About this course
Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design and engineer the next generation of connected devices and systems on this Internet of Things master’s course. You’ll learn about key hardware and software components, and the tools and methods to protect and optimise them. The course combines elements of computer science and electronics, and is ideal if you’ve graduated from either discipline.
On this Internet of Things MSc you’ll gain knowledge and practical skills in:
- the main elements of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and how to design and build them
- embedded programming and IoT hardware components such as microprocessors, microsensors and energy harvesters
- how data moves between devices, apps and the cloud
- IoT system vulnerabilities and how to secure IoT devices and their networks against malicious attack
You’ll also have the flexibility to explore specialist IoT topics through your choice of optional modules. Typical subjects include:
- managing and analysing the data produced by IoT systems
- the architecture of embedded processors, and how to design and build them
- the design and optimisation of wireless communications systems using machine learning techniques
- the applications of modern cryptography
- signal processing and computer vision
You'll learn from researchers who are advancing IoT technologies for applications as varied as smart homes and cities, environmental monitoring, healthcare and disaster relief.
Our Electronics and Computer Science department is also home to the Centre for Internet of Things and Pervasive Systems research group. Much of the course content is informed by their work, so you’ll benefit from the latest knowledge in this field.
Your course leader is Dr Basel Halak. He is the author of 2 books and more than 60 conference and journal papers. His research interests include hardware security and reliability and fault tolerance techniques. Read Dr Halak’s staff profile to find out more about his work.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in electronics, computer science or related subject (e.g. computer engineering, telecommunications engineering).
You must have an upper 2:1 score in the following:
- 1 maths module
- 1 programming module (C, C++, Python, Java). We also accept certificates from recognised massive open online courses (MOOCs) or other recognised paid for online courses to satisfy this programming requirement
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time master’s course. You’ll study for a full 12 months.
For the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll focus on the taught part of the course. Some of your modules will be compulsory, others we will ask you to choose from a list of options.
For the rest of the course, you’ll work independently on your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include:
- laboratory work
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- coursework, laboratory reports and essays
- written exams
- a dissertation
Over the summer you’ll research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, to be agreed with your supervisor.
The dissertation is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show your expertise in a particular area relating to the Internet of Things.
You’ll have regular support meetings with your supervisor throughout the process.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
The knowledge and skills you’ll learn on this course are in increasing demand in almost every sector of business, industry and research.
Our graduates are employed by leading technology companies all over the world.
ECS runs a dedicated careers hub with links to more than 100 companies including:
- 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.
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.
Got a question?
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Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000