Bristol and the surrounding area host a thriving and world-renowned semiconductor design industry. The microelectronics group at the University of Bristol has many collaborative links with multinational companies in the microelectronics industry. These organisations have identified a shortfall in graduates with the necessary qualifications and professional skills to work in the sector, so this programme has been designed to meet this need.

A range of taught subjects cover core topics, such as advanced architectures and system design using FPGA and DSP platforms, before progressing to more specialised areas, such as digital and analogue ASIC design, integrated sensors and actuators, and mixed-signal design. Changes are made periodically to reflect important emerging disciplines, such as electronics for the Internet of things, biomedical applications and neuromorphic computing.

Study Details:

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

The programme consists of 120 credits of taught units and an individual research project worth 60 credits. There are eight core units taken during the autumn and spring, and you will choose two optional units. In the spring term, you will study Engineering Research Skills, a 20-credit unit designed to introduce the fundamental skills necessary to carry out your MSc project.

After completing the taught units satisfactorily, all students undertake a final project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work relating to microelectronics systems design. The project must have a significant scientific or technical component and may involve on-site collaboration with an industrial partner. The thesis is normally submitted by the end of September.

The programme structure is under continual discussion with the National Microelectronics Institute and our industrial advisory board to ensure it remains at the cutting edge of the semiconductor industry. It is therefore subject to small changes to recognise important emerging disciplines and generally improve the programme.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering.

Student Destinations

Graduates of this programme will be prepared for a career in a variety of disciplines in the IT sector, thanks to the core and specialist units that cover key foundational concepts and advanced topics related to hardware design, programming, and embedded systems and system-level integration.

Typical careers are in soft fabrication facilities and design houses in the semiconductor industry, electronic-design automation tool vendors, embedded systems specialists and software houses. The programme also covers concepts and technologies related to emerging paradigms such as neuromorphic computing and the Internet of things, as well as preparing you for a career in academic research.


We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows: UK/EU: full-time £11,000 UK/EU: part-time (two years)£5,500 Overseas: full-time £21,700 Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time £14,150

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in electrical and electronic engineering, computer systems engineering, or a related discipline in engineering or the physical sciences, with foundational knowledge in digital logic, computer architecture, digital and analogue transistor-level circuits, programming, and signals and systems.

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website Request Information Add to Compare List

Key Information

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website
Request Information
Add to Compare List

University Hub

University of Bristol

More Information