About this course
Develop your signal processing skills on this Systems, Control and Signal Processing MSc at the University of Southampton. You'll specialise in systems theory, image processing and machine learning. Develop in-depth knowledge and practical skills in algorithmic development and programming, and graduate ready for a career in industry or research.
This UK MSc signal processing with systems control course is built around the latest research carried out by our electronics and computer science experts. Areas you’ll cover include:
- signal processing
- systems and control theory
- image processing
- machine learning
The MSc control systems course with signal processing has a high mathematical content, and much of the material is computationally based.
As a postgraduate student, you will work with internationally respected academics at the forefront of their disciplines, tackling some of today’s biggest challenges.
Our excellent facilities, key partnerships with major industries and a world-leading research base will ensure that your time studying with us will be productive, challenging and enjoyable.
The degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Your course leader is Dr Mohammed El-Hajjar, an associate professor in the Next Generation Wireless research group. He has won several academic awards and has published more than 80 journal and conference papers. Read Dr El-Hajjar'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 electronic engineering.
You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following modules:
- signal processing
- control theory
- probability theory
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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 12 months, from September to the following September.
In the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you’ll study the taught part of your course.
In semester 1, you’ll take 3 compulsory technical modules.
In semester 2, you’ll take 1 compulsory technical module, and 3 modules that we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
You’ll take 1 further module across semesters 1 and 2 to help you prepare for your research project and dissertation.
Exams will be held at the end of semesters 1 and 2.
For the last 4 months (semester 3) you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
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:
- directed reading
- technical reports
- design exercises
- group work
We’ll assess you through:
- written exams
- technical reports
- design exercise
- log books
You’ll complete an individual research project resulting in a 15,000-word dissertation, on a subject of your choice (to be agreed with your supervisor).
This is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show in-depth knowledge of your specialist subject.
You’ll have regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss your progress.
You’ll be assigned a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
With this degree you’ll be in a great position to work in industry or continue your studies at PhD level.
Areas you’ll be qualified to go into include:
- financial services
- systems engineering
- medical imaging
- signal processing jobs
Our Electronics and Computer Science department runs a dedicated careers hub with links to 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?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000