Postgraduate study

Electronics MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Electronics

This programme offers distinct specialisation areas in electronics: analogue VLSI design, bioelectronics and analogue and digital systems.

In analogue VLSI design, our facilities include a unique custom designed analogue integrated circuit specifically designed to support laboratory based teaching. Our advanced design and prototyping laboratories, advanced micro and nano fabrication facilities and state-of-the-art digital system laboratories use the latest industry standard software tools.

Alternatively, students may specialise in the emergent discipline of bioelectronics where our research and teaching interests include access to the fabrication facilities at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre. For students who wish to study a more general electronics course including digital systems, a prescribed course selection is available.

This programme is run over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses, followed by a research project, leading to a masters thesis. There is a great deal of flexibility in our degree programme with three distinct streams as follows:

  • Analogue
  • Analogue and Digital
  • Bioelectronics

Analogue Stream

Compulsory courses:

  • Analogue IC Design
  • Analogue VLSI A
  • Discrete-time Signal Analysis
  • Power Electronics
  • Principles of Microelectronic Devices
  • Analogue Circuit Design
  • Analogue VLSI B
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Electronics: Project and Thesis

Optional courses: A choice of either :

  • Sigma Delta Data Converters

or

  • Microfabrication Techniques and
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Analogue and Digital Stream

Compulsory courses:

  • Analogue IC Design
  • Analogue VLSI A
  • Discrete-time Signal Analysis
  • Principles of Microelectronic Devices
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Digital Systems Laboratory
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Electronics: Project and Thesis

Optional courses: Either

  • Power Electronics or
  • Digital Systems Laboratory A

Plus one of:

  • Microfabrication Techniques
  • Modern Economic Issues in Industry
  • Technology and Innovation Management

And either:

  • Sigma Delta Data Converters or

  • Embedded Mobile and Wireless Systems (EWireless)

Bioelectronics Stream

Compulsory courses:

  • Analogue Circuit Design
  • Analogue IC Design
  • Biosensors
  • Introduction to Bioelectronics
  • Lab-on-Chip Technologies
  • Analogue VLSI A
  • Biosensors and Instrumentation
  • Microfabrication Techniques
  • Applications of Sensor and Imaging Systems
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Electronics: Project and Thesis

Optional courses: A choice of either:

  • Principles of Microelectronic Devices

or

  • Digital Systems Laboratory A

You will gain significant practical experience in analogue and digital laboratories and become familiar with the latest industry standard design software and environments. Having been exposed to concepts such as design re-use and systems on chip technology, you will be able to cooperate with others in electronic system design. Recent graduates are now working as applications, design, field, test and validation engineering for employers such as BMW, Guangzhou Hangxin Avionics and Kongsberg Maritime.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in electronics or electrical engineering.

We may also consider your application if you have appropriate professional experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Entry to this programme is competitive. A typical offer will normally require a UK first class honours degree or equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section.We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

For 2022 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module).
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module).
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

MSc students at the School of Engineering are required to pay for their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These costs can range from £3 to £70, depending on the programme.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Taught Student Conversion Officer, Flora Reynolds
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3565
  • Contact: pgtenquiries@eng.ed.ac.uk
  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline.

Applicants who are not made an offer at a specific selection deadline will either be notified that they have been unsuccessful in securing a place on the programme, or if they do not hear then they are still being considered and their application will be carried forward to the next selection deadline for further consideration at that time.

Selection deadlines

Round Application Deadline
1 31 January 2021
2 31 March 2021
3 30 June 2021

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Postgraduate Taught Student Conversion Officer, Flora Reynolds
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3565
  • Contact: pgtenquiries@eng.ed.ac.uk
  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL