Taught course

Embedded Systems Engineering

University of Leeds · School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in electronic/electrical engineering, computing or a related subject. Applicants should have high marks in relevant modules such as programming using C, C++, Java or a similar high-level language.

A bachelor degree with a first class (hons) in mechatronics, physics, physical sciences or mathematics.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

The huge growth of processing power, now available in small power-efficient packages, has fuelled the digital revolution, which has touched all sectors of the economy. Embedded systems are everywhere – and the demand for specialists in this field is only going to continue to grow.

Our Embedded Systems Engineering MSc course centres around practical work in the area of electronics design and applications alongside applications-led modules which will give you a strong digital technology backup.

You may study applications as diverse as medical electronics and e-health, and a substantial element of practical work will give you confidence with software and digital hardware implementations using microcontrollers, FPGA, DSP devices and general system-on-chip methodology.

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering here at Leeds is an exciting and stimulating environment. It’s home to specialist teaching facilities and a wealth of leading researchers working on real-world issues and contributing to global change. This means you'll be learning the most up-to-date practices, equipping you with the technical skill set and holistic knowledge you’ll need to pursue a career in this field.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Learn the latest innovations in industry from our world-leading research conducted right here on campus that feeds directly into the course including the ultrasonic embedded systems research led by Professor Steve Freear, where they are currently developing ultrasound systems for better imaging and cancer treatment.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in relevant topics like medical electronics and e-health, data communications and network security and FPGA design.
  • Tailor the course to suit your specific interests with a selection of optional modules to choose from, including wireless communications, digital signal processing, control systems design and high-speed internet architecture.
  • Build industry experience and conduct your own individual project which focuses on a real-world topic of your choice, giving you the chance to make your own contribution to science and develop professional skills in research and critical thinking.
  • Access specialist and research-grade facilities including high-quality test and measurement equipment.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of researchers and academics who are at the forefront of their fields and specialise in areas such as digital signal processing and efficient embedded systems design.
  • Enjoy small groups that are used to support the teaching, giving you access to regular feedback and help with solving problems you may have with a particular topic directly from the academic staff.
  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have secured jobs in organisations such as BT and Jacobs.

Fees and funding

International Masters Excellence Scholarship

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

See website for full details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc(Eng)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 2035