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MSc Telecommunications Technology

Course Description

The technologies that contribute to telecommunications continue to develop rapidly to offer mankind a wealth of new facilities each decade. By linking the processing power of the computer, in its many and varied guises, to a series of networks structured around satellites, terrestrial links and fibre optic cables, local, national and international communications are continually being transformed. (Currently, there can be no better example of this than the INTERNET itself!)

This revolution continues to open up outstanding opportunities for talented telecommunications specialists whose education and training has equipped them to understand, adapt, develop and drive the industries forward into the twenty-first century.

For the suitably qualified candidate, Aston's long-established postgraduate programme is designed to develop or update a wide range of technical understanding, engineering 'know-how' and professional skills that are needed to contribute effectively to the design and development of telecommunication systems for national and international networks, or to enter telecommunications research.

Designed in partnership with the UK's leading telecommunications organisations, and fully accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this programme has the full support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). To ensure its continuing relevance we have gathered together representatives from a range of major employers to review, monitor and update our programme.

Acknowledged experts are invited to the University from industry, as visiting lecturers bringing with them the details of the latest developments, issues and research. The MSc programme is designed to ensure that you spend half of your time working on a specially selected personal project.

Our MSc programme integrates six months of study with an industrially relevant project, often carried out as an industrial placement, spanning a further six months. If you wish, you may work towards the MSc degree at a later date by undertaking the project at your place of work.

Our programmes provide a means where graduates from non-telecommunications technical degrees can move into this high demand area. The programme is an "Advanced Vocational Course" degree programmes in Telecommunications Technology; its theory, practice and applications. Some of the subjects make full recourse to a range of mathematical topics that should be familiar to the honours graduate of an accredited Undergraduate Degree in Electronic Engineering. The applicant who may not possess this familiarity, will be expected to achieve it by private study.

Qualifications from outside the UK or a combination of qualifications and/or experience will also be considered. The course administration office can provide advice on whether these qualifications are the equivalent of the level of Honours Degree required. We will consider that completion of 2 years (full time equivalent) of relevant postgraduate work experience will enhance a first degree by one step (five years experience by two steps, etc). Employment is considered relevant either to the first degree or to the proposed course of postgraduate study. For example, a graduate in computer studies who has been employed as a computer programmer will have relevant employment experience. (Employment undertaken before the commencement of undergraduate study will not normally count for the purposes of enhancement).

International students whose native language is not English will also need to demonstrate English Language ability (e.g.. IELTS 6.5, TOEFL score of 600 or equivalent).

Entry Requirements

Good second class honours degree from a UK academic organisation in a relevant engineering field, science or closely related discipline.

Course Fees

UK/EU students - £4,350 (2010 fee), International students - £12,250 (2010 fee), Distance Learning - Please contact School for details

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