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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design and engineer the next generation of connected devices and systems on this Internet of Things master’s course. You’ll learn about key hardware and software components, and the tools and methods to protect and optimise them. The course combines elements of computer science and electronics, and is ideal if you’ve graduated from either discipline.

On this Internet of Things MSc you’ll gain knowledge and practical skills in:

  • the main elements of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and how to design and build them
  • embedded programming and IoT hardware components such as microprocessors, microsensors and energy harvesters
  • how data moves between devices, apps and the cloud
  • IoT system vulnerabilities and how to secure IoT devices and their networks against malicious attack

You’ll also have the flexibility to explore specialist IoT topics through your choice of optional modules. Typical subjects include:

  • managing and analysing the data produced by IoT systems
  • the architecture of embedded processors, and how to design and build them
  • the design and optimisation of wireless communications systems using machine learning techniques
  • the applications of modern cryptography
  • signal processing and computer vision

You'll learn from researchers who are advancing IoT technologies for applications as varied as smart homes and cities, environmental monitoring, healthcare and disaster relief.

Our Electronics and Computer Science department is also home to the Centre for Internet of Things and Pervasive Systems research group. Much of the course content is informed by their work, so you’ll benefit from the latest knowledge in this field.


The knowledge and skills you’ll learn on this course are in increasing demand in almost every sector of business, industry and research.

Our graduates are employed by leading technology companies all over the world.

ECS runs a dedicated careers hub with links to more than 100 companies including:

  • IBM
  • Arm
  • Microsoft Research
  • Imagination Technologies
  • Nvidia
  • Samsung
  • Google

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 26,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

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    7th out of 84 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    179 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    93 93%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 200
    155 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94 94%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%



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