MSc in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design

Imperial College London

Program Description

MSc in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design

Imperial College London

MSc in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design

This degree provides future integrated circuit (IC) designers with in-depth knowledge of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits. You will gain experience in both the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements.

About the MSc in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design

A key feature is the balanced approach to both analogue and digital IC design, and the in-depth treatment of low power circuits and embedded systems.

We cover issues that are related to digital system design using modern programming languages, to embedded systems and their OS, to the design of high performance systems based on GPUs and FPGAs, to the design of low power and high performance analogue circuits, as well as issues related to communication of systems (optical and RF) and to MEMS and nanotechnology.


You take four compulsory core modules and either four or five optional modules. You study for these modules in the Autumn (October–December) and Spring (January–April) terms. Modules are taught through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. You will take written exams on the studied modules in May–June.

You will also carry out an individual research project: three months part-time (January–March) and four months full-time (June–September). The project gives you the opportunity to carry out research that deepens your knowledge of an area in which you have a special interest. It also develops your report writing, presentation and time management skills. You will have an academic supervisor who will mentor you.

The project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation in September.


We regularly review our courses in an effort to continuously improve and update them.


  • Analogue Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • Analogue Signal Processing
  • Full-Custom Integrated Circuit Design
  • VHDL and Logic Synthesis


  • Advanced Electronic Devices
  • Digital Signal Processing and Filters
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Performance Analogue Electronics
  • High Performance Computing for Engineers
  • Instrumentation
  • MEMS and Nanotechnology

Minimum academic requirement

A high first class (1st) Honours degree (75%+) in electrical engineering or a related subject.

International Qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

English Language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 16, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
1 year
Full time
11,000 GBP
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 11,000 GBP
- Home/EU; £27,900 - Overseas