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    Full time available

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  • Start Date

    October, February

  • Course Duration

    60 weeks full time

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  • Course Fees


Course content

Sunderland offers the only MSc Telecommunications Engineering in the North East of England.

Course overview

Are you looking to build a career in a specialised niche in the technology sector? This Masters extends your knowledge of IT networks and provides hands-on training in telephony and high-speed data services. This will equip you for well-paid roles as a specialist telecommunications engineer, as well as for more general roles in developing network systems.

Modern telecommunication services rely heavily on network technology and, consistent with this, there is a high level of overlap between this course and Network Systems MSc. However, this course is distinctive because it includes a module on ‘Digital Telephony’. In addition, your Masters project will be on a topic that is specifically related to telecommunications.

An important benefit of choosing Sunderland is the quality of our equipment. For example, we have invested heavily in Cisco equipment. Sunderland is in the top 10 universities in the UK for ‘spend per student’ for computer sciences, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013.

Our academic team includes Cisco Certified Academy Instructors and we make sure that the course is continually aligned with the real-world needs of employers.

The research aspects of the course are supported by Sunderland’s on-going research programme. The specialisms of our Digital Innovation Research Beacon include intelligent systems, internet technologies, information retrieval and interaction design.
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

It is also accredited by BCS on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent projects. We support you with guidance and inspiration, and you will negotiate a final project that matches your personal interests. Modules on this course include:
-Network Simulation (15 Credits)
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Wireless Communications (15 Credits)
-Local and Wide Area Networks (30 Credits)
-Network Security (15 Credits)
-Broadcast Systems (15 Credits)
-Digital Telephony (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Facilities & location

Sunderland’s outstanding IT facilities include the David Goldman Informatics Centre, which has hundreds of computers so it’s easy to find a free workstation with the software you need. We are an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Big Data machine and a High Performance Computing Cluster system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. We also have the equipment and licences for our own public mobile cellular network.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for computing students include:
-British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
-Association of Computing Machinery digital library, which includes full-text articles from journals as well as conference proceedings
-Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
-Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 on a range of subjects including technology
-Business Source Elite from EBSCO Publishing which covers hundreds of journals and includes articles on topics such as e-commerce and information management

The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside.

Employment & careers

The average lifetime earnings of those with a Masters degree exceed £1,750,000 and are 15% higher than the lifetime earnings of those with a first degree (Source: Sutton Trust, 2010).

Visit the Telecommunications Engineering - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!




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