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MSc Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering

Course Description

The Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering MSc is a broad programme in advanced electronics, reflecting the latest developments in telecommunications, embedded systems, instrumentation and control.

Despite this considerable breadth, an extensive range of options allows students to tailor the course to suit their individual requirements. The programme enables students to develop advanced skills in various aspects of modern hardware, software and firmware engineering.

The programme reflects the latest developments in electronic system design and illustrates the use of electronic systems technologies in instrumentation, measurement and control. You develop the skills to design and build complex electronic systems, in a wide range of applications, using appropriate technologies and techniques.

We have developed the programme with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students will be in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/244/advanced-electronic-systems-engineering

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. We have a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly, supportive teaching and research environment, with research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence.

Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

EL822 - Communication Networks (15 credits)
EL844 - Fundamentals of Image Analysis (15 credits)
EL849 - Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
EL874 - Computer & Reconfigurable Architectures (15 credits)
EL876 - Advanced Control Systems (15 credits)
EL875 - Advanced Instrumentation Systems (15 credits)
EL858 - Advanced Pattern Recognition (15 credits)
EL829 - Embedded Real-Time Operating Systems (15 credits)
EL890 - MSc Project (60 credits)


The project module is examined by a presentation and dissertation. The Research Methods and Project Design module is examined by several components of continuous assessment. The other modules are assessed by examinations and smaller components of continuous assessment. MSc students must gain credits from all the modules (180 credits in total). For the PDip, you must gain at least 120 credits in total, and pass certain modules to meet the learning outcomes of the PDip programme. PDip students are not expected to take the MSc project (EL890).

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- educate graduate engineers and equip them with advanced knowledge of electronic systems for careers in research and development in industry or academia

- produce high-calibre engineers with experience in specialist and complex problem-solving skills and the techniques needed for electronics systems engineering in a number of application areas, including (but not exclusive to) instrumentation, imaging, control and communication systems

- provide you with proper academic guidance and welfare support

- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer you an environment where you can develop your potential

- to strengthen and expand opportunities for industrial collaboration with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.


Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

We have developed our programmes with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students are in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline. You develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for, including problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jorim Anelone

2156.jpg The love of technology for its compelling aim to improve human life has led me in my education and has motivated my choice for the MSc in Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering (AESE) at the University of Kent from 2011 to 2012. Previously, I attended a Bachelor of Science with mathematics, electronics and computer science as majors at Bangalore University in India but wanted to deepen my knowledge in electronic systems through an MSc in a highly competitive academic environment.
The AESE program, newly offered by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, is the most amazing among others because it covers the main modules involved for understanding and designing electronic systems. In fact, the course is delivered in an efficient and convenient way, in state-of-the-art facilities. The modules are taught by leaders in their fields. Designing controllers with Prof. Sarah Spurgeon, learning sensors and instrumentation systems from Prof. Yong Yan, being taught embedded and real-time operating systems by Dr. Peter Lee, etc, make lectures and workshops a huge source of valuable theoretical information and practical skills.

The atmosphere of the building is fantastic. I do enjoy studying in a cosmopolitan campus and I was very happy to learn and to practice new concepts. The University of Kent treats me as a student and not as a customer. Facilities, such as 24hr access to the labs, online learning resources, social rooms for relaxing or group work, career advice, study skills workshops and others provided by moodle, IT support, the Disability services, the library, etc, make me more productive and has enhanced my experience of being in university. Moreover, the city of Canterbury is wonderful, peaceful. Furthermore, it is well located and thus eases quick trips to London or Europe. I am really excited by my project – a tongue based mouse emulator using electropalatogrphy – because it is the first occasion for me to apply my knowledge and experience so as to design and implement an assistive input device which will be helpful to people with severe spinal injuries. It is a promising technology and I received a PhD offer to develop it at UKC.


University of Kent Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015 - 20+ Awards

The bursaries are £10,000 each for study on a taught Master's degree programme at the University of Kent.
The bursary does not have to be repaid.
The bursary will contribute to the cost of tuition fees for the Master’s degree and any associated University charges (ie accommodation fees) with any balance awarded as a maintenance grant.
Bursaries are available for full or part-time study (over a maximum of two years).
Students must register for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent, ie an award of LLM, MA, MSc in September 2015. Apply online.
The bursaries will be distributed in accordance with the following priority until all awards are allocated:
those who satisfy the eligibility criteria (below)
on the basis of their undergraduate degree classification (First or 2.1)
the date that all conditions of the offer are satisfied
We will aim to make the allocations by mid-July 2015
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary data has been submitted and conditions of offer are satisfied as soon as possible.
The bursary cannot be held in conjunction with other funding except in exceptional circumstances and will not be awarded with any other funding from the University of Kent, for example the Alumni Loyalty Discount or Graduate School Scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)



“Home” fee paying & UK permanent resident; Completed a 3 year UG degree, starting in 2012, finishing in 2015. Have paid, or be responsible for repaying to Student Loans Company, the higher rate tuition fees in full;
Have achieved a First or a 2.1; Have demonstrated criteria, to include either 1 or 2 below: 1. a household income of £42,620 or lower & either a) a family home postcode in an area of low participation in higher education or b) currently be in receipt of a Disabled Students’ Allowance, 2. be a care leaver; Have made an application and been admitted for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent.

Application Procedure

Before you can be considered for a bursary you must make an application for an eligible taught postgraduate programme at the University of Kent, and be offered a place
Consideration for a bursary will be dependent on the degree application and you are urged to make an application for a place to study as soon as possible. Further information about the scheme and the selection processes will be made available as they are agreed and it is recommended that you check this page regularly for updates.
Please note: When making an application, please note you must use your family/parental address and postcode in order for us to confirm your eligibility

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:2 or higher honours degree in Electronic or Computer Engineering, or a related electronics subject. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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