Develop advanced knowledge and transferable skills in the design, modelling, implementation and evaluation of digital systems, enabling you to contribute effectively to the increasingly complex and rapidly evolving technologies that are prevalent in industry and research.
The advances of digital technology over the past 50 years have paved the way to highly-integrated complex digital systems in a wide range of industrial sectors from automotive to communications and consumer electronics to entertainment systems.
The course will enable you to become an attractive candidate to a wide range of employers due to the vast application domains of digital systems such as autonomous vehicles, data centres, IP-core development, industrial automation, instrumentation, transportation, security, entertainment system, the internet of things and many more.
Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
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My experience with the course modules is overly positive with the professors being really friendly and supportive to all of our cohort. Concluding the Digital Systems Engineering MSc provides the foundations for well-rounded future engineers.Spyros, MSc Digital Systems Engineering
You'll study a total of 120 credits spread over the year, as well as undertaking a project worth an additional 60 credits. All the modules are compulsory.
You will learn new techniques to keep up-to-date with developments in industrial and research settings, and will have hands-on experience of the different stages of the design of a modern digital system, culminating in the construction of a complex device in a group project. This course uses FPGAs as a hardware platform and VHDL as the design language. It is built around an extensive laboratory programme which will allow you to gain greater familiarity with the industry standard tool chains and provide you with a solid grounding in both theory and practice.
We take care to ensure our courses are relevant to your future career. Our professional development framework, designed in consultation with expert external advisors, will help to prepare you for industry, research or further study.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
This group project will immerse you in a life-like scenario of a company developing digital systems. You will undertake building a complete FPGA-based digital system, and in doing so will gain practical experience of project management and team skills. The system will include both software (such as human-computer interface, low-level programming) and hardware (such as FPGA, A/D converters, communication interfaces).
The project will culminate in the design and realisation of a printed circuit board hosting an FPGA interfaced to a variety of peripherals. Communication links allowing connection to a PC will enable the creation of a diverse range of multimedia, diagnostic or communication systems. At the end of the project, you will be able to take the board you have designed with you, providing you with a complete FPGA development system to further investigate digital system design.
You will typically be working in a group of three to six students. Each group will be responsible for setting up a “company” in which quality control, organisation and execution of the design, development, test and integration of the product can be effectively documented. You will be assigned a target system to design, and provided with a budget for your group to prepare and present a tender document. As a group you will then prepare a design, implementation, test and integration plan that will be followed.
At the end of the project your group will prepare a presentation of the final system outlining everyone’s contribution and provide a demonstration of the final working system. You will also submit group documentation along with an individual report.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£9,730||£23,300|
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
We offer some departmental scholarship opportunities for our taught MSc courses.
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You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
We hope to deliver this course as advertised for 2021/22 entry, but it’s unclear when we’ll be able to return to a normal timetable. For an idea of how this course might be affected, see our changes for 2020/21 entry.
You will learn via a mixture of lectures, lab sessions and seminars.
One of the main features of the course is the use of ZYNQ All Programmable System-on-Chip (SoC) that has multiple ARM cores and an FPGA fabric as the hardware platform and the use of VHDL as the design language for teaching and learning.
The course is built around an extensive laboratory programme which will allow you to gain greater familiarity with the industry standard tool chains and provide you with a solid grounding in both theory and practice.
Students taking this course have the use of departmental laboratories equipped with dedicated computing equipment including Zynq SoC platform - Zedboard and Xilinx Vivado tool chain, and STMicro ARM processor and expansion boards and licences for Keil uVision embedded C compiler, these will be used in a variety of modules including the group project.
The Department of Electronic Engineering is based on Campus West. The majority of teaching takes place within Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed through a mixture of exams, continuous assessments, presentations, viva, demonstration, report, and video presentations.
This course will give you hands-on experience of the design and implementation of digital systems in a way which is applicable to many research or industrial settings. The group project which emphasises team working will enable you to become an attractive candidate for a future role.
Throughout your time here, you'll work with industry-standard tools to ensure you leave with experience relevant to real-world situations. You'll benefit from visits and talks from our industrial contacts and gain training in research methods as well as skills in personal effectiveness and project management.
Former students have gone onto work for companies in the UK and across the world such as:
I've greatly enjoyed the course thus far, and have been thoroughly impressed by the quality of teaching. Everyone in the programme is very helpful and friendly, and the curriculum provides a solid base in digital systems!Richmond, MSc Digital Systems Engineering
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in a subject with 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 or appropriate industrial experience.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.0, minimum 5.5 in each component|
|PTE Academic||55, minimum 51 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||169, minimum 162 in each component|
|TOEFL||79, minimum 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing|
|Trinity ISE III||Pass in all components|
|Duolingo||100, minimum 90 in all other components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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