University of York: Digital Systems Engineering

InstitutionUniversity of York
Department Electronic Engineering
Telephone 01904 324485
Study type Taught


The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering is a one-year full-time taught course that makes extensive use of the knowledge and expertise from our well established Intelligent Systems and Nano-Science Research Group.

It is intended to provide students with a good theoretical background and solid hands-on experience of the techniques used in modern digital systems design. Using FPGAs as a hardware platform and VHDL as a design language, the programme provides students with:

a balanced picture of state-of-the-art digital systems design methods,
a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of digital devices, tools, data networks and operating systems,
the ability to learn new techniques to keep up-to-date with new developments in an industrial and/or research setting,
experience of the use of industry-standard tools to make them attractive candidates for prospective employers in the field,
experience of working within a group and of the important management skills required by industry,
hands-on experience of the different stages of the design of a modern digital system, which will culminate in the construction of a complex device (for example, an FPGA-based MP3 player).


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