The MSc Advanced Microelectronics provides professional development in the implementation of integrated circuit design and development techniques relevant to industry. It covers the techniques, technologies and methodologies associated with the engineering of electronic systems on silicon. The complete range of available technologies is included, from programmable devices through to full custom, synthesised in digital, analogue and mixed signal design styles. Design techniques, flows and methodologies are demonstrated by extensive use of industry standard computer aided design software. Associated business issues are comprehensively covered and appropriate application areas are included for further specialist study.
The programme provides the opportunity for electronics design engineers and technologists to continue their professional development and gain a postgraduate qualification without interrupting their careers. Technical managers, commercial managers and board layout designers who want to broaden their knowledge will find the initial modules within the category "Custom IC Design" and those within "Technical Management" particularly relevant.
There are four strands to the programme:
Modules are studied over a period of 14 weeks and it is possible to start in February, June or October each year. To check when a module is next scheduled to run, please refer to the module availability chart. The syllabus of each module is to be found in the relevant module specification, linked from the right-hand column of the courses home page. Each credit is expected to involve 10 hours of study.
All the modules can be studied on their own for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) is made when 60 credits have been gained. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) follows at 120 credits. Finally the work of the Msc Project takes the total to 180 credits and the MSc is awarded.
|Custom IC Design|
|Microelectronic Design (AMI4202)||15||O||A||A|
|Microelectronic Technologies & Applications (AMI4233)||15||O||A||A|
|Advanced Electronic Design Automation (AMI4441)||20||O||E||E|
|Digital Integrated Circuit Design (AMI4407)||15||O||A||A|
|Systems Design using FPGAs (AMI4460)||20||O||A||A|
|Analogue and Mixed Signal IC Design (AMI4409)||15||O||A||A|
|Layout for Analogue and Mixed Signal Design (4420) Under Development||15||O||A||A|
|Project Management for Electronics (AMI4041)||20||O||E||E|
|Digital Signal Processing (AMI4622)||15||O||O||O|
|Signal Integrity and EMC|
|Signal Integrity and EMC (AMI4815)||20||O||O||O|
|Design for Signal Integrity (AMI4823)||20||O||O||O|
|Design for EMC and LVD (AMI4966)||20||O||O||O|
|Concepts of PCB Design (AMI4809)||15||O||O||O|
|PCB Design (AMI4931)||15||O||O||O|
|Design and Manufacture of Electronic Systems|
|Design for Product Build (AMI4945)||20||O||O||O|
|Engineering Design (AMI4900)||20||O||O||O|
|Design for Thermal Issues (AMI4917)||20||O||O||O|
|MSc Project (AMI5001)||60||-||-||E|
E = essential
A = select 3 or more
O = optional
There are no formal written examinations. Modules are assessed by written assignments, often incorporating practical elements involving CAD packages hosted at the university. Tutors provide feedback for assessed work. You can check your progress through self-assessment questions (SAQs) and practical problems for which worked solutions are available. You will be encouraged to discuss any difficulties with the module tutor.
There are no formal academic requirements for those involved in CPD but a level of prior knowledge and understanding equivalent to a first degree will be required. Registration for a postgraduate award can take experience into account as well as academic qualifications, as shown in the table below.
|Admission based on academic qualification only; no practical experience necessary||Admission based on experience* as well as academic qualification|
|BEng (Hons)||Grade 2.2 or above in electronics, physics or a related subject||Grade 3 in Electronics or equivalent, with experience* of working
in an electronics design environment for at least 12 months.
|BSc (Hons)||Grade 2.2 or above in electronics, physics or a related subject||Grade 3 in Electronics or equivalent and 12 months experience as above
Grade 2.2 or above in computer science or equivalent and 12 months experience as above.
|HND||Distinction grade in electronics, physics or a related subject||Pass grade or above in Electronics or equivalent, with experience* of working in an electronics design environment for at least two years.|
|* Some examples of roles that would be expected to carry suitable
- Electronic design engineer
- Electronic systems design engineer
- Electronic test engineer
- Technical manager (electronics)
Fees are invoiced at the beginning of each term and reflect the choice of module(s) being studied in that term. Please refer to the page on fees for the current rates.
Simply complete the online application form or the paper form included in the information pack. The same form applies for enrolling for CPD or for a postgraduate award.
For an informal discussion about how this programme can help to fulfil your career aspirations or address training needs in your company, please contact:
Postgraduate Programmes Office
School of Built Environment and Engineering
University of Bolton
Tel. +44 (0)1204 903020
Fax. +44 (0)1204 903088
Support from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the initial development of the electronics modules is acknowledged.
updated 12.1.2011 GE