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Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand. Read more

Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand.

This Masters gives you the skills and knowledge to engage with the information society as a leader, innovator and entrepreneurial manager.

You’ll learn to understand and integrate contemporary theory while exploring the latest trends. Taught by our leading academics and business practitioners, you’ll be shown how to select and use cutting-edge tools and techniques to solve complex business challenges, with opportunities to gain hands-on experience through live case studies and projects.

You’ll benefit from interaction with leading UK and European businesses through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops, all of which help you prepare for the challenges of a fast-changing sector.

Academic excellence

This Masters is supported by an advisory board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses including IBM, Ericsson, Lloyds Banking Group and Thales Group. They advise on content, deliver guest lectures, provide dissertation projects and offer site visits. You’ll benefit from a curriculum developed in collaboration with these partners, which allows us to focus our teaching on the skills most relevant to the workplace.

Teaching on the MSc is informed by leading scholars from the AIMTech Research Centre at Leeds University Business School, one of Europe’s most influential research centres in Information Systems and Information Management.

The centre has a tradition of cutting-edge research subjects, including how ICT drives organisations, information sharing in disasters, ICT in developing countries (ICT4D) and the design and evaluation of mobile information systems.

Course content

Core modules will develop your understanding of research design and introduce you to systems thinking. This will prepare you to study the concepts and perspectives of the design and build of information systems, and you’ll also learn more about entrepreneurship.

You’ll explore approaches and techniques in strategic management, as well as applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios to develop professional skills. At the same time you’ll examine the importance of information management as a core business activity and how it is put to use in different organisations.

You’ll also examine the ways in which businesses use information in analytics and decision science, and broaden your knowledge by studying innovation in the context of operations management and information systems.

By the end of the course, you’ll submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to choose a topic set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to organisations.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Dissertation 30 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Designing Information Systems 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
  • Operations, Information Systems and Innovation 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Information Systems and Information Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork, workshops, group learning or computer classes. You’ll also have chances to enhance your learning through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops with our industry partners and guest speakers.

Independent study is also vital to this course, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

This Masters prepares you for a range of careers related to information management. Graduates can consider a management position in information systems, information management, senior IT or business analysis roles, or may pursue a dynamic career as a technology innovator or leader.

The emergence of social media, wireless communications, the cloud, big data and mobile technologies are all creating challenges for managers and organisations. Alongside accelerating information flows, complexity and volume, the skills to manage and drive opportunity through this information are now vital for most organisations.

The skills to meet this need are scarce, particularly amongst managers. As a result, many organisations struggle with this area of business and demand for professionals with these skills is strong as a result. This course is designed to meet the expectations of both leading organisations and individuals who wish to pursue a career in information systems and information management.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Communications Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Communications Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

As a student on the MSc in Communications Engineering, you will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the technology and architecture of computer communications, photonics and telecommunication networks, wireless telecommunications and related wireless information technologies.

Key Features of MSc in Communications Engineering

The practical knowledge and skills you will gain as a student on the MSc Communications Engineering course include being presented with the essential element of modern optical communication systems based on single mode optical fibres from the core to the access, evaluating bandwidth-rich contemporary approaches.

The MSc Communications Engineering course also covers advanced networking topics including network performance and network security. This is supported with some practical knowledge and skills for project and business management principles.

As a student on the MSc Communications Engineering course, you will also be introduced to technologies underlying the compressions and transmission of digital video over networking platforms, gain knowledge on the channel models and associated impairments that typically limit the performance of wireless systems, and learn to design optimum digital communication receivers for some basic communications channel models.

The MSc in Communications Engineering is modular in structure. Communications Engineering students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students on the Communications Engineering course must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time MSc in Communications Engineering Delivery mode:

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc in Communications Engineering scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Timetables for the Communications Engineering programme are typically available one week prior to each semester.

Modules

Modules on the MSc Communications Engineering course can vary each year but you could expect to study:

RF and Microwave

Signals and Systems

Entrepreneurship for Engineers

Nanophotonics

Micro and Nano Electro-Mechnical Systems

Lasers and applications

Wireless Communications

Digital Communications

Optical Communications

Optical Networks

Communication Skills for Research Engineers

Research Dissertation

MSc Dissertation - Communications Engineering

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Engineering at Swansea University has extensive IT facilities and provides extensive software licenses and packages to support teaching which benefit students on the MSc in Communications Engineering course. In addition the University provides open access IT resources.

Links with Industry

At Swansea University, Electronic and Electrical Engineering has an active interface with industry and many of our activities are sponsored by companies such as Agilent, Auto Glass, BT and Siemens.

This discipline has a good track record of working with industry both at research level and in linking industry-related work to our postgraduate courses. We also have an industrial advisory board that ensures our taught courses maintain relevance.

Our research groups work with many major UK, Japanese, European and American multinational companies and numerous small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to pioneer research. This activity filters down and influences the project work that is undertaken by all our postgraduate students.

Careers

The MSc Communications Engineering is suitable for those who have a career interest in the field of communication systems, which has been fundamentally changing the whole world in virtually every aspect, and would like to gain lasting career skills and in-depth knowledge to carry out development projects and advanced research in the area of communication systems.

Communications Engineering graduates can seek employment in wireless communication systems and network administration, and mobile applications development.

Student Quotes

“I was fascinated by the natural beauty of Swansea before I came here. Swansea University is near the beach so you can walk around the beach at any time. This Master’s is very useful to enhance your ability and enrich your principle of the academic knowledge.”

Zhang Daping, MSc Communication Systems (now Communications Engineering)

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

With recent academic appointments strengthening electronics research at the College, the Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) has been re-launched to support these activities.

The Centre aims to represent all major electronics research within the College and to promote the Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree.

Best known for its research in ground-breaking Power IC technology, the key technology for more energy efficient electronics, the Centre is also a world leader in semiconductor device modelling, FEM and compact modelling.



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This LLM in Information Technology Law promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of information technology law, in its broadest sense, within international, European and domestic settings. Read more

This LLM in Information Technology Law promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of information technology law, in its broadest sense, within international, European and domestic settings. You will develop an understanding of information technology law not just in its legal but also its social, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts.

The programme gives you the opportunity to study subjects where IT law interfaces with other disciplinary dimensions of the law, with modules in intellectual property law, commercial law and medical law.

This programme focuses on the regulatory framework that governs information technology within international, European and domestic settings.

The programme is highly topical, exploring the second generation - and sometimes even third generation - of regulation that has evolved from the legal framework of the early 2000s. New developments in technology are also a key focus, as these force us to constantly review the very concept of information technology and appropriate legal responses.

Information technology regulation operates across jurisdictions, and a cross-fertilisation of regulatory responses occurs at the interface between, domestic, regional and international law. Our aim is to enable you to understand this cross-fertilisation, to be able to contextualise it and place yourself within it.

Online learning

Our distance learning courses are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.

Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.

We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality

Programme structure

You must complete a total of six courses (120 credit points), four of which must be core IT law courses, and complete a dissertation (60 credit points) over your chosen period of study.

Core courses offered in 2016/17:

  • Communications Law
  • Electronic Commerce Law
  • Forensic Computing: Electronic Evidence
  • Information: Control and Power
  • Information Technology Law
  • Law of Robotics
  • International and European Media Law

Please note the available choice of modules in any given year may change.

Learning outcomes

By the end of your studies you should emerge with an understanding of information technology law not just in its legal but also its social, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts.

Career opportunities

Graduates of our online distance learning programmes progress to a range of careers in Law and related legal fields, including work in local and international firms, government legal departments, other public institutions, international organisations and in academia.

The programmes are also an ideal platform for advanced research.



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The Institute of Computer and Communications Law (ICCL) offers online distance learning programmes that leads to the award of a Queen Mary University of London, Postgraduate Certificate in Computer and Communications Law. Read more

M3CC (minimum - one year, part-time)

The Institute of Computer and Communications Law (ICCL) offers online distance learning programmes that leads to the award of a Queen Mary University of London, Postgraduate Certificate in Computer and Communications Law.

The programme draws on our established teaching and research expertise in IT law, e-commerce law, communications law, computer law and media law.

Law as a subject is particularly suitable for online learning in that it is primarily text-based, so delivery of teaching materials is not restricted by bandwidth limitations. Most of the relevant materials for computer and communications law are available in digital format from databases such as Lexis and Westlaw to which you gain access through your Queen Mary Student account. We use a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a platform to deliver clear course structures, teaching materials and to create interactive courses. Your e-learning experience is enhanced by tutorials using discussion boards, blog postings and live chat for class discussions and question and answer sessions. We have designed the course to allow as much interaction and feedback between students and tutors as possible. Your understanding will be deepened by discussing your reading with fellow students and your course tutor and carrying out short tasks related to the course. We also use audio and audio-visual presentations. You will not need to have access to a local law library, a basic internet connection and browser is all that is needed to do the course.

Flexible Learning

Completion of the Certificate takes one to two years, part-time and is tailored for the needs of busy practitioners or other lawyers who would like to obtain knowledge in the computer and communications law field. Students may switch to the Diploma (120 credits) or the LLM (180 credits) after completing the Certificate.

Programme structure
You can study Computer and Communications Law to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or LLM level, by distance learning.

The programme is tailored for you if you wish to obtain a specialist Certificate in Digital Media Law, Certificate in IT or IP Law, Certificate in E-commerce Law or a Certificate in Communications Law. The certificate requires the successful completion of 60 credits over a minimum of one year, which can be completed as follows:
◦four taught modules, or
◦three taught modules and the optional research seminar paper/presentation

On successful completion of the certificate you may switch to the diploma. The diploma must be completed within a minimum of two years, and a maximum of six years. The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits, which can be completed as follows:
◦eight taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation), or
◦six taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as one 10,000-word dissertation

If you choose to continue to the LLM, you will need to complete 180 credits, which can be completed as follows:
◦six taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as three 10,000-word dissertations, (or one 20,000-word dissertation in addition to one 10,000-word dissertation), or
◦eight taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as two 10,000-word dissertations, (or, with approval, one 20,000-word dissertation)
Modules:
The year is divided into three four-month terms, with a selection of modules and dissertations being offered each term.

◦Taught modules (15 credits)
◦Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).

◦Research seminar paper/presentation (optional) (15 credits) (January – May)
◦This involves a 30 minute presentation at the residential weekend on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor followed by the submission of a 5,000-word essay during the May – August term.

◦Dissertations (for the diploma and LLM only) – on a topic of your own choice
◦10,000-word dissertations (30 credits) – taken over two consecutive terms
◦20,000-word dissertation (60 credits) – taken over four consecutive terms

Modules

Certificate in Digital Media Law Module options
◦CCDM009 Computer Crime
◦CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law
◦CCDM018 Internet Content Regulation
◦CCDM028 Online Media Regulation
◦CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
◦CCDM037 Broadcasting Regulation
◦CCDM038 Regulation of Cross-border Online Gambling


Certificate in IP and IT Law Module options
◦CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
◦CCDM011 IT Outsourcing
◦CCDM013 Advanced IP Issues: Protection of Computer Software
◦CCDM015 Advanced IP Issues: Digital Rights Management
◦CCDM016 Intellectual Property: Foundation
◦CCDM040 Online Trademarks
◦CCDM043 – Cloud Computing

Certificate in E-commerce Law Module options
◦CCDM008 Online Banking and Financial Services
◦CCDM009 Computer Crime
◦CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
◦CCDM011 IT Outsourcing
◦CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law
◦CCDM018 Internet Content Regulation
◦CCDM019 Information Security and the Law
◦CCDM020 Internet Jurisdictional Issues and Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
◦CCDM025 Mergers and Acquisitions in the IT Sector
◦CCDM027 E-Commerce Law
◦CCDM029 Taxation and Electronic Commerce
◦CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
◦CCDM040 Online Trademarks
◦CCDM043 – Cloud Computing

Certificate in Communications Law Modules
◦CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
◦CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law
◦CCDM019 Information Security and the Law
◦CCDM021 European Telecommunications Law
◦CCDM026 International Telecommunications Law
◦CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law

Application Dates

You can start the programme in either the autumn term or the spring term. You should return your completed application forms two months before the start of term. For example, for an autumn start you will need to return your forms by mid-July and for a spring start you will need to return your forms by the beginning of November.

As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London. To comply with official admissions procedures if you are made an offer all applicants will be expected to submit by post (courier) or in person certified copies of qualifications which were uploaded when making an online application.

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In a world where commercial success relies on digital communications, high speed data transfer and real-time analysis, where information technology (IT) is constantly advancing, companies need professionals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and often novel technology solutions to help them identify and maintain competitive advantage. Read more

In a world where commercial success relies on digital communications, high speed data transfer and real-time analysis, where information technology (IT) is constantly advancing, companies need professionals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and often novel technology solutions to help them identify and maintain competitive advantage.

Aimed at graduates with experience in computing or IT, this specialist practice-based course has been developed and delivered in partnership with Coventry Business School. It aims to develop complementary skills in business and technology, providing a solid foundation in management, including budgeting, resource allocation and organisation, together with sound technical knowledge of aspects such as software design, network planning and technical support.

Coventry University is ranked in the top 20 best universities in the country for both ‘Computer Sciences’ and ‘Business and Management Studies’ by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Well-established industry connections, with companies like IBM, provide opportunities for collaborative projects and guest lectures from expert practitioners who will share their experiences, both challenges and successes.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised business qualification, which indicates the higher levels of knowledge and skills needed to implement change, turn threats into opportunities, sustain and improve competitive advantage locally, nationally and internationally.

This exciting new course is designed to develop your understanding of the global information technology environment to prepare you to become effective in a senior management role in the IT sector both within and beyond the UK.

You will examine the use of enterprise-wide information management systems within different business contexts and several commercial sectors to better understand how IT can positively impact on the structure and processes of a modern organisation, particularly in the light of changing external environments and rapidly developing technology.

A distinct advantage of our course is the fact you will receive training and practical exposure to two of the world’s leading software systems – Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), the leading provider of enterprise business applications and solutions, and Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2), recognised worldwide as the de facto project management process.

Course content has been designed with input from our Industry Advisory Board, whose membership includes companies in the wholesale industry. Their feedback tells us that employers are looking for graduates with management capabilities in addition to the expected IT skills, which is why our course provides a solid foundation in PRINCE2 techniques, which demonstrates your commitment to high quality management, control and organisation.

Our highly qualified staff are acknowledged experts in their field, with substantial academic and industrial expertise. This includes, for example, the country project director for IT for Shell International and ITV, former heads of IT, managing directors of software development houses and database specialists. They have or continue to conduct research into big data, internet protocols, knowledge management, education and healthcare, sharing this knowledge within their teaching.

Benefits:

  • Coventry is rated 19th best in the UK for ‘Computer Science and Information Systems’ and 12th for ‘Business and Management Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • Coventry is ranked 50th for ‘Computer Science’ and 36th for ‘Business Studies’ in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
  • Opportunity to gain certification in SAP and PRINCE2 with a limited number of scholarships available for students to take the exams.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Access to extensive cutting-edge facilities and equipment, such as appropriate development environments and database applications, as well as on and off site access to commercial IT software, including SAP, Prince2 and Microsoft Project for process modelling.
  • Extensive links with industry providing opportunities for project placements with past computing students working for the likes of IBM, Barclays Bank, Lockheed Martin, Sun Microsystems, United Advertising, Hewlett-Packard and British Aerospace.
  • Research-informed teaching – our faculty includes experts actively researching pervasive computing, distributed computing and applications, innovative applications for interactive worlds, serious games and virtual worlds.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for our postgraduate Computing courses of 90%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES). 92% of our MSc Management of IT graduates were in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Course content has been structured to enable you to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of IT management, together with the appropriate intellectual, intercultural and personal skills required in the modern workplace.

We will look at current and emerging practices in the management of information technology systems, providing advanced knowledge and practical experience – through real-life case studies and work-based projects – of the specification, implementation and management of information systems in divergent organisational contexts.

We aim to develop and enhance your managerial, analytical, critical communication and presentation skills, developing your understanding of both the functional nature of business and the holistic nature of management. You’ll explore contemporary business issues, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and the need to manage change across cultures to ensure successful global trade. We will also consider sources of financial information, examining the financial reports of real-world public companies, to develop your financial analysis skills.

To demonstrate you have acquired the skills and knowledge to pursue a professional career in the management of IT, your Master’s culminates in an independent project or dissertation. You will either solve a real practical problem with the application of best practice or conduct research into a chosen subject area. Recent projects within this area have covered topics as diverse as network security for SMEs and digital marketing strategies for a local community centre.

For full details, please visit http://www.coventry.ac.uk/course-structure/engineering-environment-and-computing/postgraduate/information-technology-management-mba/



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Digital signal processing (DSP) is at the core of the communications revolution. Research is constantly being carried out to develop new DSP algorithms, allowing mobile broadband services, ‘Internet of Things’ applications and other technologies to be delivered to a growing number of users. Read more

Digital signal processing (DSP) is at the core of the communications revolution. Research is constantly being carried out to develop new DSP algorithms, allowing mobile broadband services, ‘Internet of Things’ applications and other technologies to be delivered to a growing number of users.

This programme will give you a thorough understanding of different aspects of DSP and as it relates to the communications landscape, as well as specialist knowledge from your choice of optional modules.

Our DSP lab will give you hands-on experience using the DSP technology that can be found in computers, cellular phones, GPS and other technologies, and you’ll learn from expert researchers at the forefront of their fields.

You’ll also benefit from specialist industrial lectures, allowing you to relate the theoretical and design aspects of communications and signal processing to practical problems and real-world constraints.

School Facilities

Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities. These include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives, ultrasound and bioelectronics.

There’s also a Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility. The Faculty is also home to the £4.3 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.

Course content

Throughout the year you’ll study a set of core modules that give you an in-depth understanding of DSP, wireless communications, different optical communications networks and the complex issues around network security. If you don’t have any experience of c-programming you’ll also take a module that develops these skills; alternatively, you can choose between this module and another on software development.

You’ll also select optional modules that are tailored to your own interests or career plans – you could focus on embedded microprocessor systems, high-speed internet architecture or other topics. To build your understanding of the global electronics industry, you’ll also complete a dissertation. This could take the form of a business, manufacturing or outsourcing plan, a proposal for research funding or an essay on a specific aspect of the industry.

Over the summer months you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research groups, focusing on a specialist topic in computer science and selecting the appropriate research methods.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Communications and Signal Processing module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Industry Dissertation 15 credits
  • Wireless Communications Systems Design 15 credits
  • Digital Signal Processing for Communications 15 credits
  • Digital Wireless Communications Principles 15 credits
  • Optical Communications Networks 15 credits
  • Data Communications and Network Security 15 credits
  • Main Project 45 credits

Optional modules

  • Cellular Mobile Communication Systems 15 credits
  • High Speed Internet Architecture 15 credits
  • FPGA Design for System-on-Chip 15 credits
  • Embedded Microprocessor System Design 15 credits
  • Programming 15 credits
  • Software Development 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Communications and Signal Processing MSc(Eng) in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Projects

The research project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Recent projects on the MSc in Communications and Signal Processing include:

  • Powerline communications for smart grid
  • Quantum key distribution over passive optical networks
  • Physical layer security using artificial noise
  • An energy-saving robot mobility diversity algorithm for wireless communications
  • Analysis and processing of physiological data from a smart watch to monitor health
  • Evaluation of wireless sensor networks for civil engineering applications
  • Cooperative wireless communications over fading channels
  • Carrier frequency offset compensation in OFDM for IEEE 802.11
  • Underlay spectrum access strategy in cognitive radio
  • Spectrum sensing for cognitive radio

Career opportunities

On completing this course, you will have obtained the skills that will lead to employment in any area of the communications/signal processing industry including optical networking, DSP design and implementation, cellular mobile, RF planning, broadband systems and general communications research and development.

Graduates from our School have gone on to work for organisations such as the National Grid, Ericsson Telecommunications, Cisco Systems, AECOM, Deep Sea Electronics, Huawei, Intel Corp., the Technology and Strategy Board and many more.

This course is also an excellent base from which to pursue a PhD and possibly an academic career.



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The MBA in Management of Information Technology program is designed to meet the emerging market demand for IT management professionals. Read more
The MBA in Management of Information Technology program is designed to meet the emerging market demand for IT management professionals. Students must complete a total of 15 courses, including seven MBA core courses, two elective courses and six IT courses. The MBA program with a concentration in Management of Information Technology may be completed in two semesters and one summer session.

Recent trends in technology have increased the demand for information technology professionals. The Management of Information Technology program emphasizes management of information systems, database management, communications networks, project management, electronic commerce, systems analysis and design. Students will be prepared for positions in the management of international corporations and other enterprises that relate to electronic commerce, information security, system integration and the strategic use of digital and electronic technology in business.

About the Course

This specialized MBA program is designed to meet the emerging market demand for IT management professionals. Students must complete a total of 15 courses including 6 concentrated IT courses. The 45 credit program leading to the MBA degree in Management of Information Technology may be completed in a minimum of 15 months. Students may transfer from one campus to the other and complete their degree requirements. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields may need to complete MBA preparatory courses. This program may also be completed online.

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​This programme explores how information and communication technologies may be managed, and how they may serve the purposes of management. Read more

Course Overview

​This programme explores how information and communication technologies may be managed, and how they may serve the purposes of management. Graduates of this programme will have knowledge of contemporary Information communications technology management issues and state of the art solutions and management strategies.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/management/courses/Pages/Information-and-Communication-Technology-Management---MSc.aspx

​Course Content​

The programme has nine taught modules:

Four foundational 10 credit modules:
- Technology Adoption
- Technology Project Management
- Technology Legal Issues
- Team Software Development Project

Four specialist 20 credit modules:
- Business Analysis
- End User Computing Risk Management
- Information Security Management
- Plus one option from other MSc programmes in the department

In addition one 20 credit module 'Research Methods for Technology Projects' is undertaken in preparation for the self-managed element.

120 credits from these may result in the award of PgD; 60 credits from these may result in the award of PgC. The MSc requires all nine modules and completion of a 40 credit dissertation.

Modules are delivered through lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and invited speakers.

Employability & Careers​

This programme explores how information and communication technologies may be managed, and how they may serve the purposes of management. Graduates have gained employment as: ICT managers, project mangers and consultants; business and systems analysts; teachers and lecturers.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

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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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The Management of Information Technology MBA program is designed to meet the emerging market demand for IT management professionals. Read more
The Management of Information Technology MBA program is designed to meet the emerging market demand for IT management professionals. Students must complete a total of 15 courses, including seven MBA core courses, two elective courses and six IT courses.

Recent trends in technology have increased the demand for information technology professionals. The Management of Information Technology program emphasizes management of information systems, database management, communications networks, project management, electronic commerce, systems analysis and design. Students will be prepared for positions in the management of international corporations and other enterprises that relate to electronic commerce, information security, system integration and the strategic use of digital and electronic technology in business.

! This degree can be completed at our Heidelberg and Florida campuses or on-line

Starting Dates

Thanks to Schiller’s unique monthly-intake system, you can start your education at any time of the year. You don’t have to wait for traditional semester starting dates. Every month there’s a new start at Schiller.

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The Technology Management Group of UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) have pooled expertise to develop this exciting new programme, which aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a career in technology management or engineering management. Read more
The Technology Management Group of UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) have pooled expertise to develop this exciting new programme, which aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a career in technology management or engineering management.

Degree information

Students learn about the challenges and opportunities of working with new and legacy technology, and are introduced to key concepts such as technology maturity, lifecycles, risk, reliability and resilience. Systems and strategic thinking is promoted throughout, and the importance of the enterprise context. The research elements aim to instil a deep knowledge of at least one area of technology management with industrial relevance.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core taught modules (60 credits), two optional taught modules (30 credits) and three research modules (90 credits).

Core modules
-Business Environment
-Lifecycle Management
-Risk, Reliability, Resilience
-Technology Strategy

Optional modules - students choose two from the following:
-Defence Systems
-Environmental Systems*
-Project Management*
-Rail Systems
-Responsible Science and Innovation*
-Spacecraft Systems
-Systems Design
-Systems, Society and Sustainability*

*These modules are delivered by other UCL departments (subject to availability)

Research modules - students undertake a structured research programme comprising:
-Emerging Technology Review (group project, 15 credits)
-Technology Management Project Concept (15 credits)
-Technology Management Research Project (60 credits, including a 12,000-word dissertation)

Teaching and learning
Teaching methods incorporate a mix of lectures and case study-based teaching, and groupwork, in which students will be challenged to come up with novel ideas, lead groups to innovative solutions and manage complex tasks under tight time pressure. Assessment is through coursework, examinations, written reports and presentations, and the dissertation.

Careers

UCLse has strong links with companies in the aerospace, communications, construction, energy, transport and defence sectors and our Industrial Advisory Board ensures relevance to industry.

Typical career destinations might include:
-Graduate Systems Engineer (Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, GE, GDUK, SELEX, THALES, Ultra Electronics)
-Technology/Business Consultant (Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC).

Employability
Drawing on our experience of providing short training courses for industry (such as the Project Manager training courses we run for the European Space Agency) we will integrate a large amount of skills development into our teaching, including skills in communication, negotiation, leadership and motivation, decision-making, and managing complex, time-constrained tasks, all of which will be beneficial for future careers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme blends general principles of management with technology-focused teaching and integrates aspects of systems engineering and project management; the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory has nearly fifty years’ experience of developing cutting-edge spacecraft technology, and the programme content builds on research conducted by the Technology Management Group at MSSL in these areas.

The programme contains two compulsory modules relevant to leadership and entrepreneurship (Technology Strategy, and Business Environment). These modules will give students the knowledge and skills necessary to lead new technology-driven enterprises.

The curriculum has an international focus, with case studies from major technology companies around the world including Apple, Samsung and Lenovo. A number of industrial visits are anticipated and this ‘real world’ exposure to organisations will help contextualise the theory and techniques learnt.

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Mobile communications provide terrestrial coverage in densely populated areas, while satellite communications enable wireless communication in regions where mobile networking is not cost-effective. Read more

Mobile communications provide terrestrial coverage in densely populated areas, while satellite communications enable wireless communication in regions where mobile networking is not cost-effective. The programme gives you an in-depth understanding of the engineering aspects of these important current and future technologies.

Read about the experience of a previous student on this course, Gideon Ewa.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year, until a total of eight is reached. It consists of eight taught modules and a project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Attract well-qualified entrants, with a background in Electronic Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computing & Communications, from the UK, Europe and overseas
  • Provide participants with advanced knowledge, practical skills and understanding applicable to the MSc degree
  • Develop participants' understanding of the underlying science, engineering, and technology, and enhance their ability to relate this to industrial practice
  • Develop participants' critical and analytical powers so that they can effectively plan and execute individual research/design/development projects
  • Provide a high level of flexibility in programme pattern and exit point
  • Provide students with an extensive choice of taught modules, in subjects for which the Department has an international and UK research reputation

Intended capabilities for MSc graduates:

  • Underpinning learning– know, understand and be able to apply the fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles that underpin mobile and satellite communications
  • Engineering problem solving - be able to analyse problems within the field of mobile and satellite communications and more broadly in electronic engineering and find solutions
  • Engineering tools - be able to use relevant workshop and laboratory tools and equipment, and have experience of using relevant task-specific software packages to perform engineering tasks
  • Technical expertise - know, understand and be able to use the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles associated with the topics within mobile and satellite communications
  • Societal and environmental context - be aware of the societal and environmental context of his/her engineering activities
  • Employment context - be aware of commercial, industrial and employment-related practices and issues likely to affect his/her engineering activities
  • Research & development investigations - be able to carry out research-and- development investigations
  • Design - where relevant, be able to design electronic circuits and electronic/software products and systems

Technical characteristics of the pathway

This Programme in Mobile and Satellite Communications reflects the importance of mobile telephony, mobile data communications and satellite-based communications as complementary technologies.

Students will gain a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals and advanced concepts involved in communications and 3G/4G/5G mobile technology, and satellite-based communications and networking.

This material is complemented by study in areas such as mobile applications and web services, mobile app software development, RF design, the Internet of Things, and network management.

The teaching material and projects are closely related to the research being carried out in the EE Department's Institute for Communications Systems.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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The MA in Digital Media is unique in its combination of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary media and technology- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-digital-media-technology-cultural-form/. Read more
The MA in Digital Media is unique in its combination of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary media and technology- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-digital-media-technology-cultural-form/

The established and exciting degree is designed to help you understand digital transformations in media, culture and society and apply this understanding in practice, in the media and creative industries and in further research. You will be equipped with skills that can be applied to current and future developments in digital media, social media, computing and other aspects of technology.

The MA in Digital Media educates aspiring media practitioners and academics as well as early and mid-career professionals who seek to reflect on their roles in a structured and stimulating learning environment designed to give all students up-to-the-minute knowledge of digital media and the skills to apply that knowledge to future developments.

The MA offers two pathways:

-Pathway 1 is a theory programme where you learn about developments in digital media and technology from a wide range of perspectives

-Pathway 2 is a theory and practice programme where you improve your skills, understanding and experience in one of the following areas:

Documentary
Image making
Journalism
Writing

Acclaimed academics and practitioners

Benefit from the experience and expertise of one of the world’s leading media and communications departments. You'll be taught by theorists and practitioners of international standing: Sarah Kember, Joanna Zylinska, Graham Young, Tony Dowmunt, Angela Phillips, Julian Henriques and David Morley.

Work placements and internships

The MA in Digital Media regularly attracts offers of work placements and internships. Recently these have come from Google, The Science Museum and N1creative.com.

Facilities

Our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities including well-equipped lecture and seminar rooms, exhibition spaces, computer facilities and digital media suites.

The department is also currently host to the renowned philosopher of media and technology, Bernard Stiegler and students will have access to his modulein Media Philosophy as well as priority access to the innovative and popular option After New Media. Designed to complement the MA in Digital Media, this course provides a framework for thinking about the current media environment as well as future forms of human and computer interaction.

An established record

The MA in Digital Media has been redefining media theory and practice since 2004. Our students become proficient in:

the history, sociology and philosophy of digital media
the application of critical conceptual skills to specialist areas and future forms of media
multimedia skills in image making (photography, video, animation, graphic art) script writing, journalism and documentary
MA Digital Media students have access the pioneering option ‘After New Media’, a non-assessed online module which explores the themes of self mediation, ethical mediation and intelligent mediation, and develops a framework for thinking about 'life' after new media. As befits a course of this kind we will be combining media, and exploring their pedagogic potential – uniting digital-online technologies with more traditional teaching formats, such as reading groups, seminars and an end of year symposium.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Sarah Kember.

Modules & Structure

The programme consists of:

Two compulsory core modules
Pathway 1 - between two and four option modules (worth 60 credits) OR
Pathway 2 - a two-term practice block (worth 30 credits) and either one or two option modules (worth 30 credits)
The dissertation or the practice/theory project

Assessment

Seen take-home paper; essays; dissertation or practice/theory project and other production work in the area of documentary, image-making, journalism or fiction.

Programme overview

This is an exciting programme which offers a critical, contextual and practical approach to digital media and technology. It problematises approaches to the 'new' media in academic and professional debate, especially those which overemphasise the potential for radical social change led by a homogenised technology itself.

The programme is defined by its resistance to technological determinism and its insistence on the importance of addressing the social and historical contexts within which a range of media technologies are employed. In order to provide a contextual framework and facilitate the conceptualisation of digital media and technologies as fully cultural forms and processes, the programme will draw on a range of disciplines including: media and cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. However, the programme will remain focused on key contemporary concerns about the potential role of digital media in society and on refiguring the contours of the 'new' media debate.

The programme offers two pathways. Pathway 1 addresses central theoretical and conceptual concerns relating to digital media. Pathway 2 combines theoretical analysis and practical work, offering students the opportunity to explore new media theories and concepts in practice. Pathway 2 is primarily aimed at students who already have some experience in one of the areas on offer: documentary; digital photography and image making; journalism; writing. It is meant to appeal to media industry professionals who are keen to reflect critically on their practice within a structured learning environment, graduates of practice-based courses but also those who have gained their practical experience in documentary; digital photography and image making; journalism or writing in informal settings.

Programme structure

The first compulsory core course is Digital Media - critical perspectives and this is taught in a small workshop format in the Autumn term. This course functions as a foundation for the second core course and offers students a map of the key debates in digital media. The course is taught in ten two hour workshop sessions and is supported by the provision of one-to-one tutorials.

The second compulsory core course is Technology and Cultural Form - debates, models, dialogues and this develops questions of technology, power, politics and subjectivity which were introduced in the first core course. The first part of this course highlights the key conceptual concerns of a contextualised approach to digital media plus the relevant debates and models formulated by key figures in the field. The second part of this course aims to generate a dialogue between theoreticians and practitioners around some of the most intellectually stimulating, contentious and contemporary ideas in the field without necessarily seeking a resolution. This course is taught in ten two hour workshop sessions during the Spring term and is supported by the weekly provision of one-to-one tutorials.

Students are required to take options from the lists provided by the Media and Communications, Anthropology, Comparative Literature and Sociology Departments as well as the Centre for Cultural Studies. Examples might include: After New Media, Nature and Culture, Cultural Theory, Globalisation, Risk and Control, Embodiment and Experience, Political Communications. Options are taught primarily through lectures and seminars and take place in the Autumn or Spring terms.

Each student's option profile is discussed with the programme convenor in order to ensure that the balance of subject-specific topics is appropriate for the individual concerned. Option courses are taught primarily through lectures, seminars and tutorials and take place in the Autumn or Spring terms.

All students are required to produce either a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic agreed by the student and supervisor or a practice/theory project in the area of documentary, photography and image making, journalism or fiction. The length of the practical element is dependent on the media and the form used and will be agreed in advance with the supervisor. It will, however, be comparable with practical projects undertaken in practice MA programmes in the relevant field. Students undertaking the practice/theory project will also be expected to submit a 3-4000 word analysis of their practice which locates it within the theoretical debates explored in the MA as a whole. This essay may be presented as a separate document or as an integral part of the project depending on the nature of the project and by a agreement with both theory and practice supervisors.

Programme outcomes

The programme's subject specific learning outcomes require students to analyse and contextualise developments in digital media and technology with reference to key debates in the history, sociology, anthropology and philosophy of the media. Students who opt for the practice/theory pathway will also be required to produce material of publishable or broadcast standard and to evaluate the ways in which theoretical and practical insights intersect. All students will develop a wide range of transferable qualities and skills necessary for employment in related or unrelated areas. These are described by the Quality Assurance Agency as: 'the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations, and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development'.

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

-Map and critically evaluate key debates in the field of new media
-Analyse and contextualise current and future developments in digital media and technology
-Evaluate and articulate key historical, sociological, anthropological and philosophical approaches to the study of digital media and technology
-Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of at least four differing areas of inquiry
-Demonstrate an advanced level of conceptual knowledge and (where relevant) practical skill appropriate for a sustained piece of work in the field
-Prepare and deliver clearly argued and informed work
-Locate, retrieve and present relevant information for a specific project
-Manage a complex array of competing demands and work effectively to a deadline
-Work resourcefully and independently
-Think critically and/or work practically within a given context

Skills

We provide graduates with skills that are cutting edge: in the critical analysis and/or creative production of digital media; in the disciplinary knowledge and conceptual frameworks necessary for current and future forms of media and technology; in the awareness of how digital media and technologies are re-shaping society from the ways we communicate (through social media and web 2.0) to the increasingly ‘smart’ environments in which we live.

Careers

Our programme provides a theory and practice pathway and prepares students for work in the following areas:

-media and creative industries; advertising, marketing and PR (graduates of the MA Digital Media have found work with Virgin Media, Google, the BBC and other leading organisations worldwide)
-research and academia (graduates from this programme have gone on to study for PhD degrees in higher education institutions around the world and also here with us)
-media production and new media art (graduates have exhibited, published and produced work in photography, journalism, TV, documentary, film and multimedia)

Graduate Ekaterina discusses her career:

"I work for a company, called Visual DNA, which already sounds like life happening After New Media. The company is the largest data provider in Europe and is totally multinational. We actually try to analyse human visual DNA, you memories, feelings, thoughts about the future, anticipations, etc by creating personality quizzes where instead of verbal answers we tend to use images.

My role is as Creative Developer. It involves working with images from concept to finding/shooting and post-production. My qualifications perfectly matched what they’ve been looking for, Digital Media rocks!

My tip for the new-to-be-graduates is this: physically go to places and companies and talk to people. It really opens up loads of possibilities, and when I tell someone where I’ve graduated from they look impressed, and there is some sort of respect coming from them."

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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The communications sector has changed dramatically in the past 5 years, as mobile internet, smartphones and associated apps such as social media, commerce and digital media have spurred an information revolution. Read more

The communications sector has changed dramatically in the past 5 years, as mobile internet, smartphones and associated apps such as social media, commerce and digital media have spurred an information revolution.

This programme responds to the growth of networks and mobile internet applications, allowing you to study traditional communications theory alongside modules dealing with network security and the protocols for high-speed switches and routers.

You’ll build your knowledge of new developments in data-centric networking and the growing trend in cloud computing and online services, such as web-search, video content hosting and distribution, social networking and large-scale computations. Optional modules will allow you to specialise in topics appropriate to your interests and career plans.

It’s a chance to gain specialist knowledge and skills that will be in demand over a wide range of disciplines, from the traditional communications industries to banking, finance and commerce.

Specialist facilities

Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities. Depending on your research project, these may include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives, ultrasound and bioelectronics.

There’s also a Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility.

The Faculty is also home to the £4.3 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.

Course content

The programme is built around a set of core modules that develop your knowledge across both semesters. You’ll build your understanding of topics like communication network design, high-speed internet architecture, optical communications networks, data communications and the issues surrounding network security.

If you have no experience of C programming, you’ll also take a module that will equip you with these skills. However, if you do, you could choose to take a specialist module on software development instead. In addition, you’ll choose from optional modules on topics such as digital media engineering, cellular mobile communication systems and even applications of this technology in the medical sector.

To build your understanding of the global electronics industry, you’ll also complete a dissertation. This could take the form of a business, manufacturing or outsourcing plan, a proposal for research funding or an essay on a specific aspect of the industry.

Over the summer months you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research groups, focusing on a specialist topic in computer science and selecting the appropriate research methods.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Digital Communications Networks module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Industry Dissertation 15 credits
  • Communication Network Design 15 credits
  • Optical Communications Networks 15 credits
  • High Speed Internet Architecture 15 credits
  • Data Communications and Network Security 15 credits
  • Main Project 45 credits

Optional modules

  • Wireless Communications Systems Design 15 credits
  • Cellular Mobile Communication Systems 15 credits
  • Digital Wireless Communications Principles 15 credits
  • FPGA Design for System-on-Chip 15 credits
  • Digital Media Engineering 15 credits
  • Medical Electronics and E-Health 15 credits
  • Programming 15 credits
  • Software Development 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Digital Communications Networks MSc(Eng) in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Career opportunities

Career prospects are excellent. There is a wide range of career opportunities in all aspects of the communications industry, and the skills learned here will also be generic to allow employment in other sectors such as finance, banking, general manufacturing, etc.

Graduates from our School have pursued careers with organisations like Cisco Systems, General Electric, Huawei, Ericsson Telecommunications, Intel Corp., Technology and Strategy Board, Wabtec Rail UK, AECOM and Orascom Telecom.

Some graduates also choose the path of academic research and therefore subsequently undertake a PhD.

Careers support

You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.

The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website



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This conversion course is aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline. Information Systems is concerned with software (and to a lesser extent hardware) that gathers, stores, processes and manages data and communications within an organisation and is at the heart of any large scale enterprise. Read more
This conversion course is aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline.

Information Systems is concerned with software (and to a lesser extent hardware) that gathers, stores, processes and manages data and communications within an organisation and is at the heart of any large scale enterprise. The key areas of study are databases, object oriented programming, systems analysis, networks, digital media systems and information systems management and strategy. The course is designed to enable a career change to Information Systems or update and broaden knowledge and skills if you are already working in the field.

A third of your MSc will consist of a solo Information Systems project with individual supervision normally in a non-technical area. This is supported by a series of seminars/workshops, but the emphasis is on student-centred learning and recognises expectations about student autonomy, typical of postgraduate level and also is part of the strategy to enhance your employability through the development of confidence, self-awareness and self-sufficiency. It is possible to switch between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing as you develop your areas of specialism and own interests in this exciting field.

Features and benefits of the course

-The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
-Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
-Our online virtual learning platform Moodle, provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
-Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.
-The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
-We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security.
-We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.

About the Course

Supported by a dedicated team of technical staff, the School of Computing, Maths and Digital Technology has excellent computing facilities including specialist Mac and PC laboratories with industry standard software and a state-of-the-art computer usability lab. Research in the school was rated highly in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), with some of our research rated as world leading.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
-Develop computer programs using object-oriented development techniques
-Use object-oriented techniques for systems analysis and design
-Have an understanding of database technology and its exploitation
-Understand the underlying technical concepts of network technology, internet and multimedia technology or the delivery of applications
-Understand concepts and be able to apply appropriate techniques across a small number of specialist computing subjects
-Carry out a research-informed practical project involving system construction or experimental work.

A range of optional specialist units adds to this versatile Information Systems qualification. Units may vary from year to year, reflecting the rapidly-changing IT industry. The project is non-technical.

Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary. Especially useful in the case of missed classes, the online virtual learning environment using Moodle provides extensive access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.

Assessment details

Assessment will be through coursework, examination and dissertation.

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