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
We've highlighted important information about your course. Please take note of any deadlines.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
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
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
|Real Time Embedded Systems||20|
|M2M Technology Internet of Things||20|
|Wired and Wireless Communication Networks and Security||20|
|Internet of Things and Wireless Sensor Networks (Coursework)||20|
|Reconfigurable Hardware Design||20|
|Image Processing and Computer Vision||20|
How you'll learn
We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and you'll engage with students across all key electrical and electronic engineering disciplines. This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.
Our teaching consists of:
- practical lab sessions
- research-led projects
- group work
- laboratory work
- computing workshops
- personal supervision
You'll have the opportunity to carry out research and development projects in multi-million pound state-of-the-art facilities, and work alongside active collaborations between the University and industry.
Modules are taught by block delivery, allowing you to immerse yourself and understand the subject in more depth.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, coursework, and a project and dissertation conducted in association with one of the School's research groups.
MSc Project and Dissertation in Embedded Systems (Individual Project)
The School of Engineering has an international reputation for transformative engineering and technology research. You'll have the opportunity to be part of this research and development, particularly during your individual project.
You'll choose the topic of your research project, supported by our expertise. You'll combine the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from the modules you've undertaken and develop your research skills on a relevant topic.
Our innovative educational techniques will give you practical design skills and research methodologies.
You'll have the ability to:
- formulate planning and organisational strategies
- review and summarise relevant technical papers, reports etc
- ability to critique different techniques and strategies
- identify relevant/irrelevant material related to MSc studies
Examples of projects have included:
- IoT System for Oil Refineries
- M2M IoT Parking Management System
- Stochastic Physical Unclonable Function Implementation with SRAM
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Degree Programme Director
Areas of expertise:
- Low-power design, interconnect protocols, interfaces and synchronisation
- Electronics for security applications, physical unclonable functions, resilience to side-channel attacks
- Embedded systems and Internet of Things
Senior Lecturer in Control of Electrical Power
Areas of expertise:
- Power electronics
- Advanced digital control of electrical power systems
- Design of novel power converter topologies
- Real-time digital control of power electronic converters
- Control of electric drives
- System modelling: system identification/parameter estimation
- Hardware in the Loop (HiL) emulation
Professor of Communications and Signal Processing
Areas of expertise:
- Wired and Wireless Communications Networks
- Cryptography and Security
- Fast Algorithms and Transforms for Communications
- Communication Systems
- Digital Signal and Image Processing
- Digital Signal Processing in the Encrypted Domain
Professor of Signal Processing Analysis
Areas of expertise:
- Machine/deep learning
- Image/signal processing
- Biomedical imaging
- 3D imaging and multimedia healthcare
Professor of Sensor Technologies
Areas of expertise:
- Electromagnetic sensors
- Sensor array and sensor network
- Electromagnetic Non-destructive Evaluation Advanced signal processing monitoring systems and applications
Lecturer in Microsystems Design
Areas of expertise:
- Sustaining computation during intermittent supply
- Graceful performance modulation for power-neutral energy harvesting devices
- HW/SW design of high-performance and low-power embedded systems
- Design of Wireless Sensor Networks for monitoring environmental conditions
- Energy efficiency in historical building
- Smart-Energy Harvesting Systems for Non-intrusive Load-Monitoring and Energy Metering
EDA/CAD Systems Specialist
Areas of expertise:
- Design of faster processors: general purpose microprocessors, or special-purpose devices for applications such as DSP and graphics
- Development of the European Logarithmic Microprocessor
- 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.
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
- employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
If you're applying for funding, always check the funding application deadline. This deadline may be earlier than the application deadline for your course.
For some funding schemes, you need to have received an offer of a place on a course before you can apply for the funding.
Search for funding
Find funding available for your course
The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
Using the application portal
The applicant portal has instructions to guide you through your application. It will tell you what documents you need and how to upload them.
You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.
If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the applicant portal.
Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.
Open days and events
You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:
- campus tours
- on-campus open days
- virtual open days
We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
Get in touch
Questions about this course?
If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:
For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.
Our Ncl chatbot might be able to give you an answer straight away. If not, it’ll direct you to someone who can help.
You'll find our Ncl chatbot in the bottom right of this page.
We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.
Chat to a student
Chat online with current students with our Unibuddy platform.
Get involved with the School of Engineering.