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Course content

The Telecommunications MRes is a one-year research degree dealing with areas of technology and systems related to telecommunications, communications technology and the next generation of IP support networks. This prestigious programme offers significant research content alongside taught courses strongly linked to industrial requirements.

Degree information

Students develop an advanced understanding of the architecture and components that are used to construct a broadband network. The programme offers an overview of the network structures used to build telecommunications networks, enables students to specialise in a specific area of telecommunications, and includes a substantial research project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (105 credits).

Core modules
-Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
-Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills

Optional modules
-Broadband Technologies and Components
-Communications Systems Modelling
-Introduction to IP Networks
-Mobile Communications Systems
-Wireless Communications Principles
-Network and Services Management
-Optical Transmission and Networks
-Software for Network Services and Design
-Telecommunications Business Environment
-Antennas and Propagation
-RF Circuits and Devices
-Photonic Sub-systems
-Radar Systems
-Network Planning and Operations
-Advanced Photonic Devices
-Internet of Things

Dissertation/report
All students undertake a substantial research project working in association with one of the research groups at UCL or a collaborating industrial research laboratory.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework (written and design assignments) and the substantial research project, which is assessed by dissertation and presentations.

Careers

Recent graduates have gone on to become university researchers, and senior software engineers and research scientists at companies including Nokia UK Ltd and QinetiQ.

Employability
The Telecommunications MRes programme provides a broad and comprehensive coverage of the technological and scientific foundations of telecommunications networks and services, from the physical layer to the application layer. A strong emphasis is given to mobile and wireless communications and the latest standards in these areas (LTE, WiMAX, IEEE 802 family of standards). Students study both the theoretical foundations of all related technologies but also carry out extensive practical assignments in several related areas.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the most highly rated electronic engineering research departments in the UK. It is the oldest in England, founded in 1885. The department has more than a century of tradition of internationally leading research, from Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, the inventor of the thermionic valve and the left-hand and right-hand rules, to Professor Charles Kao, PhD alumnus and 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient for his research in communication with optical fibres that began whilst studying at UCL.

Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development.

We cover a wide range of areas from materials and devices to photonics, radar, optical and wireless systems, electronics and medical electronics, and communications networks.

Visit the Telecommunications - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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