About this course
This European master’s in embedded computing systems (EMECS) is a 2 year course run in partnership with Kaiserslautern University in Germany and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
We are experts in system-on-chip (SoC) and electronics, NTNU specialise in electronics and communications, and Kaiserslautern in embedded systems. You’ll learn the fundamentals of embedded computing systems and experience life and study in different countries.
Our MSc embedded systems degree is a European-based master’s. It allows you to study in 2 countries at different universities.
On this embedded systems master’s degree you’ll learn the technologies that are transforming our communication systems. You'll get expert training from the:
- University of Southampton as a leader in system on chip electronics
- Kaiserslautern University for embedded systems
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology for electronics and communication
You’ll study the fundamentals of embedded computing systems to the same education level at any of the universities. You’ll get to choose what electives you study the options on offer reflect the university’s individual profiles and their research institutions.
This course lead for The University of Southampton is Dr Basel Halak. Dr Halak is a member of the Sustainable Electronics research group, as well as, Cyber Security group at Southampton’s Electronics and Computer Science School (ECS). His background is in the design and implementation of microelectronics systems, with special focus on reliability and security. Learn more by visiting Dr Halak’s staff profile.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 honors degree.
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This embedded systems masters course takes place over 2 years, with each year spent at a different university. You’ll choose 2 universities out of 3 and receive a joint degree from them. The course is taught in English.
Your start date will depend on the university you choose to attend. You’ll start in August for University of Kaiserslautern and Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The University of Southampton start is in September.
MSc embedded systems is made up of topics you must study, an elective program you choose and a thesis project.
The topics you must study in year 1 are:
- embedded system hardware architectures
- system software
- system-on-chip (SoC) design methodology
All partner universities have agreed on what is being taught as part of these topics, so wherever you choose to study, you’ll receive an equal education level to your peers.
In year 2, you’ll take an elective program. The different programs reflect the profiles of the university you are studying in. The four areas in the elective program are:
- advanced topics in embedded systems
- communication and signal processing
- automation and control
In year 2 you’ll also complete an individual thesis project.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2019-20
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- small group teaching
- practical work
- independent reading
- lab or practical sessions
Whilst completing your individual thesis project within a research group or in industry, you’ll have one-to-one supervision.
We’ll assess you through:
- coursework in the form of:
- problem solving exercises
- lab reports
- literature review
- design exercises
- individual and group projects
- a thesis project
You’ll complete an individual thesis project in year 2 of this course. You’ll receive one-to-one supervision for this piece of work.
You’ll be assigned a supervisor at each of the 2 partner universities you attend. Based on the elective program an individual study plan will be elaborated and agreed on between you and your supervisors.
This course will prepare you for further research in industry or to study for a PhD.
Studying this master’s degree in embedded computing systems will prepare you for a career in:
- hardware or software systems architecture
- specialist in design methodology
- system-on-chip design
- automotive systems
Our graduates are employed across the world in leading companies at the forefront of technology. Our electronics and computer science department runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies such as:
- Microsoft Research
- Imagination Technologies
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £25,450.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
- a degree certificate
- a reference
- an English language qualification
- a CV/resume
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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