and drink.