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One of the essential ways in which information is transferred and communicated is through text, whether verbal or written. Texts should inform or convince, depending on the communication objectives. Read more

Communication Design

One of the essential ways in which information is transferred and communicated is through text, whether verbal or written. Texts should inform or convince, depending on the communication objectives. Communication designers research different factors that can affect a text in order to create an effective communication tool. These factors can be characteristics of the text, such as style and structure, but also the conversation characteristics and the influence of non-verbal communication.

Furthermore, the context and purpose of a text and how readers process information also play a major role in communication. In the English-taught Master's specialization in Communication Design, you will research how communication processes work and how you can influence these processes effectively. You will learn to analyze texts and tailor them to different target groups and acquire knowledge about how to measure whether in practice a text has the desired effect.

Career Prospects Communication Design

After completing the Communication Design specialization, you will be able to conduct research on the transfer of information through text. Moreover, you will be capable of advising people about writing a clear, attractive and convincing text according to various communication objectives. You can embark on a career in different positions within profit or non-profit organizations, government agencies and related organizations or in the business world.

After graduating, you could also continue your career as an academic researcher in the broad field of communication.

This is a small selection of positions you may apply for after you have completed your programme:
•Communication Design Manager
•Communication Strategist
•Advertising Design Strategist
•Communication Design Engineer
•Device User Experience Design Specialist
•Design Researcher

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The MSc Industrial Communication and Automation route has been developed with the intention of enabling students who aspire to get a formal Masters degree to develop their skills in this sought after area and attain PROFIBUS certification. Read more

Description

The MSc Industrial Communication and Automation route has been developed with the intention of enabling students who aspire to get a formal Masters degree to develop their skills in this sought after area and attain PROFIBUS certification.

Industrial networks are transforming the way we design plants and factories, automate machines and produce goods. This highly regarded, specialist course covers the key components in industrial networking, communication protocols and advanced automation. Incorporating expertise in the School gained from close industry collaboration, you will study technologies relevant to communications for production and industry. You will learn how machines are networked, how data is managed and how systems operate; as well as how to make industrial processes more energy efficient and optimised for peak productivity and performance. You will also undertake a research project.

Core units

- Industrial Communication Systems
- MSc Engineering Project

Option units

- Embedded Systems and Systems on Chip
- Digital Signal Processing
- Smart Technologies for Power Management
- Advanced Control and Instrumentation
- Computer Engineering and CPU Design
- Sustainable Energy Systems
- Advanced Control and Instrumentation
- Sensing and Imaging
- Management Practice
- Rail Infrastructure and Engineering Strategy
- Manufacturing Systems Management

Optional units listed in the following curriculum structures are all approved for delivery, but may not all run/be available in any one academic session.

We offer industry-standard facilities combined with unparalleled commercial collaboration: our Automation Systems Centre hosts the Competence Centre for PROFIBUS International in the UK (http://www.profibus.com). An estimated 1,400 worldwide member companies and organisations recognise the additional qualifications that can be gained along with our main MSc. These are: Certified PROFIBUS Engineer; Certified PROFINET Engineer; Certified PLCopen Engineer and Certified AS-I Engineer.

Career prospects

You will be able to apply your advanced systems and industrial IT skills to a range of industries, including the power, petrochemical and water industries. Graduates from this course may enter a wide variety of engineering and automation careers, for example: a ‘chip’ engineer, a software engineer or a project engineer.

Graduates will also be well placed to pursue further study such as a PhD or an Engineering doctorate.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Engineering and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer. Read more
This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer.

You will gain expertise and experience in the areas of analogue and digital systems and circuit design using state-of-the-art software and processors. You will gain the in-depth knowledge and skills you need for analysing, modelling and optimising the performance of advanced microelectronic and communication systems. The course covers a broad range of topics including advanced embedded system technologies, digital design automation and silicon electronic design, as well as optical fibre communication systems and wireless communications.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

It’s also possible to complete this course in one year without the Advanced Practice element.

Learn From The Best

Our passion for research informs the curriculum and impacts our teaching, ensuring that course content stays current and our academic staffs are amongst the best in the country. The team include published authors and industry experts with research interests including analogue electronics, networking, professionalism in practice, teaching and learning in technology and project management.

The department of Physics and Electrical Engineering is a top-35 research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the 2014 UK wide Research Excellence Framework. This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

Teaching And Assessment

Your progress will be monitored by lecturing staff and advice and appropriate links supplied to improve your learning. Web links are provided for further reading whilst online videos, where appropriate, are available for you to review taught material in your own time. Lecture material is enhanced with laboratory sessions which allow demonstration of theories and exploration of practical problems and limitations.

As a postgraduate student you will be expected to have a responsible and professional approach to learning, accessing the material and support provided and raising any problems with academic staff or your programme leader. You will have an opportunity to take an active role in the operation and content of the course via the departmental programme committee.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

Module Overview
Year One
KD7019 - Advanced Embedded System Design Technology (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7020 - Digital Design Automation (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7063 - Wireless Communication Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7064 - Optical Communications System (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7066 - Analogue Electronic Design (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7067 - Engineering Research and Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)

Year Two
KD7065 - MSc Engineering Project (Core, 60 Credits)
KF7005 - Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Whether your subject matter is renewable energy, astrophysics or communications, our range of specialist and general use facilities will support you. Throughout your work you will be able to measure, explore, experiment and model developments that are changing the way we all live our lives.

Technology to enhance learning in engineering is embedded throughout the course. This takes the form of self-guided exercises, online tests with feedback, assessment feedback and videos and tutorials to support lectures. Self-development and employability are enhanced throughout the course, especially with respect to communicating ideas in written and oral forms, the use of appropriate IT tools, personal time management, problem solving and independent learning skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Our course is at the forefront of current knowledge and practice, shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. All the modules are industry or research informed, based upon academic staff industrial experience, consultancy or personal research interests. This allows the knowledge and skills that you will acquire to meet the need and practical application for real world scenarios.

The course is supported by a team of academics who are highly respected by research groups around the world and who make a significant contribution to the faculty and University vision for the future of research within the higher education sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

A strong industrial and research based curriculum enhances your employability by considering real world scenarios in which known solutions are absent. You will be encouraged to research information from professional publications, company literature, etc. to determine innovative and appropriate solutions to these scenarios, enabling you to demonstrate relevant industry practice.

You will also be attached to one of the departmental or faculty research groups for your final dissertation, exposed to and incorporated into a working team and environment. This provides the opportunity for both work-related learning experience and professional career development.

Your Future

The rapid growth of the communications and microelectronics industries has created a strong demand for skilled engineers, who are able to design and manufacture semiconductors and freespace and optical communication systems. The UK Government’s commitment to high-speed broadband means that demand for communications engineers is expected to outstrip supply. UK and international demand for microelectronic engineers remains strong, with salaries reflecting employers’ need to attract the best candidates.

Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped to apply for roles such as communications engineer, electronic/electrical engineer, operational researcher, software engineer and systems developer. You may also consider the wider engineering and information technology sectors, including energy, transport, electronics and telecommunications, defence and manufacturing and engineering management.

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This programme is a specialization of the MA degree in Communication and Information Sciences. As a student of Information Science, you learn to transfer data into accessible and intelligible information. Read more
This programme is a specialization of the MA degree in Communication and Information Sciences.

As a student of Information Science, you learn to transfer data into accessible and intelligible information. You will do research in the domain of language, text and computer-mediated communication.

In this programme, you will analyse information and communication processes between individuals and within organizations. One question is crucial: what options do new technological developments offer to improve information and communication processes?

The Master's programme builds on the knowledge, insights and skills that you have acquired in your Bachelor's degree. You will learn to carry out research independently and handle information in a professional manner. In addition to courses, you will do an internship. You will finish the degree with an independent research project and a Master's thesis.

All courses are taught in English. Deficiency programs are partly taught in Dutch.

Job perspectives

As a graduate, you can work as a web developer, software-engineer, IT-consultant, application developer, researcher or teacher. You have a wide choice of places to work: it goes without saying that you could find a function in a large IT firm, but virtually any other company or organization with an IT department has a need for Information Science specialists. It is also possible to start your own company or become a researcher.

Our former students work in large information technology companies or in information technology departments of companies and governments. Some of them successfully started their own company. Others began an international academic career and have obtained a PhD degree.

Job examples

- Computational linguist
- Information analyst
- Software developer
- Web designer
- IT Consultant
- IT Manager
- Researcher in natural language processing

As student of Information Science you will develop a solid theoretical and practical foundation for carrying out this kind of research. The knowledge you will gain matches well with current job requirements for researchers in the field of Information Science.

Research in Information Science concentrates in Groningen on development, use and evaluation of language and web technology. Good examples are automated search and analysis of information in traditional and new media, dialectology, corpus annotation,gamification, and syntactic and semantic analysis of text. This research is coordinated by the Computational Linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG).

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Mankind has always communicated, but the means of communication changes. Over the past century, communication technologies have had a fundamental impact on how we carry out our daily lives. Read more
Mankind has always communicated, but the means of communication changes. Over the past century, communication technologies have had a fundamental impact on how we carry out our daily lives. Besides using the internet and mobile phones for interpersonal communication; businesses, banking, transportation systems, TV and radio broadcasts and smart power grids rely on advanced communication technology.

In a constant and rapidly evolving field, you as a communication engineer will be needed to design and build the systems of the future.

Programme aim

Society today is firmly rooted in electronic communication systems, and it is hard to imagine life without them.

Global systems such as TV, radio, the Internet and wired and mobile telephones have a fundamental impact on the way we live and work.

In the near future, we will see rapid development of e.g.

- sensor network communication,
- algorithms to decrease energy consumption of communication networks,
- tele-presence systems that reduce the need for transportation of people,
- communication as it becomes an increasingly prominent aspect of vehicles and transportation,
- many more areas.

Exactly what the future will bring is unknown, but some things are almost certain: there will still be advanced communication systems - some of them will be different from what the world knows today and communication engineers will be needed to develop and maintain them.

Programme description

Global communication systems have not only changed the world but are also advancing at an exceptional rate. Future communication systems will form the foundation for a sustainable and intelligent society where people and equipment can be connected anywhere, any time – with anything. A high degree of connectivity will be a key enabler for new innovative technologies and applications that can benefit from information sharing.

Evolving technologies are e.g. 5G mobile communications, machine communications, fibre optical links and networks, and sensor network communication, with emerging new applications such as remote and assisted medical diagnosis and treatment, traffic and vehicle safety, environmental monitoring, maximizing efficiency and reliability in smart grid infrastructure, and tele-presence systems that reduce the need for energy consuming transportation of people.

In order to gain insight into communication systems of the future, and to develop such systems, solid analytical skills and an understanding of the fundamental principles of digital information transmissions are essential.

Besides the fundamentals in communication engineering we focus on e.g. random signal analysis, stochastic methods for digital modulation and coding, applications of digital signal processing, optical fibres and lasers and information theory and coding.

The combination of theoretical and applied knowledge in systems that apply on a global scale gives you a toolbox and a degree in Communication Engineering for a lifelong learning process in communication technologies.

Who should apply

You should apply if you find the future outlook for communication engineers interesting, and have the following skills at a bachelor’s level: signals and systems theory (including linear systems and transforms), mathematical analysis (including probability and linear algebra) and basic programming. Basic knowledge in data communications is recommended but not required.

Why apply

In order to gain insight into communication systems of the future, and to develop such systems, solid analytical skills and an understanding of the fundamental principles of digital information transmissions are essential, where mathematics and signal processing are important tools. The combination of theoretical and applied knowledge prepares students with a degree in Communication Engineering for a lifelong learning process in communications.

Educational methods

The pedagogical structure of the programme is targeted towards learning system design processes as practiced in the communication industry. In general, the educational methods are based on what are expected from engineering graduates in an industrial environment, with specific emphasis on building and refining problem-solving skills, team work and presentation skills. Certain emphasis is placed on solving complex tasks by defining subtasks and interfaces, performing these subtasks independently, and assembling the results. All courses in the program are permeated by the principles of sustainable development. You get the opportunity to interact with the industry via guest lectures and study visits. Finally, the Master’s Thesis gives you training in individual research, project planning, documentation and presentation. It can be carried out at the University, industry or another university/research institute.

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This course has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry and to update or retrain more experienced engineers. Read more
This course has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry and to update or retrain more experienced engineers.

This broad-based course deals with a range of design and development areas relevant to electronic systems and communication projects. You should gain the knowledge and skills required of a professional engineer to design and develop systems for applications such as: wireless communications, mobile-cellular communications, electronics design, broadcasting, remote control, instrumentation, diagnostics, and monitoring.

Hands-on experience is gained through a major individual research project.

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This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer. Read more
This course is designed for students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, to enhance and develop electronic engineering knowledge and skills essential for the modern engineer.

You will gain expertise and experience in the areas of analogue and digital systems and circuit design using state-of-the-art software and processors. You will gain the in-depth knowledge and skills you need for analysing, modelling and optimising the performance of advanced microelectronic and communication systems. The course covers a broad range of topics including advanced embedded system technologies, digital design automation and silicon electronic design, as well as optical fibre communication systems and wireless communications.

This course can also be taken in January - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/microelectronic-and-communication-engineering-msc-ft-dtfmiz6/

Learn From The Best

Our passion for research informs the curriculum and impacts our teaching, ensuring that course content stays current and our academic staff are amongst the best in the country. The team include published authors and industry experts with research interests including analogue electronics, networking, professionalism in practice, teaching and learning in technology and project management.

The department of Physics and Electrical Engineering is a top-35 research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the 2014 UK wide Research Excellence Framework. This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

Teaching And Assessment

Your progress will be monitored by lecturing staff and advice and appropriate links supplied to improve your learning. Web links are provided for further reading whilst online videos, where appropriate, are available for you to review taught material in your own time. Lecture material is enhanced with laboratory sessions which allow demonstration of theories and exploration of practical problems and limitations.

As a postgraduate student you will be expected to have a responsible and professional approach to learning, accessing the material and support provided and raising any problems with academic staff or your programme leader. You will have an opportunity to take an active role in the operation and content of the course via the departmental programme committee.

Module Overview
KD7019 - Advanced Embedded System Design Technology (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7020 - Digital Design Automation (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7063 - Wireless Communication Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7064 - Optical Communications System (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7065 - MSc Engineering Project (Core, 60 Credits)
KD7066 - Analogue Electronic Design (Core, 20 Credits)
KD7067 - Engineering Research and Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

Whether your subject matter is renewable energy, astrophysics or communications, our range of specialist and general use facilities will support you. Throughout your work you will be able to measure, explore, experiment and model developments that are changing the way we all live our lives.

Technology to enhance learning in engineering is embedded throughout the programme. This takes the form of self-guided exercises, online tests with feedback, assessment feedback and videos and tutorials to support lectures. Self-development and employability are enhanced throughout the programme, especially with respect to communicating ideas in written and oral forms, the use of appropriate IT tools, personal time management, problem solving and independent learning skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Our course is at the forefront of current knowledge and practice, shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. All the modules are industry or research informed, based upon academic staff industrial experience, consultancy or personal research interests. This allows the knowledge and skills that you will acquire to meet the need and practical application for real world scenarios.

The course is supported by a team of academics who are highly respected by research groups around the world and who make a significant contribution to the faculty and University vision for the future of research within the higher education sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

A strong industrial and research based curriculum enhances your employability by considering real world scenarios in which known solutions are absent. You will be encouraged to research information from professional publications, company literature, etc. to determine innovative and appropriate solutions to these scenarios, enabling you to demonstrate relevant industry practice.

You will also be attached to one of the departmental or faculty research groups for your final dissertation, exposed to and incorporated into a working team and environment. This provides the opportunity for both work-related learning experience and professional career development.

Your Future

The rapid growth of the communications and microelectronics industries has created a strong demand for skilled engineers, who are able to design and manufacture semiconductors and freespace and optical communication systems. The UK Government’s commitment to high-speed broadband means that demand for communications engineers is expected to outstrip supply. UK and international demand for microelectronic engineers remains strong, with salaries reflecting employers’ need to attract the best candidates.

Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped to apply for roles such as communications engineer, electronic/electrical engineer, operational researcher, software engineer and systems developer. You may also consider the wider engineering and information technology sectors, including energy, transport, electronics and telecommunications, defence and manufacturing and engineering management.

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Taught jointly by UCL’s Space & Climate Physics and UCL’s Electronic & Electrical Engineering Departments by expert researchers and engineers in the field… Read more
Taught jointly by UCL’s Space & Climate Physics and UCL’s Electronic & Electrical Engineering Departments by expert researchers and engineers in the field, this MSc programme aims to provide a broad understanding of the basic principles of space technology and satellite communications together with specialised training in research methods and transferable skills, directly applicable to a career in the public and private space sectors.

Degree information

The Space Technology pathway is focussed on the application of space technology in industrial settings, and therefore has as its main objective to provide a sound knowledge of the underlying principles which form a thorough basis for careers in space technology, satellite communications and related fields. Students develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of:
-Spacecraft, satellite communications, the space environment, space operations and space project management.
-The electromagnetics of optical and microwave transmission, and of communication systems modelling.
-A range of subjects relating to spacecraft technology and satellite communications.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), a Group Project (15 credits) and an Individual research Project (60 credits).

Core modules
-Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions
-Space Systems Engineering
-Communications Systems Modelling Type
-Group Project

Optional modules - at least one module from the following:
-Spacecraft Design – Electronic Sub-systems
-Mechanical Design of Spacecraft
-Antennas and Propagation
-Radar Systems
-Space-based Communication Systems

At least one module from:
-Space Instrumentation and Applications
-Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
-Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
-Global Monitoring and Security
-Space Data Systems and Processing

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an Individual research Project, which normally involves attachment to a research group, and culminates in a report of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, coursework problem tasks, team-based coursework exercises, presentations and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examinations, coursework, and the individual and group projects.

Careers

The programme aims to prepare students for careers in space research or the space industry, or further research degrees.

First destinations of recent graduates include:
-ONERA: Research Engineer
-Hispassat: Telecommunications Engineer
-Detica: Engineer
-Equinox Consulting: Financial Consultant
-Murex: Financial Consultant
-Risk Management Solutions: Risk Analyst
-Defence Science and Technology Laboratory: Analyst
-School of Electronics & Computer Science IT-Innovation: Research Engineer
-EADS Astrium Ltd: Engineer
-Thales Space: Engineer

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Space & Climate Physics, located at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, is a world-leading research organisation and is the largest university space science group in the UK.

It offers a unique environment at the forefront of space science research, where scientists and research students work alongside top engineers building and testing instruments for space as well as studying the data from these and other spaceborne and ground-based instruments.

The close contact that the laboratory enjoys with space agencies such as ESA and NASA and with industrial research teams encourages the development of transferable skills which enhance job prospects in industrial and research centres in the public and private space sectors.

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This course is designed in collaboration with transport industry partners to equip you to meet the needs of the rail and road industries. Read more
This course is designed in collaboration with transport industry partners to equip you to meet the needs of the rail and road industries. There is an increased demand for advancements in electrical, electronic, control and communication systems for transport, with a particular focus on themes like higher efficiency and sustainability, safety and driving assistance, position and traffic control for smart transport planning.

Modern electrical, electronic, control and communication systems for intelligent transport require today engineers with a combination of skills and solutions from cross-disciplinary abilities spanning electrical, electronic, control and communications. In this context, the overall aim of this Conversion Masters is to provide you with an enriching learning experience, and to enhance your knowledge and skill-base in the area of modern road vehicle and rail transport systems design.

This conversion course is intended both for engineers in current practice and for fresh honours graduates to facilitate their professional development, mobility and employability.

Course content

This course aims to enhance your knowledge and skills in the area of intelligent and efficient transport systems design. You will develop advanced practical skills that will help you determine system requirements, select and deploy suitable design processes and use the latest specialist tool chains to test and/or prototype a device or algorithm. The programme will help you acquire the cross-disciplinary skills and abilities that today are vital to be able to implement effective solutions for modern electrical, electronic and communication systems applied to intelligent transport. The broad range of disciplines covered by the course will enable you to enter a career that requires a cross-disciplinary approach with a practical skillset.

The subject areas covered within the course offer you an excellent launch pad which will enable you to enter into this ever expanding, fast growing and dominant area within the electrical engineering sector, and particularly in the area of intelligent and efficient transport systems. Furthermore, the course will provide the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter the world of multi-disciplined jobs.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-Electric Motors and Control for Transport Systems
-Power Conversion and Drives for Transport Systems
-Project
-Sensor, Data Acquisition and Communication for Transport Systems

Associated careers

The course provides the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter the world of multi-disciplined jobs. Graduates can expect to find employment, for example, as Electrical systems design engineers; Control systems engineers, Transport systems engineers; Plant control engineers; Electronic systems design engineer; Communication systems design engineers; Sensor systems engineers; Computer systems engineer. Examples of typical industries of employment can be: Transport; Automobile; Aviation; Electrical systems; Electronic systems; Assembly line manufacturers; Robotics and home help; Toy; Communication systems; Logistics and distribution; Consumer industry; Life-style industry; Security and surveillance; Petro-chemical.

Professional recognition

This course will be seeking accreditation from the IET.

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This course develops the combination of technical knowledge and management expertise that are required to successfully deliver multi-million pound engineering projects. Read more
This course develops the combination of technical knowledge and management expertise that are required to successfully deliver multi-million pound engineering projects.

Course overview

This Masters-level course equips you to be the type of person who can lead a technical team to deliver on time and on budget. You will build on your technical background while adding business and management skills. These skills include project control, supply chain management, risk management and quality optimisation.

Our supportive tutors also help you develop the ‘soft’ skills of working with others and leading projects. For example, you will gain expertise in negotiation and collaboration, effective communication, handling conflict and politics, and managing change.

Modules include ‘Engineering Operations Management’, ‘Project Risk and Quality Management’ and ‘Decision Support for Management’. Your Masters project will involve a real-world project that is supported by a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element, and it is an opportunity to impress not only your academic assessors but also potential employers.

Sunderland has long-standing expertise in engineering management and strong links with employers. We host the Institute for Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) which provides problem-solving solutions to manufacturers of all capabilities. We are a leading research group in automotive, manufacturing and maintenance engineering. This research informs our teaching and facilitates your own research as part of your Masters project.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision. At MA level, responsibility for learning lies as much with you as with your tutor.

Modules on this course include:
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Project Management and Control (30 Credits)
-Engineering Operations Management (15 Credits)
-Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)
-Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)
-Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)
-Advanced Maintenance Practice (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities with specialist laboratories and modelling software.

Engineering facilities
Our specialist facilities include laboratories for electronics and electrical power, and robotics and programmable logic controllers. We also have advanced modelling software that is the latest industry standard. In addition, the University is the home of the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP), which builds on Sunderland’s role as a centre of excellence in the manufacturing and assembly of cars.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.
Some of the most important sources for engineers include:
-British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
-Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology. These include journals, conference proceedings, technical reports and dissertations. A limited number of articles are full-text
-Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text Elsevier journals
-Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 that span engineering and management subjects

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Location
The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to manufacturers and commercial organisations and there is a constant exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

This course equips you for a wide range of engineering management roles throughout the engineering and manufacturing sector. Employers recognise the value of qualifications from Sunderland, which has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years.

As part of the course, you will undertake a project that tackles a real-world problem. These projects are often sponsored by external clients and we encourage and support you to find your own client and sponsor. This relevant work experience will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and further boost your employability.

Potential management roles include:
-Project manager
-Design engineer
-Manufacturing engineer
-Mechanical engineer
-Electrical engineer
-Product engineer
-Maintenance engineer

Engineering management provides good career prospects with salaries ranging from £30,000 up to around £80,000. A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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Electronic engineering is a discipline at the forefront of advances for modern-day living and continues to push forward technological frontiers. Read more

Why take this course?

Electronic engineering is a discipline at the forefront of advances for modern-day living and continues to push forward technological frontiers.

This course provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will enhance your engineering competencies. You will broaden your knowledge of electronic engineering and strengthen your ability to apply new technologies in the design and implementation of modern systems.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Focus on the practical application and design aspects of electronic systems rather than intensive analytical detail
Experiment with our range of control applications including helicopter development kits and walking robots
Access a wide range of powerful and modern multimedia computational facilities, with the latest industry software installed

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Professional electronics
Design
Research and development
Product manufacture
Project management

Module Details

You will study several key topics and complete a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

VHDL and Digital Systems Design: This unit covers the use of a hardware description language (VHDL) to capture and model the design requirement - whilst programmable logic devices enable an implementation to be explored and tested prior to moving into manufacture. The learning will have a practical bias such that experience as well as theory is gained in completing this unit.

Advanced DSP Techniques: This unit aims to introduce you to the fundamentals of statistical signal processing, with particular emphasis upon classical and modern estimation theory, parametric and nonparametric modelling, time series analysis, least squares methods, and basics of adaptive signal processing.

Mixed Signal Processors: This unit focuses on both control and signal processing hardware, how it works, how to interface to it, and software - how to design it and debug it.

Sensors and Measurement Systems: This unit proposes to introduce you to the technologies underpinning measurements including sensors both in terms of hardware and software. It also aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a practical setting and gain an appreciation of modern day requirements in terms of measurement.

Microwave and Wireless Technology: The unit combines team working via a project based learning activity relating to a significant circuit simulation and design problem with lectures aimed at analysing and applying the characteristics of a range of devices used in the microwave and wireless industries.

Communication System Analysis: This unit focuses on basic principles in the analysis and design of modern communication systems, the workhorses behind the information age. It puts emphasis on the treatment of analogue communications as the necessary background for understanding digital communications.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis and you will spend a significant amount of time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories.

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

Written examinations
Coursework
Laboratory-based project work
A major individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

This course is designed to respond to a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in advanced electronic engineering. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this ever expanding and dynamic field of modern electronics.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests ranging from overall system design to the more detailed development of subsystems.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Electronics engineer
Product design engineer
Aerospace engineer
Application engineer

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Study at one of the world's leading centres for coastal engineering research for a professionally accredited civil and coastal engineering degree. Read more
Study at one of the world's leading centres for coastal engineering research for a professionally accredited civil and coastal engineering degree. Explore a wide range of topics from storms, climate change and coastal defence, to structural design, hydraulics and geotechnics. This course equips you with important skills increasingly in demand both in the UK and internationally, and prepares you for life as a civil and coastal engineer.

Key features

Distinguish yourself professionally with an accredited degree. Our MEng (Hons) is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), The Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You'll qualify for membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers.

Get your career off to a flying start by spending an optional work placement year working as a paid student engineer – a great opportunity to further your knowledge and make important industry contacts.

Study at one of the world’s leading centres for coastal engineering research – you’ll keep pace with the ever-changing discoveries, insights and thinking in the subject.

Benefit from our new £19 million Marine Building, which offers facilities for teaching water and coastal engineering. Our design project module in coastal engineering equips you to specialise in design or flood risk management and port engineering.

Draw on our teaching staff of professionally qualified experts with relevant experience from the civil engineering industry, and researchers with national and international reputations. 100 per cent of our students say our staff are good at explaining things [source: UNISTATS].

Learn a host of design skills from problem solving to sustainable development, as well as acquiring the critical thinking that plays a key role in the work of a civil engineer, including interpreting and analysing data.

Increase your employability by taking an HSE-recognised diving qualification as part of your course, allowing you to work professionally in underwater technology.

Develop your professional skills including communication, self-management, team working and leadership, all vital in obtaining graduate employment and a rewarding career.

Join our extensive network of Chartered Civil Engineers who have graduated from Plymouth University and now work at all levels in the industry both nationally and internationally.

Course details

In the first year, you’ll be introduced to the role of the professional civil engineer – grounded in an understanding of the application of mathematics in engineering and the behaviour of civil engineering structures. Working in both lab and field, you’ll develop skills in surveying, computer aided design and the properties of engineering materials. We’ll begin your professional development through site visits, group-based design activity and visiting industry speakers.

In year 2, explore the core disciplines of civil engineering, from structural analysis and design to hydraulic engineering through lectures, practical activities, site visits and a field course. We’ll introduce you to some specialist areas of the industry, including coastal engineering and water management – with the opportunity to take an option module to develop skills in sampling, survey, underwater photography and inspection techniques (for those who have completed the HSE SCUBA diving qualification).

By taking the opportunity to spend a year in paid professional employment as a student civil engineer, you’ll gain real world experience, industry contacts and the possibility of summer work, sponsorship or a graduate job offer. Our Employability Service will support you in finding a placement and we offer an extensive network of employers across all sectors.

In year 3, you’ll deepen your understanding of the core technical subjects in civil engineering with a particular emphasis on coastal engineering design - culminating in an industry-focused group design project. You’ll spend much of the year completing a research-based individual project – that focuses on laboratory experiments, computer-aided modelling, or field work linked to our staff’s research and professional interests.

In your final year, you'll extend your existing skills in geotechnical engineering, hydraulics and computation and information technology. Broaden your knowledge by studying subjects such as modelling marine processes, structural engineering and project management. In preparation for your future career, you’ll focus on the commercial aspects of the civil engineering business through a group-based design project collaborating with other engineering disciplines.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

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This course enables students to understand the fundamentals of information theory and apply appropriate performance and quality measures to engineer enhanced data communication systems. Read more
This course enables students to understand the fundamentals of information theory and apply appropriate performance and quality measures to engineer enhanced data communication systems.

Students design state-of-the-art networks using legacy as well as emerging optical and wireless technologies, developing the students’ ability to define and apply appropriate analytic, algorithmic and a mix of simulation and hardware tools for reliable data transfer.

Students will cover subject specific subjects such as Digital Mobile Communication Systems and Optical Communication Technologies alongside cohort taught subjects to develop their management skills and their employability.

The successful postgraduates of the course will acquire the knowledge and understanding, intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for the analysis and synthesis of problems in engineering and manufacturing through a combination of experimental, simulation, research methods and case studies. They can expect to gain work in a range of disciplines within a variety of industries from specialist technical roles to positions of management responsibility.

Why choose this course?

Students who undertake this course will gain knowledge and understanding of the advanced theoretical issues and their practical implementations that underlie recent developments in Communications and Information Engineering.

Students will be able to explore, explain the engineering challenges inherent in a variety of data communication applications.

Supported by the School which has over 25 years' experience of teaching electronic engineering and has established an excellent international reputation in this field.

We offer extensive lab facilities for engineering students, including the latest software packages.

Careers

Communications engineers prepare and maintain communications systems and the marketplace increasingly relies on highly advanced communications systems, so communications engineering is a valued field. Careers may be sought in telecommunications or related fields that use computer networking and satellite, digital TV, Internet or radio technology.

Graduates may therefore expect employment across a very wide range of engineering companies.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff is always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. In addition, our staff are active in research and useful elements of it are reflected on the learning experience.

The School of Engineering and Technology has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussions with staff and other students.

A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School of Engineering and Technology has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible.

Structure

Core Modules
-Broadband Networks and Data Communications
-Digital Mobile Communication Systems
-Information Theory and DSP in Communications
-MSc Project
-MSc Projects
-Multicast and Multimedia Networking
-Operations Management
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Operations Research
-Optical Communication Technologies
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking

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This course is based at our quality-assured partners around the world. This course will broaden the knowledge and experience of graduate and practicing engineers in engineering, technology and management. Read more
This course is based at our quality-assured partners around the world.

Course overview

This course will broaden the knowledge and experience of graduate and practicing engineers in engineering, technology and management. The successful integration and application of these elements will allow you to operate effectively in a wide range of engineering management roles and successfully deliver multi-million pound engineering projects.

The full potential of technological advances can only be fully realised if they are efficiently managed, using proven principles and methodologies. The focus of the programme is on equipping you to do this, within the context of today's engineering and manufacturing environment.

Supportive tutors will help you develop the ‘soft’ skills of working with others and leading projects. Examples include negotiation and collaboration, effective communication, handling conflict and politics and managing change.

Modules include ‘Engineering Operations Management’, ‘Project Risk and Quality Management’ and ‘Decision Support for Management’. Your Masters project will involve a real-world project that is supported by a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element and is an opportunity to impress not only your academic assessors but also potential employers.

Course content

The content of the course reflects the real-world needs of employers. It is structured to increase opportunities for gaining practical experience.

Modules on this course include:
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy
-Project Management and Control
-Engineering Operations Management
-Decision Support for Management
-Managing People and Project Leadership
-Project Risk and Quality Management
-Advanced Maintenance Practice
-Masters Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is provided by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, with the emphasis being on student-centred learning. Assessment methods include individual and group assignments, examinations, presentations and a viva.

Facilities & location

This course is available at partner Universities worldwide.

Employment & careers

This course equips you for a wide range of engineering management roles throughout the engineering and manufacturing sector. Employers recognise the value of qualifications from Sunderland, which has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years.

As part of the course, you will undertake a project that tackles a real-world problem. These projects are often sponsored by external clients and we encourage and support you to find your own client and sponsor. This relevant work experience will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and further boost your employability.

Potential management roles include:
-Project Manager
-Design Engineer
-Manufacturing Engineer
-Mechanical Engineer
-Electrical Engineer
-Product Engineer
-Maintenance Engineer

Engineering management provides good career prospects with salaries ranging from £30,000 up to around £80,000. A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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An astonishing global revolution has taken place in mobile and satellite communications, the full impact of which is difficult to exaggerate. Read more
An astonishing global revolution has taken place in mobile and satellite communications, the full impact of which is difficult to exaggerate. The resulting growth in mobile and satellite communications industries has created a high demand for graduates with expertise in the key areas of digital, mobile and satellite communications and networking.

With significant input from industry, this course produces highly competent graduates who can fill key positions and play leading roles in shaping this rapidly evolving field. By graduation, you will be well-equipped to develop new engineering applications for the next generation of communication systems. You will also be given the chance to undertake a six-month unpaid internship*.

Your studies will include advances in antennas and propagation, digital transmission, satellite communications, mobile communications, satellite networks, wireless applications, digital signal processing and product management. All this is enriched with seminars, field trips and a period of internship* in industry. You will also learn to use the latest engineering design tools, including the Systems ToolKit (STK) used by NASA for planning space missions.

Routes of study:
The course is available to study via two routes:
- MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (with internship)
- MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (without internship)

Please note: *Internships are available to full-time students only. Internship places are limited. Students have the opportunity to work in a participating UK company or within a Research Centre at the University. You can also opt to study the course without an internship which will reduce your course length.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1431-msc-mobile-and-satellite-communications-with-internship

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Mobile Communication Technologies
- Satellite Communications
- Digital Communications Systems
- Applied Digital Signal Processing
- Product Management and Integrating Case Studies
- Six month Internship
- MSc Major Project

Optional modules:
- Wireless and Personal Communications
- Satellite Networking

Learning and teaching methods

You will be taught through lectures, tutorials and workshops involving hands-on systems modelling and simulations using state-of-the-art hardware and software facilities. Students will also engage in supervised research supported by full access to world-class online and library facilities.

The course is available to study via two main routes, you can opt to add further value to your studies by undertaking an internship or simply focus on building your academic knowledge through a on-campus study as detailed below:

MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (with internship):

- Delivery: Full-time only | Start dates: September and February
If you choose to undertake an internship, your course will be delivered in four major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern. Six taught modules are completed during two teaching blocks featuring 12 contact hours per week. This is followed by 6 month period of internship, after which the student returns to undertake a 16-week major research project. Please note: Course length may vary dependent on your chosen start date.


MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (without internship):

- Delivery: Full-time and Part-time | Start dates: September and February
The study pathway available without internship is available full-time and part-time. The full-time route is delivered in three major blocks. Six taught modules are completed during two teaching blocks featuring 12 contact hours per week followed by a 16-week major research project. The full-time course duration is about 12 months, if you study part-time then you will complete the course in three years. Part-time study involves completing three modules in each of the first two years and a major research project in the final year. The use of block-mode delivery in this way allows flexible entry and exit, and also enables practising engineers to attend a single module as a short course.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Advancements in technology such as the increased use of Wi-Fi, are creating exciting career opportunities for graduates with the right skills. Graduates of this Masters award can enter the telecommunications industry in many different roles, conduct research or work towards a PhD.

Internship

Internships are only available to students studying full-time: Following successful completion of six taught modules, you will be competitively selected to join participating UK companies or University Research Centres on a six-month period of unpaid work placement before returning to undertake your major research project. All students who have an offer for the MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (with internship) are guaranteed an internship either in industry or in a University Research Centre.

There are 25 internship places available. Students who wish to undertake an internship must apply for the MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (with internship). It is anticipated that there will be significant demand for this programme and applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and the numbers of students offered a place on the programme with internship will be capped.

If the course is already full and we are unable to offer you a place on the Masters course with internship, we may be able to consider you for the standard MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (without internship) which is a shorter programme.

Assessment methods

Each of the six taught modules is typically assessed through 50% coursework and 50% closed-book class test. The major project is assessed through presentation to a panel of examiners, viva and written report.

Facilities

A state-of-the-art University library gives you access to most of the world’s leading publications. Other major facilities include a Cisco Academy networking laboratory, a Wireless Communications laboratory including a 1-65 GHz anechoic chamber and a satellite communication earth station, and a Communication Systems simulation laboratory equipped with PCs running the latest versions of MATLAB, SIMULINK, STK and other software.

In addition, we have recently opened a Calypto lab, which has software licences and support for the Catapult C toolset. This is used to develop advanced electronic products, such as the next generation of smart phones, more quickly and cost-effectively and to help engineers overcome design challenges in the increasingly complex world of board and chip design. The lab is sponsored by Calypto Design Systems Inc, a leader in electronic design automation. We are one of only four UK universities and 60 universities globally that have been granted permission to use the software worth £1.9m.

The new Renesas Embedded Systems lab comprises 25 new high-end terminals running cuttingedge tools. The facility was designed in collaboration with Renesas, the world’s leading supplier of microcontrollers, whose sponsorship helps ensure that students are always working with the latest technologies and development tools.

Teaching

The course is led by Professor Otung, a Chartered Engineer and internationally acclaimed author of Communication Engineering textbooks used in leading universities around the world, and supported by an impressive and highly-qualified teaching and supervision team. Generations of graduates from this course speak very highly of not only the cutting-edge expertise and technical skills that they developed on the course but also of the inspiration, professionalism and friendship of the entire teaching team.

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