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5G Mobile Communications and Intelligent Embedded Systems (with an industrial placement year) - MSc

Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

5G mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems lie at the heart of many emerging applications. These include:

  • the internet-of-things
  • connected and driverless cars
  • smart cities
  • eHealth
  • virtual reality
  • robotics
  • smart manufacturing.

We’ve designed this new MSc course to give you the up-to-date knowledge and skills needed in modern digital technologies.

It's for newly qualified or practising engineers who’d like to extend their knowledge and practical skills in these rapidly growing areas of mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems.

The MSc offers you the opportunity, and the support, to go on an industrial placement at a UK company. This means you’ll gain industry experience, ready for your future career.

We also offer this course without the industrial placement year.

Why choose this course?

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules and work on an individual MSc project.

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning, using for example:

  • wireless communications design tools
  • software-defined radios
  • IoT platforms
  • wearable and reconfigurable technologies.

The modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory work. Assessment is linked to the modules’ learning outcomes and involves unseen exam and/or coursework. The MSc project is mainly assessed by a project dissertation and oral presentation.

MSc project

You’ll complete a substantial MSc project, which is often practical as well as theoretical. You may have opportunities to work with an industrial partner.

Some of our previous students’ project work has led to journal and conference publication, giving them a head start in their careers.

The project allows you to develop your skills as an engineer and will involve:

  • an in-depth study of an advanced topic in mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems
  • further development of your critical awareness, creative thinking and project planning skills
  • enhancing your ability to describe complex technical issues clearly and concisely
  • developing your presentation skills to effectively communicate your work and ideas to senior colleagues within an organisation.

Project assessment can include interim reports, presentations and a dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in our Department. A member of faculty supervises the project.


Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • MSc Individual Project
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Mobile Communications
  • Real Time Embedded Systems
  • Reconfigurable System on Chip
  • Topics in Wireless Communications
  • Wearable Technologies


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • Cryptography
  • Cybernetics and Neural Networks
  • Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Fibre Optic Communications
  • Image Processing
  • Satellite and Space Systems

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work


As a graduate, you’ll have the skills for a career in areas such as:

  • mobile and satellite telecommunications (where large industry players include Samsung, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Cobham, British Telecom, Telefonica)
  • aerospace (where large industry players include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GE)
  • automotive and transport (where large industry players include Jaguar, BMW, Continental, Network rail)
  • defence and security (where large industry players include BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Thales)
  • healthcare (where large industry players include Siemens and GE).

The MSc is also an ideal entry point for doctoral research in the fields of telecommunications and embedded systems.

Visit the 5G Mobile Communications and Intelligent Embedded Systems (with an industrial placement year) - MSc page on the University of Sussex website for more details!





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