Student working in the laser lab
Student working in laser lab

Digital signal processing lie at the heart of innumerable technologies developed over the last fifty years. Research and applications in DISP is accelerating at an astonishing pace, and there is every indication that this trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Almost every aspect of modern life is affected by the technology of DISP. Although this is sometimes obvious, such as in mobile phone technology or the latest digital camera systems, often DISP works in the background, hidden from view, yet essential for the smooth operation of life as we know it today. How does DSIP affect our lives? Think of communication systems, the entertainments industry, transportation infrastructure, financial systems, food distribution, medical sciences, toys and the gaming industries, military technologies, earth sciences and seismology, power generation and the oil and gas industries, space exploration, experimental physics…, truly, the list is almost endless.

This is why DISP is so important, and why it opens up so many opportunities to those who have studied it. The University of Manchester is an institution with a world-class reputation in research and teaching, and is where the digital revolution began. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be empowered with knowledge of the latest techniques in digital signal and image processing. You will have the confidence to use these skills in a wide variety of application areas, some of which are listed below:

  • Audio/visual/multimedia engineering
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Digital waveform synthesis
  • Earth-based telecommunications
  • Medical, industrial and military Image processing
  • Industrial signal conditioning
  • Mechatronics
  • Military/surveillance
  • Networking
  • Noise cancellation system design


  • Nondestructive testing
  • Pattern recognition and matching
  • Remote sensing and aerospace
  • Satellite telemetry
  • Robotics
  • Control systems engineering
  • Seismology
  • Speech recognition/synthesis
  • Scientific Instrumentation; signal analysis


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