Faculty of Engineering & Design


Duration: 15 months including summer placement

Application deadline:
Home/EU: 31 August, International: applications closed

Entry requirements: A first or strong second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components).

International applicants

We are no longer accepting applications from international students. This is due to high demand. Places are still available for UK and EU students.

If you would like to apply to study in 2018/19, you will be able to from September 2017.

MSc Electronic Systems Design

Our course gives you technical and managerial expertise in electronic systems design and engineering to meet the demands of industry.

You will learn how to research, design and develop electronic systems and engineering technologies, processes and products throughout the industry value chain. You will graduate with the skills needed to take a lead role in electronic systems industries worldwide.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain and develop designs of electronic systems and sub-systems.
  • Implement electronic systems designs within complex engineering platforms.
  • Use the latest industry-standard electronic system design tools and software.
  • Apply artificial intelligence and modern control, and computer engineering techniques to improve performance of modern electronic equipment and devices.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of project planning and through-life project costing.
  • gain leadership and teamwork skills through project work.

Semester-long placement

You will get to apply the knowledge and skills you learn to a placement in industry in the third semester. We have strong links with companies and businesses, many of whom are placement partners with us.

We will do our best to help you find a placement in industry and support and guide you through the application process. However, we cannot guarantee you a position. If you are unable to secure a placement, you will transfer onto our 12-month alternative MSc course.

Collaborative working

You will experience a mix of traditionally taught subject-specific units and business and group-orientated modular work. These offer you the chance to grow your design, project management skills and creativity while working with students from other subjects.

You will be based in our Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, which consistently performs well in the UK for teaching and research. You will have access to our Department's research expertise and facilities including

  • real-time digital simulation facility
  • microgrid laboratory
  • nanofabrication suite
  • autonomous systems and robotics laboratory

Further details

Course structure

Semester 1 (October-January)

You will study five units in the first semester. You will integrate a fundamental background of mathematics and engineering science into the arena of electronic systems. The first semester covers the essential principles of electronic systems design including:

  • electronic systems design and manufacture
  • embedded systems design
  • advanced digital systems design
  • analogue and mixed signal electronics
  • electronic systems design automation

Assessment is by examinations and coursework.

Semester 2 (February - May)

In semester 2, you will study both technical specialist units and project-based units. These cover advanced topics such as electronic communication systems, sensors and instrumentation, and advanced control engineering design. You will develop your professional understanding of engineering in a research and design context.

Group activity enables you to combine engineering and project management techniques to solve a design problem, just as in industry. Project phase 1 introduces you to research methods and project planning. You then apply this to detailed background research to your individual project.

Assessment is by coursework and examinations.

Semester 3: summer placement (June - September)

As part of this course, you will go on industrial placement with one of our placement providers. Your individual project will follow on directly and could be carried out in conjunction with the same industry partner.

Placements are assessed by two reports (40% each) and a presentation (20%).

We are dedicated to helping you find a placement but cannot guarantee that you will secure a position. If you can't go on placement for any reason, you will transfer to our 12-month course. You will spend the third semester working on your individual research project.

Semester 4 (October - December)

You will complete your MSc with an individual applied or research-based project in our Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Examples of projects include:

  • design and build of autonomous robots
  • design of advanced integrated circuits
  • design and implementation of biomedical sensor systems
  • design and implementation of telemetry and vehicle electronics
  • design and build of electric vehicles

Group project work

Students and staff discuss the benefits of group activity work as part of the MSc programmes in the Faculty of Engineering & Design.

Individual project work

MSc students and staff from the Faculty of Engineering & Design discuss the benefits of individual project work.