Digital Engineering is fundamental to the wealth and economy of all major developed nations. The development of digital technology over the past 50 years has revolutionised the design and performance of everything from mobile phones to cars and entertainment systems; and engineers continue to enhance the performance of these devices. Recent developments in nanotechnology promise further large increases in processing power with lower power requirements, and will open up whole new applications for digital techniques. The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering at York provides advanced knowledge and transferable skills in the design, modelling, implementation and evaluation of state-of-the-art digital systems, enabling graduates to contribute effectively to the increasingly complex and rapidly evolving technologies that are prevalent in industry and research. The MSc is taught by academics from York’s world-leading research team in digital design that specialises in the application of biological techniques to complex digital systems, and makes full use of the industry-standard FPGA design and development facilities within the Department of Electronics.
The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering is a one-year full-time taught programme that makes extensive use of the knowledge and expertise from our well established Intelligent Systems Research Group. It is intended to provide students with a good theoretical background and solid hands-on experience of the techniques used in modern digital systems design. Using FPGAs as a hardware platform and VHDL as a design language, the programme provides students with: *A balanced picture of state-of-the-art digital systems design methods *A sound theoretical and practical knowledge of digital devices, tools, data networks and operating systems *The ability to learn new techniques to keep up-to-date with new developments in an industrial and/or research setting *Experience of the use of industry-standard tools to make them attractive candidates for prospective employers in the field *Experience of working within a group and of the important management skills required by industry *Hands-on experience of the different stages of the design of a modern digital system, which will culminate in the construction of a complex device (for example, an FPGA-based MP3 player)
The programme aims to provide a broad-based introduction to state-of-the-art digital system design techniques and to provide a solid grounding in both theory and practice. It is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in digital electronic industry and research.
2:1 degree with significant electronics and/or computing content. Will also consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial experience.
Recipient: University of York
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