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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    02 November 2018

Course content

Programme description

This programme provides graduates and working professionals with a broad training in signal processing and communications, including machine learning and data science. It is suitable for recent graduates who wish to develop the specialist knowledge and skills relevant to this industry and is also suitable as advanced study in preparation for research work in an academic or industrial environment or in a specialist consultancy organisation.

Engineers or other professionals wishing to participate in the MSc programme may do so on a part-time basis.

Our students gain a thorough understanding of theoretical foundations as well as advanced topics at the cutting edge of research in signal processing and communications, including compressive sensing, machine learning and deep neural networks, wireless communication theory, and numerical Bayesian methods.

The MSc project provides a good opportunity for students to work on state-of-the-art research problems in signal processing and communications.

Programme structure

This programme is run over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project leading to a masters thesis.

Semester 1 courses

  • Digital Communication Fundamentals
  • Discrete-Time Signal Analysis
  • Image Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Probability, Estimation Theory and Random Signals (PETARS)

Semester 2 courses

  • Advanced Wireless Communication
  • Advanced Coding Techniques
  • Machine Learning in Signal Processing
  • Adaptive Signal Processing
  • Array Processing Methods and MIMO Systems
  • Pre-Dissertation Project in Signal Processing and Communications
  • Signal Processing & Communications: Project and Thesis

Career opportunities

With our excellent employability record and internationally respected reputation, the University of Edinburgh is a reliable choice for developing your engineering career.

This programme will appeal to graduates who wish to pursue a career in an industry such as machine learning, data science, communications, radar, medical imaging or anywhere else signal processing is applied.


Visit the Signal Processing & Communications (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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