Why this MSc?

Digital Signal Processing [MSc]

Prof P Gaydecki teaching students

This MSc will provide you with a thorough, methodical and wide-ranging education in digital signal and image processing. This course has a rigorous mathematical and engineering framework. It considers how technologies are deployed and the areas that most benefit from technological exploitation.

The course is organised into units each comprising of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory classes. The practical elements complement very closely the lecture material and make use of the latest real-time digital image and signal processing hardware and software systems.

Over the last fifteen years, there has been a major shift in the way signals are acquired and manipulated. Analogue techniques have been replaced by digital modalities and this has revolutionised science.  People in the 21st century are familiar with, and intuitively connected to, the digital world. They understand how to use it and to take advantage of its many manifestations. However, only a few understand how it operates, what its limitations are, or indeed how digital systems can be employed in new circumstances, environments and applications.

The digital revolution is fundamentally and qualitatively different from all technological revolutions that have gone before. With digital signal and image processing, it is possible to effectively re-write reality, because, just as the currency of the human brain is thought, so the currency of the digital domain is number. This has profound philosophical consequences, not only for science and technology, but for wider society, the manner in which human beings conduct their everyday affairs and the relationships between individuals, organisations and communities.

Excellence in research

The Digital Signal Processing course is run by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This School has been, for decades, one of the largest electrical and electronic engineering departments in the UK. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008, it confirmed its position at the forefront of research in this subject area. In terms of research quality it was ranked 2nd in the UK confirming its world class research reputation.

The University of Manchester as a whole was rated 3rd in the UK in terms of research power. The RAE measures the quality of research conducted in universities and other higher education institutions in the UK, against international standards of excellence.

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