MSc Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design
Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21
This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.
Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.
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Start date: October 2020
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Applications are now closed
Our MSc in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit is aimed at future integrated circuit (IC) designers with in-depth knowledge of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits.
You will gain experience in both the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements.
A key feature is a balanced approach to both analogue and digital IC design, and the in-depth treatment of low power circuits and embedded systems.
We cover issues that are related to digital system design using modern programming languages, to embedded systems and their OS, to the design of high performance systems based on GPUs and FPGAs, to the design of low power and high performance analogue circuits, as well as issues related to communication of systems (optical and RF) and to MEMS and nanotechnology.
You study taught modules, both core and optional, in the Autumn term (October–December). Modules are taught through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. You will then take written exams on the studied modules between May and June.
You also complete a substantial individual research project, which will be carried out in an area of special interest.
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.
Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.
Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.
You take all of the core modules below.
A1 LAB (Spring)
This lab aims to develop advanced skills in utilising industry-strength Electronic Design Automation tools for microelectronic design. Tools and design flows include the Cadence Design Systems for full-custom analogue/mixed signal, and standard-cell digital. Lecturer: Dr Christos Bouganis.
Advanced Digital System Design (Spring)
The module aims to teach how to design, implement, analyse and optimise advanced digital systems. Lecturer: Dr Christos Bouganis.
Analogue Integrated Circuits and Systems (Autumn)
The aim of this module is to provide a general overview of analogue integrated circuits and systems in CMOS and Bipolar technologies with particular emphasis on high frequency circuit design for wireless products. Lecturers: Prof Chris Toumazou and Dr Pantelis Georgiou.
Analogue Signal Processing (Spring)
This module aims to introduce analogue signal processing techniques that can be used to perform computation in the analogue front end prior to back end processing and/or communication, with the aim to increase signal integrity as well as reduce the power consumption of the system as whole. Lecturer: Dr Pantelis Georgiou.
Full-Custom Integrated Circuit Design (Autumn)
CMOS Technology is currently the industry mainstream for the vast majority of all analogue, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits. Most modern day consumer electronics including microprocessors, mobile phones, digital cameras are all implemented using CMOS technology. Lecturer: Dr Timothy Constandinou.
You choose either four or five* modules from below.
Advanced Computer Architecture (Spring)
Module run by the Department of Computing. Lecturer: Dr Paul Kelly.
Advanced Electronic Devices (Spring)
The purpose of the module is to study the influence of very short channel lengths on the performance of MOSFETs. Lecturer: Dr Kristel Fobelets.
Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filters (Autumn)
This module aims to give a thorough grounding in the design of digital filters and in multirate signal processing techniques. Lecturer: Mr Mike Brookes.
High Performance Analogue Electronics (Spring)
This module is concerned with the design and implementation of high performance analogue integrated circuits and systems, with emphasis on the design of high-frequency circuits for wireless receivers. Lecturer: Prof Esther Rodriguez-Villegas.
High Performance Computing for Engineers (Autumn)
Electrical engineers are often required to create computational solutions to practical engineering problems, particularly in an academic or industrial research context. These problems are often very domain specific, such as simulations of obscure real-world properties (e.g. meta-materials), or implementations of new optimisation algorithms (e.g. control and power), so new solutions must be developed from scratch. Lecturer: Dr David Thomas.
This module aims to give an overview of electrical measurement theory and practice, especially at GHz frequencies. A main objective is to provide an understanding of measurement capabilities and limitations. Lecturer: Dr Christos Papavassiliou.
MEMS and Nanotechnology (Spring)
This module studies the underlying physical principles, methods of fabrication and applications of a broad range of micro- and nano-scale devices and systems. Lecturers: Dr Zahid Durrani and Prof Andrew Holmes.
Microwave Technology (Autumn)
This module presents the fundamental principles and applications of Microwave Technology Lecturer: Prof Stepan Lucyszyn.
Optical Communication (Autumn)
This module aims to provide an understanding of the structure, operating principles and underlying physical concepts of optical communication systems (particularly fibre links), and thus to show what the capabilities and restrictions of such systems are, in both a current technological sense and in terms of fundamental principles. Lecturer: Prof Eric Yeatman.
Radio Frequency Electronics (Spring)
Teaches the terminology, concepts and basic methods of radio frequency design. Generalise system and circuit design techniques used at RF and microwave frequencies, for both hybrid and monolithic implementations. Lecturer: Prof Stepan Lucyszyn.
* If you choose five optional modules, the four modules in which you achieve the highest mark will be counted toward your final degree grade.
You will also carry out an individual research project: three months part-time (January–March) and four months full-time (June–September).
The project gives you the opportunity to carry out research that deepens your knowledge of an area in which you have a special interest.
It also develops your report writing, presentation and time management skills.
An academic supervisor will mentor you, and the project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation in September.
Teaching and assessment
- Group projects
- Research project
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Minimum academic requirement
Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in electrical/electronic engineering, or a related subject with a substantial electrical/electronic engineering component.
The overall degree grade must be at least 75% overall.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
How to apply
Making an application
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
£14,000 per year
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.
Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)
£32,500 per year
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government.
For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
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