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Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT069

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time
3 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

May 2019

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Overview

This course aims to prepare you for careers in and out of engineering that rely on the rapidly developing, high-speed technology of embedded microelectronics and wireless systems. This includes a focus on real-time applications, such as mobile communications and wireless sensing.

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and teaching informed by our world-leading and internationally excellent research in the design of real-time wireless networks, the application of systems modelling, statistical and artificial intelligence techniques.

Electrical and electronic technology is now indispensable in modern life – powering our transport and communication systems and supplying essential energy to our homes and businesses.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The content of this new course has been designed to meet the Engineering Council’s UK SPEC. Accreditation will be sought from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to partially meet the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

Course information

We regularly update course content to reflect emerging trends and knowledge fields to enrich your technical and transferrable skills, often drawing on our own research findings.

For example, using some of the latest mobile robotic configurations in the V-REP package allow students to work with current up-to-date configurations.

The course offers a programme of study, sharing common semester modules with the MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. You have an option of either taking ‘Digital Communications’ or ‘Measurement and Sensor Technology’.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first semester focuses on electronics, underpinned by the digital logic and electronic circuits which are the foundation of computer hardware engineering.

The second semester concentrates on your subject specialism, in this case embedded systems and communications.

In the final semester, you will perform a detailed research or design study with the help of an experienced supervisor into a technical aspect from the course. You can choose a topic to suit your interests, research to assist your career aspirations or a practical project. As an example, one former student worked on a project commissioned by RTF Europe to develop a recoiler unit for mobile phone display security in shops.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Wireless Intelligent Systems
    • Digital Signal and Image Processing
    • Robotics – Kinematics, Dynamics and Applications
    • Microprocessor Applications 
  • Semester 2

    • Embedded System Programming
    • Digital Communications
    • Embedded Operating Systems
    • VHDL for Digital System Design 
  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project 

In more detail...

  • Electronics is an international business, so we encourage a global perspective throughout our teaching.
  • High levels of postgraduate student satisfaction – 88%, above the sector average of 84%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring a variety of microprocessor and field programmable gate array platforms.
  • Regular expert guest lectures, which previously have covered topics such as Skype lectures on VHDL from industrialists aboard and seminars from the professional bodies on a variety of current topics from electrical vehicles to cybersecurity.
  • On and off site access to commercial engineering software, such as 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multibody Systems for design and simulation, as well as training in industry standard Catia, HyperWorks, STAR-CCM+, SIMPACK software.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, with access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Your main study themes are:

  • Digital System Design with VHDL: Aims to provide capability to apply the VHDL hardware description language for the simulation and synthesis of digital systems. We cover the essential syntax of VHDL and its coding styles for different digital functions. You will apply VHDL to configure a digital system using integrated circuits, also known as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA).

  • Digital Signal and Image Processing: Computer-based systems are increasingly required to detect, analyse and manipulate signals, or data, from a wide range of sources, such as sound, light, temperature or pressure. You’ll learn to analyse continuous and discrete-time signals and systems, developing higher level signal processing techniques and filters, together with knowledge of digital image processing and pattern recognition. You will apply these to problems to demonstrate their applications, such as feature extraction, object recognition, noise removal etc.

  • Robotics – Kinematics, Dynamics and Applications: Introduces the science and engineering of mechanical manipulation, an introduction to mobile robotics, some common sensors used in the field, drive mechanisms and their differing configurations and some of their applications.

  • Microprocessor Applications: Aims to provide knowledge and experience of the engineering techniques required to build the technical applications of microprocessors, involving the detailed study of advanced contemporary devices and applications, such as sensor interfaces, USB (Universal Serial Bus) and CAN (Controlled Area Network).

  • Embedded Systems Programming: Practical experience using real-time embedded systems including analysis, design and implementation of appropriate computer programs. This will be done with object-oriented (OO) concepts and use of the Unified Modelling Language (UML).
  • Digital Communications: Aims to provide the principles of digital communications system applicable to both fixed and mobile data networks to include data transmission, error control, flow control, congestion control and routing strategies.

  • Embedded Operating Systems: Introduces embedded operating systems which include basic embedded OS concepts such as processes, memory management, drivers and file systems. Embedded storage and an actual embedded OS will be studied.

  • Wireless Intelligent Systems: Focuses on the nature of computation, communications and hardware/software support needed to design large scale distributed and wirelessly connected embedded systems.

You have the option of taking the following:

  • Digital Communications: Provides the principles of digital communications system applicable to both fixed and mobile data networks to include data transmission, error control, flow control, congestion control and routing strategies.

  • Measurement and Sensor Technology: Provides a focused interdisciplinary knowledge that encompasses important elements including sensors, signal conditioning, sensor sensor interfacing, Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), noise analysis, measurement uncertainty and system reliability.

This course can be studied full-time over one year with the taught modules delivered over two semesters, followed by a project assignment. It may also be studied on a part-time basis over three years, but classes are not scheduled specially for part-time students. It has a September, January and May intake.

Your course will be taught using traditional teaching methods, such as lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory classes. However, we also incorporate a range of innovative teaching methods, including flipped classroom, activity led learning and peer based learning which the students will undertake both individually and in groups.

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed at home before the lecture, whilst lecture time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. The video lecture is often seen as the key ingredient in the flipped approach, such lectures being either created by the staff and posted online or selected from an online repository. While a pre-recorded lecture could certainly be a podcast or other audio format, the ease with which video can be accessed and viewed today has made it so ubiquitous that the flipped model has come to be identified with it.

Activity-led learning enables you to put into practice the theory you may have learned. You will undertake a variety of ‘hands-on’ tasks, such as programming a device or building a circuit to demonstrate a concept. While peer-based learning enables you to learn from each other, presenting material, taking part in class discussion or explaining a concept to one another. 

Throughout your studies, you will have access to our cutting-edge facilities; computers are installed with all the relevant computing software, ranging from the basics such as Matlab and Xlinix ISE to more subject-specific, like VREP (Virtual Robotic Environment Platform), Flux Electromagnetic and Thermal Finite Element Analysis software.

You will be provided with opportunities to sit in on guest lectures and take part in field trips, which have previously included industry visits to BT, GE, Electric Mountain, National Grid and UNIPART to view current industrial practices. Some of our past students have also taken part in local IET competitions, such as ‘Present Around the World’ where they must present a topic that interests them for 10 minutes and be able to answer questions on it.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and computer simulation employing Simulink, Matlab, Multisim and PSCAD.

Assessment methods typically feature a 50/50 split between formal examinations and coursework, though this varies for each module, some of which are entirely assessed by coursework.

50% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles of electrical and electronic engineering and their relationships to leading-edge, real-world applications.
  • Advanced analysis and design tools and processes relevant to embedded microelectronics and communications.
  • The implementation and critical evaluation of design solutions through simulation and practical applications.
  • The main approaches to research design, sampling and analysis appropriate to construct research questions or hypotheses.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Conceptualise complex technical aspects of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Conduct detailed and systematic technical analyses of aspects of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Devise technical solutions to problems in the design and implementation of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Critically evaluate literature and solutions relating to problems arising in the design and implementation aspects of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Select, apply and critically appraise tools and techniques of advanced analysis and design.
  • Implement appropriate software and hardware solutions and simulations and critically evaluate the outcomes.

Each module on the MSc course has three hours of contact per academic week, this may be typically made up of an hour lecture/tutorial and two hours of supervised laboratory time. Each member of staff provides a drop-in surgery for two extra hours a week, which enables you to ask general questions or go through specific problems you may have.

Self-study is expected outside of supervised laboratory time to complete your coursework. Times vary depending on the weighting of the module, but assessment planning means that you will not be asked to submit more than one coursework assignment in the same academic week, giving you greater flexibility to plan their time accordingly.

Electronics is an international business, so we encourage a global perspective throughout our teaching. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is possible from wide range of backgrounds, i.e. an honours degree in a science or technology subject, a relevant professional qualification, an unclassified degree in science or technology plus relevant professional experience.

Entry to this course is possible from wide range of backgrounds, i.e. an honours degree in a science or technology subject, a relevant professional qualification, an unclassified degree in science or technology plus relevant professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Entry to this course is possible from wide range of backgrounds, i.e. an honours degree in a science or technology subject, a relevant professional qualification, an unclassified degree in science or technology plus relevant professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


May 2019

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Embedded and wireless systems are now ever-present in all aspects of technological life – in industries as diverse as automotive, biotechnology, fixed and mobile communications, information technology, industrial electronics process control, security and computer technology.

There is a high demand for highly trained professionals to develop such systems or work or in the vast number of industries that employ these technologies.

The specialist topics studied on the programme will prepare you for a wider range of roles in related industries that rely on the technology. Possible destinations include: communications; digital system design; industrial measurement and monitoring systems; robotics and associated activities; and microelectronic applications. Alternatively, you can progress onto further study in the forms of a PhD. 

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. Opportunities also exist to complete a PhD research degree upon completion of the master’s course.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.