Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Networked Communications

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

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.

MSc

Networked Communications

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

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.

Programme information

We work closely with industry and understand the skills and knowledge required to operate successfully in the field of networked communications.

Our specialised curriculum comprehensively covers the principles and techniques involved. It will equip you with the toolset needed to design and develop next generation networks. As fresh technologies emerge in this ever-expanding field, you will have the essential formal theory to support your long-term career development.

Core study areas include MATLAB, communication networks, personal radio communications, and channel coding for networks and a research project.

Facilities

You will use professional network performance measurement equipment during the course.

Project work may also benefit from an extensive Network Testbed which was established by the donation of 8 IP routers, 4 switches and associated interconnections from CISCO.  

Other nodes and approximately 30 end stations have been added to the Testbed, along with 4 Monitor Stations with synchronised timing.  This provides an instrumented Internet Testbed with considerable complexity and flexibility.  

Experimental work on network performance measurement and network abuse detection is undertaken with this Testbed which may be used in appropriate projects.

Careers and further study

Graduates of this course will have the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for employment in a variety of communications engineering roles for example: network managers; designers and analysts; Cisco engineers; and router design engineers.

Your graduate skill set will be particularly attractive to companies with a global or distributed workforce and operation. Many graduates stay on to study for a PhD.

How you will learn

Practical skills in networked systems and businesses are developed to industry standard through laboratory work, including the use of Network Analyser to analyse Wi-Fi traffic, monitor Wi-Fi signals and traffic and to learn network behaviours and user characteristics. The course is regularly updated to accommodate scale, data-rate and security changes.  

Assessment

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

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are available each year for UK/EU and international students who meet the criteria for award. For full details visit our fees and scholarships pages.

Entry qualification

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

Programme modules

All modules are compulsory
Semester 1
  • MATLAB as a Scientific Programming Language 
  • Communication Networks
  • Personal Radio Communications  
  • Information Theory and Coding
Semester 2
  • Research Project
  • Communication Network Security
  • Mobile Network Technologies
  • Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio
Summer
  • Advanced Individual Project

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.