Taught course

High Reliability Embedded Systems

University of Leicester · Department of Engineering

Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. In exceptional cases, significant directly relevant industrial experience may be taken into consideration. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent required if English is not your first language.

Months of entry


Course content

Embedded processors form a core component of an enormous range of systems - from aircraft, passenger cars and medical equipment, to children's toys, DVD players and washing machines. The growth in the power and features of processors has helped to drive the semiconductor industry from start-up less than 60 years ago to more than £150 billion in annual revenue today. The embedded market is now estimated to be worth around 100 times the ‘desktop’ market, and is forecast to grow exponentially over the next decade.

This MSc is delivered through 'blended learning': a combination of distance learning and campus study in Leicester (six one-week residentials over two years).

You will gain the state-of-the-art skill set needed to deal with the challenges of producing flexible, robust, reliable, and cost-effective embedded systems in applicable industrial domains. We will focus on currently relevant tools and best practice, and cover the development of both COTS (commercial off the shelf) systems and bespoke designs based on Field Programmable Gate Arrays. We will also explore large scale embedded systems development and maintenance.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
27 months


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Distance Learning Hub
+44 (0)116 252 2612