Sensor Systems & Applications (H8002)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Sensor technologies are evolving at a rapid pace and are core to the drive for increased energy efficiency.

You will gain a systems-level understanding of a range of technologies and the knowledge and skills required to specify and design sensor systems. You will discuss specific sensor technologies in the context of their application to a range of areas including healthcare, security, control, materials characterisation and HCI.

You will cover the following topics:

  • transducers and sensors
  • operating principles
  • low noise systems
  • signal processing, hardware & DSP
  • intelligent sensors
  • wireless sensors
  • specific sensor technologies
  • hall effect
  • magneto-resistance
  • piezoelectrics
  • electromagnetic
  • ultrasonic
  • microwave
  • solid state
  • MEMS
  • radiation sensors
  • gas, chemical and biological sensors.


100%: Lecture


20%: Coursework (Report)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: