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Telecommunications - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The world of telecommunications is one of the fastest developing in the areas of science and technology. The Telecommunications MSc at UCL covers various aspects of modern telecommunication systems together with the background necessary to understand such systems, and is continuously updated to reflect the rapid changes in the field.

Degree information

Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the key technologies, network architectures, and systems that make up a modern, telecommunications network. Specific topics include telecommunications systems, communications technologies, network design and planning, data networks and architectures, next generation architecture and business aspects of telecommunications.

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).

An exit-level Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered. An exit-level Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules
-Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
-Mobile Communications Systems
-Software for Network and Services Design
-Telecommunications Business Environment
-Introduction to IP Networks
-Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills (not credit bearing)

Optional modules
-Broadband Technologies and Components
-Communications Systems Modelling
-Internet of Things
-Optical Transmission Networks
-Network and Services Management
-Network Planning and Operations
-Wireless Communications Principles

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, laboratory and 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.


On completion of this programme students pursue careers as network or telecommunications engineers, consultants or systems architects in networking technologies.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Consulting Engineer, China Mobile
-Graduate Engineer, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
-IT Graduate, Siemens
-Technical Specialist - Telecommunications, BSB Sky C
-Software Engineer, Motorola Mobility

The Telecommunications MSc 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, etc.). 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. Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development.

This MSc programme is taught by UCL's telecommunications experts with contributions from industrial and government specialists, and is dedicated to the task of training engineers and managers in the telecommunications industry.

Visit the Telecommunications - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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Lin Wei

"Extracurricular life in London is colourful, and as an international student it offers me a great chance to learn more about British culture."

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Weiyi Dang

"My final project was a collaboration with the English National Opera, providing a great opportunity to have an experience of working in one of the greatest cities in the world. "

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Yizhou You

"I am currently involved in a Master's communication project in industry. This is an opportunity within UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering allowing students to gain work experience alongside their research project."


UCL Graduate Support Bursary - 20+ Awards

UCL is making 93 individual bursary awards available. Each bursary will cover the full tuition fee cost for the programme and provide £10,000 in maintenance funding per year.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scheme is aimed at supporting traditionally under-represented groups to progress on to graduate study at UCL. All applicants will be required to demonstrate that their annual household income is currently under £42,611. This scheme is open to prospective students domiciled in the UK (that is, UK is your country of "ordinary residence”) who have "Home" tuition fee status.

Application Procedure

This initiative is funded through the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme. The UCL Graduate Support Bursary scheme forms part of UCL’s wider initiative to support graduate Master’s students.

Further Information



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

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.

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