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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2021
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MSc Internet of Things with Entrepreneurship

Entry Year:
Developed for engineering students and professionals, this practical, design-oriented MSc will prepare you for a successful career in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry or in your own IoT start-up.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


Full-time MSc: 12 months


Full-time: £9,440


Full-time: £19,380


Full-time: £19,380

Application period

From September 2020


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Who is it for?

Whether you are an engineering student or engineering professional, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue or enhance your career in the IoT industry. The course will also appeal to aspiring entrepreneurs that are keen on starting their own IoT ventures.

This MSc will help you explore a range of technical fields, such as computing, electronics, telecommunications, computer networks, informatics, data analytics, cyber security, and software engineering.

What are the billions of smart 'things' in the Internet of Things? Find out on this programme and learn how to help shape the emerging IoT industry by understanding how to address the engineering challenges and exploit the limitless opportunities.”

Professor Tom Chen, Programme Director.


The City, University of London Internet of Things with Entrepreneurship MSc will help you:

  • Cover the theory and practice that will be valuable for a career in the emergent IoT industry or starting your own IoT venture.
  • Develop the deep expertise in the underlying technologies of electronics, sensing and communications that will enable you to exploit the demand and opportunities for engineers with both technical skills and an awareness of the business implications of IoT.
  • Learn to apply your knowledge to create new inventions and ideas, and bring them to reality.
  • Develop an entrepreneurial perspective that is essential for designing innovative products with a module from the Sir John Cass Business School, renowned as one of the UK’s leading business schools.

The UK Government allocated £40 million in IoT research in the 2015 budget, calling it "the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances." (source)

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should hold the minimum of a second-class honours degree, or the equivalent in an engineering, scientific or mathematical discipline.

Suitable industrial experience will be considered, such as a few years in a related industry or start-up.

English requirements

If you are an applicant whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are required:

  • The English requirements for this course are IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four test components is preferable).
  • TOEFL 92 (minimum of 20 in Listening, Reading and Speaking, and 22 in Writing)

For information about the various English Language tests City accepts please see the English language requirements. Please note though that the scores listed there are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications are now open.

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

T: +44 (0)20 7040 0248

Delivered by the world-renowned Cass Business School.
Design projects
Guided by an informal industry advisory group of IoT companies, including LG Electronics, CGI and Tivital.
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

If a student leaves City after commencing but before completing their course, City reserves the right to charge the student the tuition/course fee for the full academic year (or full course for capacity limited post-graduate courses - up to a maximum of 2 years fees) in question. The student may be charged the full fee for that year or course as applicable unless the student is able to present justification that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for their withdrawal exist.

How to pay

City has introduced an instalment payment scheme which is available to certain categories of students, including taught postgraduate students. For students following the normal academic year, the annual fee may be paid in two equal instalments: the first on registering, the second on 31st January. If you wish to pay your fees by instalment you must pay the first instalment at or before registration, by cheque or credit/debit card. You must also supply your bank details or credit card details for payment of your second instalment which will be deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on 31st January.


You may apply for competitive three- to six-month placements offered by the informal industry advisory group, at the discretion of the companies involved. These currently include a wide range of IoT companies, including Device Authority and Intellicasa.

Academic facilities

The course makes use of extensive electronics laboratories maintained by the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering for teaching.


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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

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Teaching and learning

Academic staff from City’s Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering will deliver modules on this MSc. The Entrepreneurship module will be delivered by the Cass Business School.

The taught modules consist of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory coursework. Lectures will provide you with a solid theoretical understanding of relevant technical and business fields. Tutorials and labs give you opportunities for practical training and experience in each subject.

The programme focuses on a group and individual design project given by the informal industry advisory board or based on your own idea. A project fair at the beginning of the programme will disseminate project ideas and allow you to network with other students and industry advisors.

A Starter Weekend offered by Cass Business School will acquaint you with business plans and inspire new ventures. At the end of the programme, selected individual projects will compete as new ventures, which will be judged but not marked.

Various technical and business seminars will be held throughout the programme, approximately monthly. These seminars will be given mostly by industry professionals to reinforce knowledge in support of the group and individual design projects.

The design project/dissertation aims to provide you with the opportunity to deal with problems in areas where new subject knowledge is required. This involves literature search, assessment of the relevance of previous work, the development of the design task, self-directed research, and the presentation of results.


Assessment of the programme modules comprises written examinations and laboratory coursework. Each individual module coursework is combined with the written module examination to provide an overall module mark.

The Group Design Project will be assessed through an interim group report and a final group report, viva, and poster session.

The Individual Project is assessed primarily through a dissertation, but with contributions from an interim report, work carried out during the project period and oral examination.

Assessment criteria and grade-related criteria will be made available to you via programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.

In order to pass the course, you should complete successfully or be exempted from the relevant modules and assessments and acquire the required number of credits. You will also need to pass each part of the programme in order to progress to the following part.

The pass mark for each module is 50% for both coursework and examination combined.


This MSc is uniquely oriented around practical design projects, guided by an informal industry advisory group of IoT companies, including LG Electronics, CGI and Tivital.

The programme is made up of four core modules, two elective modules, and a final individual project. One of the core modules is a group design project, which will feed into the final individual project of your choice. Also, unique to this programme, another core module on entrepreneurship will be delivered by the Cass Business School on new product development and ventures.

If we have insufficient number of students interested in an elective module, this may not be offered. In rare cases, one or two elective modules may not run due to low interest or unanticipated changes in timetabling, including scheduling clashes, room and staff availability. If an elective module will not run, we will advise you at the beginning of every academic term or as soon as possible, and help you choose an alternative module.

The programme follows a normal 12-month pattern with two terms of taught modules followed by a four-month individual design project/dissertation. The electives are studied in the second term. The third term is reserved for the final individual project. Electronic equipment and labs will be made available for projects.

Course content

IoT is about the interconnection of smart "things", combining sensing, processing, communications, and data analysis for a broad range of everyday applications. The course covers the study, design, and development of "things" based on these technologies:

  • Electronics
  • Embedded computing
  • Sensors
  • Software engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Communications and networks
  • Data analytics

You will learn and apply technologies to design and create your own product that will contribute to the growing IoT industry. By engaging with representatives from industrial partners during the programme, you can develop your knowledge and skills for real-world applications.

Core modules

IoT technologies (30 credits)

On this module, you will:

  • Understand and apply basic principles of electronics design
  • Gain insights into sensor technologies, data acquisition, data collection, and analysis
  • Develop and create software for embedded systems
  • Learn theory and practice of computer networking, Internet protocols, and wireless communications.

Entrepreneurship (30 credits)

On this module, you will:

  • Critically and systematically appraise key theories and approaches to entrepreneurship
  • Understand the entrepreneurial process
  • Demonstrate how to evaluate opportunities IoT and select the winning ones
  • Practice how to build a founding team and manage financial resources.

IoT security (15 credits)

On this module, you will:

  • Discuss privacy issues and data protection regulations
  • Understand and evaluate risks of vulnerabilities and exploits
  • Learn principles and practices of cyber security
  • Critically evaluate security technologies and protection methods.

Group design project (30 credits)

On this module, you will:

  • Learn collaboration and teamwork through a group project
  • Conceive and design an original IoT device by applying technical knowledge and skills
  • Evaluate the design in the context of existing IoT technologies and businesses
  • Communicate effectively with group members and others.

Elective modules

  • Data analytics (15 credits)
  • Communication networks (15 credits)
  • Individual project (60 credits)

During the individual project, you will:

  • Select an IoT invention to design and develop, with perspective and experience gained from the group design project.
  • Carry out product research, design and development with inputs from the informal industry advisory group or a plan for new venture.
  • Present your final project with option to participate in a judged new ventures contest.

The MSc project may be carried out as a three to six-month placement in a company, depending on availability and qualifications.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the major technology influencing all aspects of our life, health, entertainments and society.  As a graduate of this course, your skills and knowledge will open up opportunities in a range electronic communications fields that include the Internet, covering:

  • Fundamental technologies
  • Electronics
  • Informatics
  • Wireless communications
  • Optical communications
  • Mobile communications
  • Satellite communications
  • Communication protocols
  • Networks
  • Encryption
  • E-commerce
  • Digital security

After your MSc studies, this course will also provide you with opportunities for further study, leading to a PhD.

City, University of London is located in central London near many large company sites, SMEs and start-up companies, and start-up incubators. As a graduate of this MSc, you may also further your careers by:

  • Creating your own start-up after using the group design project as a pre-incubator.
  • Working for one of the many IoT start-ups in the UK.
  • Providing consultancy to IoT start-ups.

Application Deadline

Applications are now open.

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

T: +44 (0)20 7040 0248

Contact details

Programmes Office (room A302)

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