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MSc/PGCert in High Reliability Embedded Systems

Course Description

About the Course

Embedded processors form a core component of an enormous range of systems - from aircraft, passenger cars and medical equipment, to children's toys, DVD players and washing machines. The growth in the power and features of processors has helped to drive the semiconductor industry from start-up less than 60 years ago to more than £150 billion in annual revenue today. The embedded market is now estimated to be worth around 100 times the ‘desktop’ market, and is forecast to grow exponentially over the next decade.

This MSc is delivered through 'blended learning': a combination of distance learning and campus study in Leicester (six one-week residentials over two years).

You will gain the state-of-the-art skill set needed to deal with the challenges of producing flexible, robust, reliable, and cost-effective embedded systems in applicable industrial domains. We will focus on currently relevant tools and best practice, and cover the development of both COTS (commercial off the shelf) systems and bespoke designs based on Field Programmable Gate Arrays. We will also explore large scale embedded systems development and maintenance.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.


Alternatively you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), which consists of just four modules and omits the final project. If you initially apply for a PGCert, you can upgrade to an MSc during your course, or up to two years afterwards, on payment of the appropriate fee.

Course modules

Programming techniques for reliable embedded systems
Design and verification of high-integrity embedded systems
Using FPGAs in reliable embedded systems
EITHER Design patterns for reliable embedded systems OR Embedded automotive systems using ISO 26262
Multi-processor and multi-core designs
Using a RTOS in reliable embedded systems

Next Start date: September 2016

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MSc/PGCert in High Reliability Embedded Systems page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. In exceptional cases, significant directly relevant industrial experience may be taken into consideration.

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