University of Leicester

University of Leicester

High Reliability Embedded Systems

Embedded processors form a core component of an enormous range of systems - from aircraft, passenger cars and medical equipment, to children's toys, DVD players and washing machines. The growth in the power and features of processors has helped to drive the semiconductor industry from start-up less than 60 years ago to more than £150 billion in annual revenue today. The embedded market is now estimated to be worth around 100 times the 'desktop' market, and is forecast to grow exponentially over the next decade. This course is delivered through 'blended learning': a combination of distance learning and campus study in Leicester. Students will gain the state-of-the-art skill set needed to deal with the challenges of producing flexible, robust, reliable, and cost-effective embedded systems in applicable industrial domains. We will focus on currently relevant tools and best practice, and cover the development of both COTS (commercial off the shelf) systems and bespoke designs based on field-programmable gate arrays. We will also explore large scale embedded systems development and maintenance.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Honours degree in an appropriate related subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider candidates with significant directly relevant industrial experience instead. Candidates must meet the University's English language requirements.

Course modules

Core modules currently include: programming techniques for reliable embedded systems; design and verification of high-integrity embedded systems; using fpgas in reliable embedded systems; multi-processor and multi-core designs for reliable embedded systems; using a real-time operating system in relaible embedded systems; embedded systems project (MSc only). Plus one of the following option modules: design patterns for reliable embedded systems; embedded automobile systems using ISO 26262. Please note: due to regular enhancement of the university's courses, please refer to Leicester's own website or/and terms and conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 12,205 per Whole course (International) 27 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 10,070 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 27 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 10,070 per Whole course (Scotland) 27 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 10,070 per Whole course (Wales) 27 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 10,070 per Whole course (EU) 27 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 10,070 per Whole course (England) 27 months
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,380 per Whole course (EU) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,380 per Whole course (England) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,145 per Whole course (International) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,380 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,380 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,380 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

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Distance Learning

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