MSc Smart Systems Integration (Erasmus Mundus)

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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 2019 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.

Programme duration

Two years (full time MSc)

September 2022 entry

The deadline for applications from Scottish and RUK students is 31 August 2022. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by the 8 August 2022.

Course content

Heriot-Watt University (First Semester)

  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Fundamentals of Smart Systems Integration
  • Advanced Packaging and Integration
  • Language and Culture

HSN University College (Second Semester)

  • Measurements and Characterisation
  • Manufacturing Processes for Smart Systems
  • Micro and Nano Biological Systems
  • Language and Culture

Budapest University (Third Semester)

  • System Level Design
  • Complex Design
  • IC ad MEMS Co-design and Design Laboratory
  • Language and Culture

Research and training (Fourth Semester)

Taken in industry or at any of the partner institutions.

  • MSc Project

Entry requirements

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).

Required documents:

  • Final award certificate from previous study (in English language)
  • Final Transcript from previous study (in English language)
  • Two Academic References
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (as outlined below)
  • CV
  • Photocopy of Passport/national ID

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:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)


Additional fees information

Contact the School enquiries number above for 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.

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 scholarships.