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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Embedded Systems and Wireless Networks

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the Engineering page.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
One year full-time with the dissertation lasting up to an additional year.
Full-time, starts September
Programme leader:
Mokhtar Nibouche
Key fact:
Study for a career in a growing and cutting-edge industry, in a department with a high league table position, excellent student satisfaction and employment rates, and strong links to business.

Page last updated 15 January 2018


Most people aren't familiar with Embedded Systems, but we use them every day of our lives.

Smartphones, digital TV, MP3s and iPods, washing machines, even toys or a talking greetings card they all contain a microprocessor or a microcontroller. Embedded systems are the backbone of the digital revolution.

As the complexity of embedded systems increases, the industry needs skilled graduates to fill the talent shortage.

In-depth knowledge at your fingertips

With the MSc Embedded Systems and Wireless Networks you'll develop a sound technical knowledge of the fundamentals of electronics, embedded systems, software and hardware.

Furthermore, become an embedded system designer with a multidisciplinary background. You'll develop software programming and hardware design skills, and a broad knowledge of electronics fundamentals.

Graduates of electronic engineering, systems engineering or other appropriate sciences can develop, deepen or update their skills and knowledge in advanced electronic engineering technology and cutting-edge research fields.

This course is ideal for graduate engineers interested in electronics, embedded systems, signal processing, mobile communications and wireless technology.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

This course is designed to reflect current state-of-the-art trends in industry and research, and presents a clear path to employment and further study.

The group project will enhance your ability to work in small groups, while the dissertation will increase your autonomy and improve critical thinking.

You'll expand your knowledge of digital systems, embedded systems, power systems, communication engineering, computing and control. You'll also learn how to interpret user requirements and component specifications, to produce functionally and cost-effective designs through a combination of group and individual activities.

The core modules you will study include:

  • Embedded Real-time Control Systems - The module details high performance digital signal processing controllers and how to use it in real time embedded applications. It includes topics such as the architecture of a high performance digital signal processor controller (DSC).
  • Safety Critical Embedded Systems - This module is designed to complement the modules on DSP for Real Time Control Systems VHDL and wireless sensor networks.
  • Wireless and Mobile Communications - Provides a broad knowledge of Mobile and Wireless Communication Systems, and the design concepts, operations and managements of these systems.
  • Advanced Control and Dynamics - Covers different aspects of control, including enhanced classical control system analysis and design, and advanced control concepts, and modelling.
  • System Design using HDLs - Considers the use of Hardware Description Languages in the design and verification of digital systems including "system on chip". You'll be introduced to a number of approaches to design and implementation including Data path-Controller models, state-machines and model-based design.
  • Wireless Sensor Networks - Basic definitions and applications of WSN, and how low-power operating systems, network deployment, data collection and Ad-Hoc multi-hop networks work. The practical aspect consists of a series of weekly laboratory sessions.
  • Group Project Challenge - You construct your own syllabus to carry out your project. Involves introduction to research, research objectives and project management entirely through workshops.
  • Dissertation - This significant piece of work accounts for a third of the MSc module credits. You can complete the dissertation with or without work placement. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience to enrich your CV.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You'll be taught by experienced specialist academic staff who are involved in cutting-edge research and experts in basic and advanced:

  • electronics
  • control systems
  • basic and advanced robotics
  • mobile communications
  • wireless sensor networks
  • embedded systems.

In addition, power systems, power electronics, signal processing and sensor technology.

You'll attend lectures, then apply what you've learned to real life through tutorial sessions, case studies, classroom discussions, project work, laboratory exercises and visits to or guest lectures from professionals working in engineering organisations.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Most modules are taught over one semester, although some run through two. Most modules are worth 15 credits and normally involve two to three hours class time a week.

You will attend lectures, tutorials and lab sessions two days a week. You will need to devote a similar amount of time to independent study.

You'll undertake your own research, and apply the results to solve problems. You'll learn how to evaluate different options, select the most appropriate and defend your choice based on your research.

We encourage you to do independent supplementary reading to consolidate your knowledge and understanding.


You are assessed through examinations, coursework, lab-based assessment and oral presentations. An independent examiner assesses your dissertation. 

See our full glossary of assessment terms.



Professional accreditation

This course is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors course.

Study facilities

You'll have access to cross-disciplinary facilities that incorporate electronic, electrical or embedded computer systems. For example, robotic assembly cells, power distribution systems and motor drives, as well as subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels.

We host our own servers to provide Windows, Linux and Unix-based operating systems, and have over 500 workstations in our teaching laboratories.

We also have a large open-access laboratory, providing PC and Unix-based machines. We have our own IT Helpdesk and there are 24-hour computer labs on campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

The market for advanced electronics and embedded systems engineers is evolving continually.

This course produces graduates who can take on senior technical and management positions in a range of industry sectors, including:

  • automotive
  • mobile communications
  • defence applications
  • power generation and distribution
  • intelligent systems and robotics
  • smart homes
  • avionics.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International-Full Time-Award Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1042

Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Robotics, or in Physics with a significant amount of electronics content, or similar.

We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

How to apply

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