University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Embedded Digital Systems

The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas. Embedded digital systems have a vital role to play in any internationally successful modern economy and are pervasive in both the technologically advanced and developing nations of the world. Applications occur in all electronic products in fields such as communications, multimedia and entertainment, internet technologies, space and marine exploration, manufacturing processes, medicine and healthcare, agriculture, biotechnology, household appliances, security and surveillance, energy generation and distribution, materials handling in the supply chain, and research. This course covers the understanding, analysis and implementation of embedded digital systems. Practical project work for the major dissertation may be undertaken in conjunction with active researchers working on mixed-signal circuits, imaging processors, novel sensor technologies, advanced communication algorithms on embedded digital hardware, applied control and signal processing.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in engineering, mathematics or physics; the undergraduate Honours degree should normally be in the fields of electronics, communications or computer engineering. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

You study 4 core modules in: Advanced digital signal processing; real-time embedded systems; advanced microprocessor systems; high-level IC design; and choose a further 4 modules from a range of options in digital communications, networks and management. In addition, you undertake a substantial individual MSc project. Projects are assigned in the spring term and begin with preliminary research and project planning. Following the summer examinations, you are expected to work on the project full time until the end of August, leading to submission of your dissertation and project presentation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,850 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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