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The programme aims to give students a general understanding of all aspects of telecommunications networks and the Internet. The course covers techniques, mechanisms, protocols and network architectures. Read more

The programme aims to give students a general understanding of all aspects of telecommunications networks and the Internet. The course covers techniques, mechanisms, protocols and network architectures. The programme starts from covering basic principles of communications systems and extends to architectural aspects and design of future packet-switched networks.

Key benefits

  • Located in the heart of London.
  • Develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks.
  • Covers aspects related to both wireless and wireline networks since in the future Internet access will be supported by a combination of different wireless and wireline technologies.
  • Taught modules closely linked with research expertise in the scope area.
  • The Department of Informatics has a reputation for delivering research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.


  • Offers an appreciation of the evolution of mobile technology and Internet protocols together with a detailed understanding of the key technologies that will support the ecosystem of the future Internet.
  • The programme provides a holistic view on the technologies and related architectural paradigms for the evolution of the Internet to the Mobile Internet.
  • The key strength of the programme is its close links with the state-of-the-art research environment at the Centre for Telecommunications Research, providing a rich intellectual environment for students to achieve their goals and gain strong employment prospects,be highly competitive in their employability aspects.

In addition to the taught modules students are required to complete an individual project (and write a Thesis) to be eligible for the award of the MSc degree.

Course purpose

Undoubtedly, the growth of mobile and wireless communication systems and networks over the last few years has been explosive. Interestingly enough, this growth is taking place all over the world in both developed and developing countries. Therefore, in this very dynamic industry the prospects of employment are significant for graduates with well-rounded knowledge of this field. The aim of the programme is to provide the next generation of engineers that will manage and steer the developments in these new emerging Internet technologies. 

Course format and assessment

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

You are expected to spend approximately 150 hours of effort (i.e. about 10 hours per credit) for each module you attend in your degree. These 150 hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, lab-based exercises, independent study based on personal and provided lecture notes, tutorial preparation and completion of exercises, coursework preparation and submission, examination revision and preparation, and examinations.

 Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations and coursework. You may also be assessed by class tests, essays, assessment reports and oral presentations.

Career destinations

Re-engineering the Internet towards its evolution to the Wireless Internet is the current driver of research efforts in both academia and research and development sectors in industry. Graduates from our programme will be very well placed to proceed into employment in both mobile network operators and industrial manufacturers of mobile/wireless network equipment. Due to close links with the current research efforts in the scope areas, graduates are also well placed to further their academic studies towards MPhil and PhD degrees.

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