University of Essex

University of Essex

Embedded Systems

This course seeks to allow students to develop practical skills in: the design; programming; and interfacing of embedded processors; as well as an understanding of: current applications; technological trends and their potential impact on systems of the future; we have an international reputation for research in this field, so maintain well equipped laboratories through our links with industrial partners; this enables us to offer our students instruction in a wide range of topics including (but not restricted to) hardware/software co-design; task oriented programming; systems integration; middleware; networking; human computer interfaces; embedded agents; and the embedded internet.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in computer science, electronic engineering or a related discipline. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Advanced embedded systems design; digital signal processing; group project; professional practice and research methodology; programming embedded systems; project and dissertation. Optional modules include: Creating and growing a new business venture; electronic system design and integration; high level logic design; intelligent systems and robotics; IP networking and applications.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Sponsorship information

Some research council funding and University of Essex scholarships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 2,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Telephone number: 
01206 872719