Electronic Systems

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2019, September 2019 and January 2020
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years part-time

Develop your research skills in electronic systems, enriching your prior learning and giving you the tools to succeed in your chosen specialism.

This Electronic Systems Masters course gives you the opportunity to develop research skills in computing specialisms to meet your interests and career development needs. The structure of this course allows you to choose modules and combine material from any of our taught Computing and Technology Master's courses. You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas.

As a student at NTU you will benefit from the excellent facilities and equipment available. The School of Science and Technology has a dedicated research facility for specialist work in the area of imaging and display, housing a class 100 clean room, X-ray security and analysis system, and a suite of display characterisation rooms.

For full module descriptions, which include Digital Control, Software Engineering and Mobile Networks, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.

Combine modules from any of our taught Computing and Technology Masters' courses to tailor your learning to your interests

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What you'll study

You will undertake a Research Methods module at the beginning of this course, which is designed to develop knowledge, skills and experience that will provide you with a firm foundation for your main Research Project.

You then have the option to choose two further modules, subject to meeting pre-requisite requirements, in order to develop specific technical knowledge relating to your research project. These can be selected from the full range of modules delivered across our computing and technology taught master's courses.

  • Modules

    Core modules:

    • Research Methods (20 cp) - You will develop the skills of research and enquiry that will enhance your independent learning abilities and enable you to write effective project reports and technical papers.
    • Research Project (120 cp) - You will develop advanced skills in a relevant specialist topic area through the completion of a research project. The project integrates knowledge of the course and includes the design and / or development of an innovative solution to a complex and challenging technical problem presented as a dissertation or technical research paper.

    Optional modules:

    You will choose two modules which include the below options but could, with the agreement of your tutor, take any modules within our Computing and Technology suite.

    • Digital Control (20 cp) - By means of case studies, you'll develop your knowledge and understanding of object-oriented 4th-generation programming, as applied to digital control.
    • Robotics and Cybernetics (20 cp) - You'll develop knowledge of the relevant theories, advanced techniques and practices underpinning modern robotic and cybernetic systems - including robot design, construction and programming techniques.
    • Applied Artificial Intelligence (20 cp) - Learn about a variety of artificial intelligence methods - such as machine learning, and reasoning techniques - how they can be used to solve real-world problems.
    • Software Engineering 1 (20 cp) - This module will develop your programming skills using the C++ language, and enhance your understanding of software implementation principles.
    • Embedded Systems (20 cp) - This module introduces the theory and practice of embedded engineering including performance, limitations, and the benefits of micro-controllers and other embedded controller systems.
    • Group Design Project (20 cp) - During this module, you'll focus mainly on the technical aspects of developing a cross-disciplinary group design project.
    • Computer Security (20 cp) - Learn how to critically analyse security problems affecting computing systems at the operating system and application levels, and devise security solutions.
    • Wireless Communications (20 cp) - Develop knowledge and understanding of wireless communication technologies, practical constraints, and their applications to simulated or practical implementation scenarios.
    • Mobile Networks (20 cp) - You'll develop an awareness of the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile computing technologies and the networking facilities that can be built.
  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Expert research

    We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of systems through to hardware aspects such as networking for you to learn from.

    Benefit from our knowledge which has been built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014). Find out more.

    We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

    Other examples of our activity are:

    • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
    • involvement in the GameCity Festival
    • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
    • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
    • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

    For more information about courses, your Computing and Technology Admission's Tutor is Dr Eugene Lai.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The individual MRes programme plan for you will need to be approved by the MRes Programme Leader prior to starting, to ensure that the choice of taught modules is appropriate for the specialist area chosen for your research project, and is matched to your prior learning experience.

The various teaching methods are:

  • lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of these concepts
  • workshops and laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts
  • seminars to provide academic support
  • case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications

Careers and employability

Current demands are greater than ever for individuals to attain postgraduate levels of qualification in an increasingly competitive jobs market. As a result, the Electronic Systems postgraduate degree has been designed to meet the needs of students and employers, providing superior qualified graduates to national and international employers.

Alternatively, if you wish to continue your research as a career, this qualification is an ideal basis for further study leading to a PhD. If you continue your studies at Nottingham Trent University, work originally undertaken for an MRes may be put towards building a research portfolio leading to a PhD.

This course does not currently offer placements.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a related discipline such as electronics or physics
  • Applications are also invited from mature students with non-traditional qualifications
  • Students must produce a research proposal as part of their application

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree  (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a related discipline such as electronics or physics
  • Applications are also invited from mature students with non-traditional qualifications
  • Students must produce a research proposal as part of their application
  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

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Getting in touch

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019 and January 2020 entry are: TBC

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.


You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2019 and January 2020 entry are: TBC

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

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