Taught course

Embedded Systems

Heriot-Watt University · School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered. Applicants for whom English is not their first language and who do not already hold a degree in which the teaching was in English must satisfy the university minimum requirements for competence in English, IELTS at grade 6.5. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of this advanced course is to provide a natural follow-up to typical undergraduate courses in electrical and electronic engineering, concentrating on the commercially important and rapidly expanding area of embedded digital systems for communication and control. It offers a range of options of immediate relevance to industry at large, and is excellent preparation for those wishing to engage in research. The topics covered include embedded system design, software engineering, data communications, signal and image processing and embedded control systems. The course concludes with a major project and dissertation.

The programme will enable students to develop detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in embedded systems and to develop and use a significant range of specialist skills, techniques and practices in embedded systems. By the end of the programme, students will be able to apply this knowledge directly to complex applications, critically review existing practice, and to develop original and creative solutions to problems within the domain.

Students will work with peers and academic staff on a variety of tasks, demonstrating appropriate levels of autonomy and responsibility. They will ultimately be able to plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development in a specialist area within embedded systems to demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical understanding of that specialism.

Information for international students

Heriot-Watt can provide summer courses in English as a foreign language and further information is available from the EPS Graduate School office.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the website
International students
Please refer to the website

SAAS-tuition fees awards are available for Scottish and non-UK EU residents who register on the PGDip course. Registration on the PGDip course does not prejudice students who meet the requirements for a MSc qualification from converting to the MSc course after registration.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Barbara Kerr
+44 (0)131 451 3023
+44 (0)131 451 3136