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Unleash your potential with the MSc(Eng) Data Communications programme at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Dive into the realm of data communication systems, exploring transmission methods, hardware, and information coding while staying abreast of cutting-edge technology advancements. Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, this programme equips you with the expertise needed to excel in the field. With a strong emphasis on research-led teaching and individual project support, you'll develop a deep understanding through examinations, coursework, and a project dissertation. The programme offers a variety of modules each year, ensuring a comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum. To qualify, a minimum 2:1 honours degree in relevant disciplines is required, along with evidence of practical experience or a strong performance in a major project. Benefit from state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and expert guidance, preparing you for a successful career in the ever-evolving field of data communications.

About the course

You'll be taught about all aspects of data communication systems, from transmission methods and hardware to information coding, with a focus on the latest advances in technology.

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.


Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. You must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in electronic and electrical engineering, physics, maths and other branches of engineering involving significant mathematical competence and relevant technical modules.

You should have a strong background in maths modules and in technical modules that will prepare you for the multidisciplinary nature of this course. You can explore examples of the programme's core and optional modules.

We will need evidence of relevant work/practical experience or strong performance in a major individual project during your degree.

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Graduated in 2021

The decision of choosing Data Communication as my MSc course stemmed from my curiosity for the operating mechanism of communication systems and the insights of the communication technology playing an even more vital part in our life in the near future. The University of Sheffield is highly regarded within industry, which attracted me to apply for a place to pursue my postgraduate education.

I enjoyed the teaching and learning process of every module I took on and was blown away by the well-organised teaching schedule and swift assistance both from the professors and the department when any problem was encountered. The staff of the department were most helpful during my time studying at Sheffield. It was always a pleasure to communicate with them. My suggestion for future fellow students is that do not hesitate to ask question and do not leave a problem unsolved. There are many people to turn to when having questions or doubts, including the department support team, your personal tutor and student life mentor allocated to you and usually they will reach out to you before you reach out to them. So, plan ahead and ask away, I am sure you will get a satisfying answer.


Graduated in 2021

So the main reason to choose Sheffield was the course modules. The modules are very diverse and it had everything I needed. So Sheffield was a good choice!

One of the reasons I wanted to come and study in the UK was because of the rich culture, and the brilliant architecture. Sheffield especially is great, hilly and it has beautiful buildings. The people are amazing - they're good to talk to and are very sweet.

I have enjoyed my time here. As an international student I found that we are not alone. You can find every race, every culture - it is quite diverse and I think it's one of the best things about the UK!

The best thing about being a student at the University of Sheffield is that you can get any help you need, from the careers team to mental health services. You just have to ask, there are people who will help you. Working with my tutors was an amazing experience too. All of them listen, very carefully and they guided me properly. I'm actually very thankful to them.

Since I'm doing a master's course, there was just one main project. Right now I'm working on energy efficiency methods for the energy consumption in base stations. So I'm using machine learning and AI to achieve that.

The study spaces here are amazing. They're quite huge, so you can find seats anywhere you want. My favourite place to study was the Diamond.

After graduating I plan to work for a telecom company. The career service has helped me to build my CV and everything. So I'm pretty sure they're gonna help me to get a job.

If someone is looking to study a Masters course, I'd say look at the modules. If you like what you see within an MSc at the University of Sheffield, go for it, because Sheffield won't disappoint you! Everyone is very nice, the course is amazing, and the teaching facilities are amazing!

If you are an international student that is looking to come here for a Masters, I'd recommend that you find a friend before you come here. There are many WhatsApp groups for international students that you can join, so you can find a friend/companion to come here with, share a flat or even just someone to talk to.


Selection criteria
This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful. A panel of senior members of staff will select the strongest applications and will be looking for the following:

Applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for a course at the University of Sheffield.
Applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions, these goals relate to the degree they have applied for.
Applicant has a strong academic profile.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Each scholarship is a competitive award worth 25% of the original tuition fee for a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2023.


-Your programme must commence at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2023.
-Distance learning courses are ineligible for a merit scholarship.
-You must receive an offer for a course studied in full at the University of Sheffield. Masters programmes split between the University of Sheffield and a partner institution are not eligible to apply for a scholarship.
-All Crossways courses and Erasmus Mundus courses are ineligible for a merit scholarship.
-For tuition fee purposes you must be self-funded and required to pay the overseas tuition fee.
-You must not be a sponsored student*.

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