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The University of Edinburgh: Electronics

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


Electronics engineers design and develop the circuits and components which underpin the foundation of the world’s economies.

Our MSc programme in Electronics is tailored for the cutting-edge world of consumer electronics, chip-making industries, and the dynamic interface of digital and analogue domains. With a foundation in both digital and analogue electronics, as well as mixed-signal systems, the programme provides a comprehensive understanding of the design, development, and integration of systems optimised for smartphones, computers, and other advanced consumer devices.

Emphasising both theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice, you’ll be introduced to modern prototyping, advanced micro and nanofabrication techniques, and the electronic systems that form the backbone of today’s most innovative technology, from internet-of-things devices to biomedical instruments.

How will I learn? You will select between three distinct specialities (streams) in Electronics Engineering, which makes up the taught component of the programme over the first two semesters:

  • Analogue

  • Analogue and Digital

  • Bioelectronics

In the Analogue stream, you will focus on transistor-level integrated circuits and chip design, which includes traditional analogue circuits such as differential amplifiers and mixed-signal circuits such as analogue to digital converters. You will also learn the science behind nanotechnology and microfabrication techniques.

In the Analogue and Digital stream, you will focus on both transistor-level designs and digital systems, especially RTL and hardware programming, including microcontrollers and FPGAs. You will also enhance your skills in system-level development and programming.

In the Bioelectronic stream, you will focus on using chip-scale systems and advanced nanotechnology for bioelectronic and biomedical applications.

Following the first two taught semesters, you will then undertake an advanced research project to put into practice the knowledge and skills you have acquired.

Research project You will focus exclusively on a research project of your choice during Semester 3, under the joint supervision of an academic adviser.

You will integrate within the research group of your academic advisor, which may also include industrial collaborations with local and international companies. Your project will address a real-world problem regarding using Electronics in everyday life and global challenges.


Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 27th in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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