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There has long been a demand in industry for the computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. As technology moves forwards, embedded electronic systems feature heavily in areas including — but not limited to — electric vehicles, manufacturing, power generation, transmission and distribution networks, smart devices, communication and information systems.

Graduates from this programme will be equipped with the skills and knowledge at the forefront of their discipline to meet the specialised demands of industry, thus enhancing graduate employability. The sustainability of modern life is dependent upon the reduction of carbon emissions through increased energy efficiency of electrical devices and the use of electric vehicles. 

To support these societal needs, the new generation of engineers must be able to understand new and emerging technologies. This programme is designed to enhance industrial relevance by focusing on the practical application of theory whilst maintaining academic rigour. 

This Embedded Electronic Systems course will develop knowledge of both the hardware and software systems needed for modern computers. It also concentrates on analogue electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors and digital signal processing and communications. 

Emphasis is put on hands-on exercises to reinforce the theoretical concepts covered in the lectures. Heavy use is put on industrial standard software packages such as Matlab, Xilinx, Mentor Graphics and Microsoft’s Visual Development Studio. 

The School is equipped with state of the art digital signal processing and digital synthesis development systems made possible by equipment donations from Xilinx and Texas Instruments, this gives students the chance to gain first-hand experience on the best technology currently in use in industry. 

The overall aim of this programme is to develop students with the skills to work in the computer systems and electronics industries. Through a number of industrial links, the school has established a strong industrial demand for this programme. 

The expertise and skills you develop from creating and managing software and hardware solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Module Topics 


  • Learning In The Digital Era | 20 credits 
  • Mathematics | 20 credits
  • Computer System Fundamentals| 10 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles | 20 credits
  • Micros, Peripherals and Interfacing | 20 credits
  • Embedded C | 20 credits
  • Signals and systems | 10 credits


  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation | 20 credits
  • Electronics 1| 20 credits
  • Radio Frequency Systems | 10 credits
  • Electromagnetic Radiation | 20 credits
  • Distributed Intelligence Systems | 20 credits
  • Digital Signal Processing & Communications | 10 credits
  • Group Project | 20 credits


  • Advanced Radio Frequency Systems | 20 credits
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing & Communications | 20 credits
  • Electronic Systems Design | 20 credits
  • Electronics 2 | 20 credits
  • Independent Project | 40 credits


Students are taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions. Assessment of progress is made through a combination of laboratory-based practical's, assignments, presentations, exams and individual projects. 

Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and presentation. 

One of the main parts of the final year will be the final year project. This is a work-based project that will allow students to use the knowledge built up through the course to solve a genuine workplace-engineering problem. 

If this is the course for you or if you require further information regarding the course, go to register your interest and a member of the apprenticeship unit will be in touch.