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Our MSc Optical Fibre Technologies programme offers a great opportunity to be taught, first-hand, by some of the world’s leading experts on optical fibre technology in areas ranging from fibre design and fabrication, fibre telecommunication, fibre lasers, and fibre sensors including fibre devices such as gratings and tapers. Read more

Course Summary

Our MSc Optical Fibre Technologies programme offers a great opportunity to be taught, first-hand, by some of the world’s leading experts on optical fibre technology in areas ranging from fibre design and fabrication, fibre telecommunication, fibre lasers, and fibre sensors including fibre devices such as gratings and tapers. You will be taught the core concepts of these technologies and apply these in real-world settings, gaining hands-on experience of cutting-edge research.

Modules

Semester one
Compulsory modules: Optical Fibre Technology I; Optical Fibre Technology II; Photonics Laboratory and Study Skills
Optional modules: Enterprise Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing; Light and Matter; Lasers; Silicon Photonics

Semester two
Compulsory modules: Advanced Fibre Telecommunication Technologies; Optical Fibre Sensor Technologies
Optional modules: Global Entrepreneurship; Innovation and Technology Transfer; MEMS Sensors & Actuators; Solid State and Ultrafast Lasers

Semester three
Core modules: Project (independent four-month optical fibre laboratory based project)

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

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

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

Learn From The Best

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

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

Teaching And Assessment

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

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

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

Learning Environment

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

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

Research-Rich Learning

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

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

Give Your Career An Edge

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

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

Your Future

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

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

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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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NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU? If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Electronic Engineering. Read more
NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU? If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Electronic Engineering. It includes an extra semester of preliminary study to prepare you for postgraduate learning in the UK. We strongly recommend that all international students take this option as it is proven to improve your chances of success. Take a look at this alternative course here.

About this course:
The course provides coherent and up to date coverage of Electronic Engineering with modules in Microelectronic Systems, VLSI, Digital Signal Processing,Research Methods, Embedded Systems,Analogue and Digital Electronics and Telecommunications. The approach spans specification and design to realisation, with particular emphasis on the application of industry standard CAD tools and DSP devices to develop solutions to practical engineering problems.

Course content

The course consists of a taught programme followed by an individual project. The taught programme is based on eight modules. Normally these modules are taken over two semesters for the full time route. The individual project is then studied over a further semester to complete the Masters Award.

Core modules are:
-Research Methods & Project Management
-Photovoltaic Technology
-Digital Electronic Systems
-Digital Signal Processing
-MSc Project
-Embedded Real Time Systems
-Telecommunications

Option Modules are:
-Technical Paper Authoring
-Optical Fibre Communication Systems
-Control Systems
-Wireless Navigation Systems

Semester 1 runs from September to January and Semester 2 from February to June. Study of the MSc normally commences in September. The possibility of an optional industrial placement either between the taught programme and the individual project is also available which may involve working in another European country.

Employment opportunities

Future option for graduates include employment in local, national and international industries normally initially in Research and Development roles although many progress to management positions. Alternatively graduates may choose to pursue further academic qualifications and register for a PhD programme.

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NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU? If you are an international student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Telecommunication Engineering. Read more
NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU? If you are an international student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Telecommunication Engineering. It includes an extra semester of preliminary study to prepare you for postgraduate learning in the UK. We strongly recommend that all international students take this option as it is proven to improve your chances of success.

About this Course Telecommunication engineering encompasses the design and optimisation of communication networks for voice, data and multimedia applications. This award will provide students with an indepth knowledge and skills of computer communication, telecommunication networks, project management and research methods. This award aims to produce postgraduates with the knowledge and skills to enable them to enhance their career opportunities, which is relevant to the fast paced changing needs of the telecommunications and related industries.

Course content

The MSc in Telecommunication Engineering will give you a deep understanding of the principles of Telecommunication Systems

Modules Offered: Teaching Block 1
-Digital Signal Processing
-Cellular Network Planning Principles
-Voice and Data over Broadband Network
-Wireless Sensor Networks & IOT: Principles and Practices
-Digital Electronic Systems

Teaching Block 2
-Telecommunications
-Wireless Navigation Systems
-Optical Fibre Communication Systems
-Research Methods and Project Management

Teaching Block 3
-MSc Project

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This course provides you with comprehensive training in the essential elements of information engineering and communications. Module options are topical and relevant, encompassing the design of application-specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems and optical engineering. Read more
This course provides you with comprehensive training in the essential elements of information engineering and communications. Module options are topical and relevant, encompassing the design of application-specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems and optical engineering.

You’ll also have the opportunity to tap into the world of Computer Science and explore ‘big data’, covering themes such as digital multimedia storage and communications technologies, data analytics and data mining in terms of algorithms, and goals in real-world problems. You’ll also pick up transferable skills for any future study or career, such as project planning and management, ethics, health and safety, report writing, library skills and career management.

Our recent graduates now occupy positions in industries ranging from core network provision through to logistics and software support, in addition to opportunities in data communication equipment and services.

Course description

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises eight taught modules (15 credits each), five core modules and three optional modules (see below), along with a research project worth 60 credits (see below).

Core modules

-Advanced Wireless Systems and Networks
-Information Theory and Coding
-Antenna, Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory
-Optical Communication Systems
-Signal & Image Processing

Optional modules

ASICs, MEMS and Smart Devices
Optical Engineering
Data Mining (from Computer Science)
Foundations of Data Analytics (from Computer Science)
Multimedia Processing, Communications and Storage (from Computer Science)

Individual research project

The individual research project is an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by you in conjunction with your academic supervisor. Typical project titles include:
-Network coding for underwater communications.
-Nanoscale communication networks.
-Forward Error Correction for Spectrally Sliced Transmission.
-Routing Algorithm Design for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks.
-Logical Stochastic Resonance.
-Design of Radio Devices using Metamaterials.
-Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fibre Transmission.

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With the launch of 4G wireless networks (LTE), industry vendors are competing to recruit graduates with unique combination of skills and knowledge in both wireless and broadband networking fields. Read more
With the launch of 4G wireless networks (LTE), industry vendors are competing to recruit graduates with unique combination of skills and knowledge in both wireless and broadband networking fields. This course offers an integrated approach to transmission technologies, signal processing techniques, broadband network design, wireless networking techniques and modelling simulation skills.

The unique features of this course are the integration of latest wireless communications and broadband networking engineering which are at the forefront of modern telecommunication systems in the industry today.

Engineering employers have expressed their need for engineers with a solid grasp of the business requirements that underpin real engineering projects. Our course incorporates a management-related module focused on entrepreneurship and project management. This management module develops our graduates' commercial awareness and ensures that they have the skill-set valued by industry employers.

As a student here you'll benefit from well-equipped telecommunications lab and Cisco equipment.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/telecommunication-wireless-engineering-msc

Modules

- Technical, research and professional skills
This module provides training for the skills that are necessary for successful completion of the MSc studies in the near future and for professional development in the long-term future. More specifically, the course teaches how to search and gather relevant technical information, how to extract the essence from a piece of technical literature, how to carry out a critical review of a research paper, how to write a feasibility report, how to give presentations and put your thoughts across effectively, and how to manage a project in terms of time and progress in a group project environment. These are designed to enhance the technical and analytical background that is necessary for the respective MSc stream.

- Computer network design
This module provides a broad understanding of the principles of computer networks and approaches of network design. It starts from standard layered protocol architecture and each layer of the TCP/IP model. Then it will focus on a top-down approach for designing computer networks for an enterprise.

- Wireless communication and satellite systems
This module provides understanding of main aspects of wireless communication technologies, various radio channel models, wireless communication networks and satellite communication systems. Particular emphasis will be given to current wireless technologies and architectures, design approaches and applications.

- Technology evaluation and commercialisation
In this module you'll follow a prescribed algorithm in order to evaluate the business opportunity that can be created from a technology's unique advantages. You will be guided towards identifying a technology project idea that you will evaluate for its business potential. To do this you'll conduct detailed research and analysis following a prescribed algorithmic model, in order to evaluate the business potential of this technology idea. The outcomes from this will serve as the basis for implementation of the selected technology in the business sense. Thus you'll develop the appropriate commercialisation strategy and write the business plan for your high-tech start-up company.

- Optical and microwave communications
This module provides a comprehensive approach to teach the system aspects of optical and microwave communications, with the emphasis on applications to Fibre-to-the Home (FTTH)/Fibre-to-the Business (FTTB) or Fibre-to-the Curb (FTTC), radio over fibre (RoF), optical-wireless integration, high-capacity photonic switching networks, wired and wireless broadband access systems, and high-speed solutions to last-mile access, respectively.

- Smart receivers and transmission techniques
This module provides a further in-depth study of some advanced transmission and receiver processing techniques in wireless communication systems. The module focuses on various current topics such as evolution and challenges in wireless and mobile technologies, smart transceivers, processing, coding and possible future evolutions in mobile communication systems. This module also aims to provide you with in-depth understanding and detailed learning objectives related the current mobile wireless industry trends and standards for key design considerations in related wireless products.

- Final project
This module requires you to undertake a major project in an area that is relevant to your course. You'll chose your projects and carry it out under the guidance of their supervisor. At the end of the project, you are required to present a dissertation, which forms a major element of the assessment. The dissertation tests the your ability to integrate information from various sources, to conduct an in-depth investigation, to critically analyse results and information obtained and to propose solutions. The other element of the assessment includes an oral presentation. The Individual Project carries 60 credits and is a major part of MSc program.

Employability

Engineers who keep abreast of new technologies in telecommunications, wireless and broadband networking are increasingly in demand.

There are diverse employment opportunities in this expanding field. Graduates could work for an equipment manufacturer, network infrastructure provider or a service provider, carrying out research, or working on the design and development projects, or production of data networks, broadband networking, optical fibre and microwave communications, wireless and mobile communications, cellular mobile networks or satellite systems. You could also pursue PhD studies after completing the course.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

The School of Engineering has a strong culture of research and extensive research links with industry through consultancy works and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). Teaching content on our courses is closely related to the latest research work.

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This MSc programme will develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems. Read more
This MSc programme will develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems.

The course content is updated annually to maintain industry relevance and to reflect the latest developments in the industry.

This programme can be studied full- or parttime. The first two sections consist of lectures, laboratory classes and seminars, with a final section devoted to an individually supervised project.

You will study the following core (compulsory) topics during the MSc:

- Wireless systems and designs
- Communication networks and security
- Research skills and management
- Signal processing
- Cellular radio communications systems related topics.

In addition you can choose from the following options to take account of your interests:

- Optical fibre systems
- Radio propagation and antennas
- Communication signal processing
- Neural networks
- Integrated circuit design.

Part-time study is in co-operation with the students’ employers. Please contact the Programme Director before applying.

Projects

Your project work will earn you 75 credits towards your MSc degree. This includes 15 credits allocated to course work relating to report-writing skills. The project's examined by dissertation.

In your work you'll need to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of your topic, mastery of research techniques, and the ability to analyse assembled data and assess outcomes.

Why Electrical Engineering and Electronics?

World-class facilities, including top industry standard laboratories

We have specialist facilities for processing semiconductor devices, optical imaging spectroscopy and sensing, technological plasmas, equipment for testing switch gear, specialist robot laboratories, clean room laboratories, e-automation, RF Engineering, bio-nano engineering labs and excellent mechanical and electrical workshops.

A leading centre for electrical and electronic engineering expertise

We are closely involved with over 50 prominent companies and research organisations worldwide, many of which not only fund and collaborate with us but also make a vital contribution to developing our students.

Career prospects

Our postgraduate students get to be a part of the cutting edge research projects being undertaken by our academic staff.

Here are some of the areas these projects cover:-

Molecular and semiconductor integrated circuit electronics
Technological plasmas
Communications
Digital signal processing
Optoelectronics
Nanotechnology
Robotics
Free electron lasers
Power electronics
Energy efficient systems
E-Automation
Intelligence engineering.

You'll get plenty of industry exposure too. Our industrial partners include ARM Holdings Plc, a top 200 UK company that specialises in microprocessor design and development.

As a result our postgraduates have an impressive record of securing employment after graduation in a wide range of careers not limited to engineering.

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

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

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

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

Learn From The Best

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

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

Teaching And Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

Learning Environment

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

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

Research-Rich Learning

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

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

Give Your Career An Edge

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

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

Your Future

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

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

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This MSc programme will develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems. Read more
This MSc programme will develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems.

The course content is updated annually to maintain industry relevance and to reflect the latest developments in the industry.

This programme can be studied full or part time. The first two sections consist of lectures, laboratory classes and seminars, with a final section devoted to an individually supervised project.

You will study the following core (compulsory) topics during the MSc:

Wireless systems and designs
Communication networks and security
Research skills and management
Signal processing
Cellular radio communications systems related topics.
In addition you can choose from the following options to take account of your interests:

Optical fibre systems
Radio propagation and antennas
Communication signal processing
Neural networks
Integrated circuit design.
To meet the increasing demands for MSc students with industry experience, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics has introduced a 2-year MSc programme for graduates of the highest calibre to develop advanced knowledge and skills in telecommunications and wireless systems and give students the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through valuable work experience during a one year industrial placement.

Graduates will be capable of undertaking research and development work in telecom and wireless systems, and also developing and managing R&D programmes.

This 2-year MSc programme EETI shares the same taught modules with its equivalent 1-year MSc in telecommunications and wireless systems (EETW) in year 1. But unlike the 1-year MSc students who do their MSc project over the summer, students on the 2 year MSc (EETI) are required to undertake an industrial project and placement (either in the UK or overseas) in year 2, typically 30 weeks from September to next June.

This opportunity to work in industry will help students strengthen their career options by

Undertaking the project work in an industrial setting;
Applying theory learnt in the classroom to real-world practice;
Developing communications and interpersonal skills;
Building networks and knowledge which will be invaluable throughout their career.

The placement

During the placement year students will spend time working in a relevant company suitable for the MSc. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical engineering experience which will boost students’ CV, build networks and develop confidence in a working environment. Many placement students continue their relationship with the placement provider by undertaking relevant projects and may ultimately return to work for the company when they graduate.

The University of Liverpool has a dedicated team to help students find a suitable placement. Preparation for the placement is provided by the University’s Careers and Employability Services (CES) who assist students in finding a placement, help students produce a professional CV and prepare students for placement interviews. Placements can be near or far in the UK or overseas.

The University has very good links with industry; companies (such as ARM Plc) have offered our MSc students competitive placements. Although industry placements are not guaranteed, the University offers students opportunities and support throughout the process to ensure that the chance for a student to find a placement is high.

If a student is unable to secure a suitable placement by the end of April during year 1, the student will be transferred onto the 1-year MSc to undertake the MSc project over the summer and graduate after one year.

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The backbone of modern telecom infrastructure consists of optical fibre-based systems in combination with wireless technologies. Medical applications of photonics and microwaves are numerous, and sensing applications include radar, environmental monitoring and radio astronomy. Read more
The backbone of modern telecom infrastructure consists of optical fibre-based systems in combination with wireless technologies. Medical applications of photonics and microwaves are numerous, and sensing applications include radar, environmental monitoring and radio astronomy. Satellite based microwave systems aid our everyday life, e.g. television broadcasting, navigation and weather forecasts, and are used in remote sensing of the Earth and space geodesy.

Programme description

Over the past decades, photonics and wireless technology have grown at an exceptional rate and investments in future telecom systems will have a profound impact on social and economic development, but everything wireless needs hardware.

This programme offers a unique opportunity to study a combination of subjects for which Chalmers has world-class facilities: Onsala Space Observatory with radio telescopes and equipment to study the Earth and its atmosphere, the Nanofabrication Laboratory with a clean-room for research and fabrication of advanced semiconductor devices and integrated circuits, and research laboratories with state-of-the-art photonics and microwave measurement equipment.

We focus on applied science and engineering, where we combine theory with hands-on practise, labs and projects. We are involved in cutting edge research and the manufacturing of components for e.g. microwave and millimetre wave electronics, instruments for radio astronomy and remote sensing, optical fibres, lasers, and microwave antennas.

As a student of this programme, you will gain solid knowledge in wireless, photonics and space engineering as well as specialised skills in a chosen sub-field. You will be prepared for a career in the field through studies of wireless and optical communication components and systems, RF and microwave engineering, photonics, and space science and techniques.

Roughly 50% of the students are international students with a bachelor degree from different countries across the world, whereas the remaining 50% has a bachelor from Chalmers.

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Why this course?

This course will train physicists and engineers in the area of photonics, which is a key enabling technology, underpinning many areas of industry.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake a three-month research or development project based with one of our industrial partners such as M Squared Lasers.

We have a long tradition of cutting-edge photonics research, which supports our courses. Much of this work has resulted in significant industrial impact through our spin-out companies and academic-industrial collaborations.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills by taking courses delivered by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

You’ll study

The course is made up of two semesters of taught classes, followed by a three-month research project based with one of our industrial partners. The majority of your classes are delivered by the Department of Physics and cover the following:
-research and grant writing skills, which are valuable in both academic and commercial settings
-project training, including entrepreneurial and innovation skills training and a literature survey preparing for the project in the company
-topics in photonics, covering laser physics, laser optics and non-linear optics
-optical design, where you will learn about advanced geometrical optics and apply this knowledge to the design of optical systems, through the use of modern optical design software
-photonic materials and devices, focusing on semiconductor materials physics and micro/nano-structures
-advanced photonic devices and applications, covering quantum well structures, waveguides and photonic crystals

These classes are complemented by two classes delivered by the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, which look at:
-system engineering and electronic control which forms a key part of modern optical systems
-photonic systems, where fibre optic communications systems and principles of photonic networks are discussed

Work placement

You'll be based with one of our industrial partners for a three-month project placement. This is your opportunity to experience how research and development operate within a commercial environment. It'll also give you a chance to form strong links with industry contacts.

The project is put forward by the company and supervised by both industrial and academic staff. Training on relevant skills and background will be received before and during the project.

Facilities:
Scotland has a world-leading position in optics and photonics industry.Your project will be carried out mainly in the excellent facilities of our Scottish industry partners. Projects elsewhere in the UK and with international companies may also be possible.

Advanced research facilities are also available in:
-the Department of Physics here at Strathclyde
-the Institute of Photonics
-the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics

Our research is strongly supported in equipment and infrastructure. This includes a newly opened 3-storey wing in the John Anderson Building as part of a £13M investment programme in Physics. Furthermore, the IoP and FCAP have recently relocated into the University's Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC) which at £90 million TIC is Strathclyde’s single-biggest investment in research and technology collaboration capacity. This new centre will accelerate the way in which researchers in academia and industry collaborate and innovate together in a new specifically designed state-of-the-art building in the heart of Glasgow.

Guest lectures

You'll attend the seminar series of the Institute of Photonics and Fraunhofer Centre of Applied Photonics with distinguished guest speakers giving a first-hand overview of the rapid development in applied photonics research.

Learning & teaching

In semesters one and two, the course involves:
-lectures
-tutorials
-various assignments including a literature review
-workshops where you'll gain presentation experience

The courses include compulsory and elective classes from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.
Over the summer, you'll undertake a three-month project based on practical laboratory work in a partner company. You'll be supervised by the industrial partner and supported by an academic supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment methods are different for each class and include:
-written examinations
-marked homework consisting of problems and/or essay assignments
-presentations

Your practical project is assessed on a combination of a written report, an oral presentation, and a viva in which you're questioned on the project.

How can I fund my course?

Financial support for Scottish and EU students may be available on a case-by-case basis which will be supported by the industrial partners. Selection will be based on an excellent academic record and/or industrial experience and the promise of a successful career in Industrial Photonics.

Please indicate that you apply for such a scholarship in the "Funding" section of the application form. You'll also need to provide a CV and a statement explaining your interests and motivation with your application. This will inform the decision on a possible scholarship.

For more information, just get in touch with the Department of Physics.

Available scholarships:
We currently have a scholarship available for this course.

You must be able to demonstrate academic excellence based on your previous study along with the promise of a successful career in Industrial Photonics. Relevant previous industrial experience will be considered.

Deadline:
The first round of applications closes on 20th May 2016, and a second one will close on the 30th June 2016.

How to apply:
Apply for this scholarship via our scholarship search: https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/scholarships/sciencescholarships/physicsscholarships/physicsindustrialphotonicsscholarships/

Careers

A degree in industrial photonics can set you up to work in a range of jobs in physics and positions in other industries.

Typically, it can lead you to photonic technologies in industrial corporate research and development units, production engineering and applied academic laboratories.

Work experience is key:
Employers want to know you can do the job so work experience is key.

This course has a strong focus on the relationship between academia and industry. It's a great opportunity to enhance your skills and provides a direct transition from university to the work place.

We have an excellent record of graduate employment in the Scottish, national and international optics and photonics industries.

Doctorate study:
If you're interested in practical work with impact but are also interested in a further academic qualification, you can move on to study an EngD or a CASE PhD studentship. These can lead to a doctorate within industry or in close collaboration with industry.

Job roles:
Our Physics graduates from photonics related courses have found employment in a number of different roles including:

-Medical Physicist
-Optical engineer
-Laser engineer
-Optical and laser production engineer
-Research and production engineer
-Senior Engineer
-Systems Engineer
-Software Engineer
-Spacecraft Project Manager
-Defence Scientist
-Oscar winner

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This MSc programme targets the needs of a rapidly evolving telecommunications sector and provides an industrially relevant and exciting qualification in the latest broadband and mobile technologies being employed and developed. Read more
This MSc programme targets the needs of a rapidly evolving telecommunications sector and provides an industrially relevant and exciting qualification in the latest broadband and mobile technologies being employed and developed.

Study the techniques and technologies that enable broadband provision through fixed and wireless/mobile networks, and that modernise the core networks to provide ultra-high bit-rates and multi-service support. The Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks MSc at Kent is well-supported by companies and research establishments in the UK and overseas.

The programme reflects the latest issues and developments in the telecommunications industry, delivering high-quality systems level education and training. Gain deep knowledge of next-generation wireless communication systems including antenna technology, components and systems, and fibre optic and converged access networks.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/247/broadband-mobile-communication-networks

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/) successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. We have a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

EL872 - Wireless/Mobile Communications (15 credits)
EL873 - Broadband Networks (15 credits)
EL822 - Communication Networks (15 credits)
EL827 - Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)
EL849 - Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
EL871 - Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (15 credits)
EL891 - System and Circuit Design (15 credits)
EL892 - Satellite and Optical Communication Systems (15 credits)
EL890 - MSc Project (60 credits)

Assessment

The project module is examined by a presentation and dissertation. The Research Methods and Project Design module is examined by several components of continuous assessment. The other modules are assessed by examinations and smaller components of continuous assessment. MSc students must gain credit from all the modules. For the PDip, you must gain at least 120 credits in total, and pass certain modules to meet the learning outcomes of the PDip programme.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- educate graduate engineers and equip them with advanced knowledge of telecommunications and communication networks (including mobile systems), informed by insights and problems at the forefront of these fields of study, for careers in research and development in industry or academia

- produce high-calibre engineers with experience in specialist and complex problem-solving skills and techniques needed for the interpretation of knowledge and for systems level design in the telecommunications field

- provide you with proper academic guidance and welfare support

- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer you an environment where you can develop your potential

- strengthen and expand opportunities for industrial collaboration with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.

Research areas

- Communications

The Group’s activities cover system and component technologies from microwave to terahertz frequencies. These include photonics, antennae and wireless components for a broad range of communication systems. The Group has extensive software research tools together with antenna anechoic chambers, network and spectrum analysers to millimetre wave frequencies and optical signal generation, processing and measurement facilities.

Current main research themes include:

- photonic components
- networks/wireless systems
- microwave and millimetre-wave systems
- antenna systems
- radio-over-fibre systems
- electromagnetic bandgaps and metamaterials
- frequency selective surfaces.

Careers

We have developed the programme with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students will be in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline.

School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent record of student employability. We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students, to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive, fast-moving, knowledge-based economy.

Graduates who can show that they have developed transferable skills and valuable experience are better prepared to start their careers and are more attractive to potential employers. Within the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, you can develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for. These include problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines, related to Electronic, Control and Information Engineering, in a highly stimulating academic environment. Read more
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines, related to Electronic, Control and Information Engineering, in a highly stimulating academic environment. The School enjoys an international reputation for its work and prides itself in allowing students the freedom to realise their maximum potential.

Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

We undertake high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/262/electronic-engineering

Project opportunities

Some projects available for postgraduate research degrees (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/postgraduate/projects_funding/pgr_projects.aspx).

Research areas

- Communications

The Group’s activities cover system and component technologies from microwave to terahertz frequencies. These include photonics, antennae and wireless components for a broad range of communication systems. The Group has extensive software research tools together with antenna anechoic chambers, network and spectrum analysers to millimetre wave frequencies and optical signal generation, processing and measurement facilities. Current research themes include:

- photonic components
- networks/wireless systems
- microwave and millimetre-wave systems
- antenna systems
- radio-over-fibre systems
- electromagnetic bandgaps and metamaterials
- frequency selective surfaces.

- Intelligent Interactions:

The Intelligent Interactions group has interests in all aspects of information engineering and human-machine interactions. It was formed in 2014 by the merger of the Image and Information Research Group and the Digital Media Research Group.

The group has an international reputation for its work in a number of key application areas. These include: image processing and vision, pattern recognition, interaction design, social, ubiquitous and mobile computing with a range of applications in security and biometrics, healthcare, e-learning, computer games, digital film and animation.

- Social and Affective Computing
- Assistive Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction
- Brain-Computer Interfaces
- Mobile, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
- Sensor Networks and Data Analytics
- Biometric and Forensic Technologies
- Behaviour Models for Security
- Distributed Systems Security (Cloud Computing, Internet of Things)
- Advanced Pattern Recognition (medical imaging, document and handwriting recognition, animal biometrics)
- Computer Animation, Game Design and Game Technologies
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Digital Arts, Virtual Narratives.

- Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems:

The Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems Research Group comprises a mixture of highly experienced, young and vibrant academics working in three complementary research themes – embedded systems, instrumentation and control. The Group has established a major reputation in recent years for solving challenging scientific and technical problems across a range of industrial sectors, and has strong links with many European countries through EU-funded research programmes. The Group also has a history of industrial collaboration in the UK through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

The Group’s main expertise lies primarily in image processing, signal processing, embedded systems, optical sensors, neural networks, and systems on chip and advanced control. It is currently working in the following areas:

- monitoring and characterisation of combustion flames
- flow measurement of particulate solids
- medical instrumentation
- control of autonomous vehicles
- control of time-delay systems
- high-speed architectures for real-time image processing
- novel signal processing architectures based on logarithmic arithmetic.

Careers

We have developed our programmes with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students are in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline. You develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for, including problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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