Sensor and Imaging Systems MSc

Sensor and Imaging Systems [MSc]

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: funded places.

This Masters in Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS) focuses on the technologies and techniques that underpin a vast range of societal, research and industrial needs. It is delivered and awarded jointly by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Sensing and sensor systems are essential for advances in research across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and are 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 smart phones and every modern car 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. This is an industry-focused programme, designed for people looking to develop skills that will open up opportunities in a host of end applications.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • This is a jointly taught and awarded degree from the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, developed in with conjunction with CENSIS.
  • CENSIS is a centre of excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS) technologies, CENSIS enables industry innovators and university researchers to collaborate at the forefront of market-focused SIS innovation, developing products and services for global markets.
  • CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, is one of eight Innovation Centres that are transforming the way universities and business work together to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors, create jobs and grow the economy. CENSIS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (£10m) and supported by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government.
  • CENSIS has now launched its collaborative MSc in Sensor and Imaging Systems, designed to train the next generation of sensor system experts.
  • This programme will allow you to benefit from the commercial focus of CENSIS along with the combined resources and complementary expertise of staff from two top ranking Russell Group universities, working together to offer you a curriculum relevant to the needs of industry.
  • The Colleges of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh delivered power and impact in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework. Overall, 94% of Edinburgh’s and 90% of Glasgow’s research activity is world leading or internationally excellent, rising in Glasgow’s case to 95% for its impact.
  • Fully-funded places and bursaries are available to Scottish/EU candidates. Further information on funded places.

Programme structure

The programme comprises a mix of core and optional courses. The curriculum you undertake is flexible and tailored to your prior experience and expertise, your particular research interests, and the specific nature of the extended research project topic provisionally identified at the beginning of the MSc programme.

Graduates receive a joint degree from the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Programme timetable

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

Core courses

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

Optional courses

  • Biomedical imaging techniques
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Biosensors and instrumentation
  • Chemical biology
  • Digital signal processing
  • Electronic product design and manufacture
  • Electronic system design
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Lab-on-chip technologies
  • Lasers and electro-optic systems
  • Microelectronics in consumer products
  • Microfabrication techniques
  • Nanofabrication
  • Physical techniques in action
  • Waves and diffraction.

Projects

  • To complete the MSc degree you will undertake a multidisciplinary research project worth 60 credits.
  • The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your new skills and show future employers that you have been working on cutting edge subjects relevant to industry.
  • Projects will be supervised in approximately equal numbers between the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh.
  • Projects may involve an industrial placement, either with the engineering team in CENSIS offices in Glasgow or with companies associated with CENSIS. Alternatively, projects may be based at the universities of Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Industry links and employability

  • This is an industry-focused programme, developed in conjunction with CENSIS, an Innovation Centre established to maximise the growth potential of Scottish companies operating in the sensor systems market. It will appeal to graduates seeking to develop sensor and imaging systems (SIS) skills that can be used in a range of end markets and applications.
  • SIS is key enabling technology to achieve quality, efficiency and performance across all key markets – from transport, security and oil and gas, through to agriculture, the built environment and life sciences. The underlying requirement across of these sectors is the same: to sense, measure, process, communicate and visualise in a way that provides valuable and actionable information based on data.
  • Sensing is essential for advances in research across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry, and is enhanced when multiple sensing functions are combined into arrays to enable imaging. Industrial applications of SIS are ubiquitous: from mass-produced sensors found in smart phones 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.
  • Increasingly, sensor systems – along with their underpinning device, signal processing, networking, information dissemination and diagnostics technologies - are being tightly integrated within the products and services of a wide range of Scottish businesses. There are endless opportunities within this emerging global market (worth £500Bn) to develop fundamental changes to benefit society and commercialise sensor lead products over wide market areas.
  • Markets that need graduates with SIS skills include include defence and security, renewables, aerospace, subsea, intelligent transport, environmental science, built environment, energy and the smart grid, healthcare and drug discovery, medical diagnostics, and food and drink.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

Entry requirements for the MSc in Sensor and Imaging Systems are normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Physical Sciences, Electronic and Electrical Engineering or cognate subject. Applications are also welcome from candidates with (1) a 2:2 in these subject areas, (2) additional industrial experience or (3) a 2:1 or above in Computer, Chemical, Biological or Medical Sciences, or Mathematics, provided they are able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for science and technology pertinent to sensing and imaging.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£6950
International
Full time fee£18900

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MSc. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Deposits

The University requires a deposit of £1000 to be paid by International (beyond the EU) applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme.

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

You will gain an understanding of sensor-based systems applicable to a whole host of markets supported by CENSIS.

Career opportunities are extensive. 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 healthcare and big data.

You will graduate with domain-appropriate skills suitable for a range of careers in areas including renewable energy, subsea and marine technologies, defence, automotive engineering, intelligent transport, healthcare, aerospace, manufacturing and process control, consumer electronics, and environmental monitoring.

Globally, the market for sensor systems is valued at £500Bn with an annual growth rate of 10%. The Scottish sensor systems market is worth £2.6Bn pa. There are over 170 sensor systems companies based in Scotland (SMEs and large companies), employing 16,000 people in high-value jobs including product R&D, design, engineering, manufacturing and field services.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
  • A two-page personal statement highlighting:
    • How your academic career to-date makes this programme a suitable next step
    • Why you want to study this programme
    • How you think this programme will help you in your future career development

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 22 July 2016 
  • UK and EU applications: 26 August 2016

Classes start September 2016 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Please note: applications for SFC funded places are open for entry in September 2016.

The Online Application and Applicant Self-Service will be unavailable from 1800 (BST) on Friday, 24 June until 0800 (BST) on Monday, 27 June to allow for essential maintenance.