Electronics with Robotic and Control Systems MSc
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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You are expected to have a good Honours degree (at least a Lower Second) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in electronic engineering or a good Honours degree in computer science, mathematics or other technological subject with a knowledge of mathematics, programming and digital systems. Relevant work experience will be taken into account. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will normally be required from applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not studied their secondary and bachelor's degree education in English.
The MSc in Electronics with Robotic and Control Systems aims to produce postgraduates with a strong practical skill base that will enable them to model, analyse, design and prototype smart robotic sub-systems. Specialist knowledge and practical skillsets will be taught, extensively developed and practiced in the areas of control systems and the analysis, categorisation and design of robotic systems that facilitate movement with multiple degrees of freedom. The knowledge and skillsets taught are key enabling skillsets used to implement devices for applications such as security drones, warehouse robots, medical robots and more humanoid like robots. It is intended that the course will re-focus and enhance existing knowledge in the areas of software engineering, electronic engineering and real-time embedded systems to enable the student to participate in the fast expanding and exciting sector of industrial and consumer robotic systems.
Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.
The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.
Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).
Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.
MSc Electronics Suite of Courses
The MSc in Electronics has four distinct pathways:
- Robotic and Control Systems
- Embedded Systems
- System-on-Chip Technologies
- Medical Instrumentation
The subject areas covered within the four pathways of the electronic suite of MSc courses offer students an excellent launch pad which will enable the successful graduate to enter into these ever expanding, fast growing and dominant areas. With ever increasing demands from consumers such as portability, increased battery life and greater functionality combined with reductions in cost and shrinking scales of technologies, modern electronic systems are finding ever more application areas.
A vastly expanding application base for electronic systems has led to an explosion in the use of embedded system technologies. Part of this expansion has been led by the introduction of new medical devices and robotic devices entering the main stream consumer market. Industry has also fed the increase in demand particularly within the medical electronics area with the need of more sophisticated user interfaces, demands to reduce equipment costs, demands for greater accessibility of equipment and a demand for ever greater portability of equipment.
The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Electronics MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.
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There are plenty of opportunities for employment in the electronic systems subject area, in particular, there is a demand for engineers that can solve problems requiring a multi-disciplined approach covering skills from software engineering, control engineering, digital electronic systems engineering, analogue electronic engineering, medical physics, and mechanics amongst others. The MSc in Electronics and its specialist pathways will provide the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter this exciting world of multi-disciplined jobs.
The types of Job that a graduate from the Electronics suite of MSc courses may wish to apply for include:
- Electronic systems design engineer
- Robotic systems design engineer
- Embedded systems design engineer
- System-on-chip embedded systems engineer
- Measurements and instrumentation engineer
- Medical electronic design engineer
- Control systems engineer
- Plant control engineer
- Computer systems engineer
- Software engineer
In industries such as diverse as: electronic systems, medical equipment manufacturers, assembly line manufacturers, robotics and home help, logistics and distribution, Instrumentation, transport, automobile, aviation, consumer, life-style, toy, security and surveillance, petro-chemical.
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The postgraduate courses offered by the Department of Engineering provide a unique mix of practical, hands-on learning and short-course based teaching. They have been designed to equip you with the job-related skills required in robotics, control systems, embedded microprocessors, medical instrumentation, telecommunications, satellite and broadband technologies, wireless technologies, digital signal processing, network security, network communications and networks with cloud technologies.
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Recent graduates have gone to work in fields as diverse as broadcasting, aerospace, chip design, mobile communications, medical electronics, embedded systems, network security, control systems and instrumentation and measurement.
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