This MSc course enables you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to pursue a career in mobile or wireless communications or to continue on to do further research in the communications field.
It is aimed both at those already working within the industry and new graduates. The technical skills you develop are applicable to a wide range of communication technology roles.
There is an optional one year industry placement.
See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/mobile-and-wireless-communications/
Why choose this course?
- Learn industrially relevant techniques using tools and software used by the communications industry.
- Use telecommunications laboratories equipped for the design, testing and analysis of mobile wireless and optical networks using industry standard tools such Asset, Ranopt, OptSim, OpNet and Matlab.
- Learn from teaching staff with industry experience and visiting speakers from business and industry.
- Analyse real data from operational 2G and 3G networks and to design 3G and LTE networks.
- Use networking laboratories equipped with modern Cisco routers, switches and security devices to enable design construction and testing of complete high bandwidth secure, wired and wireless networks.
- Gain valuable industry experience from an optional one year placement.
Teaching and learning
The taught modules include lectures, seminars, library and internet research, and practical design and experimentation. Assessments include coursework exercises, presentations, essays and examinations.
Teaching staff include experienced academic staff and recent recruits from the telecommunications industry. Visiting speakers from business and industry help to maintain relevance to the evolution of the industry.
Laboratory facilities include the latest industry standard tools for mobile and wireless network analysis and software modelling facilities to enable network design.
Our telecommunications laboratories are equipped for the design, testing and analysis of mobile wireless and optical networks using industry standard tools such Asset, Ranopt, OptSim, OpNet and Matlab. Students have the opportunity to analyse real data from operational 2G and 3G networks and to design 3G and LTE networks.
Our networking laboratories equipped with modern Cisco routers, switches and security devices to enable design construction and testing of complete high bandwidth, secure, wired and wireless networks.
How this course helps you develop
Our focus on using industry standard tools to solve practical and industrially relevant problems, and using those problems to teach the theoretical concepts, ensures you have the opportunity to acquire skills required in today's communications industry.
If you choose to take a placement then you will have the opportunity to put into practice in a business environment, the skills you have acquired in the taught part of the programme as well as gaining valuable experience for your CV.
Graduates from this programme have found employment with major telecommunications companies including Vodafone, Ericsson and Alcatel, and in many areas of the telecommunications and wider IT industries.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Staff and students collaborate on projects supported by the EPSRC, the EU and several major UK companies.
We achieved an excellent assessment of our UoA (Unit of Assessment) 11 return for REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework) with 59% either world leading or internationally excellent.
Research areas and clusters
Staff are engaged in world-leading research in our Communications, Media and Electronic Technologies Research Group which feeds directly into teaching. Particular areas of interest are:
- wireless network efficiency
- The Internet of Things
- autonomous vehicles
- wireless sensor networks.
The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies has a vibrant and growing research community, with a wide range of activities from model-driven system design and empirical software engineering through to web technologies, cloud computing and big data, digital forensics and computer vision.
Our focus is on user-inspired original research with real-world applications.
You should normally hold a first degree, equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor’s degree, in an electronic engineering, communications or computing related discipline. If you have relevant professional experience this can also be considered. For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate Research Project you should provide evidence of experience in research and study methods at an appropriate level.