MSc Sensor and Imaging Systems

Joint degree from top-ranking Scottish universities

Sensor and imaging systems is a key enabling technology to achieve quality, efficiency and performance across all key markets. Sensor systems are spearheading the next wave of connectivity and intelligence for internet connected devices, underpinning all of the new ‘smart markets’, e.g., grid, cities, transport and mobility, digital health and care and big data.

The MSc in Sensor and Imaging Systems (MSc SIS), developed with the support of CENSIS, the degree is delivered by two top-ranking Russell Group universities, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow. The degree is designed to appeal to graduates seeking to develop SIS skills that can be used in a range of end applications.

Funded places – payment of tuition fees and CENSIS bursaries – are available for this course (for Scottish and EU students only). The bursary award is £2400 in total, paid in 12 equal monthly instalments throughout the academic year. There is no separate application process for the bursary; it is awarded automatically on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants in receipt of an SFC-funded place. A maximum of 20 bursaries are available in a single year. 

MSc Project: Opportunities for Industry

The MSc Project is a vital component of MSc SIS, running from June-August. CENSIS seeks to source a number of projects from industry to work in partnership with academic supervisors at both universities to support MSc students in the completion of their projects.

A Scottish market worth £2.6Bn and growing

The Scottish sensor systems market is worth £2.6Bn pa. There are over 170 sensor systems companies based in Scotland employing 16,000 people in high-value jobs including product R&D, design, engineering, manufacturing and field services.

Domain-appropriate skills relevant to a range of markets

Opportunities are extensive and graduates will gain an understanding of sensor-based systems applicable to a range of markets supported by CENSIS. Students pend time at both universities.

  • Semester 1: University of Glasgow
  • Semester 2: University of Edinburgh
  • Semester 3: MSc project, with the possibility of industry placement

Core courses

  • Fundamentals of sensing and imaging
  • Circuits and systems
  • Imaging and detectors
  • Detection and analysis of ionising radiation
  • Technology and innovation management
  • Research project preparation

Optional courses are varied and include:

  • Digital signal processing
  • Electronic system design
  • Microelectronics in consumer products
  • Biosensors and instrumentation/Biomedical imaging techniques
  • Lab-on-chip technologies
  • Microfabrication techniques
  • Electronic product design and manufacture
  • Biophysical chemistry

Who Can Apply?

Applications are welcome from graduates in physics, electronic/electrical engineering or chemistry. Additionally, if you have a background in computer, chemical, biological or medical sciences, or maths, you may still be apply provided you can show enthusiasm and aptitude for science and technology pertinent to sensing and imaging.

Further Information

For an informal discussion about any aspect of the MSc programme, please contact us.

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