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.
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.
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.
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.
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.