MSc Electronic Systems Design (with placement)


Programme Description

Study a master’s that focuses on your employability by giving you the practical design skills to take a lead role in the electronics industry.

If you want a career working with electronic devices and systems, our master’s will develop your expertise to prepare you for the industry. We’ll give you the training to help you become a talented engineer who can adapt and innovate in a swiftly-changing sector.

Our course covers a range of electronics technology including integrated circuits and printed circuit boards. You'll develop an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of embedded hardware and software structures. Using modern control, design automation, digital and mixed-signal design and computer engineering techniques, you'll explore how to improve the performance of electronic equipment and devices. This gives you a starting point from which to research and develop your own electronic systems, sub-systems, technologies, processes, and products.

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in electronic and electrical engineering. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into your teaching and learning experience.

Group and individual projects challenge you to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical design work. They also give you the chance to develop skills in planning, teamwork, leadership, and communication. Your individual project could be closely aligned with one of our research groups. You could focus on a variety of electronics applications such as sensors, robotics, electric vehicles or autonomous systems.

You’ll get hands-on lab experience with the latest electronics hardware, tools, and systems. Our facilities include:

  • electronic systems laboratory
  • printed circuit fabrication and assembly laboratories
  • real-time digital simulation facility
  • microgrid laboratory
  • autonomous systems and robotics laboratory
  • electric vehicles laboratory
  • power electronics and drives laboratory

Your technical design skills and expertise in managing electronics design processes will equip you for the industry. You will graduate with the competency in electronic systems design to pursue a career in electronic companies worldwide. Our top performing MSc students may also choose to further their studies with us through our Ph.D. programme.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 semesters. It starts in October 2018 and ends in 2020. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Embedded systems design
  • Electronic systems design and manufacture
  • Advanced digital systems design
  • Electronic systems design automation
  • Analogue and mixed signal electronics

Semester 2

  • Project unit 1
  • Electronic control systems design
  • Electronic systems design project
  • Sensors and instrumentation
  • Electronic communication systems


  • Professional practice placement

Semester 4

  • Individual project


As part of our course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a three-month industrial placement after semester 2. This gives you the chance to apply your knowledge in the industry. You could go on placement with one of our partner companies or businesses such as Intel. Your individual project will follow on and could be carried out by the same industry partner.

We will do our best to help you find a placement and support and guide you through the process. Our placements team runs workshops in CV writing and interview techniques to prepare you for applying. However, we cannot guarantee you a position. If you are unable to secure a placement, you will transfer onto our 12-month alternative MSc course and carry out your individual project during the summer period instead.

Learning and assessment


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials


  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Case study

An introduction to our MSc in Electronic Systems Design from the University of Bath on Vimeo.

Entry requirements

British Qualifications

  • You should have a bachelor’s honors degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.
  • To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in electronic engineering, electrical engineering or electronic systems. We will also consider other engineering undergraduate degrees.
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
  • If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components
  • If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

For international students, please contact the school for more information.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing, and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation, and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Last updated June 2018

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