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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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Study the key design aspects of a modern wireless communication system, in particular cellular mobile radio systems. There is a current shortage of communications engineers with a comprehensive appreciation of wireless system design from RF through baseband to packet protocols. Read more

About the course

Study the key design aspects of a modern wireless communication system, in particular cellular mobile radio systems. There is a current shortage of communications engineers with a comprehensive appreciation of wireless system design from RF through baseband to packet protocols.

Our graduates are in demand

Many go to work in industry as engineers for large national and international companies, including ARUP, Ericsson Communications, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Intel Asia Pacific.

Real-world applications

This is a research environment. What we teach is based on the latest ideas. The work you do on your course is directly connected to real-world applications.

We work with government research laboratories, industrial companies and other prestigious universities. Significant funding from UK research councils, the European Union and industry means you have access to the best facilities.

How we teach

You’ll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us among the UK top five for this subject. Our courses are centred around finding solutions to problems, in lectures, seminars, exercises and through project work.

Accreditation

All of our MSc courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), except the MSc(Eng) Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives and MSc(Eng) Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing. We are seeking accreditation for these courses.

First-class facilities

Semiconductor Materials and Devices
LED, laser photodetectors and transistor design, a high-tech field-emission gun transmission electron microscope (FEGTEM), a focused ion beam (FIB) milling facility, and electron beam lithographic equipment.

Our state-of-the-art semiconductor growth and processing equipment is housed in an extensive clean room complex as part of the EPSRC’s National Centre for III-V Technologies.

Our investment in semiconductor research equipment in the last 12 months totals £6million.

Electrical Machines and Drives

Specialist facilities for the design and manufacture of electromagnetic machines, dynamometer test cells, a high-speed motor test pit, environmental test chambers, electronic packaging and EMC testing facilities, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives.

Communications

Advanced anechoic chambers for antenna design and materials characterisation, a lab for calibrated RF dosimetry of tissue to assess pathogenic effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, extensive CAD electromagnetic analysis tools.

Core modules

Advanced Signal Processing; Advanced Communication Principles; Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems; Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols; Broadband Wireless Techniques; Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols; Major Research Project.

Examples of optional modules

Data Coding Techniques for Communication and Storage; Optical Communication Devices and Systems; Computer Vision; Electronic Communication Technologies; Data Coding Techniques for Communication and Storage.

Teaching and assessment

Research-led teaching and an individual research project. Assessment is by examinations, coursework and a project dissertation with poster presentation.

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This course is designed to equip graduates with the specialist skills in modern wireless communication systems such as 3G, Wi-Fi, mobile WiMAX and LTE, space-time coding, software defined radio, and reconfigurable analogue and digital RF systems. Read more
This course is designed to equip graduates with the specialist skills in modern wireless communication systems such as 3G, Wi-Fi, mobile WiMAX and LTE, space-time coding, software defined radio, and reconfigurable analogue and digital RF systems. It also provides knowledge in the use of wireless and DSP techniques in many application areas including Internet of Things, medical, geophysical, aerospace, automotive and environmental systems.

The degree provides a placement in either industry or research. Our dedicated Knowledge Business Centre maintains links to over 500 partner companies to ensure that students can apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world industry. Graduates from this course are actively sought after by employers in mobile and wireless industries.

Modules
• A Research or Industrially Focused Dissertation
• Advanced Communications
• Advanced Filters and Systems
• Digital Communications
• Digital Signal Processing
• Professional and Research Methodology
• Research or Industrial Placement
• Speech and Image Coding
• Wireless Broadband

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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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Humber’s Wireless Telecommunications graduate certificate program prepares you with electronics, computer engineering, physics and telecommunications skills for work on the cutting-edge technologies in the wireless telecommunications industry. Read more
Humber’s Wireless Telecommunications graduate certificate program prepares you with electronics, computer engineering, physics and telecommunications skills for work on the cutting-edge technologies in the wireless telecommunications industry.

Students will become familiar with the infrastructure of communications systems and how to be successful in the communications industry. This wireless program focuses on three main outcomes: RF/optical test and measurement, networking, and troubleshooting a number of wireless telecommunications systems.You will learn to use engineering tools and equipment for testing of systems including LTE/UMTS/GSM drive test tools, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, optical time domain reflectometers. You will also learn how to troubleshoot and configure local- and wide-area networks (LAN/WANs) at the device and at the protocol levels. Our courses cover additional networking topics relevant to telecom carriers such as MPLS, VPNs, QoS and VoIP. You will be prepared to understand the technology roadmap leading into Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and data center virtualization technologies.

This program is an established program with industry with over two decades of expertise. Students will have access to learn on some of the best equipment available. Curriculum is kept current with the collaboration of our industry partners in the wireless field. Students utilize the latest technologies in small classes taught by experienced faculty and industry leaders.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Analyze, test, measure and troubleshoot RF (radio frequency) signals, attenuation and antenna systems, and test and troubleshoot linear and non-linear circuit modules.
• Manage network performance issues and problems against user needs through the design, implementation, testing, and troubleshooting of a variety of current and relevant protocols.
• Build wired and/or wireless networks using design documentation, and measure the performance of both the wired and wireless networks’ components and the networks’ applications using basic and advanced network management tools and applications.
• Design, install and configure networks - implementing various network configurations using different standard protocols, and upgrade network hardware (e.g. workstations, servers, wireless access points, routers, switches, firewalls etc.) and related components and software according to the best practices in the industry.
• Monitor and evaluate network security issues and perform basic security audits on both wired and wireless networks.
• Utilize change control, issue documentation and problem escalation procedures and processes, generate and maintain “as-built” network documentation following industry best practices.
• Apply RF analog and digital circuit analysis and design concepts to analyze voice and data communication using different modulation techniques.
• Use simulation tools to mathematically model and solve RF (radio frequency) electrical and electronics networks which are essential components of telecommunications and wireless technologies.
• Install, or use existing, operating systems & its components and manage users, processes, memory management, peripheral devices, telecommunication, networking and security, and troubleshoot hardware and software components of computer and operating systems using system level commands and scripts.
• Assist in the design and development of a wide area of networks using a variety of network layer-one, layer-two and layer-three protocols, microwave communication links, and fiber optics links.
• Describe the infrastructures, components, and protocols of a wide range of wireless technologies.
• Develop the infrastructure required for VoIP transport through IP networks, and be able to configure VoIP clients such as IP telephones and soft phones.

Modules

Semester 1
• WLS 5000: Applied Electromagnetics
• WLS 5002: RF Technology
• WLS 5003: Telecommunication Systems
• WLS 5004: Data Networks
• WLS 5500: Microwave and Fibre Optics

Semester 2
• WLS 5501: Broadband Communications and Security
• WLS 5503: Mobile Technologies
• WLS 5505: Wireless Data Networks
• WLS 5506: LTE Core
• WLS 5507: Wireless Project and ITIL

Your Career

The Canadian wireless industry supports over 280,000 jobs with sector salary average more than Canada’s average salary. In addition, the international wireless telecommunications market is growing. There are numerous employment opportunities in the planning, developing, manufacturing, co-ordinating, implementing, maintaining and managing of telecommunications systems for businesses and government.

As the rate of technology adoption increases in Canadian industry, the Wireless Telecommunications program is preparing graduates for these new markets. A 2015-2019 labour market report by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) indicates that by 2019, over 182,000 critical ICT positions will be left unfilled.

Graduates of the program work at cell phone service providers, equipment manufacturers, in house information technology (IT) departments, sales departments, and specialized telecommunication and networking companies.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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This programme provides graduates and working professionals with a broad training in signal processing and communications. Read more

This programme provides graduates and working professionals with a broad training in signal processing and communications. It is suitable for recent graduates who wish to develop the specialist knowledge and skills relevant to this industry and is also suitable as advanced study in preparation for research work in an academic or industrial environment or in a specialist consultancy organisation.

Engineers or other professionals wishing to participate in the MSc programme may do so on a part-time basis.

Our students gain a thorough understanding of theoretical foundations as well as advanced topics at the cutting edge of research in signal processing and communications, including compressive sensing, deep neural networks, wireless communication theory, and numerical Bayesian methods.

The MSc project provides a good opportunity for students to work on state-of-the-art research problems in signal processing and communications.

Programme structure

This programme is run over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project leading to a masters thesis.

Semester 1 courses

  • Discrete-Time Signal Analysis
  • Digital Communication Fundamentals
  • Probability, Estimation Theory and Random Signals (PETARS)
  • Image Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing Laboratory

Semester 2 courses

  • Adaptive Signal Processing
  • Advanced Coding Techniques
  • Advanced Wireless Communication
  • Array Processing Methods and MIMO Systems
  • Advanced Concepts in Signal Processing
  • Pre-dissertation project preparation and report

Career opportunities

With our excellent employability record and internationally respected reputation, the University of Edinburgh is a reliable choice for developing your engineering career.

This programme will appeal to graduates who wish to pursue a career in an industry such as communications, radar, medical imaging or anywhere else signal processing is applied.



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This course provides an up-to-date view of communication systems and networking, including RF and microwave systems design. The syllabus covers. Read more
This course provides an up-to-date view of communication systems and networking, including RF and microwave systems design. The syllabus covers:
-Digital communication theory
-Signal processing tools
-Microwave and optical circuit design techniques
-System level design of sensors
-Mobile and optical communication networks

The course is aimed at those with some previous undergraduate knowledge of communication engineering wanting to enhance their skills to an advanced level for a career in the communications industry. The course also serves as an excellent introduction for those wanting to pursue a career in research or wanting to study for a PhD.

Course description

This course provides an up-to-date view of communication systems and networking, including RF and microwave systems design. The syllabus covers:
-Digital communication theory
-Signal processing tools
-Microwave and optical circuit design techniques
-System level design of sensors
-Mobile and optical communication networks

The course is aimed at those with some previous undergraduate knowledge of communication engineering wanting to enhance their skills to an advanced level for a career in the communications industry. The course also serves as an excellent introduction for those wanting to pursue a career in research or wanting to study for a PhD.

Course unit details

The first semester contains mainly fundamental material on communication theory, signal analysis, antenna and microwave circuit design principles. The second semester covers the advanced material on wireless and optical communication systems and networks.

The first semester course work is examined in January while the second semester work is examined in May. Course work marks also contribute to the assessment.

The final four months of the programme, during the summer, are devoted to the dissertation project. Projects with industrial involvement are encouraged.

Career opportunities

On graduating you will be able to enter directly all areas of the modern communications/telecommunications engineering industry, including the fast growing mobile and wireless technology sectors. You will also be well prepared to begin PhD research programmes, which may lead to careers in research establishments and universities.

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This course aims to provide you with key, advanced level knowledge and skills that will allow you to succeed in the rapidly growing wireless and microwave communication industry. Read more
This course aims to provide you with key, advanced level knowledge and skills that will allow you to succeed in the rapidly growing wireless and microwave communication industry. You will also develop research skills and other related abilities, enhancing your general engineering competency, employability, and providing you with an excellent platform for career development, whether that be within industry or academic research.

The distinctive features of this course include:

• The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution, taught by staff in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ranked 7th in the UK for research and 1st in the UK for the research impact.

• The opportunity to work in modern facilities and commensurate with a top-class research university.

• The participation of research-active staff in programme design and delivery.

• MSc teaching complemented by guest lectures given by industrial professionals.

• Formal accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Structure

The course is presented as a one-year full time Masters level programme, and is also available as a part-time scheme run over two years. The programme is presented in two stages: In Part 1 students follow two semesters of taught modules to the value of 120 credits. Part 2 consists of a Dissertation or research project module worth 60 credits.

Core modules:

RF Circuits Design & CAD
RESEARCH STUDY
Advanced Communication Systems
Fundamentals of Micro- and Nanotechnology
Management in Industry
Software Tools and Simulation
High Frequency Electronic Materials
HF and RF Engineering
Optoelectronics
Non-Linear RF Design and Concepts
Advanced CAD, Fabrication and Test
Dissertation (Electronic)

Teaching

A wide range of teaching styles are used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. You will attend lectures and take part in lab and tutorial based study during the Autumn and Spring semesters. During the summer you will undertake an individual research project.

At the beginning of Stage 2, you will be allocated a project supervisor. Dissertation topics are normally chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff in consultation with industrial partners, usually in areas of current research or industrial interest. You will also be encouraged to put forward your own project ideas.

Assessment

The course is assessed through examinations, written coursework, and a final individual project report.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January and May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and elements of coursework.

Career prospects

Career prospects are generally excellent with graduating students following paths either into research or related industry.

If you are interested in working in industry, many of our graduating MSc students achieve excellent employment opportunities in organisations including Infineon, Huawei, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Vodafone and International Rectifier.

In terms of research, Cardiff University has many electrical, electronic and microwave related research areas that require PhD students, and this MSc will provide you with an excellent platform if this is your chosen career path.

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The Advanced Communications Engineering (Wireless Systems and Networks) MSc is one of Kent’s newest programmes. It targets the needs of researchers and industry in a fast-paced and technical communications sector which continues to bring many of the advances that make ultra-fast wireless communications possible. Read more
The Advanced Communications Engineering (Wireless Systems and Networks) MSc is one of Kent’s newest programmes. It targets the needs of researchers and industry in a fast-paced and technical communications sector which continues to bring many of the advances that make ultra-fast wireless communications possible.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/261/wireless-communications-signal-processing

Course detail

The programme reflects the latest developments in wireless communications, with particular emphasis on digital signal processing using embedded systems. It has been designed to produce high-calibre engineers that can specialise in and understand the complex system designs used in the wireless communications field.

Format and assessment

The programme is delivered by internationally leading researchers in our Communications and Instrumentation, Control & Embedded Systems groups. They provide first-hand experience of cutting-edge research into next-generation wireless communications, converged access networks and embedded systems.

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:

- Communication Networks (15 credits)
- Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)
- Embedded Real-Time Operating Systems (15 credits)
- Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
- Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (15 credits)
- Wireless/Mobile Communications (15 credits)
- Computer & Reconfigurable Architectures (15 credits)
- MSc Project (60 credits)

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.

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.

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.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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The Communication Systems master's programme offers a broad curriculum in communications systems focusing on the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the design of digital and wireless communications systems. Read more
The Communication Systems master's programme offers a broad curriculum in communications systems focusing on the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the design of digital and wireless communications systems.

The programme offers a range of courses with a solid theoretical core in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include: communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and design and optimisation of communication systems and networks.

The first year comprises a set of mandatory courses in communication systems engineering, for example: digital communications, wireless systems, information networks, and image and audio coding. The second year consists of elective courses from the general area of electrical and computer engineering, mathematics and physics, and ends with a degree project. In addition, the second year includes a mandatory project course that teaches the students project management skills and gives them the opportunity to apply their knowledge in practice in a team environment.

The programme is given in close association with industry and students will have access both to an extensive network of industry contacts and to opportunities to complete their degree project work in cooperation with Swedish high-tech companies.

The programme prepares students for a continued career as engineers working in the telecommunications industry or as PhD students. It is coordinated by the Communication Systems division at Linköping University and students have access to a world-class research infrastructure. Current projects at the division focus on the design and optimisation of wireless communications networks and signal processing for communications.

Welcome to the Institute of Technology at Linköping University!

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The Wireless Communications and Networking programme is designed to address the rapidly increasing demand for qualified engineers and managers with well equipped knowledge in wireless and mobile communication systems and networks. Read more
The Wireless Communications and Networking programme is designed to address the rapidly increasing demand for qualified engineers and managers with well equipped knowledge in wireless and mobile communication systems and networks. This one-year programme offers six-month taught modules covering a wide range of subjects from fundamental information and communications technology (ICT) to contemporary developments in wireless and mobile industry. It also includes a six-month individual project with opportunities of participating in the project provided by industry. This programme is suitable for those who want to develop the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in these specific and related areas.

The delivery of the programme is fully supported by the dedicated facilities in the Electronic Engineering Department and across the University, such as teaching and computing laboratories, and the involvement of experienced member of staff. Our research facilities in the Adaptive Communications and Networks Research Group and Wireless Network Laboratory are also available for use on MSc projects. To ensure its continuing relevance the programme is monitored by an industrial steering committee which includes representatives from major employers.

About the MSc in Wireless Communications and Networking:
-Prepares students for an intellectually challenging career as a qualified engineer.
-Provides students with a thorough grounding in the principles and the requisite specialist knowledge and skills to develop, manage and adapt current systems.
-An industrial advisory group (Steering Committee) reviews the programme on a continual basis.
-Guest lecturers presented by acknowledged experts from industry and academic institutions.
-An active alumni group on LinkedIn.
-Free student membership of the IET.

Modules

This MSc integrates a taught component of nine modules plus a major project and a project preparation module, constituting in total 180 credits. Taught modules and examinations/assessments are completed during six months, October to March. After successful completion students may then progress to the six month individual research project during April to October. The project is either undertaken in an industrial laboratory or at the University, often with guidance and direction from industrial partners. The module titles are:
-Mobile Data Networks (EE4016)
-Realtime Communication Networks (EE4017)
-Information Theory and Coding and Traffic Theory (EE401A)
-Digital Transmission (EE401B)
-Broadband Wireless Networks (EE4027)
-Pervasive and Mobile communication networks (EE4028)
-Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks (EE402B)
-Internetworking (EE403B)
-Introductory Programming (EE404B)

Dissertation Stage
-MSc Project (EE4006)
-Project Preperation (EE4019)

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This MSc covers the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. Read more
This MSc covers the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. The programme unites concepts across both radio and optical communication to give students a better understanding of the technical challenges they will face in engineering the rapid development of the broadband communications infrastructure. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skill base.

Degree information

This MSc provides training in the key technologies required for the physical layer of photonic, wireless and wired communications systems and other applications of this technology, ranging from THz imaging to Radar systems. The programme encompasses the complete system design from device fabrication and properties through to architectural and functional aspects of the subsystems that are required to design and build complete communication systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
-Wireless Communications Principles
-Broadband Communications Laboratory
-Communications Systems Modelling
-Broadband Technologies and Components
-Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills (not credit bearing)

Optional modules
-Advanced Photonic Devices
-Antennas and Propagation
-Photonic Sub-systems
-Optical Transmission and Networks
-Radar Systems
-RF Circuits and Sub-systems
-Internet of Things
-Mobile Communications Systems

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, laboratory and workshop sessions, seminars, tutorials and project work. All of the programme lecturers carry out leading research in the subjects they are teaching. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework, design exercises and the dissertation.

Careers

Rapid growth of the internet and multimedia communications has led to an unprecedented demand for broadband communication systems. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skills base and a clear shortage of supply. First destinations of recent graduates include electrical and technical engineers at companies including Société Générale and Ericsson

Employability
The programme provides a broad package of knowledge in the areas of wireless and optical communications networks, from devices to signal processing theory and techniques, network architecture, and planning and optimisation. Students are expertly equipped to pursue careers as engineers, consultants and system architects in wireless and optical communications. A considerable number of graduates also stay in the education sector undertaking research and teaching.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the most highly rated electronic engineering research departments in the UK. It is the oldest in England, founded in 1885 with Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming (the inventor of the thermionic valve and the left-hand and right-hand rules) as the first head of department.

Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development. We cover a wide range of areas from materials and devices to photonics, radar, optical and wireless systems, electronics and medical electronics, and communications networks.

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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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On this programme you will learn about recent advances in mobile communication systems with full coverage of both radio-frequency (RF) and data communication networks. Read more
On this programme you will learn about recent advances in mobile communication systems with full coverage of both radio-frequency (RF) and data communication networks. The programme content will reflect the current migration to tetherless networks. In addition to studying the latest protocols used by mobile communication systems, you will also learn to apply the principles of RF engineering to the design of such systems.

You will be taught by experienced research and teaching staff with expertise in the specialist fields and you will be learning about the latest theories, techniques and technologies. You will need an understanding of both generic and domain-specific research techniques, and the ability to apply them in your own work. A module in research methods enables you to develop these techniques, moving from generic skills, such as the design and evaluation of experiments, to focus on the specific skills that you will need for your own project. An important outcome of the module is a well-structured report, augmented by the use of appropriate artefacts and media, presenting your proposals for your specialist project.

In the first two semesters of the programme you take modules exploring a variety of current research topics in electronics and related areas. At the end of the programme you complete a project which enables you to demonstrate your understanding of the principles and concepts that you have learned and your ability to apply them to a substantial piece of development or investigative work.

Why choose this course?

-The School has over 25 years' experience of teaching electronic engineering and has established an excellent international reputation in this field
-We offer extensive lab facilities for engineering students, including the latest software packages
-Learn about mobile communication systems, tetherless networks and all the latest protocols

Careers

You will typically be employed in the design and implementation of advanced digital systems and networks in the communication and control industries. Within your area of expertise, you will be making independent design decisions on mission-critical systems.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff is always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. In addition our staff are active in research and useful elements of it are reflected on the learning experience. Learning tools such as StudyNet, unique to the University of Hertfordshire, are extremely useful for the learning environment of the student.

Structure

Modules
-Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications
-Broadband Networks and Data Communications
-Digital Mobile Communication Systems
-Information Theory and DSP in Communications
-MSc Project
-Mixed Mode and VLSI Technologies
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking

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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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