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MSc Satellite Communications Engineering

Our programme is designed to give you the specialist multidisciplinary skills required for careers in the satellite and space industries and their applications.

Programme overview

Our Satellite Communications Engineering MSc will make you very attractive to the relevant space-related industries that employ over 6,500 people in the UK alone.

Surrey is at the forefront of satellite communications research and training. We have a unique concentration of academic staff experienced in the satellite field, as well as contacts with all the major satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers. Our own spin-out company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, is situated close by on the Surrey Research Park and provides ready
access to satellite production and industrial facilities.

In addition, we have a strategic relationship with EADS Astrium Europe-wide and several other major communications companies.Graduates from this MSc are to be found in key positions in the satellite industry (Inmarsat, Astrium, SSTL, SES, Eutelsat etc) and continue to be much in demand.

Programme structure

Satellite Communications Engineering MSc is made up of eight taught modules. Each module is worth 15 credits. A Project, worth 60 credits, runs over the year. This brings the total to 180 credits for the programme. Your Project is chosen in Semester 1 and work on it begins in Semester 2 on a part-time basis. Over the summer (project) period you will be working on your Project (often with industry and sometimes in their premises) on a full-time basis, with final report and a viva voce assessment conducted at the end of the academic year.

Compulsory modules:

• Project
• Satellite Communications A
• Satellite Communications B
• Spacecraft Bus Subsystems
• Spacecraft Systems Design

Optional modules:

• Antennas and Propagation
• Digital Communications
• Mathematics of Signal Processing
• Principles of Telecom and Packet Networks
• RF Systems and Circuit Design

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and can be used in partial fulfilment of the requirements for gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, countable under the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.

Visit the MSc Satellite Communications Engineering page on the University of Surrey web site for more details!


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