12 months
23300 GBP/year
9730 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Digital Systems Engineering course from University of York will enable you to become an attractive candidate to a wide range of employers due to the vast application domains of digital systems such as autonomous vehicles, data centres, IP-core development, industrial automation, instrumentation, transportation, security, entertainment system, the internet of things and many more.

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Develop advanced knowledge and transferable skills in the design, modelling, implementation and evaluation of digital systems, enabling you to contribute effectively to the increasingly complex and rapidly evolving technologies that are prevalent in industry and research.

The advances of digital technology over the past 50 years have paved the way to highly-integrated complex digital systems in a wide range of industrial sectors from automotive to communications and consumer electronics to entertainment systems.

Careers and skills

This Digital Systems Engineering course from University of York will give you hands-on experience of the design and implementation of digital systems in a way which is applicable to many research or industrial settings. The group project which emphasises team working will enable you to become an attractive candidate for a future role.

Throughout your time here, you'll work with industry-standard tools to ensure you leave with experience relevant to real-world situations. You'll benefit from visits and talks from our industrial contacts and gain training in research methods as well as skills in personal effectiveness and project management. 

Career opportunities

Former students have gone onto work for companies in the UK and across the world such as:

  • ARM
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • CSR
  • Elekta
  • HP
  • Lenovo (China)
  • Mindeo
  • Qualcomm
  • Shanghai Electric Cable Research Institute
  • Snell and Xilinx
  • Broadcom


Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Integrated Circuit Design and Simulation 
  • Digital Design
  • C Programming for MSc 
  • Personal Effectiveness and Masterclasses 
  • Embedded Systems for FPGA
  • Systems Programming for Embedded Devices
  • Digital Engineering for MSc
  • Design Exercise
  • Research Methods Theory

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

  • 2:1 or equivalent in a subject with significant electronics and/or computing content. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules or appropriate industrial experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9730 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9730 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 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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