Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design students
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design

Gain experience in the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements.

Gain experience in the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements

Get industry recognition with an accredited degree, awarded on behalf of the Engineering Council

Carry out an individual research project in an area of your interest

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • First class Honours (minimum of 75% overall) in electrical/electronic engineering or a related subject with a substantial electrical/electronic engineering component

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Course overview

Aimed at future integrated circuit (IC) designers, this course takes a balanced approach to both analogue and digital IC design.

Through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions, you'll develop your knowledge of analogue, mixed signal, and digital circuits.

You'll consider the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements, as well as examine low power circuits and embedded systems.

An individual research project forms the major component of this course, where you'll apply your skills to a practical problem in a research area of your interest.

This work gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to become an integrated circuit designer within a range of industries, or go onto further research.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of the following modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose four optional modules.

Optional modules

You'll also carry out an individual research project in an area of your interest.

The project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation.

You’ll have an academic mentor to support you throughout the project.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

It meets the full academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institution of Engineering and Technology is renewed every 5 years, and the current agreement runs between 2019 and 2023.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and lab work
  • Independent study
  • Research project

  • 20% Lectures and lab work
  • 36% Independent study
  • 44% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Seminars
  • Computer-based work
  • Guided readings
  • In-class quiz
  • Code on a computer screen
    Software development exercises
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Practical

  • 50% Coursework
  • 40% Examinations
  • 10% Practical

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Checklist for a practical examination
  • Individual research project

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Integrated circuit

Develop the essential core knowledge and skills for an integrated circuit designer career.

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Gain an in depth knowledge of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits.

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Build a variety of practical and transferable skills for future career advancement, including communication, IT, and management expertise.


Electrical and electronic engineering graduates at Imperial are highly sought after in a wide range of sectors.

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These include sustainable energy, research and development, oil and gas, water, and technology.

Terms and conditions

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You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications