MSc Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time students must be available to attend teaching activities during the normal core hours, Monday to Friday.
Start date September 2018

Programme overview

Bristol and the surrounding area host a thriving and world-renowned semiconductor design industry. The microelectronics group at the University of Bristol has many collaborative links with multinational companies in the microelectronics industry. These organisations have identified a shortfall in graduates with the necessary qualifications and professional skills to work in the sector, so this programme has been designed to meet this need.

A range of taught subjects cover core topics, such as advanced architectures and system design using FPGA and DSP platforms, before progressing to 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 the Internet of things, biomedical applications and neuromorphic computing.

The programme offers you the opportunity to learn from experts in microelectronics, nanoelectronics and computer science. This allows you to start working straight after your degree or continue your studies via a PhD. Special emphasis is put on providing you with a range of contemporary design skills to supplement theoretical knowledge. Lectures are accompanied by lab exercises in state-of-the-art industrial EDA software to give you valuable experience of a professional environment.

Visit the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering website to learn more about the MSc in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering.

Fees for 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£10,700
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
£5,350
Overseas: full-time
£21,100
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£14,300

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2018/19

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The programme consists of 120 credits of taught units and an individual research project worth 60 credits. There are eight core units taken during the autumn and spring, while you are able to choose two optional units. In the spring term, you will study Engineering Research Skills, a 20-credit unit designed to introduce the fundamental skills necessary to carry out your MSc project.

After completing the taught units satisfactorily, all students undertake a final project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work relating to microelectronics systems design. The project must have a significant scientific or technical component and may involve on-site collaboration with an industrial partner. The thesis is normally submitted by the end of September.

The programme structure is under continual discussion with the National Microelectronics Institute and our industrial advisory board in order that it remains at the cutting edge of the semiconductor industry. It is therefore subject to small changes to recognise important emerging disciplines and generally improve the programme.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in electrical and electronic engineering, computer systems engineering, or a related discipline in engineering or the physical sciences, with foundational knowledge in digital logic, computer architecture, digital and analogue transistor-level circuits, programming, and signals and systems.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Graduates of this programme will be prepared for a career in a variety of disciplines in the IT sector, due to the core and specialist units that cover key foundational concepts and advanced topics related to hardware design, programming, and embedded systems and system-level integration.

Typical careers are in soft fabrication facilities and design houses in the semiconductor industry, electronic-design automation tool vendors, embedded systems specialists and software houses. The programme also covers concepts and technologies related to emerging paradigms such as neuromorphic computing and the Internet of Things, as well as preparing you for a career in academic research.

How to apply
Application deadline:

18 August 2018: UK and EU applicants
31 July 2018: International applicants (who require a Tier 4 visa)
These deadlines dates have been set to allow you to obtain your visa and arrive to start your programme on time.

Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadlines.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

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Joyce

REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 11 and 15.


Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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