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 programme reflects the latest developments in electronic system design and illustrates the use of electronic systems technologies in instrumentation, measurement and control. You develop the skills to design and build complex electronic systems, in a wide range of applications, using appropriate technologies and techniques.
We have developed the programme with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students will be in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline.
Teaching and Assessment
The project module is examined by a presentation and dissertation. The Research Methods and Project Design module is examined by several components of continuous assessment. The other modules are assessed by examinations and smaller components of continuous assessment. Students must gain credits from all the modules (180 credits in total).
This programme aims to:
- educate graduate engineers and equip them with advanced knowledge of electronic systems for careers in research and development in industry or academia.
- produce high-calibre engineers with experience in specialist and complex problem-solving skills and the techniques needed for electronics systems engineering in a number of application areas, including (but not exclusive to) instrumentation, imaging, control and communication systems.
- provide you with proper academic guidance and welfare support.
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer you an environment where you can develop your potential.
- to strengthen and expand opportunities for industrial collaboration with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- advanced electronic systems engineering concepts in a range of fields, and an awareness of developing technologies in these fields.
- mathematical and computer models for the analysis of electronic systems (particularly control, instrumentation, image processing and communication networking systems).
- design processes relevant to a range of electronic systems (particularly of control, instrumentation, image processing and communication networking systems).
- the characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products, such as digital communication networks processes, image processing architectures and devices, instrumentation sensors, practical feedback controllers.
- a thorough appreciation of methodologies of research which are essential to engineers involved in research and development projects.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the ability to use fundamental knowledge to explore new and emerging technologies.
- the ability to understand the limitations of mathematical and computer-based problem-solving and assess the impact in particular cases.
- the ability to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and apply it to the solution.
- the ability to analyse a problem and to independently develop a system-level specification of a solution, based on a sound conceptual understanding of the component parts of the system and how they may best be implemented.
- the ability to apply engineering techniques, taking account of commercial and industrial constraints.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- the ability to apply knowledge of design processes in unfamiliar situations and to generate innovative designs to fulfil new needs, particularly in the fields of wireless communications, networks and embedded systems.
- the ability to design, debug and test hardware/software systems through experiment and simulation and to critically evaluate the results.
- the ability to use a range of CAD tools to analyse problems and develop original/innovative solutions.
- the ability to search and obtain technical information, critically evaluate it and apply it to a design.
- the ability to act independently in the planning, resource allocation and execution of a project.
- the ability to prepare and present technical and non-technical reports and presentations.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data.
- use of information and communications technology, project management and presentation tools.
- personal and interpersonal skills, the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility as an individual and as a member of a team.
- an ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, using a range of digital media techniques and to present complex data clearly using good written English.
- the ability to make decisions in complex situations using critical thinking, reasoning and reflection.
- the ability to manage time and resources within an individual and group project.
- the ability to learn independently for the purpose of continuing professional development.
Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2015 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
We have developed our programmes with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students are in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline. You develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for, including problem-solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.
Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.
A 2.2 or higher honours degree in Electronics, Computer Engineering (not Computer Science) or a related electronics discipline, Physics or Mathematics (especially Applied).
Computer Science degrees with sufficient mathematical content may be considered on an individual basis (pre-sessional Maths may be required).
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.
English language entry requirements
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.
About the School
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent reputation for both its teaching and research.