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MSc Telecommunications (Online Distance Learning)

Course Description

The field of telecommunications has experienced immense developments over the past years and provides an area for exciting opportunities in science and technology. A specialisation in telecommunications is essential for those willing to drive a number of related industries in the new millennium.

This postgraduate course is geared towards the shift from traditional telecommunication and data communications systems to mobile and wireless communications and the management of network services. The course provides advanced knowledge of telecommunications technologies and issues related to communications networks.

Topics covered in the course include the latest developments in the fields of telecommunications and networks. The course focuses on telecommunications technologies and their practical applications in modern industries. Due to the fast pace of the developments in the telecommunications sector the course is designed in such a way that fundamental principles are covered in alignment with state of the art technological advances in digital communications.

The course is suitable for competent students from both scientific and engineering backgrounds wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of recent techniques in the design, development, administration and management of telecommunications.

Course Content

Comprises five modules and a project / dissertation:

Stage 1

1. Project Management & Research Methodology
This module covers project planning, scheduling and monitoring tools and techniques while at the same time developing research philosophies, strategies and methods relevant to the telecommunications industry.You will develop project management and research competencies that will enable you to plan, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting.

2. Data Communications Systems
This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the design, development and diagnostics of data communication systems.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the management of data communication system, compression techniques for digital voice and video transmission, and network traffic protocols

3. Telecommunication Systems
This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the principles of telecommunications systems, while emphasising technologies that support digital communications. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics and advantages of digital signals, as well as issues relating to transmission, line coding and modulation.

You will study a variety of topics providing a detailed knowledge and understanding of telecommunication networks and their properties.

Stage 2

4. Management of Network Services
This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the requirements and operation of networks and associated service management . Emphasis is placed on the realisation of Quality of Service (QoS) concepts in digital networks and mobile communications.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the management of network infrastructure and services within a business environment, including the classification of equipment and services.

5. Mobile & Wireless Communications
This module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of mobile and wireless communications systems emphasising the wireless environment, mobile systems, as well as network planning and mobile services.

You will gain a holistic view of modern digital mobile and wireless communications systems. The wireless communication medium and modulation techniques will be investigated before undertaking a detailed review of key mobile systems, and investigate issues of network planning and mobile services.

Stage 3

Project / Dissertation
The project will allow you to demonstrate your ability to apply skills and knowledge to the solution of a practical problem or to an investigation into a research topic appropriate to the rationale of the course


For the modules studied you will complete a total of 5 reports, one examination and a Viva Voce (oral examination). Assessment for the Project / Dissertation comprises the following:
• Project Proposal
• Presentations and Viva Voce examination
• Dissertation

This programme has the following intakes: January, April, July and October

Visit the MSc Telecommunications (Online Distance Learning) page on the Arden University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Paul Dees

4.jpg “I considered all options - even changing my job to fit around my studies, but decided that distance learning would fit in better with my full time job and I could go at my own pace. The enrolment and course selection process was straightforward and very quick, no lengthy processes involved. I have had great study support over the past 15 months from tutors on the various subjects, without it I would have struggled.

The course can be very relaxed and intense depending upon how much study you put in but if you put the hard work in pays off, with 3 distinctions to my credit I am very pleased with my work. The MBA program has given me a greater understanding of the business world and has enabled me to do develop myself further in my current job role. My future aspirations are to use the MBA qualification amongst others, to secure a higher managerial position either in the UK or abroad.

The RDI Team have been extremely helpful and approachable. At times you do feel as though you are on your own but the RDI team are only an e-mail or phone call away to resolve any queries that arise. The tutors are also very approachable, often working long hours and at weekends to respond to my queries via e-mail. I have thanked the team at RDI personally for their help and support to enable me to achieve such a great milestone in my career. I have recommended the RDI programme to many people because of the flexibility it offers in the study programme and also it will fit in with probably most full time careers.”

(Student Profile)

Jihmmy Bach Friis

5.jpg “I'm married, have children and a full-time job, so distance learning suits me, otherwise I would not be able to study. RDI staff are always very helpful in answering my queries. The most important and surprising thing to me about the Bradford MBA has been the personal development - you cannot imagine how much I, as a person, have changed since October when I started. I have no objection in recommending RDI to others!"

(Student Profile)

Hugh Porter

6.jpg “I chose distance learning as it offered the only viable route to gaining management qualifications without taking significant time away from normal work. It also offers greater flexibility for students with significant other commitments such as work and family. Enrolment was straightforward and the financial process was simple. I haven’t required lots of support but where there have been issues they have generally been dealt with well.

My relationship with RDI staff is good e.g. e-mails are answered promptly. The course is very interesting. Though I work in the public sector (NHS) I wanted to undertake studies with a more general outlook rather than health /public sector specific as I thought this would actually be more informative and valuable - this has been the case. I have a much clear and better understanding of business processes and areas that need consideration in order to make a business successful. The course helps build confidence in the management field and will help me lead my practice in the coming years. I am happy to recommend RDI - distance learning is a very different process to learning on campus, but if you have the skills and capabilities to manage this it is ideal."

(Student Profile)

Stephen Weekes

7.jpg “Giving up employment to study full time was not an option.RDI allowed me to study while earning and proved an extremely flexible solution. The support I received was superb, any queries I had were resolved quickly and easily, my student support co-ordinator was extremely helpful and professional.”

(Student Profile)

Rosey Andrassy

8.jpg “As teachers I strongly believe that in order to ensure continued good practice, we need to reflect critically on the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms. Studying for my MA Ed enabled me to achieve a ‘helicopter’ perspective on my personal and professional development.

The modules that I have studied have not only been interesting, enjoyable and manageable alongside a full time teaching commitment and given me a sense of personal fulfilment and satisfaction, but have also enhanced the quality of my own and others’ teaching and learning within and beyond my classroom and school.”

(Student Profile)

Richard Luck

9.jpg “Allowing a student to work at a different pace where they may have knowledge gaps has certainly been of significant benefit to me. I have been able to adapt my learning and continuous professional development requirements to suit a busy working and family schedule. The overall time frame for achievement is flexible and adaptable and meets the needs of mature students.”


Entry Requirements

First degree from an approved university equivalent to UK second class honours in a relevant subject. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0, where the medium of undergraduate study was not English. Applicants who do not hold the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission provided they can demonstrate that their qualifications and/or industrial experience are equivalent to that attained through the completion of an appropriate honours degree programme.

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