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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

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    19 July 2019

The MSc in Communications Engineering provides a deep understanding of digital communications, photonics, telecommunication networks and wireless information technologies. 

You will develop a comprehensive communications knowledge-base, from the unique identity and credentials of specific technologies, to their history, infrastructure and architecture.

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

Why Communications Engineering at Swansea?

Communications Engineering at Swansea University is widely renowned thanks to innovative research in power electronics and telecommunications.

Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Swansea is the home of globally-renowned research experts in power electronics, telecommunications, nanotechnology and biometrics.

Did you know?

We are ranked 13th in UK for Research Quality (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019)

Your Communications Engineering experience

Over the Communications Engineering course you will develop an advanced understanding of specialist communications engineering. 

This spans from the essential element of modern optical communication systems, evaluating bandwidth-rich contemporary approaches, to network performance and network security. 

You will be introduced to technologies underlying the compressions and transmission of digital video, understand channel models and impairments that typically limit wireless system performance, and learn to design optimum digital communication receivers.

Your Communications Engineering studies will be nourished by an international community of over 500 postgraduate students and 120 research staff at the College of Engineering. 

Further study support comes in the form of 24 hour access to our on-site library, advanced laboratories, a year-round programme of guest lectures, and dedicated postgraduate work rooms.

Communications Engineering employment opportunities

Graduates of the MSc Communications Engineering degree at Swansea are well positioned for a range of rewarding opportunities. Your future could lie in any of the following roles.

  • Broadcast engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Network engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Technical author
  • Technical sales engineer

Communications Engineering modules

The first year of the MSc in Communications Engineering contains compulsory 10-credit modules on subjects including signals and systems, optical networks, lasers and applications and digital communication.

Your second year is entirely dedicated to a dissertation project, worth 60 credits.

Modules on the Communications Engineering course may include:

  • RF and Microwaves
  • Stochastic Signals and Systems
  • Lasers and applications
  • Digital Communications
  • Radio and Optical Wireless Communications
  • Optical Networks
  • Optical Fibre Communications
  • Communication Skills for Research Engineers
  • Research Dissertation (MSc Communications Engineering)
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Project Planning
  • Micro and Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems

How you're taught on the Communications Engineering course

The College of Engineering uses a variety of teaching methods including; taught/lecture-based, small group work, laboratory-based, project/assignment-based, use of Blackboard. Increasingly lectures are exploring the use of lecture recording, blended learning and flipped learning.  

Professional Body Accreditation

MSc Communications Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), as further learning to Masters level for the purposes of partially meeting the educational requirement for Engineering Council registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Study on this accredited degree in Communications Engineering will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed by Chartered Engineers. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by many countries that are signatories to international accords.

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