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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Telecommunications Engineering (January 2021 intake)

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Programme title Telecommunications Engineering
Programme code WSPT04
Length of programme The programme is available on a full-time basis. The duration of the programme is one year.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MSc Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/WSPT04

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:21:54 BST

1. Programme Aims

The Master of Science programme in Telecommunications Engineering is designed to provide knowledge of the key technologies in modern wired and wireless telecommunications networks. 

The programme:

  • Provides an understanding of the principles and practices related to telecommunications, including their protocols and standards.
  • Provides students with the signal processing methods required to analyse telecommunications systems.
  • Provides an opportunity to conduct project work in well-equipped research facilities for the simulation and analysis of telecommunications technology. 
  • Develops skills in design, analysis, and monitoring of modern telecommunications networks.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer Standard, Engineering Council UK, 2013.
  • UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Engineering Council UK, 2013.
  • Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, October 2019.
  • Master's degree characteristics, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, September 2015.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of

K1  Mathematical methods appropriate to the programme

K2  Principles of engineering science appropriate to the programme

K3  Principles of Information Technology and Communications appropriate to the programme

K4  A telecommunications viewpoint for the formulation of networked systems in terms of their function and performance

K5  Operational practices and requirements for safe operation relevant to the programme

K6  Recognise the core ethical principles defining the conduct of a professional engineer.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1 Select and apply appropriate mathematical and computer-based methods for modelling and analysing practical and hypothetical engineering problems in Telecommunications

C2 Analyse complex telecommunications systems, their processes, components and products

C3 Innovate in solving novel and challenging networking problems and be aware of the limitations of the solutions

C4 Integrate, evaluate and use information, data and ideas from a wide range of sources related to telecommunications

C5 Create new systems, processes, components or services by integrating ideas from a wide range of sources

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 Use relevant test and measurement equipment

P2 Select, configure and use computational tools and packages (including programming languages where appropriate)

P3 Design systems, components or processes

P4 Undertake testing of design ideas in the laboratory or by simulation, and analyse and critically evaluate the results

P5 Search for and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of standards.

P6 Produce technical reports, papers, diagrams and drawings.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1 Manipulate, sort and present data in a range of forms

T2 Use evidence-based methods in the solution of complex problems

T3 Work with limited, incomplete and/or contradictory information in the solution of unfamiliar problems

T4 Use an engineering approach to solve problems in unfamiliar situations

T5 Be creative and innovative in problem solving

T6 Use a wide range of information and communications technology

T7 Make informed, autonomous decisions to manage time and resources in project delivery

T8 Communicate effectively orally, visually and in writing at an appropriate level

T9 Recognise their own developmental potential and learn effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments.

T10 Assess potential solutions against organizational codes of conduct to judge the impact of their actions on others and on the integrity of their profession.

4. Programme structure

The following tables list the modules that comprise the programme. Students should select one optional module in each semester.


Semester 1, 2020/2021 (January 2021)

Project (60 credits)










Semester 2, 2020/2021 (February to June 2021)

Compulsory modules (45 credits) 





Telecommunications Network Security



Applied Network Monitoring and Security



Advanced Telecommunications Techniques


Optional modules (Students should select modules totalling 15 credits) 





Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio






Semester 3, 2020/2021 (June to September 2021)

Project (60 credits)








Semester 1, 2021/2022 (October 2021 to January 2022)

Compulsory modules (45 credits) 





Digital Signal Processing



Communication Networks                                       



Information Theory and Coding


Optional modules (Students should select modules totalling 15 credits) 





Personal Radio Communications                             



Statistical Methods and Data Analysis


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI 

In addition:

  • To meet PSRB requirements students must achieve a minimum of 150 credits with the remaining modules achieving a mark no lower than 40%.
  • To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, candidates must have accumulated at least 60 credits excluding the Project module (WSP502).

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XXI for candidates who have the right of re-examination to undergo reassessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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