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MSc Broadband & Mobile Communication Networks

Course Description

This MSc programme targets the needs of a rapidly evolving telecommunications sector and provides an industrially relevant and exciting qualification in the latest broadband and mobile technologies being employed and developed.

Study the techniques and technologies that enable broadband provision through fixed and wireless/mobile networks, and that modernise the core networks to provide ultra-high bit-rates and multi-service support. The Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks MSc at Kent is well-supported by companies and research establishments in the UK and overseas.

The programme reflects the latest issues and developments in the telecommunications industry, delivering high-quality systems level education and training. Gain deep knowledge of next-generation wireless communication systems including antenna technology, components and systems, and fibre optic and converged access networks.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/247/broadband-mobile-communication-networks

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/) successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. We have a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

EL872 - Wireless/Mobile Communications (15 credits)
EL873 - Broadband Networks (15 credits)
EL822 - Communication Networks (15 credits)
EL827 - Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)
EL849 - Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
EL871 - Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (15 credits)
EL891 - System and Circuit Design (15 credits)
EL892 - Satellite and Optical Communication Systems (15 credits)
EL890 - MSc Project (60 credits)


The project module is examined by a presentation and dissertation. The Research Methods and Project Design module is examined by several components of continuous assessment. The other modules are assessed by examinations and smaller components of continuous assessment. MSc students must gain credit from all the modules. For the PDip, you must gain at least 120 credits in total, and pass certain modules to meet the learning outcomes of the PDip programme.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- educate graduate engineers and equip them with advanced knowledge of telecommunications and communication networks (including mobile systems), informed by insights and problems at the forefront of these fields of study, for careers in research and development in industry or academia

- produce high-calibre engineers with experience in specialist and complex problem-solving skills and techniques needed for the interpretation of knowledge and for systems level design in the telecommunications field

- provide you with proper academic guidance and welfare support

- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer you an environment where you can develop your potential

- strengthen and expand opportunities for industrial collaboration with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.

Research areas

- Communications

The Group’s activities cover system and component technologies from microwave to terahertz frequencies. These include photonics, antennae and wireless components for a broad range of communication systems. The Group has extensive software research tools together with antenna anechoic chambers, network and spectrum analysers to millimetre wave frequencies and optical signal generation, processing and measurement facilities.

Current main research themes include:

- photonic components
- networks/wireless systems
- microwave and millimetre-wave systems
- antenna systems
- radio-over-fibre systems
- electromagnetic bandgaps and metamaterials
- frequency selective surfaces.


We have developed the programme with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students will be in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline.

School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent record of student employability. We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students, to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive, fast-moving, knowledge-based economy.

Graduates who can show that they have developed transferable skills and valuable experience are better prepared to start their careers and are more attractive to potential employers. Within the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, you can develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for. These include problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc Broadband & Mobile Communication Networks page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Abel Mayal de la Torre

401.jpg I studied for an MSc in Canterbury after finishing my degree in Spain and Germany. The MSc was a good way to gather all the knowledge from my previous academic years, learn in more detail about new technologies and put in practice this knowledge gained.

Life in Canterbury was a great experience! It was the first time I lived on a university campus and it was very nice to live sorrounded by students. Everything was run by students: pubs, discos, restaurants, etc. I also joined the basketball team. The University of Kent supports sports a lot and joining a sports club makes it very easy to meet new people.

The MSc has helped me greatly to find good jobs around the world. After the MSc I continued working for British Telecom in the IP Networks department, then I received a good offer from Lucent Technologies, Germany to work in a bright new UMTS department. I worked there for 3 years. Then I moved to Nortel Networks, Spain, and I'm still working there. I'm currently a UMTS Engineer Leader for different projects around the world: O2 Germany, KTF Korea, etc. I enjoy my work and the travelling (see the picture of me in Korea!).

(Student Profile)

Xu Wang

402.jpg With a previous background in electrical engineering, I found the well structured MSc course at Kent offered me an ideal opportunity, and the knowledge necessary, to make a transition into the communications area, which I wanted to be in.

Located in the south east of England, the historical city of Canterbury offers good commuting links to London and the rest of Europe, which is ideal for foreign students like me who also want to spend any spare time travelling around Europe.

Following the course, I decided to stay on at Kent and worked as a research associate under Dr Nathan Gomes. I also registered as a part-time PhD student, specialising in optical communications engineering.

After my PhD, I joined Bookham Technology as a Senior Engineer responsible for developing optical transceiver modules. The training gained during the MSc course was a crucial factor in enabling me to secure this position. I am now a Technical Manager in Phyworks, a company developing ICs for the optical communication market. In this job, I use my technical and language skills to provide product support to customers in China, Taiwan, and Korea. The MSc course at Kent was a technical foundation stone for my career, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to work in the communications industry.

(Student Profile)

Athanasia Tsibouri

403.jpg I have just started work at the headquarters of the Greek Telecommunications Organisation S.A as a Telecom Engineer in the Department of (Transmission) Networks Project Management. Until recently, I was a Project Engineer in the Defence Systems Management Department of INTRACOM S.A, a leading company in Telecommunications and Information Systems in Greece. My main responsibilities included managing and coordinating two significant subcontracted weapon locating systems projects in terms of configuration, cost, schedule, production and quality.

I found the MSc course that I did at Kent very useful for my work at INTRACOM. Throughout the course I gained a very good theoretical knowledge in the area of communications as well as a great practical experience from the 6-month RF design project, part of which took place in the laboratories of Harada European Technology Centre which was based at the University. I found the academic staff in the Department very friendly and always willing to provide guidance and assistance.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time living on campus while studying at the University of Kent. The university campus offers students excellent facilities both of the academic and extra-curricular variety with its library, computer rooms, sports center, restaurants, bars, night-club and any number of societies and social clubs to cater for every individual’s taste in movies, sports or hobbies - all of which facilitates greatly in socializing with others and making new friends. The university’s large Erasmus and Commonwealth student population also greatly enriched my social and cultural awareness and experience. I would have no hesitation in recommending the University of Kent to Greek friends who want to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK.

(Student Profile)

Ebeneris Elorm Sedzrameo

2178.jpg After practising as a telecom engineer for two and half years in Ghana, I wanted a master’s degree that could help explain the current trends in telecommunication engineering and equip me with the analytical tools to understand the future trends in this area. I also wanted a school that is leading in telecommunication engineering as well as capable of offering me scholarship opportunities. After several search around the world, Kent stood out prominently for its reputation in the MSc Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks programme.

University of Kent gave me far more than I hoped for. First of all, I was awarded the prestigious DFID Commonwealth Shared Scholarship that covered my tuition, accommodation, spending allowance and even my plane ticket. This was indeed more than I imagined.

Secondly, the MSc Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks programme is simply stimulating. The programme is taught by seasoned lecturers who not only understand the theory behind the various technologies but also the practical application of these concepts and the future drive. Within a period of six months, my knowledge base in the area of telecommunication engineering has greatly improved. Concepts that I used to practise but without clear understanding of the theory behind them were explained. From mobile telecommunication theory to the fast trend of evolution in mobile systems, from broadband networks to computer networks, Kent has just what you need to stand out in these fields.

As part of the programme, industrial lectures were delivered by practising engineers. This provided the vital practical aspect of the programme. Kent also provided me the unique opportunity for industrial placement with Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-mobile) headquarters in Bristol. The significance of this opportunity to my career path cannot be over emphasized. Kent has also offered me the opportunity to become an ambassador of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.

At Kent, lecturers are friends, willing to help and see you succeed. From group appointments to one-to- one session, the attitude of the lecturers is really amazing. Facilities are up to date and available for your progress. Kent indeed changed my understanding of University education completely, it comes as no surprise therefore that I have received admission to pursue PhD in Electronic Engineering from Kent. I encourage all to come join this wonderful family at Kent and for commonwealth citizens, kindly apply for the DFID Shared Scholarship.


University of Kent Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015 - 20+ Awards

The bursaries are £10,000 each for study on a taught Master's degree programme at the University of Kent.
The bursary does not have to be repaid.
The bursary will contribute to the cost of tuition fees for the Master’s degree and any associated University charges (ie accommodation fees) with any balance awarded as a maintenance grant.
Bursaries are available for full or part-time study (over a maximum of two years).
Students must register for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent, ie an award of LLM, MA, MSc in September 2015. Apply online.
The bursaries will be distributed in accordance with the following priority until all awards are allocated:
those who satisfy the eligibility criteria (below)
on the basis of their undergraduate degree classification (First or 2.1)
the date that all conditions of the offer are satisfied
We will aim to make the allocations by mid-July 2015
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary data has been submitted and conditions of offer are satisfied as soon as possible.
The bursary cannot be held in conjunction with other funding except in exceptional circumstances and will not be awarded with any other funding from the University of Kent, for example the Alumni Loyalty Discount or Graduate School Scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)



“Home” fee paying & UK permanent resident; Completed a 3 year UG degree, starting in 2012, finishing in 2015. Have paid, or be responsible for repaying to Student Loans Company, the higher rate tuition fees in full;
Have achieved a First or a 2.1; Have demonstrated criteria, to include either 1 or 2 below: 1. a household income of £42,620 or lower & either a) a family home postcode in an area of low participation in higher education or b) currently be in receipt of a Disabled Students’ Allowance, 2. be a care leaver; Have made an application and been admitted for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent.

Application Procedure

Before you can be considered for a bursary you must make an application for an eligible taught postgraduate programme at the University of Kent, and be offered a place
Consideration for a bursary will be dependent on the degree application and you are urged to make an application for a place to study as soon as possible. Further information about the scheme and the selection processes will be made available as they are agreed and it is recommended that you check this page regularly for updates.
Please note: When making an application, please note you must use your family/parental address and postcode in order for us to confirm your eligibility

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:2 or higher honours degree in Electronic or Computer Engineering, or a related electronics subject. To discuss other possible entry qualifications, please contact us.

Last Updated

10 April 2017

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