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Newcastle University: Microelectronics: Systems and Devices

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Engineering
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Study type Taught


Our MSc in Microelectronics will develop your knowledge and understanding of fundamental and advanced topics in Microelectronics, such as Advanced Electronic Devices, VLSI Circuits and Systems Design.

Our innovative skills-based MSc has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the modern microelectronics industry, giving you an advanced education and enhancing your employability.

You will be taught by world-leading academics and researchers in Microsystems and Emerging Technologies and Materials. They are developing new designs, materials and processes for the next generation of electronic devices.

Our MSc is designed for graduates in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering

  • computer engineering

  • applied physics

  • related disciplines

You'll develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge. You will also benefit from our strong industrial links where our industrial experts will deliver complementary topics of industrial relevance.

As a graduate you will be equipped for a wide range of careers across this thriving sector as well as other engineering sectors.

You'll learn core skills in:

using hi-tech clean-room based fabrication and characterisation equipment new VLSI circuit and system designs engineering autonomous microelectronic systems and artificial intelligence problem solving, analysing results and assessing progress low-power design methods industrial technology and VLSI CAD tools independent learning and team work effective communication and presentation (group work/report writing/oral presentation) planning and organisation risk assessment and ethical awareness

Our modules have been designed alongside industry experts, meaning you'll gain the technical knowledge and skills needed for this dynamic industry. You will also gain an appreciation of emerging application-specific electronic applications, such as those in Biomedical and Artificial Intelligence.


We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and you will engage with students across key engineering disciplines as well as being taught by senior industry experts, from network operators to solution developers, and from infrastructure manufacturers to consultants. This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.

You will have the opportunity to carry out research and development projects in multi-million-pound state-of-the-art facilities, and work alongside active collaborations between the University and industry.

This course consists of compulsory modules and an individual project. Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, coursework, and a project and dissertation conducted in association with one of the School's research groups.

Our modules are taught by block delivery, allowing you to immerse yourself and understand the subject in more depth.


Our course is professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council. This ensures you receive a good foundation for professional registration.


You'll have access to a range of dedicated specialist facilities in the School of Engineering and across campus to support your studies and enhance your learning experience.

Teaching facilities include:

  • Computing Lab

  • Electrical Power Teaching Lab

  • Electronics Lab

Research facilities include:

  • CAD Lab

  • Clean- Room Microfabrication Lab

  • Cockle Park Farm

  • Embedded Systems Lab

  • Electrical Power Research Lab

  • Newcastle Helix

  • InTEGReL

  • Microelectronic Characterisation Lab

  • Modelling and Device Design

  • Neuro-Prosthesis Lab

  • Sensors, Electromagnetics and Acoustics (SEA) Lab

  • Smart Grid Lab and Energy Storage Test Bed

  • Urban Sciences Building Facilities

  • µSystems Lab

Our research group also has dedicated equipment and laboratories:

  • Intelligent Sensing and Communications

  • Emerging Technology and Materials (ETM)

  • µSystems

  • Electrical Power


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