MSc Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This course offers future integrated circuit designers in-depth knowledge of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits.
About the course
This degree provides future integrated circuit (IC) designers with in-depth knowledge of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits. You will gain experience in both the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements.
A key feature is the balanced approach to both analogue and digital IC design, and the in-depth treatment of low power circuits and embedded systems.
We cover issues that are related to digital system design using modern programming languages, to embedded systems and their OS, to the design of high performance systems based on GPUs and FPGAs, to the design of low power and high performance analogue circuits, as well as issues related to communication of systems (optical and RF) and to MEMS and nanotechnology.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
You take four compulsory core modules and either four or five optional modules. You study for these modules in the Autumn (October–December) and Spring (January–April) terms. Modules are taught through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. You will take written exams on the studied modules in May–June.
You will also carry out an individual research project: three months part-time (January–March) and four months full-time (June–September). The project gives you the opportunity to carry out research that deepens your knowledge of an area in which you have a special interest. It also develops your report writing, presentation and time management skills. An academic supervisor will mentor you, and the project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation in September.
- Analogue Integrated Circuits and Systems
- Analogue Signal Processing
- Full-Custom Integrated Circuit Design
- VHDL and Logic Synthesis
- Advanced Electronic Devices
- Digital Signal Processing and Filters
- Embedded Systems
- High Performance Analogue Electronics
- High Performance Computing for Engineers
- MEMS and Nanotechnology
We regularly review our modules in an effort to continuously improve and update them.
Minimum academic requirement
A high first class (1st) Honours degree (75%+) in electrical engineering or a related subject.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English Language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
Fees and funding
Home and EU students
Islands and overseas students
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Funding from Imperial
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.