University of Hull

University of Hull

Computer Science (Embedded Systems)

Embedded systems offer constraints and limitations that demand a great level of ingenuity and creativity. As such, developing software for these embedded systems presents a variety of new challenges and requires a more specialised set of skills than developing general computer applications. This MSc course will provide you with such skills. It focuses on low-level software development across a range of different hardware platforms, including autonomous devices such as robots, parallel processing units, and distributed computing environments. You will have the opportunity to work with the latest technology in the field, including 3D printers, flying drones, and our own fleet of robots. The course also benefits from our world-class research in this field, including areas of image recognition, robot navigation, and distributed processing. The course is suitable for graduates of computer systems, computer science, electronics, or telecommunications (with software development experience). The standard course lasts twelve months and consists of two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester - immediately before the dissertation - gaining industrial experience through a module based in SEED, our software development unit working with commercial clients and software. This is unique to Hull. The Department of Computer Science creates an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft's DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree in computing or equivalent, or demonstrable suitable computer programming experience; International applicants - Competence in English is required for international students. For example: IELTS with 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each skill; previous study in English is accepted; candidates that do not meet the language requirements may take an English course at the University of Hull prior to entering the programme.

Course modules

Core modules
Programming and Design
Real Time Graphics
Embedded Systems Development (if you haven't taken this at undergraduate level)
Simulation and concurrency
Robotic Systems and Artificial Intelligence
Development Project

Optional modules

Network Security
Computer Science Software Development Practice - pass/fail module
Dissertation (There is the option of taking this module either in trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module.)
The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience

Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this in either trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Assessment methods

The MSc programme is designed to support students with varying levels of computing and programming practice experience. However, it is particularly suited to those with significant experience of writing code.
There is a focus on the transition to postgraduate study, with suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.
In lectures you'll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Teaching and learning
We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.
As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hull Campus Hull HU6 7RX Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Office
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01482 466850