Wireless communication and mobile computing are the largest growth sectors in electronics, with applications ranging from mobile phones and internet of things to industry 4.0 and self-driving cars.
It covers theoretical and practical electronic design, sensors, instrumentation systems, communications and embedded computing from core principles to cutting-edge research.
One of the major features of the course is the teaching of industry standard embedded systems using ARM processors, which are currently in over 90% of all mobile phones.
The course is ideal if you are seeking a route into industries which use wireless sensor network applications, ranging from smart buildings, warehouses, traffic monitoring, patient monitoring, industry 4.0 and the internet of things.
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You'll study a total of 180 credits spread over taught modules and a group project.
You'll explore theoretical and practical electronic design, sensors, instrumentation systems, communications and embedded computing from core principles to cutting-edge research.
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.
You will also study one option module:
The options available to you will be confirmed after you begin your course. For further information please get in touch.
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
The group project usually takes the form of developing an idea for a product specification. You will assign and undertake individual roles within your group. These roles usually involve both technical and managerial aspects so you gain experience of both these different skill sets. The groups you will work within are small, usually four or five students. At the end of the project you will produce an individual project report. Throughout the project, you will receive the support and guidance of an academic supervisor.
Some examples of previous projects include:
Automated Home Appliance System
This project aimed to control the appliances at home from a remote location such as an office. A Wi-Fi system, based on XBee, was developed to connect the appliances in the house, for example the air conditioner and heater, emergency sensor alert systems such as smoke sensors, home security surveillance monitoring systems and a home entertainment system to the processor board. Data communication between the appliances at home and the remote, off-home location were enabled via an internet connection and an app on a portable device like a mobile phone.
Acoustic Diversity Sensor Network
This project aimed to measure the complexity of sounds in the environment using remotely sited monitors and transmit the data to a base station via a wireless network. Each monitor node had a microphone to record sounds and calculate an audio complexity index (ACI). Each node had temperature, humidity and light level sensors as well as a GPS receiver. The base station gathered the data and passed it to a computer to display ACI in real time on Google Maps.
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.
The best aspect is the fact that the lecturers are both focused on theory and practical experience. What’s more, you get taught by leading professionals in the field you are studying in, and they always want to help students achieve the best of their abilities.Jingyang Xu, MSc Embedded Wireless Systems
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£11,770||£27,200|
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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.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures and practicals.
You will have the use of laboratories equipped with dedicated computing equipment including STMicro development and sensor boards, ARM microprocessors and licences for Keil uVision embedded C compiler. These will be used in a variety of modules including the group project.
The School of Physics, Engineering and Technology 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 via a combination of exams, coursework, presentations and reports.
This course provides a route into industries which utilise wireless sensor network applications, ranging from smart buildings, warehouses, traffic monitoring, patient monitoring, industry 4.0 and the internet of things. Over the course of the MSc, you'll develop a comprehensive portfolio, experience from running and managing a team project, and system integration skills, all of which will help you stand out to a wide range of employers.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in a subject with significant electronics 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.|
|International pre-masters programme||Pre-masters from our International Pathway College|
|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|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||169, minimum 162 in each component|
|Duolingo||100, minimum 90 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||55, minimum 51 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|
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 English language test 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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