An MSc-level conversion programme for those with first degrees in numerate disciplines (e.g. Maths, Physics, others with some mathematics to pre-university level should enquire). The programme targets producing engineers with knowledge and skills required for designing the integrated circuits which lie at the core of the vast array of consumer electronics of today’s world. The demand for people to fill such roles is extremely high, in companies (small and large) covering the range of electronics and ICT products, and integrated circuit design companies that supply them.
Integrated circuits have been powering the information revolution for over 50 years. Continuous innovation has resulted in greater processing power, memory and new devices. This, together with ever reducing manufacturing costs and reliability, has enabled the mass production of integrated circuits for consumer products that are more powerful han the supercomputers of the 1980s. While the fabrication technology advances, there is an increasing need for innovative design which can harness the power of these circuits, while taking into account constraints such as requirements for energy efficiency.
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About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts 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 spread of 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. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.
We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, a number of 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. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
EL893 - Reconfigurable Architectures (15 credits)
EL894 - Digital Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits)
EL896 - Computer and Microcontroller Architectures (15 credits)
EL897 - Analogue Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits)
EL898 - Electronic Design Automation for IC Design (15 credits)
EL849 - Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
EL871 - Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (15 credits)
EL827 - Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)
EL890 - MSc Project (60 credits)
The programme targets producing engineers with the knowledge and skills required for working in the communications industry on programmable hardware, in particular. There is a high demand for people to fill such roles in communications and test & measure equipment vendors, and in many smaller companies developing devices for the internet of things.
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/
Graduates with a good honours degree in mathematics or physics. We accept graduates from other scientific/cognate disciplines but you must demonstrate mathematic ability at a high level. Those who have not done any mathematics since A level or only have AS level mathematics should contact us; a pre-sessional mathematics module is available to bring candidates up to the required standard.