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Image and Video Communications and Signal Processing MSc

Course Description

Audiovisual experiences are key drivers, not just for entertainment but also for business, security and technology development. Video accounts for around 80 per cent of all internet traffic and some mobile network operators have predicted that wireless traffic will double every year for the next 10 years - driven primarily by video. Visual information processing also plays a major role underpinning other industries such as healthcare, security, robotics and autonomous systems.

This challenging, one-year taught Master’s degree covers a range of advanced topics drawn from the field of multimedia signal processing and communications. The programme covers the properties and limitations of modern communication channels and networks, alongside the coding and compression methods required for efficient and reliable wired and wireless audio-visual transmission. It provides students with an excellent opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to enter careers in one of the most dynamic and exciting fields in ICT.

The programme builds on the research strengths of the Visual Information Laboratory and the Communication Systems and Networks Group within the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol. Both groups are highly regarded for combining fundamental research with strong industrial collaboration and their innovative research has resulted in ground-breaking technology in the areas of image and video analysis, coding and communications. Both groups also offer extensive, state-of-the-art research facilities.

This MSc provides in-depth training in design, analysis and management skills relevant to the theory and practice of the communication networks industry. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology until 2018, and is one of only a handful of accredited programmes in this field in the UK.

Programme structure

Your course will cover the following core subjects:
Semester One (50 credits)
-Coding theory
-Communication systems
-Digital filters and spectral analysis
-Mobile communications
-Networking protocol principles

Semester Two (70 credits)
-Digital signal processing systems
-Speech and audio processing
-Optimum signal processing
-Biomedical imaging
-Image and video coding
-Engineering research skills

Research project
You will complete a substantial research project, starting during Semester Two and completed during the summer. This may be based at the University or with industrial partners.


This one-year MSc programme covers all aspects of current and future image and video communications and associated signal processing technologies. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers, not only in the communications field, but also in other areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies, such as Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel. Some graduates follow a more research-oriented career path with a number of students going on to study for PhDs at leading universities.

Visit the Image and Video Communications and Signal Processing MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mubarak Ahmed

340.jpg I think the facilities in the department are some of the best in the country. There are always lab assistants to help, particularly if you don't know how to use the modern facilities available.

The programme provides an excellent basis for engineers wishing to update their knowledge, students who wish to do research in the future, or for first degree holders wishing to divert from any numerate science to telecommunications engineering.

I can now say with confidence that graduating from this course, I will be well prepared to face the challenges in the communication industry.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in a numerate physical science or engineering discipline. Candidates with a lower class of degree, equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for higher degree work.

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