MSc Embedded Systems and IC Design
About this course
Study on this Masters programme in Embedded Systems and IC Design at Liverpool John Moores University.
- Study at one the UK’s leading Engineering Departments
- Benefit from the internationally-acclaimed research of LJMU’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre
- Postgraduates of this course highly sought after by major UK and international employers
- This programme is available as a standard full-time Masters one-year programme (180 credits) or as an extended full-time Masters 20 month programme (240 credits).
- On both versions in semesters one and two you will study full-time at LJMU completing the taught modules.
- If you are on the one-year programme, you will complete your Dissertation over the summer.
- If you are on the programme, you will undertake the Group Design Project and your Dissertation in the second year.
Industrial organisations across all sectors have identified a gap in the market and the need for Engineers with good leadership and interpersonal skills in addition to their technical abilities.
This MSc degree programme provides excellent progression from electronic engineering undergraduate courses. You can also complete the course as part of your career development and to specialise in the Embedded Systems, Nano Electronics and IC Design fields.
Students who choose the 20 month MSc route will undertake a Group Design Project & Dissertation.
The Group Design Project aims to apply engineering, technology and scientific knowledge to a real-world design problem. Detailed ideas will be explored and developed through design, experimentation, computer modelling and/or manufacture.
Why should I choose the 20 month route?
The Group Design Project will encompass the wider aspects of social, economic, political, legislative, environmental, cultural, ethical and sustainability issues required in the modern environment.
- This route is designed for international students who wish to apply their knowledge to professional practice in the UK
- Industrial organisations across all sectors have identified a gap in the market for Engineers with good leadership and interpersonal skills in addition to their technical abilities
- This route will equip you with the transferrable project management skills needed to excel in your chosen career.
- You will work in groups and meet regularly with an academic supervisor and any internal or external stakeholders in order to develop an effective team-working ethic.
- As an alternative to the group project on the two-year programme an industrial placement is a possibility in year two.
- You will need to apply directly to companies offering placements – the offer of a placement will be subject to a successful interview with the employer. Although the University will provide support and guidance to find an appropriate placement they are not guaranteed.
- Please note that you cannot apply for the sandwich route before coming to LJMU – further information about applying to placement opportunities will be given during semester two of year one.
- You will present your work through regular meetings with your supervisor as well as submitting progress reports and oral presentations. In this way you will have the chance to hone your communicative skills and leave University ready for the workplace.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
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Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
This module aims to provide theoretical and practical skills in the design and development of advanced embedded systems.
Advanced Signal Processing
This module aims to develop an advanced understanding of techniques and practical experience in industry-oriented applications of digital signal processing.
This module prepares you to undertake your own research project and deliver the required skillset for the successful completion of your investigations. It provides the skills required to formulate a project plan, design experiments, mitigate against uncertainties and deliver a comprehensive description of results.
Modelling and Simulation
This module is designed to introduce coding for scientific computation and system simulation. The module will enable you to use a traditional high-level programming language to create virtual Instruments (VI's) and interface them with compatible hardware for data acquisition (DAQ) and control applications.
The main aims of the project module are to demonstrate your ability to drive your own deep/thorough investigation, undertake high quality academic research and demonstrate critical evaluation of your results. This is a very important module representing 600 hours of self-driven scholarly activity. When considering a project, it would be appropriate to choose a subject area strongly associated with one of the taught modules. For most students, this means using the project to develop a particular subject specialism which is aligned to future career objectives.
Professional and Leadership Skills
This module provides a valuable opportunity for engineering graduates to acquire the necessary skills and training to work at postgraduate level, and to develop the important emotional competency skills needed to excel in their professional activities. The module aims to develop:
- awareness of the legal and ethical framework surrounding the activities of a professional engineer, including: personnel, health, safety, and risk (including environmental risk) issues
- awareness of the Emotional Competence Framework for a professional engineer
- a specific set of personal and social competency skills appropriate for a professional engineer, including adaptability, creativity and innovation, creativity diversification, leveraging diversity, political awareness, communication, conflict management, leadership, collaboration and cooperation, team capabilities
IC System Design
This module gives students an advanced knowledge of the design and test techniques required for modern digital IC systems. Extensive practical designs are carried out with the help of modern ECAD software and hardware development boards.
Nano Devices, Fabrication And Testing
Digital Design and Test
This module gives the student an advanced knowledge of the design and test techniques required for modern digital electronic integrated circuits at the transistor, register and silicon level. Practical design is carried out with the help of modern ECAD software.
An insight into teaching on your course
You will be taught via lectures, tutorials, seminars, activity-based learning, group discussions, panel sessions, inverted classroom learning etc.
You will undertake an industrial placement during the second year of study. Interviews will take place with our industry partners to secure these placements.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.
Dr Mike Shaw
Dr Mike Shaw
Dr Mike Shaw is the Subject Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is the postgraduate Programme Leader. He has over 30 years’ experience in electrical and electronic engineering and related disciplines, together with research interests in the field of optical, non-contact measurement and inspection.
This programme serves the growing and demanding needs of this hi-tech and very specialised industry at home and abroad. Backed by the experience of an internationally recognised research group in integrated circuit design, it is so satisfying to know that postgraduates from this programme are supporting and developing industry worldwide, becoming future leaders in their respective organisations.
What you can expect from your School
The Department of Electrical Engineering is in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
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You will need:
- a minimum 2.2 honours degree in Electrical/Electronic/Communication Engineering or a related engineering discipline
- an honours degree in Mathematics or a physical science, together with experience in a relevant field
- a degree with industrial experience or relevant postgraduate experience
- graduate or corporate membership of a professional body such as The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institute of Measurement and Control or The Institute of Physics
- Qualifications or experience deemed to be equivalent to the above will also be accepted
- Mature students must provide evidence of adequate educational and/or industrial experience
- IELTS 6.0
- Non-standard applications may be subject to interview
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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