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MSc in Computer Science (Embedded Systems)

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About the course

*Please note, this course is not recruiting for 2017/18*

Embedded systems offer constraints and limitations that demand a great level of ingenuity and creativity. As such, developing software for these embedded systems presents a variety of new challenges and requires a more specialised set of skills than developing general computer applications. This MSc course will provide you with such skills.

It focuses on low-level software development across a range of different hardware platforms, including autonomous devices such as robots, parallel processing units, and distributed computing environments. You will have the opportunity to work with the latest technology in the field, including 3D printers, flying drones, and our own fleet of robots. The course also benefits from our world-class research in this field, including areas of image recognition, robot navigation, and distributed processing.

The course is suitable for graduates of computer systems, computer science, electronics, or telecommunications (with software development experience). The standard course lasts twelve months and consists of two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester – immediately before the dissertation – gaining industrial experience through a module based in SEED, our software development unit working with commercial clients and software. This is unique to Hull.

Studying Computer Science at Hull, you'll benefit from an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Key Facts

Tuition Fees

UK/EU: £7,000 full-time

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £15,300 full-time


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

Minimum

2.2 Honours degree in computer science/computing with suitable programming content (especially in OOP – object-oriented programming), or demonstrable equivalent experience.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

The MSc programme is designed to support students with varying levels of computing and programming practice experience. However, it is particularly suited to those with significant experience of writing code.

There is a focus on the transition to postgraduate study, with suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.

In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Core modules

  • Programming and Design
  • Real Time Graphics
  • Embedded Systems Development (if you haven’t taken this at undergraduate level)
  • Simulation and concurrency
  • Robotic Systems and Artificial Intelligence
  • Development Project

Optional modules

  • Network Security
  • Computer Science Software Development Practice – pass/fail module
  • Dissertation (There is the option of taking this module either in trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module.)
  • The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience

Dissertation

  • Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this in either trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Assessment

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

The MSc Computer Science (Embedded Systems) is designed to open up pathways to postgraduate research, as well as careers in a wide range of areas within your discipline. The industrial placement option will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science in situ, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.

We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our graduates typically gain roles including: applications developer; business systems analyst; computer analyst; computer programmer; computer operations manager; data management analyst; database assistant; developer support engineer; games programmer; games programmer (engine design); information manager; IT design; IT systems manager; IT technician; IT user support, mobile developer; operations director; software designer; software developer; software engineer; solutions developer; systems engineer; technical sales; technical specialist; and web developer.