Taught course

Signal Processing

University of Strathclyde · Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

A first or good second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic, electrical or communications engineering, or a related subject, from a recognised academic institution. For applicants whose first language is not English, a recognised UKVI SELT with a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with all sub-bands at 5.5 must be demonstrated.

Months of entry


Course content

Signal Processing is recognised as a core technology in rapidly growing areas such as sensor networks, medical devices, renewable energy, audio, image and video systems, and is the underpinning technology of communications, whether for the internet, wireless, mobile or satellite. Signal Processing research and development activities were pioneered and evolved within the Department for over 30 years and many of today's senior industry leaders are alumni of the University. Academically, this industry awareness and relevance has been acknowledged through two endowed Chairs in Signal Processing and Digital Systems which underpin this highly specialised degree.

The MSc is designed to address the growing skills shortage that exists in industry for engineers who have a thorough understanding of the complete signal processing design cycle from fundamentals through to real-time embedded implementations backed up by applications. The course is also essential preparation for those considering advanced research in applied signal processing. It is fully accredited by the professional body, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Several major organisations recruit from the Department and our graduates have considerable success in the job market, gaining high-level positions in global companies such as Google, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Motorola Mobility, Intel, Wolfson Microelectronics, Agilent, Freescale, Xilinx, MathsWorks, Selex, and Thales as well as in the many smaller companies and exciting start-ups.
MSc programmes are CEng accredited. These programmes fulfil the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme or equivalent.
Two semesters of compulsory and optional taught modules (120 credits) are followed by a three-month practical research project (60 credits) in your chosen specialist area. Opportunities exist to conduct this through the Department's competitive MSc industrial internships.
Compulsory modules
· Digital Signal Processing Principles
· Advanced Digital Signal Processing Principles
· Image & Video Processing
· DSP and FPGA-based Embedded Systems Design
· Assignment and Professional Studies
Optional modules (one to be chosen)
- Power Electronics, Machines and Application
- Power System Design, Operation and Protection
- Information Transmission and Security
- Communications Networks
- Control Principles
- Advanced Power System Analysis and Protection
- High Voltage Technology and Electromagnetic Compatability
- Power Electronics for Energy and Drive Control
- Power System Economics, Markets and Asset Management
- Wind Energy and Distributed Energy Resources
- Control Techniques
- Software Engineering

Information for international students

Applications are open annually from 1 October - 31 August for entry that September. Submissions must be made online. There is a dedicated Induction Programme in Week 4 September which all new MSc students must attend.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4500 Scotland/EU, £9000 RUK
International students

International & UK students are eligible for a range of scholarships offered by the University and Department:

· EEE PGT International Excellence Awards
· Postgraduate Student Awards for Scotland (PSAS)
· Rest of the UK PGT Scholarship
· The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship
· Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary
· Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)
· Marshall Scholarships
· Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
· Pakistan 50th Anniversary Fund
· Santander Scholarship
· Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship
· Strathclyde International Scholarship
· Whitworth Scholarship

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Elaine Black
0141 548 2710
0141 552 2487