Digital Communications Systems MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the UK for Research Quality

REF 2014


Our Digital Communications Systems MSc provides thorough coverage of the special skills and knowledge needed to meet the high and increasing demand for digital communications engineers who can manage and develop the technologies of today’s data-driven lifestyle.

Facilities of particular importance to you are the 3D-Printing Suite, the Engineering Machine Workshop and the Electronics Laboratory. Here you will be assisted by the best engineers in the UK to create your project hardware and allow you to produce meaningful advanced results.

During 2017 and 2018 the Wolfson School will refurbish all lecture theatres and work areas to be used by you. These new spaces will have state-of-the-art audio visual combined with designed acoustic environments. The school is also investing in software defined radio and this, combined with LabView/Matlab will be available.

Students on the Digital Communications Systems programme will have access to industry standard software and hardware including equipment provided by Texas Instruments, National Instruments, Anritsu and many other leaders in technology. There is a range of anechoic chambers including the largest microwave chamber at any UK university.

The Wolfson School is engaged in a large portfolio of high quality research in many areas of core Mechanical Engineering aspects. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for overall quality of research in mechanical, manufacturing, aeronautical and chemical engineering in the latest Government Research Exercise (REF 2014). The School has also received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, in recognition of the research being carried out.

What makes this programme different?

  • Research-led teaching from international experts
  • Access to industry standard software
  • Gain state of the art knowledge combined with key engineering skills

Who should study this programme?

Digital Communications Systems MSc is aimed at recent engineering, physics and computer science graduates and/or those with a number of years’ industry experience in the communications industry who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of this key specialism in order to progress their careers.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic/electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics or related applied science.

English language requirments

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

Core study areas of our Digital Communications Systems MSc include the fundamentals of digital signal processing information theory and coding, and a specialist research project, supervised by experts in the field. Optional study areas include communication networks, personal radio communications, communication channels, digital signal processing, software defined radio, multimedia, mobile networks and intelligent signal processing.


Digital Communications Systems MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

Our team are expecting to offer the following modules, core and optional for the 2018 cycle. New modules are also under discussion so minor changes should be anticipated.

Semester 1

MATLAB as a Scientific Programming Language

Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

Information Theory and Coding

Research Project

Communication Networks

Personal Radio Communications

Communication Channels

Semester 2

Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio

Telecommunications Network Security

Mobile Network Technologies


Multimedia over Networks

Summer period

Project in Digital Communication Systems

Optional modules

  • Antennas
  • Mobile Network Technologies

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to

  • Manipulate, sort and present data in a range of forms
  • Use evidence based methods in the solution of complex problems
  • Use an engineering approach to the solution of problems in unfamiliar situations
  • Be creative and innovative in problem solving
  • Use a wide range of information and communications technology
  • Manage time and resources
  • Learn effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments

Future career prospects

Job opportunities include both senior technical and managerial activities in the fields of communications engineering including high speed digital design, communication systems engineering, software/firmware engineering, algorithm development and signal processing engineering.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.