Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

European Masters in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS)

Develop a thorough understanding of some of the most important technologies that are transforming our communications systems.


The European Masters in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS) is a two-year programme run in conjunction with Kaiserslautern University and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim.

You will benefit from Southampton’s expertise in system on chip and electronics, Trondheim’s knowledge of electronics and communications and Kaiserslautern’s strong track record in embedded systems.

The curriculum consists of a core programme, an elective programme and a Masters thesis.

  • The core programme covers the fundamentals of embedded computing systems and offers an equivalent education in all three institutions.
  • The elective programme reflects the specific profiles of the participating partner universities and their associated research institutes.

To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the EMECS website

If you have any queries on how to apply, click here

For information on fees, click here

Programme Structure

The two-year programme is undertaken at two of the three participating institutions. You will spend one year at each of your selected universities and receive a joint degree from the respective institutions. The programme is taught in English.

Key Facts

  • We lead the UK for the volume and quality of our research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and 100% of our Computer Science research impact is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
  • The Guardian University Guide 2016 league tables show the University of Southampton first in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering and seventh in the UK for Computer Science and IT
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 shows our Electrical and Electronic Engineering ranked third in the UK, and Computer Science is also in the top 10
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science and for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2015 QS World Rankings

Entry requirements

Honours Degree:

Our normal entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in a related discipline such as electrical and computer engineering or computer science.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Selection Process:

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (eg hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.


Year 2

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules


To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the EMECS website

If you have any queries on how to apply, click here

For information on fees, click here

Related programmes

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to work as architects of hardware and/or software systems, or as specialists in design methodology or gain employment in companies involved in system-on-chip design, telecommunications, automotive systems and manufacturing.

Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology.  ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies like IBM, ARM, Microsoft Research, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia, Samsung and Google to name a few.  Visit our careers hub for more information.

Pre-course reading lists