Taught course

Embedded Digital Systems

University of Sussex · School of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree in engineering, mathematics or physics. The undergraduate honours degree should normally be in the fields of electronics, communications or computer engineering. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas.

Embedded digital systems have a vital role to play in any internationally successful modern economy and are pervasive in both the technologically advanced and developing nations of the world. Applications occur in all electronic products in fields such as communications, multimedia and entertainment, internet technologies, space and marine exploration, manufacturing processes, medicine and healthcare, agriculture, biotechnology, household appliances, security and surveillance, energy generation and distribution, materials handling in the supply chain, and research.

This course covers the understanding, analysis and implementation of embedded digital systems.

Practical project work for the major dissertation may be undertaken in conjunction with active researchers working on mixed-signal circuits, imaging processors, novel sensor technologies, advanced communication algorithms on embedded digital hardware, applied control and signal processing.


Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed typically by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules. It exposes you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation and communication, and demands individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking.

Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in the Department, and the project is supervised by a member of faculty.

Additional entry information

The undergraduate honours degree should normally be in the fields of electronics, communications or computer engineering.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Each course comprises eight to nine taught modules, typically four to five core modules and four options, plus an MSc project accounting for a maximum of one third of the course. The options allow you to choose a pathway that suits your personal interests. Taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May. The MSc project is a substantial practical exercise undertaken over the spring term and the summer
up to the end of August.

You study four core modules in Advanced Digital Signal Processing • Real-Time Embedded Systems • Advanced Microprocessor Systems • High-Level IC Design, and choose a further four modules from a range of options in digital communications, networks and management.

In addition, you undertake a substantial individual MSc project. Projects are assigned in the spring term and begin with preliminary research and project planning. Following the summer examinations, you are expected to work on the project full time until the end of August, leading to submission of your dissertation and project presentation.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Major Project50

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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