Taught course

Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care)

University of Bolton · Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must demonstrate: evidence of recent professional and academic development; current professional registration as a health care practitioner, for example nursing; occupational therapy; normally at least five years post-registration experience of professional practice; a first degree relevant to their health or social care practice, normally a minimum of second class honours standard; support from the appropriate service manager for learning time, funding, learning support ie mentors/assessors.


Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Advanced Microelectronics provides professional development in the implementation of integrated circuit design and development techniques relevant to industry. It covers the techniques, technologies and methodologies associated with the engineering of electronic systems on silicon, from programmable devices through to full custom. Design techniques, flows and methodologies are demonstrated by extensive use of industry-standard computer aided design software. Associated business issues are covered and relevant application areas are included for further specialist study.

The programme gives electronics design engineers and technologists the opportunity to continue their professional development and gain a postgraduate qualification, without interrupting their careers. In addition, technical managers, commercial managers and board layout designers will find many modules relevant and useful.

The range of options means the course supports learners with three distinct aims in mind: designers can acquire in-depth knowledge and practical expertise; manufacturers can acquire an understanding of relevant manufacturing issues; managers can acquire an appreciation of business and technological issues.

The course is suitable for three groups of people: new graduates working in the electronics industry needing to broaden and deepen their knowledge; those currently working in the electronics industry wanting to make a career move into a design or development role; and those seeking an academic or research career in electronics.

The shrinking size of electronics within products such as mobile telephones, computers, PDAs, cars and aircraft now requires the majority of a design to be implemented as a single integrated circuit. This MSc covers the techniques to prepare you with the engineering skills to support this level of design.

The first two modules provide a review of the current range of microelectronic technologies and related business issues. Following modules then follow the design process for digital, analogue and mixed signal ASICs. Design skills are built up over a sequence of modules by walkthroughs and practical exercises using the industry-standard design suite from Cadence. You will also explore business and management issues particularly relevant to designers working in microelectronics.

Information for international students

Not suitable for international students.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton
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