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Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (ES-IoT) MSc

This advanced course delivers an understanding of Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (ES-IoT) and their enabling technologies.

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  • September 2024


Our Embedded Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) course is industry-focused. It is tailored to meet the demands of companies that create mobile electronic equipment, which interfaces with wireless networks and applications.

Taught by world-leading academics and researchers, you'll develop your knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering. You'll focus on the fast-changing area of embedded digital systems for communication and control.

Our MSc programme is ideal for graduates in :

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • computer engineering
  • related disciplines

You'll develop your knowledge and practical skills through a unique blend of modules which complement each other:

  • tools, techniques and design of Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (ES-IoT) and subsystems
  • scientific and engineering principles and practices of Computing Science and Electronic Engineering
  • networking and communication systems
  • sensors and security
  • computer programming


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What you'll learn

You'll learn core skills in:

  • design and analysis of a real-time application
  • skills in implementation of M2M networks
  • analyse and plan telecommunications systems
  • networking for computers, embedded devices or sensors
  • low-power embedded computers, programming, interfaces and reconfigurable hardware platform
  • image processing and machine vision
  • problem solving, project planning, critical analysis and progress assessment
  • teamwork

Our modules have been designed alongside industry experts, meaning you'll gain the technical knowledge and skills needed for this dynamic industry.

Core modules typically include:

  • Real Time Embedded Systems and Programming
  • M2M Technology Internet of Things
  • Wired and Wireless Communication Networks and Security
  • Internet of Things and Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Reconfigurable Hardware Design
  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Individual Project

You’ll also develop skills in research and knowledge acquisition to provide the foundation for further study.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development


  • understand concepts and theory of embedded design, real-time scheduling, concurrent models, interfaces and real-time interfaces (ACM)
  • gain knowledge in IoT M2M network technology including networking, system frameworks and comparative study and skills in implementation of M2M networks
  • understand advanced topics in wired and wireless communications networks and security, their evolution and impacts on modern society
  • gain skills and practical experience of wireless networking for computers, embedded devices or sensors
  • acquire the knowledge and the ability to apply the hardware and software knowledge for the design of general and application-specific embedded systems
  • gain knowledge, skills and design experience on reconfigurable hardware platforms (FPGA chips)*
  • analyse the underlying mathematics of imaging algorithms, their implementation and performance. Also understand the global standards of multimedia – eg JPEG, MPEG and H26 series

In addition, you apply your engineering and computing expertise to investigate a complex problem as part of the Individual Project module during semester 2 and 3.

Your future

Industry links

Due to our close industry links, you'll engage and network with key engineering companies as part of an enhanced learning journey. You'll be taught directly by industry, the key technical skills required in the sector.

You'll benefit from:

  • guest lectures, allowing you to put theory into practice
  • study tours
  • site visits
  • projects
  • placements
  • employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Engineering has large, modern teaching laboratories providing superb learning opportunities for you, the next generation of technology and computing specialists.

You'll have access to a range of specialist facilities. Each research group in the school has dedicated equipment and laboratories, including:

  • Power Electronics, Drives and Machines Lab
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Lab
  • Electronics Teaching Lab

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

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