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Telecommunications with Business - MSc

Course Description

The Telecommunications with Business MSc at UCL is an exciting programme designed to address the market need for highly skilled technical managers in the ICT and telecommunications industry with a broad knowledge across both technology and business.

Degree information

Students benefit from the established and highly successful portfolio of telecommunications modules, combined with four specially designed business modules. These business modules draw on the experience of leading experts from industry and academia in the area of business planning, financial and management accounting, regulation, marketing and product management.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
-Strategy, Marketing and Product Management
-Finance and Business Environment
-Customer Service, Operations and Planning
-Organisational Design, People Management and Innovation

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-Mobile Communications Systems
-Network and Services Management
-Introduction to IP Networks
-Network Planning and Operations
-Internet of Things
-Wireless Communications Principles

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, workshop sessions, seminars, tutorials and project work. All of the programme lecturers carry out leading research in the subjects they are teaching. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework, design exercises and the dissertation.


This programme provides students with numerous networking opportunities through the range of visiting speakers from telecoms and ICT industry. Students engage with these speakers in classroom discussions and may undertake their research projects in collaboration with several of the companies (e,g, Orange Labs, PwC, Virgin Media and BT). The programme's mix of technical and business content gives the students a unique advantage when seeking jobs. Examples of successful placements include KPMG, Cisco and BT.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Discover Graduate Programme Participant, Vodafone
-Product Manager, Sina Weibo
-Associate Engineer, Lenovo China
-Associate Management Consultant, PwC
-Strategy Consultant, PwC

Successful graduates of this programme will have developed the advanced technical skills necessary for management careers in the ICT and telecommunications industry, and will be highly attractive to employers across a very diverse range of sectors.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has considerable experience in running combined technical and business education for high-calibrel candidates. This programme builds on the success of the department's 'Communications for Industry' programme which has been providing technical courses for over 16 years.

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

We maintain strong industrial links in all our postgraduate activities and much of our research is funded through the UK Research Councils, the EU and industry in the UK and overseas.

Visit the Telecommunications with Business - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Francisco Barrientos

"The guest speakers in both business and technical modules have been invaluable. These speakers are leaders in the industry and it is inspiring to learn from them."

(Student Profile)

Guntar Pramono

"UCL’s tremendous collection of campus and online libraries allows access to work by the leading academics in my field of study. Furthermore the UCL research culture always encourages me to explore without fear of failure. Studying at UCL has been the best academic and research experience I have ever had."


Fleming Scholarship for MSc Studies - 5 Awards

The scholarship is awarded to the students entering the department with the best undergraduate examination performance providing they qualify for UK/EU fee status. In the event of a tie we will give preference to the students in the order they accepted our offer unconditionally - a good reason to be prompt in decision making!In addition to the prestige that comes with the award, there is also a significant financial award - £4,000. 5 scholarships will be given to Home/EU students with £2,000 given on enrolment and a further £2,000 given later in the year provided that a distinction is achieved in the work assessed during term 1.

Value of Scholarship(s)



5 scholarships of £4,000 are available for Home/EU students.

Application Procedure

All new students will be considered - no need to apply specifically.

Further Information



Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Individuals with significant industrial experience (and without such a qualification) may also be considered.

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