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Microelectronic Systems with a Year in Industry MSc (Eng)

Microelectronic Systems with a Year in Industry MSc (Eng)

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Full time


24 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Course overview

On this well-established MSc programme, you will develop advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems. The course content is updated every year to maintain industry relevance and to reflect the latest developments in the industry.


Teh first year of this MSc follows the same structure as the one year MSc programme. You will study core (compulsory) topics during the MSc: embedded computer systems, digital system design, IC design, microprocessor systems, research skills and project management.

The course content also covers digital design techniques, you will be introduced to materials used in microelectronics, and develop an understanding of designing advanced embedded computer systems – along with a module that will help you to develop the practical skills to develop your final project in semester three.

You’ll be able to develop your specialism through optional modules, where you can learn the fundamentals of image processing, the principles of communications networks, the theoretical and practical aspects of parallel programming for multi-core architectures, and an introduction to electrical plasma and how it can be used in microelectronics.

In Year two you will undertake an industrial project and placement (either in the UK or overseas), typically 30 weeks from September to next June. During the placement year you will spend time working in a relevant company suitable for the MSc. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical engineering experience which will boost your CV, build networks and develop confidence in a working environment. Many placement students continue their relationship with the placement provider by undertaking relevant projects and may ultimately return to work for the company when they graduate.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at graduates who already have a good general level of knowledge and understanding in electronics or closely related subjects with advanced knowledge (at level M) and capabilities in the specific areas of microelectronic systems.

What you'll learn

Develop an understanding of the issues in designing complex digital and analogue systems

Understanding the capabilities of tools used for the design and simulation of these complex systems

Build your understanding of signal processing using digital systems

Get an awareness of the techniques used for the networking of digital systems

Knowledge and skills in software engineering, design and management

Transferable skills such as analysis, problem-solving, communication and team-working.


To understand the reasons for the predominance and importance of silicon-based microelectronics to the semiconductor industry. To understand how materials, devices and circuit issues are inter-related and exploited to make the microchips that underpin the information age. To gain experience in using a simulation tool (Multisim) in the design, simulation and analysis of digital and analogue circuit designs. To prepare students for entering the Silicon semiconductor industry.

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Entry requirements

You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above, or equivalent. This degree should be in a relevant subject, for example mathematics, engineering or physical sciences.