MSc Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering

This innovative programme spans topics from diverse disciplines required for rapid professional advancement in the microelectronics industry.


A range of taught subjects cover core topics such as advanced architectures and system design using FPGA and DSP platforms, before progressing into more specialised areas such as digital and analogue ASIC design, integrated sensors and actuators and mixed-signal design.

Changes are made periodically to reflect important emerging disciplines, such as electronics for internet of things (IoT), biological-medical applications and neuromorphic computing.

Current industrial research activities


As a student on the MSc AMSE programme you will have exposure to the latest industrial developments, as well as industry-standard tools and methods, at the cutting edge of microelectronics and chip design. The programme academic staff are involved in several industry led projects in the areas of nano-electromechanical relay-based integrated circuits with MicroSEMI, software methodologies and tools for chip energy management and fault-tolerance with Inria, advanced 5G and optical communications with Ericsson, high-performance computing using low-power ARM processors and Xilinx/Intel FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) and many-core computing with Intel processors and Nvidia/AMD GPUs among others.  AMSE students are encouraged to align their summer projects with these activities which regularly results in authored publications, placements and job opportunities. 

Our experts

Over the duration of the programme you'll be taught by experts in the field of microelectronic systems engineering, such as:

Our Students' Projects

On this programme you'll have the opportunity to work on fascinating and wide-ranging projects. Below are example project proposals from the current academic year:

  • Coverage-Driven Verification for Robots

    Supervised by: Dr. Kerstin Eder

    We are transferring Coverage-Driven Verification techniques from hardware verification to the verification of robotics code running in ROS, the Robotic Operating System. Projects are available to assess the suitability of the "e" language for test generation aimed at simulation-based verification of robotics applications. Target robotic platforms include the PAL Robotics Tiago robot and the BERT robot at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

  • Nanofabrication experience: wafer bonding for hybrid platforms

    Supervised by: Dr Krishna Balram

    Unlike electronics, wherein all functionality can be implemented in silicon, photonics requires multiple materials (for ex: III-V for sources, silicon for waveguides and Lithium Niobate for nonlinear optical properties). To achieve these hybrid platforms requires bonding of different materials (for ex: III-V on silicon, silicon on glass etc.) This project will be carried out in the Bristol nanofabrication facility ( and will involve development and characterisation of surface activated bonding between different material platforms. To start with, we will attempt GaAs to silicon dioxide bonding, which is a preliminary step towards building III-V photonic integrated circuits compatible with silicon.

  • FPGA-based phased arrays for ultrasonic levitation

    Supervised by: Dr. Jose Nunez-Yanez

    A phased array is a grid of speakers emitting with the same amplitude and frequency. It is possible to steer and focalized the sound at different positions by changing the phases of each channel. The system can be considered to be formed by a host computer and a driver board which is the part that generates the signals for each speaker. The first objective of this project is to design/modify a driver board for ultrasonic phased arrays. In part two a FPGA device will be interfaced with the driver board and used to calculate the focal points that direct the ultrasounds to the correct points in space. Finally, the project will aim to demonstrate the correct functionality of the system levitating objects and performing haptic feedback. See video of initial results

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The AMSE programme covered many topics relevant to industry and project supervision was excellent. The VLSI course helped me get my dream job as an EDA Engineer at Synopsys.

Edwin , EDA Engineer, Synopsys (MSc Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering, 2018/19)

Pursuing the AMSE MSc has been one of the best decisions I have taken to steer my career path. Apart from opening the doors to my new job, it provided me with relevant and up to date knowledge directly applicable to my daily work. I really enjoyed studying the taught courses provided and I felt they complemented each other very well. My final project on ultrasonic levitation using an FPGA-based System on Chip was a highlight of my time at Bristol University, proving to be very challenging and rewarding.

Brenda Gatusch (MSC ADVANCED MICROELECTRONIC SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, 2017/18), Electronics Engineer, Cambridge Consultants

In my new role, my team works on building electronic design automation tool flows to verify multicore X86 processors with a focus on low power. I enjoyed the AMSE program very much and I was specially happy to see my final project work on ultrasonic levitation being published in the prestigious IEEE ESA/NASA Adaptive Hardware Systems conference.

Chenyuan, Verification methodology, AMD, Shanghai (MSc Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering, 2017/18)

I really enjoyed my studies on Advanced Microelectronics at Bristol University. My summer project dealt with designing a low latency spiking neural network to understand how the brain learns and adapts to input changes. It felt really good that my project work was then submitted to a journal for publication. I can now further develop my new skills in my job at Intel.

Felipe, Research Engineer, Intel (MSc Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering, 2015/16)
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