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MScComputer Engineering

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,500.00 per year
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Advances in technology are yielding smaller and higher-performance computer systems permeating into a wide range of applications, from communication systems to consumer products and common household appliances. Computer engineering encompasses the principles, methods, and modern tools for the design and implementation of computing systems.

Our MSc Computer Engineering is the first in the UK and provides a balanced perspective of both hardware and software elements of computing systems, and their relative design trade-offs and applications. It will build on your knowledge in mathematics, science, and engineering to ensure you have a sound foundation in the areas needed for a career in this field.

Laboratory experiences enable you to understand experimental design and simulation techniques. We are internationally leading in this and you will have access to unique computer engineering platforms including our:

- Intelligent Flat (iSpace)
- Robotics Arena
- Networked intelligent campus (iCampus)
- Advanced networking and multimedia labs

Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s computer scientists are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top scientists, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Programme structure

Year 1

MSc Project and Dissertation
Converged Networks and Services
Digital Signal Processing
High Level Logic Design
Professional Practice and Research Methodology
Programming Embedded Systems
Advanced Embedded Systems Design (optional)
Artificial Neural Networks (optional)
Constraint Satisfaction for Decision Making (optional)
Creating and Growing a New Business Venture (optional)
Electronic System Design & Integration (optional)
Intelligent Systems and Robotics (optional)
Mobile Communications (optional)

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, you can look for employment in:

Heavy industries, designing advanced computer systems and control
Hardware companies, designing and developing microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers
Communication and mobile phone companies, designing advanced computer systems for communications systems
Large computer and microelectronics companies, writing software and firmware for embedded microcontrollers, and designing VLSI chips, analog sensors, mixed signal circuit boards, and operating systems
Embedded system companies, developing advanced computer systems, and mobile applications and phones
Banks and businesses, designing intelligent distributed systems to serve their operations
Computer games companies, designing advanced computer games

Apply now!
Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Dec 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

This is a pre-deadline and we suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States