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This is a challenging one-year taught Master’s degree programme that provides students with a range of advanced topics drawn from communication networks (fixed and wireless) and related signal-processing, including associated enabling technologies. Read more
This is a challenging one-year taught Master’s degree programme that provides students with a range of advanced topics drawn from communication networks (fixed and wireless) and related signal-processing, including associated enabling technologies. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop the skills needed for careers in some of the most dynamic fields in communication networks.

This programme builds on the internationally recognised research strengths of the Communications Systems and Networks, High Performance Networks and Photonics research groups within the Smart Internet Lab. The groups conduct pioneering research in a number of key areas, including network architectures, cross-layer interaction, high-speed optical communications and advanced wireless access.

There are two taught units related to optical communications: Optical Networks and Data Centre Networks. Optical Networks will focus on Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) networks, Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) networks including SDH/SONET and OTN, optical frequency division multiplexed networks, and optical sub-wavelength switched networks. Data Centre Networks will focus on networks for cloud computing, cloud-based networking, grid-computing and e-science. There is a further networking unit: Networked Systems and Applications, which provides a top-down study of networking system support for distributed applications, from classical web and email to telemetry for the Internet of Things.

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology until 2018, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in this field in the UK.

Programme structure

Your course will cover the following core subjects:

Semester One (40 credits)
-Communication systems
-Digital filters and spectral analysis
-Mobile communications
-Networking protocol principles

Semester Two (80 credits)
-Data centre networking
-Advanced networks
-Broadband wireless communications
-Networked systems and applications
-Engineering research skills
-Optical communications systems and data networks
-Optical networks

Project (60 credits)
You will carry out a substantial research project, starting during Semester Two and completed during the summer. This may be based at the University or with industrial partners.

Careers

This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future communication networks and signal processing. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in the communications field, but also in other areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies, such as Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel. Some graduates follow a more research-oriented career path, with a number of students going on to study for PhDs at leading universities.

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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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The modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. Read more
The modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. This data may not be fully structured but still contains valuable information that needs discovering, such as emerging opinions in social networks, consumer purchase behaviour, trends from search engines, and other patterns that emerge from such huge data sources.

These developments mean traditional applications are no longer appropriate to the processing and analysis of the amount of data available. Companies, such as Google, are leading the movement from a large-scale relational database reflecting the desire to analyse data automatically and on a larger scale than previously seen.

Course content

The course is designed to respond to critical skill shortages in the rapidly expanding field of Big Data. It offers a balance of practical skills combined with academic rigour in the field of Big Data. This is a unique offering which builds on the strengths and experience of Staffordshire University in delivering practical scholarship relevant to real world situations.

It is intended to assist students and career professionals enter and succeed in the growing, high demand analytics workforce. The course recognises and acknowledges the changing patterns in study including the growing demand for extended and distance learning modes of study and builds on the many years of experience the faculty has of delivering these modes.

As a full time student, you would study in the first semester:
-Managing Emerging Technologies
-Data Harvesting and Data Mining
-Distributed Storage
-Distributed Processing

This first semester is concerned with those areas of big data fundamentals and is used to examine how big data is stored, processed and how an organisation can start to use tools to examine this data and start to improve businesses awareness of its customer base.

In the second semester you will study:
-Research Methods
-Virtualisation
-Big Data Applications
-Data Modelling and Analysis

This semester encompasses a module on how to manage big data within a network, a maths module on algorithms that are required to enhance big data and a module which will prepare you for the master project in the last semester. The last module will examine existing big data applications that can help get the most out of big data.

The final semester is a major research project. The actual content is open to discussion with the award leader and project supervisor must be a discipline related to Big Data.

On completion of the award you will have developed detailed knowledge and understanding of Big Data and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic or commercial context.

The award also aims to instil sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning & development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

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This programme involves studying the interaction between and within groups of neurons in the brain, and how they affect our interactions with the outside world. Read more
This programme involves studying the interaction between and within groups of neurons in the brain, and how they affect our interactions with the outside world.

The brain is no longer considered a passive response device but rather as a network in which we consider ongoing activity before, during, and after a stimulus. The specialisation Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication deals with brain networks; ranging from the smallest scale, the communication between individual neurons, to the largest scale, communication between different brain areas. Using advanced mathematical tools, this specialisation prepares students for cutting-edge neuroscience research.
Students interested in this specialisation are expected to already have a high level of mathematical skills and/or training in physics, engineering or computer science in their Bachelor’s studies.

A large majority of our graduates gain a PhD position, while other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes. Graduates of this specialisation may more readily find a position within a government institution or specialised companies (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry).

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/cns/brain

Why study Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication at Radboud University?

- Researchers in Nijmegen combine new techniques for electrophysiological and anatomical measurements of connectivity and activation with data analysis and the experimental application of these techniques. This is done in studies of cognition in not just humans but also non-human primates and rodents.
- Exceptional students who choose this specialisation have the opportunity to do a double degree programme with either Neuroscience or Artificial Intelligence. This will take three instead of two years.
- This competitive programme provides a sound balance of theory and practice. Our selective approach guarantees excellence, especially during the research training period.

Career prospects

If you have successfully completed the Master’s programme in Brain networks and neuronal communication, you will be able to conduct independent neuroimaging and neurobiological research. You will have ample knowledge of the anatomical and neurophysiological aspects of networks in the human brain and the techniques for the computational analysis and modeling of brain networks. This will enable you to conduct independent research into the neurofunctional architecture of key cognitive functions, such as perception, attention, memory, language, planning and targeted actions and develop technologies to measure, characterise and model networks at the whole brain and/or the local cortical circuit level. With this educational background you should be able to find a position with one of the research institutes in the Netherlands or abroad, government institutions or specialised companies (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry).

Our approach to this field

Research in the field of cognitive neuroscience is one of the spearheads in the research policy of Radboud University. Here, in Nijmegen, hundreds of scientists from various faculties and top institutes have joined forces to unravel the workings of the human brain, step by step . They work together closely, exchange expertise and share state-of-the-art research equipment.

Nijmegen is one of the foremost centres of cognitive neuroscience in the world. We have a high admission threshold to ensure that all of our students are highly motivated and have the ability to work at an advanced level. Top scientists screen all applications to make sure the new students meet our stringent entry criteria and can maintain the current standards of excellence. Once admitted to the programme, you can expect to be trained as a multidisciplinary scientist in the following two years. The research you will undertake addresses crossdisciplinary challenges. The teachers and supervisors you will meet are all experts in their own disciplines. We hope that with this programme, you will outperform your teachers by being able to combine knowledge from different domains. Alongside language processing and perceptuomotor systems, you may also help improve brain/computer interfaces, a hot topic with applications in medicine and information technology. Apart from being very exciting, it is also logical that various disciplines are merging. After all, everything that happens in the brain is interconnected. In Nijmegen we develop sophisticated cognitive models which we test by means of state-of-the-art imaging techniques, thanks to which you can participate in cutting-edge research that will hopefully lead to new insights into the way the human brain and mind work. Finally, we offer our best CNS students excellent career opportunities in challenging PhD projects.

- Unique multi-disciplinary Master’s programme
Are you also interested in the human brain? Would you like to conduct research into the workings of the brain and join an enthusiastic, international group of top researchers? The Radboud University offers a multi-faculty Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience. The programme takes two years and is of a scientific orientation. There is a strong emphasis on experimental research. This Master’s programme is unique in Europe.
The Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience is primarily focused on training you as a researcher because research institutes and businesses around the world desperately need highly qualified and motivated young researchers. Moreover, since cognitive neuroscience is a rather young discipline, much in this field has not yet been explored. There are many challenging questions that need to be answered. So there is plenty of room for new discoveries!

This competitive programme provides a sound balance of theory and practice. We enrol about 50 students per year. Our selective approach guarantees excellence, especially during the research training period.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/cns/brain

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COURSE AIMS. Accredited by the IET. This well-established and highly successful MSc course in Data Communication Systems was introduced in the mid eighties and has been continuously revised to keep pace with developments in the computer-communications industry. Read more
COURSE AIMS

Accredited by the IET.

This well-established and highly successful MSc course in Data Communication Systems was introduced in the mid eighties and has been continuously revised to keep pace with developments in the computer-communications industry. The evolution of data communication systems and computer networks in recent years has been explosive. This is a global phenomenon which presently is outstripping the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills to initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and communications. The effect of this current trend has been a growing overlap of the computer network and communications industries, from component fabrication to system integration. Another result is the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information. Both the technology and the technical standards organisations are driving toward integrated public systems that make virtually all data and information sources around the world easily and uniformly accessible. The aim of this course is to respond to this fast changing field and to ensure the student can apply the knowledge gained from the course in the complex situations prevailing within the computer network and communications industry.

This course is aimed at:

* Recent graduates in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics who wish to deepen their knowledge of the technological, commercial and managerial issues associated with Data Communication Systems.
* Practising engineers who wish to update their knowledge in this area. In this fast moving environment postgraduate qualifications provide a competitive edge in career progression.
* European and other overseas engineers who wish to broaden their education in the United Kingdom.

COURSE DETAILS

Industrial input to the MSc is continuously updated through lecturers' contacts within the industry and through a guest speaker programme. In particular, the entire Planning, Procurement, Regulation and Services module is delivered by a computer networking consultant with international experience. Practical skills are developed through the workshop module, both to reinforce the theory presented in lectures and to gain hands-on experience. In addition to in-depth technical knowledge, the Data Communications industry also considers project management, team working and presentation skills to be key attributes. These are all developed in the Course.

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With the proliferation of mobile and pervasive devices with network capability, along with widespread popularity of the Internet, more and more users and application providers expect services to be available anytime and anywhere. Read more
With the proliferation of mobile and pervasive devices with network capability, along with widespread popularity of the Internet, more and more users and application providers expect services to be available anytime and anywhere.

The Master of Networks and Security (MNS) gives you the skills to manage and administer computer networks and security, and prepares you for a career in network administration or network management, or as a systems analyst, systems designer, data communications specialist, or network security engineer or administrator.

As a network and security professional, your specialised skills will always be in high demand, as well as highly rewarded.

The MNS expands your knowledge of how to design, deploy and maintain networks and application services, by combining theory with practice. You explore issues faced both by users and application providers, and devise possible solutions.

The MNS caters to students from a variety of backgrounds by including preparatory IT units. However, if you already have a degree in IT or engineering, you may accelerate your study with an exemption from these preparatory units, or perhaps choose to take further networks and security electives.

The advanced studies of an MNS include a range of topics, from network structure, design, quality of service and protocols, to information, software and network security.

The course emphasises the principles and management of computer networks and the security technologies upon which organisations rely. You will learn how to evaluate the security needs of an organisation's infrastructure and create plans to protect it against potential attacks and security breaches.

In your final semester, you may take part in an Industry Experience program, working in a small team with industry mentors to develop entrepreneurial IT solutions. Or you may undertake a minor-thesis research project, investigating cutting-edge problems in networks and security under the supervision of internationally recognised researchers.

High-achieving students who complete the research component may progress to further research study.Graduates may be eligible for Australian Computer Society (ACS) professional membership.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/networks-and-security-c6002?domestic=true

Overview

With the proliferation of mobile and pervasive devices with network capability and the popularity and the availability of Internet, more and more users and application providers are seeking and providing services with the access and delivery paradigm of anytime and anywhere. In order to harness such rapidly changing technology, one needs to have clear understanding, knowledge and experience that transcends these technologies in order to able to design, deploy and maintain networks and application services. This course not only provides an in-depth knowledge on the principles of these technologies, but also explores issues that are faced both by the users and the application providers, and provides possible solutions. The theory is interrelated with the practice which makes this course unique.

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts, A, B and C. All students complete Part B (core studies). Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A Foundations for advanced networks and security studies or Part C Advanced practice or a combination of the two.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

PART A. Foundations for advanced networks and security studies
These studies will provide an orientation to the field of networks and security at graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Core Master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of IT networks and security theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of information and computer security and IT project management principles. Your study will focus on your choice of units within Networks and Security.

PART C. Advanced practice
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.

The first option is a research pathway including a thesis. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this first option.

The second option is a program of coursework involving advanced study and an Industry experience studio project.

Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a discipline cognate to networks and security, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/information-technology

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/networks-and-security-c6002?domestic=true#making-the-application

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The Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of modern high-speed telecommunication systems and to enhance your professional development in the rapidly expanding field of personal communications. Read more
The Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of modern high-speed telecommunication systems and to enhance your professional development in the rapidly expanding field of personal communications.

This course has two main components: 2G - 4G mobile communications, and fixed high-speed and multi-service networks. Emphasis is given to developing essential industrial and commercial skills. The project is a major element of the course and gives you the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by acquiring in-depth knowledge of a key aspect of telecommunications technology.

Why choose this course?

You will be taught industrially relevant techniques using some of the same tools and software used by the communications industry. Our telecommunications laboratories are equipped for the design, testing and analysis of mobile wireless and optical networks using industry standard tools such Asset, Ranopt, OptSim, OpNet and Matlab. You will have the opportunity to analyse real data from operational 2G and 3G networks and to design 3G and LTE networks.

Our networking laboratories are equipped with modern Cisco routers, switches and security devices to enable design construction and testing of complete high bandwidth secure, wired and wireless networks. You will have the opportunity to put the skills you have gained into practice if you choose to undertake our 1 year optional placement. The universal nature of the technical skills developed in our programmes means our courses are of equal relevance to both new graduates and those with many years of industrial experience.

This course in detail

MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks has a modular course-unit design providing you with maximum flexibility and choice. To qualify for a master’s degree, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks with placement enables you to work in industry for a year in the middle of your course to give valuable workplace experience. Placements are not guaranteed, but the departments dedicated placement team will help with the process of finding and applying for placements. To qualify for a master’s degree with placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits plus the zero credit placement module. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to brush up their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each). In some cases, it may be possible for a student on a Postgraduate Diploma to do 3 taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits. This comprises three taught modules (20 credits each).

We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks Research Project.

In Semester 1 you can choose from the following modules:
-Research and Scholarship Methods (compulsory for MSc)
-Digital Mobile Communications (alternative compulsory for MSc and PGDip)
-Digital Communications (alternative compulsory for MSc)
-Network Principles (alternative compulsory for MSc)

In Semester 2 you can choose from the following modules:
-Advanced Mobile Communications (compulsory for MSc and PGDip)
-High Speed Mobile Communications (compulsory for MSc and PGDip)
-Optical and Broadband Networks (alternative compulsory for MSc)
-Multiservice Networks (alternative compulsory for MSc)

As courses are reviewed regularly, the list of taught modules you choose from may vary from the list here.

Students undertaking an MSc with placement will do a 1 year placement in industry. The placement will be undertaken after the taught component and before doing the dissertation.

Students studying for an MSc will also take:
-MSc Dissertation (completed over summer)

Teaching and learning

The taught modules include lectures, seminars, library and internet research, and practical design and experimentation. Assessments include coursework exercises, presentations, essays and examinations (maximum 50% for taught modules).

Teaching staff include experienced academic staff and recent recruits from the telecommunications industry. Visiting speakers give you relevant and up-to-date developments from within the industry.

Laboratory facilities include the latest industry standard tools for mobile and wireless network analysis and software modelling facilities to enable network design.

Careers and professional development

Our MSc students come from all over the world and follow careers in many countries after their graduation. They are engaged in activities such as 3G network design, WiMax and LTE roll-out, handset compliance, DVB-H planning, communications software development and university lecturing. Many of them have commented on how the course content and training enabled their careers to flourish.

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This programme provides students with a challenging range of advanced topics drawn from optical communications systems and devices, and optics-related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. Read more
This programme provides students with a challenging range of advanced topics drawn from optical communications systems and devices, and optics-related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. It provides an excellent opportunity to acquire the skills needed for a career in the most dynamic fields in optical communications.

This programme builds on the internationally-recognised research strengths of the Photonics and High Performance Networks research groups within the Smart Internet Lab. Optical fibre communications form the backbone of all land-based communications and is the only viable means to support today's global information systems. Research at Bristol is contributing to the ever-increasing requirement for bandwidth and flexibility through research into optical switching technology, wavelength conversion, high-speed modulation, data regeneration and novel semiconductor lasers.

There are two taught units related to optical communications: Optical Networks and Data Centre Networks. Optical Networks focuses on Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) networks, Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) networks including SDH/SONET and OTN, optical frequency division multiplexed networks, and optical sub-wavelength switched networks. Data Centre Networks focuses on networks for cloud computing, cloud-based networking, grid computing and e-science.

The group at Bristol is a world leader in the new field of quantum photonics, with key successes in developing photonic crystal fibre light sources, quantum secured optical communications and novel quantum gate technologies.

The programme is accredited by Institute of Engineering and Technology until 2018, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in the UK.

Programme structure

Your programme will cover the following core subjects:

Semester one (50 credits)
-Communication systems
-Digital filters and spectral analysis
-Mobile communications
-Networking protocol principles
-Optoelectronic devices and systems

Semester two (70 credits)
-Advanced optoelectronic devices
-Data centre networking
-Advanced networks
-Engineering research skills
-Optical communications systems and data networks
-Optical networks

Research project (60 credits)
A substantial research project is initiated during the second teaching block and completed during the summer. This may be based at the University or with industrial partners.

Careers

This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future optical communication systems, along with associated signal processing technologies. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in the communications field, but also in other areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies, such as Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel. Some graduates follow a more research-oriented career path with a number of students going on to study for PhDs at leading universities.

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Distributed and networked computation is now the paradigm that underpins the software-enabled systems that are proliferating in the modern world, with huge impact in the economy and society, from the sensor and actuator networks that are now connecting cities, to cyberphysical systems, to patient-centred healthcare, to disaster-recovery systems. Read more
Distributed and networked computation is now the paradigm that underpins the software-enabled systems that are proliferating in the modern world, with huge impact in the economy and society, from the sensor and actuator networks that are now connecting cities, to cyberphysical systems, to patient-centred healthcare, to disaster-recovery systems.

This new Masters course will educate and train you in the fundamental principles, methods and techniques required for developing such systems. Given the number of elective modules offered, you will be able to acquire further skills in one or more of Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Information Security.

Facilities include a laboratory where you can experiment with physical devices that can be interconnected in a network, and a cluster facility configured to run the Hadoop MapReduce stack.

A Year in Industry option is also available for this course.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/computerscience/coursefinder/msc-distributed-and-networked-systems.aspx

Why choose this course?

This course will develop a highly analytical approach to problem solving and a strong background in distributed and networked systems, fault-tolerance and data replication techniques, distributed coordination and time-synchronisation techniques (leader-election, consensus, and clock synchronisation), data communication protocols and software stacks for wireless, sensor, and ad hoc networking technologies in virtualisation, and cloud computing technologies.

The course develops an advanced understanding of principles of failure detection and monitoring, principles of scalable storage, and in particular NoSQL technology.

Students will acquire the ability to:
- apply well-founded principles to building reliable and scalable distributed systems
- analyse complex distributed systems in terms of their performance, reliability, and correctness
- design and implement middleware services for reliable communication in unreliable networks
- work with state-of-the-art wireless, sensor, and ad hoc networking technologies
- design and implement reliable data communication and storage solutions for wireless, sensor, and ad hoc networks
- detect sources of vulnerability in networks of connected devices and deploy the appropriate countermeasures to information security threats.
- enforce privacy in “smart” environments
- work with open source and cloud tools for scalable data storage (DynamoDB) and coordination (Zookeeper)
- work with modern network management technologies (Software-Defined Networking) and standards (OpenFlow)
- design custom-built application-driven networking topologies using OpenFlow, and other modern tools
- work with relational databases (SQL), non-relational databases (MongoDb), as well as with Hadoop/Pig scripting and other big data manipulation techniques.

Department research and industry highlights

Royal Holloway is recognised for its research excellence in Machine Learning, Information Security, and Global Ubiquitous Computing.
We work closely with companies such as Centrica (British Gas, Hive), Cognizant, Orange Labs (UK), the UK Cards Association, Transport for London and ITSO.
We host a Smart Card Centre and we are a GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR).

Course content and structure

You will take taught modules during Term One (October to December) and Term Two (January to March). Examinations are held in May. If you are in the Year-in-Industry pathway, you then take an industrial placement, after which you come back for your project/dissertation (12 weeks).

Core course units are:
Interconnected Devices
Advanced Distributed Systems
Wireless, Sensor and Actuator Networks
Individual Project

Elective course units are:

Computation with Data
Databases
Introduction to Information Security
Data Visualisation and Exploratory Analysis
Programming for Data Analysis
Semantic Web
Multi-agent Systems
Advanced Data Communications
Machine Learning
Concurrent and Parallel Programming
Large-Scale Data Storage and Programming
Data Analysis
On-line Machine Learning
Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security
Network Security
Computer Security
Security Technologies
Security Testing
Software Security
Introduction to Cryptography

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, practical projects and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different [department]-related areas, including This taught masters course equips postgraduate students with the subject knowledge and expertise required to pursue a successful career, or provides a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

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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. Read more
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.

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.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/digital-communication-systems/

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

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.

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.

Why choose electronic, electrical and systems engineering at Loughborough?

We develop and nurture the world’s top engineering talent to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. All of our Masters programmes are accredited by one or more of the following professional bodies: the IET, IMechE, InstMC, Royal Aeronautical Society and the Energy Institute.

We carefully integrate our research and education programmes in order to support the technical and commercial needs of society and to extend the boundaries of current knowledge.

Consequently, our graduates are highly sought after by industry and commerce worldwide, and our programmes are consistently ranked as excellent in student surveys, including the National Student Survey, and independent assessments.

- Facilities
Our facilities are flexible and serve to enable our research and teaching as well as modest preproduction testing for industry.
Our extensive laboratories allow you the opportunity to gain crucial practical skills and experience in some of the latest electrical and electronic experimental facilities and using industry standard software.

- Research
We are passionate about our research and continually strive to strengthen and stimulate our portfolio. We have traditionally built our expertise around the themes of communications, energy and systems, critical areas where technology and engineering impact on modern life.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as Accenture, BAE Systems, E.ON, ESB International, Hewlett Packard, Mitsubishi, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, Rolls Royce and Siemens AG.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/digital-communication-systems/

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Duration. 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). Course units. Semester 1. – Introduction to Data Communications. – Data Communications Theory. Read more
Duration: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).

Course units
Semester 1
– Introduction to Data Communications
– Data Communications Theory
– Information Theory and Error Control Techniques
– Object-oriented Programming for Networking
Semester 2
– Research Planning and Management
– Distributed Systems and Internetworking
– Optical Fibre Communications
– Wireless Communications and Advanced Networks
Summer period
– Major project

Assessment methods
– The eight taught units are assessed by coursework and an end of unit examination
– The project is assessed by a project report and a viva.

Course description
Telecommunications and Computer Networks Engineering (TeCNE) is a specialist course designed for engineering graduates to enhance their skills in this area of high technology. Originally separate disciplines, telecommunications and computer networks have converged as communication systems have become more sophisticated. The fast pace of development requires people with thorough understanding of fundamental principles. Our aim is to produce graduates who will be able not just to respond to change but to look ahead and help shape future developments. This course also covers some CCNA and CCNP topics on computer networks.

Career opportunities
There are diverse employment opportunities in this expanding field. You could work for an equipment manufacturer, network infrastructure provider or a service provider, carrying out research, working on the design and development projects, or production of land or undersea communication systems, data networks, computer communication networks, optical fibre and microwave communications, wireless and mobile communications, cellular mobile networks or satellite systems.

Typical background of applicant
A degree equivalent to a minimum 2:2 Honours degree in Electronics, Communications or Computer Engineering. Professional qualifications (e.g. CEng) along with several years of relevant industrial experience (should include analytical work). The relevant industrial experience is to be assessed by the programme director. In addition, an overseas applicant will normally be required to have an English language qualification, e.g. IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 (or equivalent). However, if an overseas applicant satisfies the academic entry requirements but has no IELTS, English proficiency may be assessed in an interview, or some documental evidence.

Professional contacts/industry links
Our close links with industry help us to stay at the leading edge of our subject area. The department works closely with British Telecom Research Laboratories and there are opportunities for students to carry out their major project within the BT/ London South Bank Communications Systems Research Centre. There are also opportunities for project work within other research groups. MSc TeCNE is also offered in collaboration with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China and Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China (please note that this option is usually only appropriate for Chinese-speaking students).

For more information on the MSc TeCNE, see: http://ecce3.lsbu.ac.uk/staff/baoyb/tecne/

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This MSc programme is delivered by the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) at our Orkney Campus. It has been designed to promote an integrated, participatory approach to nurture and strengthen quantitative skills in science and environmental graduates using locally relevant issues. Read more

Integrative Marine Data Skills

This MSc programme is delivered by the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) at our Orkney Campus. It has been designed to promote an integrated, participatory approach to nurture and strengthen quantitative skills in science and environmental graduates using locally relevant issues. It will build a broad understanding of marine ecosystems, ecosystem services and associated management issues. Teaching is strongly reinforced with laboratory, fieldwork and project work, with emphasis placed on simulating real work situations. Strong links with industry partners, policy-makers and regulators ensure relevance within this sector. It will produce students who are quantitatively competent and literate, capable of interpreting and communicating findings, with work-ready skills (field and industry) to facilitate employment in a competitive marketplace where demand for data-savvy students is high.

Course content

Semester 1:

Advanced Research Skills 1 – Data Collecting and Handling (core)
Data is increasingly important in today’s society with huge quantities generated by the maritime sector to address a range of environmental and economically important issues. However, a specific set of skills are required to handle, extract, manipulate, analyse and communicate these data sets. Students will collect data across three platforms: shoreline, oceanic and remote, providing work-ready technical, laboratory and field skills. This course will build quantitative confidence and competency, providing graduates with the skills essential to understanding, responding to, and mitigating today’s environmental challenges.

Advanced Research Skills 2 – Statistical and Numerical Techniques (core)
The ability to problem-solve, think critically and apply mathematics has been severely eroded across education sectors, with this deficit being transferred to the working environment. Skills in numeracy, data mining, data management and modelling have been highlighted as being in demand. This course will utilise environmentally relevant, local long-term data sets collected in Advanced Research Skills 1 to strengthen skills in data analysis using a range of methods. This course is not targeting students with a strong numerical or modelling background, instead it aims to build confidence with analytical techniques and provide a broad, yet solid depth of knowledge.

Oceanography and Marine Ecology (core)
This course will give an understanding of the science of waves and tides, and how this affects efforts to exploit energy from these resources and to develop other maritime industries. The challenges and impacts associated with engineering operations in the marine environment are examined. Marine ecosystems and ecosystems services are also studied and how these are impacted by human activities.

Introduction to Marine Planning (core)
Introduces students to the emerging policy and practice of marine planning (global and regional). It examines political, jurisdictional and rights issues in the introduction of economic activities into the marine commons (the ‘Blue Growth Agenda’). The framework of marine legislation is explained and methods of conflict resolution are explored. A series of international case studies will identify the various tools and techniques being used around the world to manage human activity and balance conservation interests with demands for economic growth.

Semester 2:

Case Study and Project Design (core)
This course will facilitate the interpretation and communication of data and promote teamwork skills and engagement with a broad range of end-users, fostering responsive management skills. It is an essential follow-on core component from Advanced Research Skills 1 and 2 in Semester 1 to further consolidate the quantitative learning experience and promote synergies with local industry, stake-holders and communities. The course will capitalise on the strong networks already in place at ICIT with staff, local industry and community groups.

GIS for Marine and Environmental Scientists (optional)
Geographic Information System mapping is a tool which is now widely used by both developers and regulators in the management and development of marine resources. Within the context of Marine Spatial Planning the use of GIS has rapidly become the standard means of collating and analysing spatial information regarding resource use. This course will explain the principles and provide hands-on experience of applying state of the art mapping software in project based case studies.

Environmental Policy and Risk (optional)
This course explores the legal and policy context of marine governance. You will gain an understanding of international law, particularly the Law of the Sea, property rights and how these relate to different energy resources. The course examines regulatory issues at the international, European and UK level, as well as risk assessment and management in the context of marine developments. A practical EIA exercise is undertaken.

Practical Skills in Marine Surveying (optional)
Students entering employment in marine conservation or marine resource management are often required to plan or manage surveys of the marine environment in the role of either client or contractor. Diving is often the most effective method for conducting surveys to monitor or map marine biota. This course will provide students with the requisite knowledge for designing and managing such projects utilising scientific diving techniques.

Marine Environmental Monitoring (optional)
This course will provide an understanding of: the scientific background of natural processes in estuarine and coastal environments as a necessary prerequisite for understanding monitoring and management; the fundamentals of the design and applications of environmental monitoring programmes; the role of impact assessment in resource management, conservation and pollution control and legal framework supporting this process; and the importance of the scientific dimension underpinning estuarine and coastal management.

Tropical Coral Reefs: Monitoring and Management Field Course (Malaysia) (optional)
(Additional fee for flights and subsistence)
Students will experience different techniques used for surveying and monitoring coral reefs, to provide an understanding of the sampling and other issues which influence choice of method. It will provide students with an impression of the environmental pressures affecting reef habitats as a result of climate change, tourism related development, and of the range of management measures which may be introduced to promote sustainable use of reef resources. It will familiarise students with the main forms of fish, coral and invertebrates which characterise reefs. In addition, the course gives the chance to examine other marine habitats that are often closely inter-related with reefs: e.g. sea-grass beds.

More information:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/orkney.htm
https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/research/icit/orkney.htm
https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/why/our-rankings.htm

Fees and Scholarships

https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/fees/scholarships-bursaries.htm

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Our MSc Data Networks and Security course will provide opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks and wireless technologies. Read more
Our MSc Data Networks and Security course will provide opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks and wireless technologies.

This will be achieved by industry-led, research-informed, practice-based teaching and learning. Using industry-standard resources, you will apply the skills and knowledge gained to real-life project scenarios across industry, commerce and public sector.

The programme of study will include areas such as requirements capture, network design, evaluation, securing and optimisation, ranging from hardware configuration to protocol analysis and software definition. The programme will include research and scholarly activity in order to incorporate the latest thinking into the proposed solution.

What's covered in the course?

On this course, you will learn to:
-Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of advanced routing principles.
-Evaluate and apply advanced routing protocols for specific networking solutions.
-Evaluate a variety of routing techniques for a given network environment.
-Critically evaluate routing policy requirements for a network.
-Design and implement ethernet-based LANs. Ensuring security within the given environment.
-Apply mathematical analysis to use VLSM efficiently.
-Apply security considerations to the design and management of networks.
-Design/plan and implement LAN/WAN solutions which require switched hybrid.
-Critically assess SDN solutions in both the industry and research domains.
-Design an SDN-based network for a given system, identifying appropriate components and network structure.
-Implement an appropriate SDN controller to manage device configuration, and any other relevant network policies within an SDN network.
-Select, plan and implement an appropriate testing strategy to validate security requirements against a threat model.
-Critically evaluate the requirements for penetration testing, ethical hacking and effectively communicate security audit results to a variety of audiences.
-Design and conduct security assessment experiments to expose security vulnerabilities and to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate the resulting data to recommend remedial actions.
-Critically appraise the role of security testing within the wider context of continuous security improvements to the information assurance processes within the organisation.

Why choose us?

-The Centre for Cloud Computing houses the Cisco Networking Academy, which has an international reputation for delivering high-quality teaching, training and support acrossEurope, the Middle East and Africa.
-In six purpose-built rooms, the Centre also houses £500,000 of computer networking and communications equipment, together with more than £200,000 of web-based equipment and bookable resources.
-The course provides opportunities for you to engage in advanced studies using problem-based learning and flipped curricula strategies. You will work in groups and on your own to deliver solutions to industry-related problems and scenarios.
-The unique combination of employer-led, research-informed technical knowledge and practical experience on industry-standard resources makes our graduates more employable and sought after.
-The course encourages critical thinking and problem solving, giving you the opportunities for research.

Course in depth

All the modules are practice-based and learning is carried out in the labs. Each 20-credit module will have two hours contact, and you are expected to undertake approximately six additional hours of learning, research and assessment preparation for each module.

Assessment is carried out through presentations (both group and individual), timed tests and exams, written reports, research activity and publication of findings, and practical-based time assessments.

At the start of the course, there will be a three-week, full-time induction tool kit, comprising of a review of CCNA and associated technologies.

The course also provides the base knowledge for students to undertake the CCNA certification, and with an additional boot camp to undertake the individual CCNP certification exams.

Modules
-Information Security 20 credits
-Software Defined Network Engineering 20 credits
-Advanced Networking Systems 20 credits
-Network Management 20 credits
-Advanced Ethical Hacking 20 credits
-Research Methods 20 credits
-Project and placement 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

The University is eager to recognise students have made the effort to gain industry experience and stand out from the typical graduate. Thus, we offer a range of options for you to get extra awards and recognition for your work in industry.

We also have our Graduate+ programme, an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you’ve developed throughout the programme with broader employability attributes, which will enhance your employability options upon graduating.

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This course is accredited by the IET. COURSE AIMS. The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been explosive. Read more
This course is accredited by the IET.

COURSE AIMS:
The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been explosive. This is a global phenomenon, which presently is outstripping the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills who can initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and wireless systems. The effect of this current trend has been a growing overlap of the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration. Another result is the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

The course aims to develop a strong theoretical background involving the future of wireless communication systems. It will also develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks. It is a distinctive course that is not taught anywhere else in the UK. You will benefit from both a theoretical and practical grounding in the course due to the availability of a fully working wireless laboratory in the School, allowing students to develop their skills in this field. The lab was established as a direct result of research in this field.

The flourishing market place for mobile networks has meant that the telecommunication companies (Vodafone, O2, etc) are making their largest profits from this sector of industry. Therefore demand for jobs and for trained engineers to fill those jobs remains very high.

The connectionless office is also a new trend for creating flexible working areas within companies and organisations and the demand for wireless engineers in this domain is expected to be very high in the future. The continuing trend of convergence of services and networks mean that a lot of new industries and research institutions are looking into integrating satellite, mobile and GPS networks.

The course is comprised of the following modules:

Advanced Digital Comunications
Wireless Network Technologies
Advanced Mobile Systems
Satellite and Optical Communications
DSP for Communications
Wireless Communication Security
Project Management
Wireless Communication Workshop
Dissertation

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This course aims to give suitable graduates an in-depth understanding of the technology, and the drivers for the technology, in the area of Broadband and mobile communications. Read more
This course aims to give suitable graduates an in-depth understanding of the technology, and the drivers for the technology, in the area of Broadband and mobile communications. The course will also provide exposure to current research activity in the field.

Upon completing of the course, students will have a detailed understanding of the current practices and directions in this topic, and will be able to apply them to the task of continuing the roll-out of advanced communication services across the globe.

Course Topics
Data networks and communications, project foundations and management tools, broadband communication systems, technologies for Internet systems, introduction to distributed systems mobile systems, project and dissertation.

Taught Modules:

Data Networks and Communications: This module will provide an in-depth understanding of how real communication networks are structured and the protocols that make them work. It will give the students an ability to explain in detail the process followed to provide an end-to-end connection.

Modelling and Design: focuses on the simulation and design of electronic devices using an advanced software package – COMSOL. This powerful commercial software package is extremely adaptable and can be used to simulate and design a very wide range of physical systems.

Masters Mini Project: focuses on applying the skills and techniques already studied to a mini project, the theme of which will form the basis of the research project later in the year.

Broadband Communication Systems: This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of current and emerging broadband communications techniques employed in local, access and backbone networks. Particular emphasis will be focused on the following aspects: 1) Fundamental concepts, 2) Operating principles and practice of widely implemented communications systems; 3) Hot research and development topics, and 4) Opportunities and challenges for future deployment of broadband communications systems.

Mobile Communication Systems: This module will provide an in-depth understanding of current and emerging mobile communication systems, with a particular emphasis on the common aspects of all such systems.

RF and Optical MEMS: This module aims to introduce the use and benefits of miniaturisation in RF and optical technologies. The module will investigate improvements in component characteristics, and manufacturing processes. Applications of RF and optical nano and microsystems will be discussed using examples.

Advanced Sensor Systems: This course aims to provide students with an understanding of more complex sensor systems and a view of current developments in specific areas of sensor development. Applications of these systems and their main producers and users are also discussed.

Masters Project Preparation: To place computing and engineering within a business context so that students relate the technical aspects of their work to its commercial and social dimensions and are able to prepare project plans which take into account the constraints and limitations imposed by non-technical factors.

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