Taught course

Digital Systems Engineering

University of York · Department of Electronics

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Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold (or expected to gain) the equivalent of a 2:1 honours degree or above from a university recognised by the University of York. This degree should have a significant electronics and/or computing content. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The development of digital technology over the past 50 years has revolutionised the design and performance of everything from mobile phones to cars and entertainment systems; and engineers continue to enhance the performance of these devices. Recent developments in nanotechnology promise further large increases in processing power with lower power requirements, and will open up a whole new world of applications for digital techniques. This IET accredited taught programme aims to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practicing engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in digital systems design. It uses FPGAs as a hardware platform and HDL as a design language. The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering at York will provide you with advanced knowledge and transferable skills in the design, modelling, implementation and evaluation of state-of-the-art digital systems, enabling you to contribute effectively to the increasingly complex and rapidly evolving technologies that are prevalent in industry and research.

You will be able to learn new techniques to keep up-to-date with developments in an industrial and/or research setting, and will have hands-on experience of the different stages of the design of a modern digital system, culminating in the construction of a complex device in a group project. The MSc is taught by academics from York’s world-leading Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience Research Group that specialises in the application of biological techniques to complex digital systems, and makes full use of the industry-standard FPGA design and development facilities within the Department of Electronic Engineering.

Information for international students

For applicants whose native language is not English, the minimum University English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each of the four language components) or the equivalent are required.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 324485