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5393F - Microelectronics: Systems and Devices MSc

Microelectronics: Systems and Devices MSc

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Start in: September 2022

Develop your knowledge of fundamental and advanced topics in microelectronics, such as advanced electronic devices, VLSI circuits and systems design.

Overview

Our innovative skills-based MSc meets the needs of the modern microelectronics industry. This will give you an advanced education and enhance your employability.

Learn from world-leading academics and researchers in microsystems and emerging technologies and materials. They are developing the next generation electronic device:

  • designs
  • materials
  • processes

This master's in Microelectronics is for graduates in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • computer engineering
  • applied physics
  • related disciplines

You'll develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Our strong industrial links and experts help to deliver topics of industrial relevance.

As a graduate you will be ready for a wide range of careers. This is across this thriving sector as well as other engineering sectors.

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What you'll learn

You'll learn core skills in:

  • using hi-tech clean-room based fabrication and characterisation equipment
  • new VLSI circuit and system designs
  • engineering autonomous microelectronic systems and artificial intelligence
  • problem solving, analysing results and assessing progress
  • low-power design methods
  • industrial technology and VLSI CAD tools
  • independent learning and team work
  • effective communication and presentation (group work/report writing/oral presentation)
  • planning and organisation
  • risk assessment and ethical awareness

Our modules have been designed alongside industry experts. This means you'll gain the technical knowledge and skills needed for this dynamic industry. You'll also gain an appreciation of emerging application-specific electronic applications. Such as those in:

  • biomedical
  • Artificial Intelligence

In addition you'll apply your engineering and computing expertise to investigate a complex problem. This is part of the Individual Project module.

Modules

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

You'll:

  • understand concepts and theory of:
    • embedded design
    • real-time scheduling
    • concurrent models
    • interfaces
    • real-time interfaces (ACM)
  • gain knowledge, skills and design experience on reconfigurable hardware platforms (FPGA microchips)
  • understand the needs of modern electronics and the communications industry
  • have the ability to analyse electronic devices operation from a physical perspective
  • understand the main elements of hierarchical VLSI design and apply VLSI design methodology for the design of general and application-specific Integrated Circuits
  • gain advanced knowledge and experience of the key aspects of:
    • semiconductor technology
    • electronic device characterisation: both are relevant to the production of state-of-the-art devices and integrated circuits
  • use industry standard commercial software packages for design and simulation of semiconductor devices, libraries and circuits, including:
    • design capture
    • simulation
    • physical design
    • verification

Your future

Graduate destinations

We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers across the globe. Our graduates have gone on to destinations including:

  • Arm
  • Intel
  • Huawei
  • Infineon
  • Cadence
  • Synposys
  • Google
  • Microsoft

This course also provides a route into PhD level study.

Industry links

We have strong industrial links through our research and degree programmes. This provides you with many benefits:

  • industry guest lectures
  • site visits
  • projects
  • placements
  • 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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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