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Computer Science (Embedded Systems)

Course Description


Embedded systems offer constraints and limitations that demand a great level of ingenuity and creativity. As such, developing software for these embedded systems presents a variety of new challenges and requires a more specialised set of skills than developing general computer applications. This MSc course will provide you with such skills.

It focuses on low-level software development across a range of different hardware platforms, including autonomous devices such as robots, parallel processing units, and distributed computing environments. You will have the opportunity to work with the latest technology in the field, including 3D printers, flying drones, and our own fleet of robots. The course also benefits from our world-class research in this field, including areas of image recognition, robot navigation, and distributed processing.

The course is suitable for graduates of computer systems, computer science, electronics, or telecommunications (with software development experience). The standard course lasts twelve months and consists of two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester – either immediately before or after the dissertation – gaining industrial experience through a module based in SEED, our software development unit working with commercial clients and software. This is unique to Hull.

The Department of Computer Science creates an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Industrial Experience

There is the option to take an Industrial Experience variant, with the opportunity to extend the period of study by a trimester, to gain experience of working alongside commercial software developers within a commercial software development facility on site (SEED), promoting real-world applications of the advanced concepts met in the course.


The MSc programme is designed to support students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience. However, this programme is particularly suited to those with significant experience of writing code. There is a focus on the transition to postgraduate study, with suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists in any field.

In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.
Core modules
• Programming and Design
• Real Time Graphics
• Embedded Systems Development (if you haven’t taken this at undergraduate level)
• Simulation and concurrency
• Robotic Systems and Artificial Intelligence
• Development Project
Optional modules
• Network Security
• Computer Science Software Development Practice – pass/fail module
• Dissertation (There is the option of taking this module either in trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module.)
• The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience.

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. This will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.
As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.


Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework.
The largest assessment is the dissertation, which is based on the work done in the third trimester and documented in a report of up to 20,000 words.


The MSc Computer Science (Embedded Systems) is designed to open up pathways to postgraduate research, as well as careers in a wide range of areas within your discipline. The industrial placement option will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science ‘in situ’, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.
We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our graduates typically gain roles including: Applications Developer, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Analyst, Computer Programmer, Computer Operations Manager, Data Management Analyst, Database Assistant, Developer Support Engineer, Games Programmer, Games Programmer (Engine design), Information Manager, IT Design, IT Systems Manager, IT Technician, IT user Support, Mobile Developer, Operations Director, Software Designer, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Solutions Developer, Systems Engineer, Technical Sales, Technical Specialist, Web Developer.

Visit the Computer Science (Embedded Systems) page on the University of Hull website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Student Scholarships in Science (2015) 2016 under review - 20+ Awards

See the application form for details of this scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Scheme applies to international (non-UK and non-EU) studentsmaking applications for a fulltime taught programme of study only.

Application Procedure

See the form on the link for details of how to apply.

Further Information



Departmental MSc Scholarships (2016 entry) - 6 Awards

Applicants are asked to state why they should be considered for the award of an
MSc scholarship in no more than 800 words (total, approx. 200 per field) under the
following 4 categories.
a) academic achievement (highest qualification, grades, awards etc)
b) Professional and other extra-curricular experience and achievements,
c) What your plans and aspirations are and how the course and the
award will support this.
d) Other relevant information.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These scholarships are on top of our other awards (including international scholarship). They are tuition fee discounts.

Application Procedure

Read about entry requirements and how to apply for courses and the scholarships at the link, including downloading the forms.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in computing, or being able to demonstrate a significant level of computer programming experience.For international students, an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of5.5 in all skills) or equivalent, such as Pearson PTE or iBT TOEFL, is also required.

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