This course will equip you with the key skills required to work with embedded systems, including real-time operating systems and microcontrollers. It will also develop your knowledge and practical experience of media processors, and give you the opportunity to study specialised option modules.
We have a network laboratory for the design and evaluation of computer network architectures, an FPG A (Field Programmable Gate Array) laboratory for the latest chip creation technology, and an embedded systems laboratory for the development of systems using microcontrollers, digital signal processors and general-purpose microprocessors. These facilities are for the exclusive use of students and staff, providing resources that are among the best in the country.
You should have qualifications equivalent to a good Honours degree from a UK university in computer engineering, computer science with a knowledge of computer hardware, or in electronic engineering with some programming experience. Relevant work experience will be taken into account. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
The demand for embedded system engineers in all areas of engineering is flourishing, as embedded systems find yet more applications in everyday life. All electronic and software products are now embedded systems, with everyday examples including digital cameras, media players, ATM machines and robotic surveillance tools. These applications require a high level of skill in hardware and software engineering and an understanding of the practical realities of real systems. They also require knowledge in specialist subjects including Digital Signal Processing (DSP), communications, mechatronics and requirements engineering.
Many companies need engineers with good software and hardware skills, and demand continues to increase as electronics, communications, and media (including television, radio and still image) systems have converged. Despite this growing demand, there is a shortage of good embedded system engineers, as most UK undergraduate courses currently do not produce such people.
EMBEDDED SYSTEM DESIGN
INTEGRATED DIGITAL SYSTEMS DESIGN
Choose three from:
DSP AND COMMUNICATION PROCESSOR DESIGN
DSP DESIGN AND APPLICATIONS
EMBEDDED MEDIA PROCESSING
MULTIRATE SIGNAL PROCESSING
SOC AND FPGA DESIGN PROJECT
VIDEO AND IMAGE PROCESSING
Graduates will typically find employment in the broadcasting, multimedia, internet, science, instrumentation, robotics, surveillance, medical and communications industries.
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