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This specialised Masters programme is unique in Scotland, designed for meeting the increasing business requirements of modern enterprises. Read more
This specialised Masters programme is unique in Scotland, designed for meeting the increasing business requirements of modern enterprises.

About the programme

Building on your networking and computing expertise, the programme focuses on the latest and emerging smart networking technologies that are creating new opportunities for business, education, research and everyday life. These include cloud computing, virtual networking, data centre management, Internet of Things (IoT), 4G/5G mobile networks, mobile app development, machine-to-machine communications, and data and network security.

The programme aims to produce graduates with the vision, knowledge and skills to apply these latest smart networking technologies to optimise the ICT networking infrastructure for businesses, to design innovative networking solutions, to develop smart networking enabled applications and services, and to research the next generation networking technologies.

Your learning

You will study the key concepts, latest standards, enabling technologies and applications in designing, deploying, operating, and evaluating the emerging smart networks. The programme is practically-focused and boasts a purposely-built specialised smart networking lab including a private cloud platform, advanced wireless/mobile/IoT/UAV networking equipment, a mobile app development platform and R&D testbeds associated with the Centre of Audio-Visual Communications and Networks (http://www.uws.ac.uk/avcn). You will thus gain extensive hands-on laboratory experience in realistic smart networking scenarios.

Modules studied include:
• Virtual Networking and Cloud Computing
• Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
• Advanced Wireless Networking Technologies
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Data and Network Security
• Research Design and Methods
• Emerging Topics in Smart Networks
• Masters Project

Our Careers Adviser says

This programme equips graduates with the knowledge and skills demanded by industry (and academia) for smart and smarter networking solutions. Graduates possess the potential to secure leading roles as cloud architects, wireless/mobile network consultants or analysts, mobile app developers and researchers.

Further learning

Successful completion of the programme prepares you for advanced research studies in related technology areas. Graduates have the priority to be admitted to the MPhil/PhD degree programmes directed by individual teaching team members affiliated with AVCN.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition for this specialised smart networking programme is being sought from the British Computer Society.

Financial support

A limited number of scholarships were available in 2015 – check our website for updates on 2016 information.

Cutting-edge facilities

As you would expect, we offer access to high-quality computing and state-of-the-art software systems as well as tried and tested in demand technologies such as Oracle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Microsoft.

Research and collaboration

We have a proven track record in knowledge and technology transfer in the form of applied research, training and consultancy. More than 65% of our research outputs were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We are proud that our research expertise informs teaching and our students are taught by academic staff who are at the forefront of their profession.

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

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

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

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

Programme structure

Your course will cover the following core subjects:

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

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

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

Careers

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

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

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The recent growth in the desire to ‘build’ smart cities requires employees who understand the latest an emerging smart networking technologies including… Read more
The recent growth in the desire to ‘build’ smart cities requires employees who understand the latest an emerging smart networking technologies including Cloud Computing, Virtual Networking, Data Centre Management, Internet of things (IoT), 4G/5G Mobile Networks, Mobile App Development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Data and Network Security, which are creating new opportunities for business education, research and many other aspects of our daily lives.

The course aims to produce graduates with the vision, knowledge and skills to apply these latest smart networking technologies to optimise the ICT networking infrastructure for businesses to design innovative networking solutions, and to develop smart networking-enabled applications and services.

It aims to provide you with the necessary current knowledge and skills to allow you to make an immediate contribution to relevant industries and research environments. The blend of theory and practical applications in smart networking will enhance your employability.

This course is offered via block delivery. There are two entry points (October and November). This allows you to start when it is most suitable

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/sensors-and-smart-cities-15-months#about

Course detail

The expertise that the University of Bedfordshire has in the related areas of smart cities, and the work it has undertaken as part of a world-leading smart city project called MK:Smart means that you will be at the forefront of developments in this exciting area.

Modules

• Wireless Embedded Systems
• Information Governance and Compliance
• Smart Infrastructure and Data Architecture
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• MSc Project – Sensors and Smart Cities

Assessment

Most units are assessed with examinations and coursework. Details can be found in the individual module specifications. Assessment is carried out according to context and purpose and recognises that you may exhibit different aptitudes in different forms of assessment:

• Most of the units require collaborative assessments that ask students to form teams and work on a selected project or research topics. However, students will be assessed individually based on their contributions to the overall work.
• Oral presentations are also important assessment method in many units that require student to present the projects developed or researched outlined by the assignment specifications.
• There are formal unseen written examinations for two 30 credit units.
• Individual project that can formed as different ways with conjunctions with their supervisors but has to be suitable to the course scope.

Careers

Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. On the one hand, our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Finance in particular but is also relevant for a much wider range of applications such as information analysis or decision support systems. On the other hand, the department will fully use our industry collaboration connections and resources to serve the course delivery. The collaboration industry partners include car manufactory, MK:SmartCity project and airport data security project and so on. These industry collaborations will well help students developing their real world problem solving skills and extended their employability.

The final year unit `Professional Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MSc Sensors and Smart Cities (12 months) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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The recent growth in the desire to ‘build’ smart cities requires employees who understand the latest an emerging smart networking technologies including… Read more
The recent growth in the desire to ‘build’ smart cities requires employees who understand the latest an emerging smart networking technologies including Cloud Computing, Virtual Networking, Data Centre Management, Internet of things (IoT), 4G/5G Mobile Networks, Mobile App Development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Data and Network Security, which are creating new opportunities for business education, research and many other aspects of our daily lives.

The course aims to produce graduates with the vision, knowledge and skills to apply these latest smart networking technologies to optimise the ICT networking infrastructure for businesses to design innovative networking solutions, and to develop smart networking-enabled applications and services.

It aims to provide you with the necessary current knowledge and skills to allow you to make an immediate contribution to relevant industries and research environments. The blend of theory and practical applications in smart networking will enhance your employability.

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/sensors-and-smart-cities#about

Course detail

The expertise that the University of Bedfordshire has in the related areas of smart cities, and the work it has undertaken as part of a world-leading smart city project called MK:Smart means that you will be at the forefront of developments in this exciting area.

Modules

• Wireless Embedded Systems
• Information Governance and Compliance
• Smart Infrastructure and Data Architecture
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• MSc Project – Sensors and Smart Cities

Assessment

Most units are assessed with examinations and coursework. Details can be found in the individual module specifications. Assessment is carried out according to context and purpose and recognises that you may exhibit different aptitudes in different forms of assessment:

• Most of the units require collaborative assessments that ask students to form teams and work on a selected project or research topics. However, students will be assessed individually based on their contributions to the overall work.
• Oral presentations are also important assessment method in many units that require student to present the projects developed or researched outlined by the assignment specifications.
• There are formal unseen written examinations for two 30 credit units.
• Individual project that can formed as different ways with conjunctions with their supervisors but has to be suitable to the course scope.

Careers

Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. On the one hand, our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Finance in particular but is also relevant for a much wider range of applications such as information analysis or decision support systems. On the other hand, the department will fully use our industry collaboration connections and resources to serve the course delivery. The collaboration industry partners include car manufactory, MK:SmartCity project and airport data security project and so on. These industry collaborations will well help students developing their real world problem solving skills and extended their employability.

The final year unit `Professional Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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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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IN BRIEF. Great employment prospects in a large and growing industry for  good graduates. Your will be based at MediaCityUK. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Great employment prospects in a large and growing industry for  good graduates
  • Your will be based at MediaCityUK
  • The teaching and topics of this course are closely aligned to a top research centre at the University
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course is for students who want to become professionals in computer networks and modern telecommunications fields.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of techniques used to transmit digital information, modern computer network design and operation, communication protocols and the importance of standards and regulatory issues

These subjects are supplemented by modules in technical and administration management techniques and by an industry-sponsored seminar course.

MSc students also undertake an individual project.

COURSE DETAILS

This course covers a comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project.

External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules.  These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.

DURATION

September intake

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)

PgDip (nine months full-time or one year and six months part-time)

January intake

MSc (one year and four months full-time)

PgDip (one year full-time)

TEACHING

Teaching will be in the form of lectures, individual and group class work, plus topical and relevant participative class discussions and critical evaluation using case studies

Laboratories will be used to provide you with hand-on experience of using and setting up network systems. Tutorials will be used to give you practice in solving theoretical and design problems associated with network technologies and network systems.

ASSESSMENT

Over the programme, the assessment of the taught modules is as follows:

  • Examinations - 50%
  • Coursework and Assignments - 50%

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates with experience of computer network systems and digital communications are in demand in all industrial and commercial sectors. 

The employment record for the MSc is good, with students obtaining jobs in traditional telecommunication companies, software development companies and companies in the service and commercial sectors.

Typical jobs range from network design engineers, network maintenance, software development, systems design and integration, marketing, after-sales support and technical support.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

We have links with companies such as large companies such as BT, Talk Talk, Motorolla, BBC, CICSO and local companies like i-wimax.

These companies engage with the University by giving guest seminars and often our students will work with them on their MSc Project.

FURTHER STUDY

Many of our graduates will go on to further study in our Computer Networks and Telecommunications Research Centre (CNTR)

The CNTR undertakes both pure and applied research in the general field of telecommunications and computer networking including computer networking technologies, wireless systems, networked multimedia applications, quality of service, mobile networking, intelligent buildings, context driven information systems, smart environments and communication protocols. Much of this work is funded through research grants and supported by industry. In addition, members of the group are actively involved in a range of public engagement programmes which aim to raise the awareness of these subjects for the general public and in schools.

Research themes in this Centre include:

  • Wireless technologies and sensor networks
  • Context and location based information systems
  • Intelligent buildings and energy monitoring
  • Communication protocols, traffic routing and quality of service
  • Network planning, traffic modelling and optimisation
  • Ubiquitous and ambient technology
  • Information security and computer forensics
  • Distributed Systems
  • Green ICT Public Awareness

FACILITIES

You will have access to a dedicated computer networks lab which is equipped with industry standard equipment. In addition to PC equipment, the lab contains a set of switches, routers, servers, wireless equipment, testing tools and analysers which help you in building various data networks.  

Various software tools and simulation packages are also available in the school's labs for you to use in your assignment and final projects. Such tools enable you to design and test data networks in simulated environments allowing you to experiment with your design before implementing the real network. The course is also supported by other facilities including PC suites, library, programming and office packages and a virtual learning environment.



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Electrical Engineering is not an independent Master of Science programme, but it is an English track available in the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering. Read more

Important note

Electrical Engineering is not an independent Master of Science programme, but it is an English track available in the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering

Mission & Goals

Electrical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and engineering electromagnetics, with particular focus on electric power systems, electrical machines and their control, electronic power converters, electrical transportation systems, electrical and electronic measurements, circuit theory and electromagnetic compatibility.
An electrical engineer has a wide background of knowledge that is necessary to address ever increasing challenges of the professional and research activities. These activities span not only in the traditional field of electricity generation, transmission and distribution, but also in the multi-faceted reality of industrial and home electrical appliances and systems, the electric systems in the transportation and health-care sectors, the electromagnetic compatibility, and the measurement and diagnosis techniques, just to mention some of the most relevant possible fields of activity.
A wide and in-depth knowledge of mathematics and physics is the essential background of graduates’ qualification in electrical engineering. Fundamental is also the background in computer science, automation and electronics applied to the different areas of electrical engineering.

The programme is entirely taught in English

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

Career Opportunities

There is a steady high demand for electrical engineers: in 2010, the Master of Science graduated of that year were 60, whilst the Politecnico di Milano’s Career Service received 546 requests for employment of electrical engineers. According to the Technical Report of the Evaluation Committee of Politecnico di Milano, 88% of the Master of Science graduated in Electrical Engineer in 2007, interviewed in December 2008, declared that they would have applied again to the same Electrical Engineering Programme and the 90% of the interviewed graduated declared to have a stable, full-time employment.

- Contacts
For further information about didactic aspects of the course and curricula, visit http://www.electre.polimi.it http://www.ingpin.polimi.it or contact didattica.etec(at)polimi.it.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Electrical_eng_smartgrid.pdf
This track of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering provides tools to manage the new challenges of electricity systems involving increasing presence of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Dispersed Generation. Such a new generation paradigm drives the evolution of distribution networks towards Smart Grids. Mastering the evolution requires new professional skills, ranging from the use of information-communication technology as enabling key for enhancing traditional networks to a full knowledge of the regulation of power systems operated in liberalized energy markets. Graduates will be highly employable in the following sectors: planning and operation of distribution systems; manufacturing of RES power plants; energy market operators.
The programme is taught in English and supported by ENEL Distribuzione S.p.A

Subjects

Electric power systems; Project management: principles & tools; Electricity Market; TLC networks for electricity systems Sensors, measurements and smart metering; Electromagnetic compatibility; Electric switching apparatus (or other offered courses); Planning & operation of distribution grids with a high penetration of RES; Renewable energy sources and network interface; Regulation of electric power systems; Network automation and protection systems; tools for network simulation; Smart grids: components, functionalities & benefits

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/electrical-engineering/electrical-engineering-track/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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Designed for. SCAV is designed for engineering or STEM subject graduates. Read more

Designed for

SCAV is designed for engineering or STEM subject graduates. It is particularly suitable for those with a background in electronics, electrical engineering, control systems, or communications who want to play a role in the development of connected and autonomous vehicles, and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Network.

With the advent of smart, connected and autonomous vehicles on the horizon of technical advancements, the automotive industry is facing a developmental challenge. How do we develop a robust technical infrastructure to support the anticipated explosive growth in smart vehicular functions, communications systems and driverless cars? This demands a comprehensive understanding of the technology and a bottom-up approach ensuring robustness and dependability of Electronics, Communications (e.g. V-2-V, V-2-I) and Control Systems.

The strategic success of any industrial player in this area would depend on a ready availability of a skilled work-force within high level technical competencies, specifically catered for the automotive environment.

What will the course provide?

Through this MSc we aim to address the knowledge-gap in the areas of machine learning, automated control strategies, connectivity, and communication infrastructure, cyber-security protocols, emerging automotive networks and robust automotive embedded systems within the context of smart, connected and autonomous vehicles.

WMG at the University of Warwick has an established legacy of leading automotive research in collaboration with industry. Our unique experimental facilities enable academics and industry practitioners to work together and include:

  • 3xD (Drive-in Driver-in-the-loop Driving) simulator facility
  • Fully-functional complete vehicle electrical/electronic system (labcar)
  • Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) facilities
  • National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC)

This MSc programme has extensive industrial support with the Industry Advisory Board consisting of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), RDM and other industrial stakeholders.

Course modules

  • Sensor and Sensor Fusion
  • Networks and Communications for the Connected Car
  • Human-Technology Interaction
  • Machine Intelligence and Data Science
  • Robust Automotive Embedded Systems 

Elective modules

You will need to choose four elective modules from the module list*, which should be chosen to supplement your core modules above (subject to availability). *Important, please note: the list relates to modules available in 2017/18 academic year, and should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.

You are required to pass nine modules in total as part of this Master's course.

Project

Leveraging the close partnerships that WMG has with key organisations within the automotive sector, it is envisaged that your project will have an industrial sponsor, enabling you to work in close collaboration with an industry partner. This valuable experience will further your transferrable skills development, and expand your networking opportunities and understanding in a professional research and development environment.

The project is worth 50% of the final grade, and supports you in developing research and analytical skills.

Work on your project runs concurrently with your module study.

Learning style

The taught component of the course consists of lectures, workshops, practicals, demonstrations, syndicate exercises, extended surgery time and reviews. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.

Assessment is through post module assignment (PMA) rather than exam and is based on the learning objectives of each module. Your PMA should take around 60 hours of work and consolidate the knowledge you have gained from the module.

Each module usually lasts one week. There is more information here about the course structure.

After you graduate

Graduates of this MSc will understand a myriad of factors contributing towards the performance and dependability of connected and autonomous vehicles and will be well placed to continue professional work within R&D.



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The MSc in New and Renewable Energy is designed to equip our graduates with the skills required to meet the growing challenge to achieve energy and environmental sustainability through the application of new and renewable energy technologies. Read more

The MSc in New and Renewable Energy is designed to equip our graduates with the skills required to meet the growing challenge to achieve energy and environmental sustainability through the application of new and renewable energy technologies. The programme aims to enable students to develop the capacity to solve problems across the traditional Engineering boundaries and to have an appreciation of complete energy systems from source to end user, to have knowledge of the relevant technologies and to understand the interactions between them. The programme also provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in research, development, design and project management through individual and team-based project work.

Course Structure

The programme consists of four core modules to provide an advanced engineering education in New and Renewable Energy technologies alongside an optional module that allows students to increase their understanding in a core area suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, laboratory experiments, a group design project and a major, individual research and development project.

Core Modules

  • Low Carbon Technologies
  • Energy Conversion and Delivery
  • Group Design Project
  • Research and Development Project.

Optional modules

Students select one optional module. In previous years optional modules have included:

  • Electrical Engineering 3
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3.

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a 12-month full time programme beginning at the start of the academic year and finishing with students submitting a report and completing an oral examination on their chosen research and development project. The programme consists of four core modules to provide a solid education in a broad range of New and Renewable Energy technologies. A choice of one from two optional modules allows students to choose a study programme most suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, a group design project and an individual research and development project.

Students select one of two optional modules. These modules typically include 38 hours of lectures in addition to coursework and laboratory experiments, allowing students to develop research skills in parallel with lectures. The modules are designed to increase a student’s understanding in either thermodynamics and fluid mechanics or electrical engineering. Students are advised to select the module which they feel would best support their learning needs.

The core lecture modules typically involve 38 hours of lectures and cover topics such as electricity generation from renewable and conventional sources, transmission and distribution (including smart networks), electricity markets and optimisation, and low carbon technologies (including electrical vehicles).

The third core module is a group design project focused on a realistic application of renewable energy technology. Students gain experience of teamwork, presentation skills and project management, as well as the technical aspects of engineering design. Students also benefit from this opportunity to develop their research skills in preparation for their individual research and development project.

A major individual research and development project completes the core modules. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project students are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. They are also required to prepare and present a poster to encourage further development of their ability to present their work to staff and their peers. An oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to the student regarding the technical aspects of their project. Students should expect to have up to 15 hours of contact time with their supervisors plus over 500 hours of research work and preparation, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of their research projects.



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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 masters is multidisciplinary with a strong emphasis on Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Electrical energy networks and the methods by which electrical energy is generated are changing. Read more

This masters is multidisciplinary with a strong emphasis on Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Electrical energy networks and the methods by which electrical energy is generated are changing. Generating resources are being connected to the distribution network rather than the transmission network. These distributed resources include renewables and conventional thermal plant. You will look in depth at the design, modelling, evaluation and operating requirements of smart girds. The masters is designed to give you an understanding of how the components in an energy or electricity network interact. With the increased contribution of renewable power, there’s a demand for highly-trained specialists with technical skills and knowledge in this area.

This programme is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of renewable generation and distributed electrical systems. It aims to enable students to acquire detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in renewable and distributed generation of electrical energy. Building on these, students will then develop and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices in both renewable generation and distributed electrical energy systems, and apply this knowledge directly to complex applications.



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

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

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

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

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

Why choose this course?

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

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

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

Department research and industry highlights

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

Course content and structure

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

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

Elective course units are:

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

Assessment

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

Employability & career opportunities

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

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Application period/deadline. November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018. Cutting-edge knowledge in wireless communications both at physical and network layers. Read more

Application period/deadline: November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018

• Cutting-edge knowledge in wireless communications both at physical and network layers

• Capability to design and implement wireless solutions, e.g., for future 5G networks, Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices and smart energy-efficient wireless sensor applications

• Relevant skills of the latest radio engineering methods, tools, and technologies, and ability to design RF electronics for smart phones and base stations of mobile systems

The International Master’s Degree Programme in Wireless Communications Engineering (WCE) is a two-year programme concentrating on wireless communications network technology. The programme will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest methods, tools and technologies combined with time-tested issues such as:

• Antennas

• Advanced wireless communication systems

• Communication networks

• Computer engineering

• Electronics

• Information theory

• Stochastical and digital signal processing

• Radio channels

• Radio engineering

The two-year programme has two specialisation options:

• Radio Access and Networks

• RF Engineering

Radio Access and Networks concentrates on designing and applying radio access technologies both at physical layer and at network layer for 5G, IoT, and future mobile system generations.

RF Engineering focuses on essential radio system parts and gives the knowledge to design integrated RF and DSP circuits for mobile handsets, base stations, future 5G devices, IoT applications, and smart & energy efficient sensors.

Optional module makes it possible to widen your expertise into:

• Machine vision

• Mobile and social computing

• Signal processors, and

• Video and biomedical signal processing.

The education is organized by the Centre for Wireless Communications which consists of 150 academics from over 20 countries. CWC performs world-class research for the future of 5G and IoT applications, which will give you the possibility to move forward already during your studies. CWC provides a number of jobs as a trainee or a master’s thesis student, with the possibility to continue as a doctoral student, and even as a post-doctoral researcher.

The skills gained in the programme offer you a solid academic training and essential knowledge on the design of wireless communications networks at the system level. After graduation you are capable of designing, implementing and employing 5G and IoT applications and developing future wireless communications technologies.

Possible titles include:

• Chief engineer

• Design engineer

• Development engineer

• Maintenance engineer

• Patent engineer

• Program manager

• Project manager

• Radio network designer

• Research engineer

• RF engineer

• Sales engineer

• System engineer

• Test engineer, and

• University teacher

Students applying for the programme must possess an applicable B.Sc. degree in one of the following fields of study: communications engineering, electronics & electrical engineering, or computer engineering.

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The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements. Read more

About the course

The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements.

The effects of this trend has seen a growing overlap between the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration, and the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

This distinctive course, developed with the support of industry, aims to develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks. You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest innovations in this field.

You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest industry innovations and needs. The MSc programme incorporates theory and practice and covers all aspects of a modern communication system ranging from RF components, digital signal processing, network technologies and wireless security and examines new wireless standards.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Aims

The sharp increase in the use of smartphones, machine to machine communication systems (M2m), sensor netowrks, digital broadcasting networks and smart grid systems have brought tremendous technological growth in this field.

It has become a global phenomenon that presently outstrips the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills who can initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and wireless systems.

By studying Wireless Communications Systems at Brunel, you will be equipped with the advanced technical and professional skills you need for a successful career either in industry or leading edge research in wireless communication systems.

Course Content

Typical Modules:

Advanced Digital Communications
Network Design and Management
DSP for Communications
Wireless Network Technologies
Communications Network Security
Research Methods
Radio and Optical Communication Systems
Project Management
Project & Dissertation

Teaching

The course blends lectures, workshops, seminars, self-study, and individual and group project work. You’ll develop communication and teamwork skills valued by industry through carefully designed lab exercises, group assignments, and your dissertation project.

In lectures, key concepts and ideas are introduced, definitions are stated, techniques are explained, and immediate student queries discussed.

Seminars provide the students with the opportunity to discuss at greater length issues arising from lectures.

Workshops sessions are used to foster practical engagement with the taught material.

The dissertation project plays a more significant role in supporting literature review in a technically complex area and to plan, execute and evaluate a significant investigation into a current problem area related to wireless communication systems.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by final examinations or by a mix of examination and laboratory work. Project management is assessed by course work. Generally, students start working on their dissertations in January and submit by the end of September.

Special Features

The course is taught by academics who are experts in their fields and have strong collaborative links with industry and other international research organisations. Some well-known textbooks in this area are authored by members of the course team.

The course is fully supported with computing and modern, well-equipped RF laboratories. As a student you will enjoy working on the latest and advanced equipment.

Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel supports a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students:

- Media Communications
- Wireless Networks and Communications
- Power Systems
- Electronic Systems
- Sensors and Instrumentation.

Our portfolio of research contracts totals £7.5 million, and we’ve strong links with industry.

Prizes
Rohde and Schwartz best in RF Prize
Criteria for award: Best overall PG student on MSc Wireless Communications Systems with a relevant RF dissertation
Composition of prize: RF books and Certificate

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

The MSc in Wireless Communications Systems is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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The electronic handling of information is one of the defining technologies of our age. Enormous volumes of information are routinely stored and transmitted worldwide and most aspects of our daily lives would come to a halt should the information infrastructure fail. Read more
The electronic handling of information is one of the defining technologies of our age. Enormous volumes of information are routinely stored and transmitted worldwide and most aspects of our daily lives would come to a halt should the information infrastructure fail.

However, with the benefits deriving from the ability to automatically manage so much information, come major threats to businesses, governments and individuals. These threats include possible fraud through information manipulation, deliberate damage to stored and transmitted information, and blackmail associated with the threat of damage.

The field of Information Security, namely the study of countermeasures to these real and serious threats, has grown up very rapidly in recent years. The subject embraces a range of technologies such as cryptography, computer security, and fraud detection, and also includes the study of how security can best be managed.

This advanced course is taught by the Information Security Group (ISG), and security experts from industry. It is designed to produce a comprehensive education in the technical, legal and commercial aspects of Information Security.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/isg/coursefinder/mscinformationsecurity.aspx

Why choose this course?

- This pioneering course was the first of its kind in the world. Our Information Security Group (ISG) was recognised in 1998 when the College was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the ISG’s work. The citation read “This pioneering Group provides a unique national resource for the training of information security specialists and the development of highly secure communications and computer systems. It offers world-leading independent expertise in a field of crucial importance where trust and integrity are paramount.”

- As this course was the first of its kind, we consulted with more than 20 companies and Government departments to ascertain what they felt such a degree course should contain. Many of these organisations have maintained close links with the department and, in a typical year, you would benefit from lectures or seminars from up to 50 guest speakers.

- Having an offering that is up to date and relevant to potential employers is a key theme to all our activities. Therefore, in addition to our comprehensive syllabus and accompanying seminars, you will be offered some cutting-edge optional units.

- You will have access to virtualization software from the ISG Lab in which you can experiment with network security settings and concepts introduced in these units. As well as the general purpose lab, there is also a Penetration Testing Laboratory and the Smart Card Centre where specialist equipment and tools may be accessed for those who may be undertaking a practical project in these areas.

- The ISG also recognises the standing of the CISSP qualification in the workplace. As a result we have established an arrangement with (ISC)2 whereby you will attend an intensive two-day CISSP revision course at Royal Holloway and then sit the associated exam on campus.

- Our cryptographers have close links with Bletchley Park and many students visit that historic site during their studies.

Department research and industry highlights

The ISG is an interdisciplinary research group conducting internationally-leading research in all areas of information security:

- device and system security (including security of portable devices, smart cards, smart tokens and embedded systems)

- protection of evolving networks (including wireless, mobile, ad hoc and ubiquitous networks)

- trusted computing

- security infrastructure provision (including protection of critical national infrastructure and grid security)

- socio-technical studies in information security (including both organisational information security research and sociological research in the wider "Information Society" context)

- application security (including identity management and software security)

- fundamental security technologies (including cryptography, cryptographic protocols, and authentication technologies).

Our breadth of coverage, coupled with our size, distinguished educational and academic track record, and long-standing and deep engagement with industry, makes the ISG a unique research group in the UK.

On completion of the course graduates will have a solid foundation in:
- the essential concepts, methods and approaches of information security

- the main security issues in the development of digital business activities

- the technical, legal and commercial issues that need to be addressed when assessing the information security needs of an organisation

- the organisational and personal issues that need to be addressed when implementing information security within an organisation

- the potential sources of vulnerability within an information system and the possible implications of failing to counter these with adequate security controls

- the appropriate countermeasures to information security threats and the likely implications of their adoption

- the relevance and impact of new developments in information security threats, technologies and controls.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by written examinations (in the four core and two elective units) and by completing the MSc Project.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different information security-related areas, including banking, telecommunications, large security consultancies, public utilities, and the retail sector. This taught Masters course also equips postgraduate students with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time and postgraduate degrees (campus based courses) are made on the Royal Holloway admissions webpages https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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