Taught course

Embedded Systems and Instrumentation

Institution
University of Kent · School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2.2 or higher honours degree, or alternative international qualification recognised as equivalent, in electronics, computer science or a related engineering or science subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Embedded Systems and Instrumentation MSc enables you to develop advanced skills in the major aspects of modern embedded systems design at hardware, software and firmware levels.

Recent advances in chip fabrication technologies now mean that it is possible to use embedded system technology in an increasing number of technically demanding applications and engineers with skills in embedded system design are in high demand. In the EU it has been estimated that over 600,000 new jobs in embedded systems will be created over the next 10 years.

Embedded Systems has a central role in computer systems, mobile and wireless communications, consumer electronics and automotive engineering and is important in the design of modern instrumentation and measurement systems used for industrial automation and manufacturing processes.

The MSc programme uses practical examples in instrumentation, monitoring, control, computing and communication to illustrate the evolving technology. Graduates are able to develop embedded systems using a variety of technology platforms in a wide range of applications including communications, consumer electronics, automotive electronics, industrial control, instrumentation and measurement.

Course structure

An understanding of Embedded System Engineering is vital to the design of most modern electronic devices and systems. Embedded Systems has a central role in computer systems, mobile and wireless communications, consumer electronics and automotive engineering and is important in the design of modern instrumentation and measurement systems used for industrial automation and manufacturing processes.

The MSc in Embedded Systems and Instrumentation at the University of Kent is designed to produce well qualified, competent engineers able to develop embedded systems using a variety of technology platforms in a wide range of applications including communications, consumer electronics, automotive electronics, industrial control, instrumentation and measurement.

The School has a world class reputation for research in embedded systems and instrumentation and has strong links with other research institutions and industrial organisations in the UK, Europe and the Far East which have helped the department apply its research to a range of industrial projects including using microcontroller, FPGA, DSP and Custom Chip technologies.

It has developed novel solutions to a range of challenging engineering problems in image acquisition and processing, signal analysis, measurement and condition monitoring at high speeds and in harsh environments.

Activities have recently been broadened with the establishment of a control strand which is involved with the development of practically realisable control strategies that yield high levels of performance even in harsh and uncertain industrial settings. Such control strategies are often implemented in embedded systems.

Teaching and Assessment

The project module is examined by a presentation and dissertation. The Research Methods and Project Design module is examined by several components of continuous assessment. The other modules are assessed by examinations and smaller components of continuous assessment. MSc students must gain credit from all the modules. For the PDip, you must gain at least 120 credits in total, and pass certain modules to meet the learning outcomes of the PDip programme.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details. http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Email
eda-admissions-pg@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 827535