Reconfigurable System on Chip (822H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module introduces reconfigurable electronics, such as FPGAs, and their use to realise 'Systems on Chip'. These are digital circuits that comprise a multitude of functions such as processors, memories, digital logic and peripheral interfaces, all realised on a single silicon chip.

The module will show for what types of applications a System on Chip approach is beneficial.

You will learn the methodoloy used to design a system in, for example, VHDL or Verilog (industry standard hardware description languages) and translate it to a functional circuit on an FPGA, including testing using state-of-the-art industrial electronic design automation (EDA) tools.

This module require prior knowledge of digital electronics.


100%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.