University of York

University of York

Digital Systems Engineering

The course is intended to provide students with a good theoretical background and solid hands-on experience of the techniques used in modern digital systems design; using FPGAs as a hardware platform and VHDL as a design language, the programme provides students with: a balanced picture of state-of-the-art digital systems design methods; a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of digital devices, tools, data networks and operating systems; the ability to learn new techniques to keep up-to-date with new developments in an industrial and/or research setting; use of industry-standard tools to make them attractive candidates for prospective employers in the field; hands-on experience of the different stages of the design of a modern digital system, which culminates in the construction of a complex device.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold (or expected to gain) the equivalent of a 2.1 Honours degree or above from a university recognised by the University of York. This degree should have a significant electronics and/or computing content. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial experience. Applicants whose native language is not English, the minimum University English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each of the 4 language components) or the equivalent are required.

Course modules

Modules include: Digital design; C programming; Nanoscale IC design and simulation; Advanced digital design; Computer operating systems; Data communication techniques; Embedded systems for FPGA; Systems programming for embedded devices; Design exercise; MSc project.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 20,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 324485