University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Introduction

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent reputation for both its teaching and research. Based in the Jennison Building on the Canterbury Campus, the School has 31 academic staff members, with both academic and industrial experience, as well as a number of specialist visiting lecturers. With strong industrial links, much of our research is supported by commercial organisations; there is also a range of industrially sponsored prizes for best students in each of our years. We are a forward-looking School and our courses are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are always up-to-date.

The School has a Mission and Plan which underpin our work as we seek to enhance and improve our learning, teaching, research and enterprise environment.

Mission and plan

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts strives to

  • provide an environment which supports world-class research in the subject areas in which we teach
  • offer excellent teaching
  • demonstrate an enviable track record of achievement in enterprise-led activity enhancing opportunities
  • nurture strong partnerships with academic and industrial organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide
  • impact positively on contemporary issues, recognising that the unique blend of technological and design expertise within the School is at the forefront of the needs of 21st Century Society
  • develop and support the career plans and aspirations of its staff and student body

Ten reasons to study at EDA

  • Excellent employment prospects, with dedicated placement and careers support
  • 1st in 2015 NSS and top 15 rankings for both Engineering and Digital Media in the Guardian University Guide 2017
  • 100% for overall satisfaction, in the subject area of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
  • Over 30 years' continuous accreditation by the IET
  • Year in Industry option provides valuable industrial experience, often leading to employment, with courses informed by industrial panelists
  • Inspirational teaching informed by high-quality research, ranked 21st in the UK for intensity, with 98% judged to be of international quality
  • State-of-the art facilities and excellent support
  • Great location, close to London and mainland Europe
  • Generous bursaries and studentships available
  • Strong, diverse international community with a rich student experience

The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. The School is engaged in high-quality research with significant national and international impact while offering excellent opportunities for graduate studies. We have been consistently attracting substantial research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies, government agencies and others and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments.

Impressive Career Prospects

A postgraduate qualification from Kent opens up a wealth of career opportunities by providing an impressive portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge. Employers recognise that a postgraduate qualification demonstrates a wide range of skills. During your programme, you acquire a high level of academic knowledge and specialist practical skills.

An active school

As a postgraduate student, you are part of a thriving research community and receive support through a wide-ranging programme of individual supervision, specialised research seminars, general skills training programmes, and general departmental colloquia, usually with external speakers. We encourage you to attend and present your work at major conferences, as well as taking part in our internal conference and seminar programmes. The atmosphere of our School is informal, friendly and has at its centre, a thriving and diverse postgraduate community from all over the world. We also have a lively community of students and graduates participating in our social media communities on Facebook and Twitter which you are encouraged to be a part of.

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Programs

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MSc

MSc, MPhil, PhD, EngD Electronic Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The <strong>School of Engineering and Digital Arts</strong> offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines, related to <strong>Electronic, Control and Information Engineering</strong>, in a highly stimulating academic environment. [+]

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines, related to Electronic, Control and Information Engineering, in a highly stimulating academic environment. The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. [-]

MSc, MPhil, PhD Digital Arts

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation. [+]

The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation. [-]

MSc, PDip Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This is a broad programme in advanced electronics, reflecting the latest developments in telecommunications, embedded systems, instrumentation and control. [+]

This is a broad programme in advanced electronics, reflecting the latest developments in telecommunications, embedded systems, instrumentation and control. Despite this considerable breadth, an extensive range of options allows students to tailor the course to suit their individual requirements. The programme enables students to develop advanced skills in various aspects of modern hardware, software and firmware engineering. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting new field of digital media. The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff form teams providing an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a notably friendly and supportive teaching and research environment. We have research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies – such as the Ministry of Defence, and many others. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide. [-]

MSc, PDip Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This MSc programme targets the needs of the rapidly evolving telecommunications sector, providing an industrially relevant and exciting education in the latest techniques and technologies being employed and developed. It is these techniques and technologies that will enable broadband provision through fixed and wireless/mobile networks, and will modernise the core networks to provide ultra-high bit-rates, and multi-service support. [+]

This MSc programme targets the needs of the rapidly evolving telecommunications sector, providing an industrially relevant and exciting education in the latest techniques and technologies being employed and developed. It is these techniques and technologies that will enable broadband provision through fixed and wireless/mobile networks, and will modernise the core networks to provide ultra-high bit-rates, and multi-service support. The programme has been well-supported by companies and research establishments in the UK and overseas. [-]

MSc, PDip Computer Animation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Our programme is oriented towards current industrial needs, technology and practice; it aims to be a direct route into this high-profile modern, creative industry, and has been developed jointly by the School and Framestore CFC, our industrial partner. [+]

Our programme is oriented towards current industrial needs, technology and practice; it aims to be a direct route into this high-profile modern, creative industry, and has been developed jointly by the School and Framestore CFC, our industrial partner. Each module is delivered by means of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Student Profiles Yiannis Philiastides Yiannis PhiliastidesI completed a BA Illustration with Animation course in 2011. The illustration course helped me develop my artistic and storytelling skills, while the animation course allowed me to bring them to life. I studied traditional and 2D digital animation but wanted to learn CGI animation as well, to add to my skill set and be better prepared for industry. The MSc Computer Animation course is providing me with the necessary technical expertise and mirrors professional life in the industry as closely as possible. It is fast paced, with multiple projects running simultaneously, including group projects in collaboration with students from the MSc DVE and Architectural visualisation courses. After just six months I feel confident using software such as Autodesk Maya and Mudbox , which I had never used before, to industry level, as well as motion capture equipment. The course also allows the flexibility to concentrate on particular areas such as character animation, creature animation, 3d modelling etc. and I’m looking forward to the final project. Further insights of the industry are provided through the various guest lecturers that visit from a number of prestigious and well-established UK studios. I would recommend the programme to anyone determined to enter the animation industry and who is passionate on the subject. [-]

MSc, PDip Embedded Systems and Instrumentation

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This programme enables you to develop advanced skills in the major aspects of modern embedded systems design at hardware, software and firmware levels, using practical examples in instrumentation, monitoring, control, computing and communication to illustrate the technology. [+]

This programme enables you to develop advanced skills in the major aspects of modern embedded systems design at hardware, software and firmware levels, using practical examples in instrumentation, monitoring, control, computing and communication to illustrate the technology. Student profiles Mark Esdale In 1983, I graduated with a BSc in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of London and subsequently spent 14 years of my working career designing commercial aircraft trainers and programming simulations of aircraft systems and flight management systems. So, why - 28 years later - have I become an older (if not necessarily mature) student ... attending lectures, working late at night on coursework assignments and sitting exams? The answer is, to satisfy a thirst for knowledge. It is very easy when working in industry to get stuck in a technological rut, with one's expertise restricted to that needed to get the job done. Electronics, especially in the fields of digital processing, instrumentation, control, communications and - in order to run them - embedded systems, are advancing at an exponential rate. What better way to learn about these new technologies - at a level to be able to make use of them, not just reading about them - than doing a Master’s degree? It wasn't easy switching back into an educational environment, especially with some of the maths needed, but after a couple of weeks the old brain kicked in and started absorbing knowledge from the lecturers. Interaction with lecturers, staff and fellow students was pleasant and rewarding. Being older and bolder allowed me to ask questions, to ensure complete understanding, when as an undergrad, I might have been inclined to hold back for fear of appearing stupid. It is a most satisfying experience, one I'd recommend to anyone wanting to expand their knowledge and give their brain a good work-out. [-]

MSc, PDip Information Security and Biometrics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This programme offers an advanced level of learning by providing you with a thorough understanding of the theories, concepts and techniques for the design, development and effective use of secure information systems. [+]

Secure information systems are critically important to modern day businesses and societies. Whether they be banking systems, medical systems, power infrastructures, or a simple home PC, ensuring their security is vitally important since they are usually all interconnected directly or indirectly via the Internet or telephony system. This programme offers an advanced level of learning by providing you with a thorough understanding of the theories, concepts and techniques for the design, development and effective use of secure information systems. Graduates of this programme are then capable of adapting to changes in the field and of leading it in innovation. [-]

MSc, PDip Wireless Communications and Signal Processing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This is one of our newest courses targeting the needs of researchers and industry in a fast-paced and technical communications sector, which has brought so many of the advances that have made, and are still making, ultra-fast wireless communications possible. [+]

This is one of our newest courses targeting the needs of researchers and industry in a fast-paced and technical communications sector, which has brought so many of the advances that have made, and are still making, ultra-fast wireless communications possible. The aims of the programme are to produce high-calibre engineers that are able to specialise in and understand the complex system designs used in the wireless communications field; it brings in modules from experts on embedded hardware design and signal processing, as well as covering the key communications modules on wireless communications and networking. We provide true research-led teaching, with access to superior expertise and facilities for projects. We will provide advice on project placements using our industry and research establishment contacts. [-]

MSc Digital Visual Effects

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

This programme develops at an advanced level the skills, knowledge and understanding within the field of high definition digital effects, equipping you to become a highly skilled technical director (TD) in the visual effects industry. [+]

This programme develops at an advanced level the skills, knowledge and understanding within the field of high definition digital effects, equipping you to become a highly skilled technical director (TD) in the visual effects industry. It covers 3D model building, texturing, lighting, rendering, procedural animation (cloth, hair, fur, dynamics), advanced compositing and high-definition digital effects. Each module is delivered by means of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. [-]

MSc Embedded Communications Engineering

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

This MSc-level conversion programme is for graduates with first degrees in numerate disciplines (e.g. Maths, Physics, others with some mathematics to pre-university level should enquire). [+]

The Embedded Communications Engineering programme aims to produce engineers with the knowledge and skills required for working in the communications industry on programmable hardware, in particular. There is a high demand for people to fill such roles in communications and test & measure equipment vendors, and in many smaller companies developing devices for the internet of things. The huge growth of interconnected devices expected in the Internet of Things and the goals of flexible, high-speed wireless connections for 5G mobile networks and beyond, require programmable, embedded electronics to play a vital role. From the development of small, intelligence sensors to the design of large-scale network hardware that can be functionally adaptive in software-defined networking, there is a huge demand for advanced embedded electronics knowledge and skills in the communications sector. [-]

MSc Integrated Circuit Design Engineering

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

An MSc-level conversion programme that produces engineers with the knowledge and skills required for designing the integrated circuits in the vast array of today's consumer electronics. [+]

The Integrated Circuit Design Engineering programme is for those with first degrees in numerate disciplines (e.g. Maths, Physics, others with some mathematics to pre-university level should enquire). The programme targets producing engineers with knowledge and skills required for designing the integrated circuits which lie at the core of the vast array of consumer electronics of today’s world. The demand for people to fill such roles is extremely high, in companies (small and large) covering the range of electronics and ICT products, and integrated circuit design companies that supply them. Integrated circuits have been powering the information revolution for over 50 years. Continuous innovation has resulted in greater processing power, memory and new devices. This, together with ever reducing manufacturing costs and reliability, has enabled the mass production of integrated circuits for consumer products that are more powerful han the supercomputers of the 1980s. While the fabrication technology advances, there is an increasing need for innovative design which can harness the power of these circuits, while taking into account constraints such as requirements for energy efficiency. [-]

MSc Mobile Application Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This advanced Masters programme prepares students to develop applications for these devices equipping them to become highly skilled professionals for the Mobile Industry with the latest skill set in this rapidly expanding and evolving field. [+]

This advanced Masters programme prepares students to develop applications for these devices equipping them to become highly skilled professionals for the Mobile Industry with the latest skill set in this rapidly expanding and evolving field. Our new programme combines technology, interface design and application development for mobile platforms. Student profiles Bassem Shaker Bassem ShakerI have recently finished the Masters in Mobile Application Design, run by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. The programme was a great way for me to learn about developing and designing mobile applications. The programme maintained a fine balance between the practical and the theoretical and it gave me hands on experience in making mobile apps. The course covered all areas of mobile development from human computer interaction, mobile development, web development and even finishing a project for a client as part of the curriculum. Mobile is currently at the center of innovation in computing as more people carry mobile devices from phones, tablets, and smart watches. More and more ubiquitous devices pop up every day around us and I think that having this Masters qualification has equipped me extremely well to participate in this wave of computing. Right now I'm working at a startup in London called Happiness Works, making web and mobile software with the aim of helping companies measure happiness in the work place. Having a Masters Degree under my belt has definitely helped with my prospects in getting the job. [-]

MSc PDip Engineering with Finance

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MSc in Engineering with Finance has been designed for engineering and science graduates who wish to pursue a career in finance. [+]

The MSc in Engineering with Finance has been designed for engineering and science graduates who wish to pursue a career in finance. While a significant proportion of graduates working in the financial sector have an engineering background, most of the relevant MSc programmes are offered by Mathematics departments or Business Schools. Some engineers may find these programmes either too theoretical or not quantitative enough. [-]

Videos

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts - Welcome week and ice breaker event, September 2014

Women in Research, Engineering and Design at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Postgraduate Opportunities Overview - University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts

School of Engineering & Digital Arts Final Year Engineering Project Poster Presentation May 2014

Digital Media Research, School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Contact

Jennison Bldg

Address CT2 7NT Canterbury, United Kingdom
Website https://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/
Phone +44 (0)1227 823246