Many of the most influential projects and products today are not solely mechanical, physical, electrical or electronic. They are driven by networked computing devices and software. This creates smart systems that improve:
Examples range from hybrid vehicles to self-healing power grids.
The MSc is suitable for:
- graduates in computing disciplines with an interest in resilient, networked, distributed, mobile and smart systems, embedded computing and control
- computing professionals wanting to upgrade their existing skills
- engineering graduates from any discipline with an interest in urban engineering (infrastructure or planning)
- professional engineers in firms and organisations who have established smart cities groups
- graduates from other numerate disciplines
The Smart Systems Engineering MSc has four main elements:
- systems and urban engineering
- advanced computing or engineering skills
- multidisciplinary systems engineering in practice
- individual research project
Leading academics and practitioners from industry and government teach this Smart Systems Engineering MSc.
You'll be based within the School of Computing at the Urban Sciences Building.
This MSc is cross-disciplinary. This gives you the opportunity to work with students and staff in the School of Engineering. You'll benefit from industry links with:
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What you'll learn
The Smart Systems Engineering MSc has four main elements.
Systems and urban engineering
Whatever your background, you'll gain skills in:
- systems engineering
- leadership of multidisciplinary teams
- development life-cycles
Advanced computing or engineering skills
You'll take a set of advanced modules determined by your background and interests, eg computer science, civil engineering or power engineering. This will be combined with modules in multidisciplinary engineering and smart systems engineering.
Multidisciplinary systems engineering in practice
You'll undertake a substantial multidisciplinary industry-led group project on a design and implementation problem related to smart systems.
Individual research project
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 course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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How you'll learn
The course is delivered via a combination of teaching methods, including:
- practical classes
- portfolio and project work.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Problem-solving exercises
- Reflective log
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Individual research project
You'll undertake a project in one of the following:
- Cyber-Physical Systems
- Smart Grid
- Urban Observatory
- School of Computing
- Institute for Sustainability
Dissertation projects are normally based in the University working alongside a research group but could also be in collaboration with an industrial partner.
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.
You'll be taught and supervised by academics from
Research interests in the schools are wide-ranging, and include:
- model-based engineering and reasoning
- secure and resilient systems
- teaching innovation
- scalable cloud computing and big data analytics
- complex biosystems
- ubiquitous computing
- environmental engineering
- intelligent sensing and communications
- electrical power
You'll have the opportunity to attend seminars and get involved in research groups based in both Schools. You'll work with PhD students giving you direct experience of studying in a research-intensive university.
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The School of Computing is based in the £58million Urban Sciences Building, a flagship development located on the £350m Newcastle Helix regeneration site in the heart of Newcastle. It brings together:
- the public sector
- business and industry
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- library access
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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