M.Sc. On Campus

Sensor and Imaging Systems

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
23950 GBP/year
10950 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This industry-focused Sensor and Imaging Systems programme - run jointly by The University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow - focuses on the principles, methods, techniques and technologies that underpin a vast range of needs in applications spanning from research to industry to medicine.


The Sensor and Imaging Systems programme at The University of Edinburgh is designed for students looking to develop the skills and knowledge that will open up opportunities in the many companies developing sensor and image based solutions.

Sensing and sensor systems are essential for advances in research across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and can be enhanced when multiple sensing functions are combined into arrays to enable imaging.

Industrial applications of sensor systems are ubiquitous: from mass-produced sensors found in modern smartphones and cars to the state-of-the-art, specialist high-value sensors routinely used in oil and gas recovery, scientific equipment, machine tools, medical equipment and environmental monitoring.

Career opportunities: 

Sensor and imaging systems (SIS) underpin a vast range of societal, research and industrial needs. Sensing is essential for advances in capability across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and is enhanced when individual sensing units are configured in arrays to enable imaging and when multiple sensing functions are integrated into a single smart system.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Circuits and Systems
  • Fundamentals of Sensing and Measurement
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Lasers and Electro-Optic Systems 
  • Microelectronics in Consumer Products 
  • Nanofabrication
  • Waves and Diffraction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant physical science. Entry is competitive, so we would prefer a UK first class honours degree, or a UK 2:1 honours degree supported by an MSc degree, or their international equivalents.
  • We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience, or a background in another field; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23950 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    10950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10950 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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