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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 yr FT

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    01 February 2018

Course content

About the course

Study the dynamic field of efficient information transfer around the globe. We teach this course jointly with the Department of Computer Science so you get up-to-date knowledge and understanding.

Our graduates are in demand

Many go to work in industry as engineers for large national and international companies, including ARUP, Ericsson Communications, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Intel Asia Pacific.

Real-world applications

This is a research environment. What we teach is based on the latest ideas. The work you do on your course is directly connected to real-world applications.

We work with government research laboratories, industrial companies and other prestigious universities. Significant funding from UK research councils, the European Union and industry means you have access to the best facilities.

How we teach

You’ll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us among the UK top five for this subject. Our courses are centred around finding solutions to problems, in lectures, seminars, exercises and through project work.

First-class facilities

Semiconductor Materials and Devices

LED, laser photodetectors and transistor design, a high-tech field-emission gun transmission electron microscope (FEGTEM), a focused ion beam (FIB) milling facility, and electron beam lithographic equipment.

Our state-of-the-art semiconductor growth and processing equipment is housed in an extensive clean room complex as part of the EPSRC’s National Centre for III-V Technologies.

Our investment in semiconductor research equipment in the last 12 months totals £6million.

Electrical Machines and Drives

Specialist facilities for the design and manufacture of electromagnetic machines, dynamometer test cells, a high-speed motor test pit, environmental test chambers, electronic packaging and EMC testing facilities, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives.


Advanced anechoic chambers for antenna design and materials characterisation, a lab for calibrated RF dosimetry of tissue to assess pathogenic effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, extensive CAD electromagnetic analysis tools.

Core modules

  • Network and Inter-Network Architectures
  • Network Performance Analysis
  • Data Coding Techniques for Communications and Storage
  • Advanced Communication Principles
  • Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols
  • (either) Foundations of Object-Orientated Programming (or) Object-Orientated Programming and Software Design
  • Major Research Project

Examples of optional modules

  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Cloud Computing
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems
  • Optical Communication Devices and Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • Broadband Wireless Techniques; Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols
  • System Design

Teaching and assessment

We deliver research-led teaching from our department and Computer Science with individual support for your research project and dissertation. Assessment is by examinations, coursework and a project dissertation with poster presentation.

Visit the MSc(Eng) Data Communications page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!





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