Taught course

Smart Systems Integration

Heriot-Watt University · School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

Outstanding achievement in the applicant’s first degree which should be in either electrical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, physics, materials science, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or a closely related discipline. The candidate will have to justify an equivalent of B in the European standard (corresponding to a minimum of 2.1 honours in the United Kingdom). Required documents: Final award certificate from previous study (in English language) Final Transcript from previous study (in English language) Two Academic References Evidence of English Language Proficiency (as outlined below) CV Photocopy of Passport/national ID

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Smart Systems Integration (SSI) is being offered by a consortium consisting of three reputable European institutions: Heriot-Watt University in Scotland (HW), Vestfold University College in Norway (HiVe) and Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary (BME). Together we are introducing this new two-year Joint International Master programme. SSI has been developed to meet the present and future needs in manpower from the increasingly industry relevant area of MicroSystems Technology (MST). Smart Systems are defined as self-sufficient intelligent (sub-)systems with advanced functionality, enabled by underlying micro- nano- and bio-systems and components. Because they enable and enhance products and services in every walk of life, Smart Systems are of strategic importance for the competitiveness of entire sectors and economies in Europe. These systems, such as airbag crash sensors, inkjet printer heads, lab-on-a chip systems and smart phones function through the integration of electronic processing with biological, mechanical or optical functions.

The SSI Master programme provides EU and non-EU students with an excellent academic curriculum in a new and ever evolving domain, and will add to the creation of a homogeneous education system in Europe. Through the programme, all students will have access to outstanding research infrastructures from three European countries. The students can take advantage of Europe’s cultural diversity, be exposed to different teaching styles and benefit from mutual learning in a multicultural setting. The three partner universities are located in different regions of Europe, strongly reflecting the cultural, historical, political and linguistic diversity in Europe. This will be enhanced through the compulsory culture/ society/ language courses given by each university, these courses being an integrated part of the joint master programme. The SSI Master Programme will thus truly prepare the students for working in an international environment.

Information for international students

As the teaching is given in English, the candidates must demonstrate a sound knowledge of the language. The requirement for competence in English is IELTS at grade 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill (or equivalent), or a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English at least grade B.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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International non-EU and EU students will be eligible for funding through the Erasmus Mundus programme. Applications will be evaluated by the European Commission. Refer to the Smart Systems Integration microsite for more details.

This programme is also open to candidates who do not request financial support through Erasmus Mundus. Tuition fees for the full course are listed in the Tuition Fees table.

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr R S Dhariwal
+44 (0) 131 451 3338