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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
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International course fees
This Erasmus-Mundus-funded, two-year Masters programme is co-ordinated by Heriot-Watt University and involves two other partner universities: HSN University College of Southeast Norway and Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary (BME). Students spend one semester at each institution: semester one at Heriot- Watt, semester two at HSN Norway, and semester three at BME, Hungary. In the final semester of year two a project is undertaken at one of the three partner institutions. The award to successful students is a joint degree bearing the seals of all three Universities.
Smart Systems are self-sufficient intelligent (sub)systems with advanced functionality, enabled by underlying micro-, nano-, and bio-systems and components. They enable and enhance products and services in every walk of life and are of strategic importance for the competitiveness of entire sectors and economies in Europe.
The programme aims to develop talented engineers with in-depth knowledge of Smart Systems, such as airbag crash sensors, miniaturised spectrometers, inkjet printer heads and smartphones, which operate through the integration of electronic processing with biological, mechanical or optical functions.
It is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, requiring excellence in many traditional fields of engineering and science. It will be applicable to many industrial sectors, including the automotive, semiconductor, medical and biomedical industries, environmental monitoring, aerospace, consumer goods and telecommunications.
Through the programme students will have access to the research infrastructures in each of the three European countries and will benefit from learning in different settings. They will also experience three different regions of Europe, helping to prepare them for a multi-cultural career.
The SSI project is endorsed by the European Technology Platform EPoSS (European Platform on Smart Systems) whose membership includes major multinational European companies (Bosch, ST Microelectronics, Infineon, EADS) that manufacture or use integrated microsystems.
Erasmus Mundus programme
International non-EU and EU students will be eligible for funding through the Erasmus Mundus programme. Applications will be evaluated by the European Commission. Further details and application procedures and deadlines for 2017 intake can be found on the Smart Systems Integration microsite.
Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of Higher education institutions in Third Countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.
Two years (full time MSc)
Notes about fees for this course
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£5,360|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£5,360|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
Additional fees information
Erasmus Mundus funding
International non-EU and EU students will be eligible for funding through the Erasmus Mundus programme. Applications will be evaluated by the European Commission. Refer to the Smart Systems Integration microsite for more details.
This programme is also open to candidates who do not request financial support through Erasmus Mundus. Tuition fees for the full course are listed in the Tuition Fees table above.
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.
Outstanding achievement in the applicant's first degree which should be in either electrical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, physics, materials science, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or a closely related discipline. The candidate will have to justify an equivalent of B in the European standard (corresponding to a minimum of 2.1 honours in the United Kingdom).
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
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