MSc (Full Time)
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Director of Studies:Professor AMD Richardson
Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
· To equip students to engage successfully in the Smart Systems industrial community.
· To deliver an understanding of the trends and markets associated with the expansion of the electronics sector through the next level of integration with mechanics and life sciences.
· To provide students with experience of the industrial smart systems sector.
· To equip students to take on technical leadership roles within the smart systems design and manufacturing sector.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
The learning outcomes cited here are based on UK-SPEC
Subject Specific Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills?
understanding and skills
Knowledge and Understanding
The course builds on
fundamental electronic engineering science that forms a pre-requisite for
this MSc. The students will build on this to learn the basics behind the
behaviour of structures and components at submicron dimensions, the
fundamentals of design, the process and fabrication technologies involved and
the control structures needed to enable these systems to interact with the
user and environment.
The course will
encourage creativity driven from knowledge of the underpinning science to
smart system applications. Students will learn how to utilise basic theory
and principles to design problems and solve problems related to specific
technologies and components. Students will undertake these studies in
parallel to gaining a broader understanding of the smart systems market
explore the field of microfluidics through a dedicated training platform.
They will build simulation models of microstructures and design control
electronics using high level languages and bench top equipment. Students will
have the opportunity to carry out practical work within their projects linked
The course will deliver knowledge of the smart systems markets and
supply chains and feature technical management content in the form of a
dedicated module and through management content within individual projects. Group
working skills will be gained through the Linking project and presentation
and report writing skills through assignments.
knowledge, understanding and skills
Students will learn how scaling can be applied across the electronic,
mechanical, electro-magnetic and fluidic domains and the fundamental
properties that scaling to nanometer dimensions involves. Fabrication
processes capable of producing submicron feature sizes will be explored and the
principles of electronic control covered in detail
A range of simulation and modelling tools will be
used in addition to characterisation methods. Tools will includeMATLAB, SIMULINK, COMSOL, ANSYS and CADENCE. Electronic design is supported through VHDL
based simulation and a range of structures explored through reduced order
Design tools and methodologies for both system on chip and mixed
signal systems will be explored together with design exercises around
micro-mechanics, fluidic mixing and separation. Also the design methodology
for embedded HW/SW systems will be addressed. Design skills will also be
delivered through individual projects and the linking (group) project
Economic, social and environmental context
market for smart systems will be explored together with technical and marketing
roadmaps. All modules will feature case studies from industrial partners that
illustrate current trends. Applications in environmental monitoring and
energy will be core to the course.
New and expected
developments are fundamental to all modules, commercial constraints are built
into projects and knowledge of a wide range of materials and components
reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the course