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The ways in which we communicate with one another has radically transformed.

At Surrey, we are recognised for our internationally pioneering research in multimedia signal processing, machine learning and communications. If you’re interested in these fields, and want to receive up-to-date training in emerging technologies, our MSc in Mobile Media Communications will equip you with skills and knowledge that are highly valued by prospective employers.

By studying at Surrey, your learning will be informed by the latest developments in 5G technology.

What you will study

The delivery of media content relies on layers of sophisticated signal processing. It’s at the heart of all multimedia systems which can handle images, video, speech and audio.

Our MSc in Mobile Media Communications explores the intricacies and nuances surrounding transmission and delivery of audio and video content. We place particular emphasis on networking and data compression and the foundations of pattern recognition.

Our course also covers the core details of mobile communication systems, so that you can understand and learn whole systems.

Knowledge of both image and sound processing and communication systems is supported by two strong research centres that have renowned, forward-thinking knowledge in the field.

Academic year structure

If you wish to study the full-time course, you will take eight modules. You can expect four modules to be studied in each semester. In these semesters, you will also apply for and agree a project with an academic supervisor and begin work on the project. You will move on to full-time work on this project after the end of Semester 2. After this, you have approximately two and a half months to complete the work and write your dissertation. 

If you’re considering doing our course part time, you’ll study for between two to five years. The length depends on how many modules you study each year. You will study between two and six modules per year. For part-time study, we’d recommend that you do your project in your final year. This will be after you have completed all eight modules or at a time when they are near completion. 

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Facilities, equipment and support

A number of the modules you will study on this course are complemented by software based laboratory sessions. From these, you’ll complete your coursework. This is an important part of our course, enhancing your knowledge in preparation for the written examinations. 

We provide computing support with any specialised software required during the course, for example, Matlab. The faculty’s student common room is also covered by the University’s open-access wireless network, which makes it a very popular location for individual and group work using laptops and mobile devices.

Specialist experimental and research facilities, for computationally demanding projects or those requiring specialist equipment, are provided by the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing.


Our Department has two pioneering research centres supporting this course and student projects. The Institute for Communication Systems has over 100 researchers and is home to the internationally renowned 5G Innovation Centre. The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) has over 25 years of research experience in signal processing for image, video and speech recognition and data transmission.

Graduate prospects

Graduates have wide access to the media, communications and broadcasting industries, where demand is high for skilled engineers in signal processing.

Visit the Mobile Media Communications (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!





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