Mobile Communications MSc

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



in the UK for research quality


of two Queen's Anniversary Prizes


Our specialised curriculum will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to design and develop next generation mobile communication and wireless systems.

Engineers with a good knowledge of mobile communications systems are much sought after and careers in this industry offer both high rewards and opportunities to work on the latest technical advances.
As fresh technologies emerge in this ever-expanding field, our MSc in Mobile Communications will equip you with the essential formal theory and confidence in your practical skills to support your long-term career development. We are developing material on 4G and considering 5G.
The 5G Research Centre (5GRC) focuses on research work relevant to the future of mobile communications. As part of our Mobile Communications MSc you will be supported by the centre. Staffed by a team of enthusiastic, research-active academics supported by research fellows and research assistants and has a large population of PhD and master's students.
With recent investment in software, defined radio combined with LabView/Matlab will be available to you for your work. Software defined radio, cognitive radio and smart antennas are all important to the future of mobile.
You will benefit from our new STEMLab, including 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.

What makes this programme different?

  • Taught by research-active academics
  • Supported by our cutting-edge 5G research centre
  • Access to world-class facilties such as our LabView and Matlab

Who should study this programme?

Our Mobile Communications MSc programme would be suitable if you are looking to embark upon, or advance, careers in this fascinating and fast-growing field.

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 Requirements

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

Key study areas in our Mobile Communications programme include mobile communications, networks, signal processing and radio. You will be taught by research active lecturers who contribute to the future of the industry.


Mobile Communications 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.


Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

This modules will develop students' critical understanding of the fundamentals of digital signal processing, as applied to numerous and commonplace digital systems, with the use of computer simulation based tools. At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain sampling theorem and the consequences of aliasing and quantisation distortion.
  • Explain z-transform and Fourier transform and their properties; and relate them to the impulse response and transfer function of a digital filter.
  • Evaluate critically different structures available for the realisation of finite impulse response (FIR) and infinite impulse response (IIR) digital filters.
  • Describe ideal filter approximation functions, and the basics of real-time processing.

Personal Radio Communications

This module provides an overview of various personal radio communications systems used around the world today. It examines key features of these systems in the context of channel access methods, guided and radiated waves and explores the interaction between radio waves and the human body.

Information Theory and Coding

In recent years the biggest advances in mobile have come from Coding. The aim of this module is to present the students with the fundamental of information theory and its applications to source and channel coding.

Communication Channels

The module aims to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of telecommunication channels, with regard to the constraints imposed by the operating environment and how they can be overcome.

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Describe how the optical, and free space channel affects the signal being transmitted.
  • Analyse how channels are modelled and contract them.
  • Evaluate the relative merits and cost implications of free space microwave and fibre optic systems.

Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio

Almost all mobile systems can now be made in software. This fascinating module will provide an introduction to software defined radio, in particular key digital signal processing operations with modems. We will undertake a review of Fourier analysis and linear time-invariant systems, and uncover digital transmission systems. Other topics include sampling and discrete time systems; multirate signal processing; random processes and adaptive filtering: Least Mean Square (LMS) and Recursive Least Squares (RLS), and applications in channel equalization and synchronization.

Mobile Network Technologies

The aim of this module is to study the evolution of mobile network technology, introduce you to the principals and practicalities of mobile telecommunication systems and prepare the you for future employment in telecommunications industry at an advanced technical level.


The aims of this module are to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to antennas and their functioning and provide practical experience in design and measurement of antennas. On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the function of antennas used in communications systems and understand practical issues associated with antenna design.

Research Project

This module will introduce you to the methods and tools required for the planning and management of a project by carrying out a paper based small-scale research project. The module will introduce the methods and tools required for the planning and management of a project, whilst investigating different information sources and retrieval techniques. By the end of the module, students will have developed strong technical and communication skills to carry out a paper based small-scale research project.

Project in Mobile Communications

This module has been designed to prepare you for future employment in mobile communications at an advanced technical level. For this module, you will plan and execute extensive research and/or development project in a specialised area of engineering or science which has significant complexity. This will be a highly targeted advanced project in a subject area chosen by you and realized in Loughborough’s exciting, modern and world leading research community.

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.

How you'll study

Independent study
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.

Future career prospects

Gaining a master’s degree in Mobile Communications shows potential employers that you have achieved the highly developed and complex levels of knowledge, and thus you are able to develop in-depth and creative responses to hardware and software technical challenges in this field.

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
  • work with limited, incomplete and/or contradictory information in the solution of unfamiliar 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
  • learn effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments.

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.