Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Digital Communication Systems

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

Modern information systems continue to transform and progress the ease with which information can be accessed across the globe and to underpin the digital society and economy.

MSc

Digital Communication Systems

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

Modern information systems continue to transform and progress the ease with which information can be accessed across the globe and to underpin the digital society and economy.

Programme information

They depend fundamentally on digital systems of communication, and this programme provides thorough coverage of the speciality to meet the high and increasing demand for digital communications engineers who can manage and develop the technologies of today’s data-driven lifestyle.

This programme 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.

Core study areas include fundamentals of digital signal processing and information theory and coding, and a research project.

Optional study areas include communication networks, personal radio communications, communication channels, digital signal processing for software defined radio, multimedia over networks, mobile network technologies and intelligent signal processing.

Facilities

Students on the programme have access to laboratories, industry standard software and hardware including equipment provided by Texas Instruments. There is a range of anechoic chambers including the largest microwave chamber at any UK university.

Careers and further study

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.

Entry qualification

Upper second class (2:1) honours degree in electronic / electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics or an equivalent qualification.

How you will learn

The course is designed to give both deep understanding of the core technologies which underpin the industry and which are driving the latest advances in performance and capability.  It allows you to develop your personal interests via a range of specialised optional modules. The individual research project is often undertaken as part of the School’s internationally respected research portfolio.

Assessment

Examinations are held in January and May, with coursework and group work throughout the programme. The individual research project is assessed by written report and viva voce in September.

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules
Semester 1
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
  • Information Theory and Coding
Semester 2
  • Research project
  • Advanced individual project
Optional Modules
Semester 1
  • Communication Networks
  • Personal Radio Communications
  • Communication Channels
Semester 2
  • Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio
  • Communication Network Security and e-Commerce 
  • Mobile Network Technologies
  • Intelligent Signal Processing 
 

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.

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. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 3 (Laboratory-based) £6,600 £18,950

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.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.