M.Sc. On Campus

Microelectronics Systems Design

University of Southampton

12 months
28000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Microelectronics Systems Design MSc course offered by the University of Southampton is a cutting-edge course, allowing you to choose from a wide range of modules based on digital integrated circuit design and analogue integrated circuit design.


Course Details

The Microelectronics System Design MSc course offered by the University of Southampton examines aspects of system integration and discrete device properties. It is also an excellent platform for further research in the Nano or Electronic and Software Systems groups.

We’ve led many of the most important advances in electronics and microelectronics over the past 30 years. This course will give you the highly sought-after skills for research or work in the industry.

You’ll gain key skills relating to digital and analogue integrated circuit design and electronic systems engineering. There will also be opportunities to engage in specialised activities around the production of system on chip design on both integrated circuit and advanced FPGA (field-programmable gate array) platforms.

Through this course you’ll learn how to: 

  • specify and design complex and highly integrated microelectronic systems 
  • model and simulate the behaviour of parts of microelectronics systems elements and complete circuits  
  • evaluate a device design using advanced simulation and modelling tools 
  • find, understand and explain literature related to specialised areas of microelectronics systems 
  • formulate a research project involving an advanced microelectronics system using appropriate the latest techniques, technologies and tools

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our microelectronics master’s are sought after by commercial enterprises and universities worldwide.

We have close links with all the major UK Design companies who recruit many of our graduates. This degree also has a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies such as:

  • IBM 
  • Arm 
  • Microsoft Research 
  • Imagination Technologies 
  • Nvidia 
  • Samsung 
  • Google 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • TT Technical Methods and Writing 
  • Nanoelectronic Devices
  • Digital IC and Systems Design
  • Project Preparation
  • VLSI Systems Design
  • VLSI Design Project
  • Digital System Design
  • Advanced Wireless Communications Networks and Systems
  • Medical Electrical and Electronic Technologies
  • Analogue and Mixed Signal CMOS Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in electrical engineering or electronic engineering.

You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following:

  • 1 maths module
  • 1 physics module
  • 1 circuit module (e.g. circuit design or circuit analysis)
  • 2 relevant electronics modules (e.g. electronics design, embedded system design, digital electronics, semiconductor devices)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £28,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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