The teaching programme consists of compulsory core taught modules and an individual research project.   Each taught unit is assessed by coursework or laboratory report, with written examinations in January and June.  The research project is assessed by a feasibility study report and a final dissertation which is submitted at the end of the project.

The course has at its disposal, the latest, state-of-the-art equipment for the practical laboratory sessions.  This includes new computers, Real-time DSP development systems, embedded microcontroller development platforms, hardware acquisition systems and all the software necessary for experimental and development work.  You will conduct experiments in teams of between 4 and 5 and will produce reports that will be assessed.

During the second semester, you will also embark on a feasibility study and produce a report which will be assessed. Students who pass the taught elements and feasibility study will progress to the project stage and submit a final dissertation in September.

The university Blackboard system is used in this MSc as a source of information and to host self-teaching exercises.  Blackboard is a web-based system that students use to download course material and learning resources, including multimedia, for each module. The system also provides tools for communicating and collaborating with your lecturer or other students about the course using discussions, chat or email. Coursework can be completed and electronically submitted in Blackboard and your progress can be monitored on line.

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