University of Leicester

Department of Engineering

High Reliability Embedded Systems



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc/ PGCert

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Embedded processors form a core component of an enormous range of systems, from aircraft, passenger cars and medical equipment, to childrens’ toys, DVD players and washing machines. The growth in the power and features of processors has helped to drive the semiconductor industry from start-up some 50 years ago to more than £150 billion in annual revenue today. The embedded market is now estimated to be worth around 100 times the ‘desktop’ market, and is forecast to grow exponentially over the next decade. This degree will give you the state-of-the-art skill set needed to deal with the challenges of producing flexible, robust, reliable, and cost-effective embedded systems in applicable industrial domains. The core curriculum is very focussed on currently relevant tools and best practice, and covers the development of both COTS (commercial off the shelf) systems and bespoke designs based on Field Programmable Gate Arrays. The course also explores large scale embedded systems development and maintenance. •Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), so you can be sure you are receiving industry-relevant teaching. •Flexible delivery enables you to fit your studies around your other commitments. •Excellent professional links, giving you access to industry-specific expertise in the embedded automotive sector.


The course is delivered via an innovative part-time 'blended learning' system, which combines distance learning (online) with traditional teaching (face to face). This has been specifically designed to make the course accessible to students currently working in industry. Each module takes four months, in three stages: 1.Preparatory background work carried out online. 2.One week of seminars and laboratory sessions in Leicester. 3.Further online exercises and assessments. Online teaching and support is dleivered via the University’s virtual learning environment Blackboard. You will be assessed through laboratory exercises, and an individual case study or exam for each module.

International Student Requirements:

A second class honours degree in an appropriate related subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider candidates with significant directly relevant industrial experience instead. You must meet the University's English language requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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