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MSc Wireless Communications and Signal Processing

Course Description

The Wireless Communications and Signal Processing MSc is one of Kent’s newest programmes. It targets the needs of researchers and industry in a fast-paced and technical communications sector which continues to bring many of the advances that make ultra-fast wireless communications possible.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/261/wireless-communications-signal-processing

Course detail

The programme reflects the latest developments in wireless communications, with particular emphasis on digital signal processing using embedded systems. It has been designed to produce high-calibre engineers that can specialise in and understand the complex system designs used in the wireless communications field.

Format and assessment

The programme is delivered by internationally leading researchers in our Broadband & Wireless Communications and Instrumentation, Control & Embedded Systems groups. They provide first-hand experience of cutting-edge research into next-generation wireless communications, converged access networks and embedded systems.

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

- Communication Networks (15 credits)
- Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)
- Embedded Real-Time Operating Systems (15 credits)
- Research Methods & Project Design (30 credits)
- Digital Signal Processing (DSP) (15 credits)
- Wireless/Mobile Communications (15 credits)
- Computer & Reconfigurable Architectures (15 credits)
- MSc Project (60 credits)

The project module is examined by a presentation and dissertation. The Research Methods and Project Design module is examined by several components of continuous assessment. The other modules are assessed by examinations and smaller components of continuous assessment. MSc students must gain credit from all the modules. For the PDip, you must gain at least 120 credits in total, and pass certain modules to meet the learning outcomes of the PDip programme.


We have developed the programme with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students will be in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the MSc Wireless Communications and Signal Processing page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ryan Husbands

2183.jpg I am currently studying for an MSc in Wireless Communications and Signal Processing at the University of Kent. I am enjoying my modules and about to begin my research project. This intensive and exciting program is helping me to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of this wireless world. This also gives me an insight of what the future demands are.

With this opportunity, I have the advantage of learning from well-known scholars who have extensive expertise and experience in the field of wireless communications and technologies. The lecturers are very helpful and encourage you to do your best. They are easy to approach and always willing to take time to answer your questions. The labs are up-to-date and there’s no shortage of resources. This allows me to gain specialty knowledge specific to the rapidly evolving wireless world.

According to the many events which I have attended around campus, the skills and knowledge acquired here are much needed in todays and the future world. It’s too soon to tell what doors my MSc will open for me but the programme is helping me to achieve some of my personal goals.

Canterbury is a beautiful and safe city. Being an old city and a world heritage site, there is plenty to see and do outside the academic environment. I look forward to travelling into mainland Europe during my short breaks after exams and the programme.


University of Kent Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015 - 20+ Awards

The bursaries are £10,000 each for study on a taught Master's degree programme at the University of Kent.
The bursary does not have to be repaid.
The bursary will contribute to the cost of tuition fees for the Master’s degree and any associated University charges (ie accommodation fees) with any balance awarded as a maintenance grant.
Bursaries are available for full or part-time study (over a maximum of two years).
Students must register for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent, ie an award of LLM, MA, MSc in September 2015. Apply online.
The bursaries will be distributed in accordance with the following priority until all awards are allocated:
those who satisfy the eligibility criteria (below)
on the basis of their undergraduate degree classification (First or 2.1)
the date that all conditions of the offer are satisfied
We will aim to make the allocations by mid-July 2015
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary data has been submitted and conditions of offer are satisfied as soon as possible.
The bursary cannot be held in conjunction with other funding except in exceptional circumstances and will not be awarded with any other funding from the University of Kent, for example the Alumni Loyalty Discount or Graduate School Scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)



“Home” fee paying & UK permanent resident; Completed a 3 year UG degree, starting in 2012, finishing in 2015. Have paid, or be responsible for repaying to Student Loans Company, the higher rate tuition fees in full;
Have achieved a First or a 2.1; Have demonstrated criteria, to include either 1 or 2 below: 1. a household income of £42,620 or lower & either a) a family home postcode in an area of low participation in higher education or b) currently be in receipt of a Disabled Students’ Allowance, 2. be a care leaver; Have made an application and been admitted for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent.

Application Procedure

Before you can be considered for a bursary you must make an application for an eligible taught postgraduate programme at the University of Kent, and be offered a place
Consideration for a bursary will be dependent on the degree application and you are urged to make an application for a place to study as soon as possible. Further information about the scheme and the selection processes will be made available as they are agreed and it is recommended that you check this page regularly for updates.
Please note: When making an application, please note you must use your family/parental address and postcode in order for us to confirm your eligibility

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:2 or higher honours degree in Electronic or Computer Engineering, or a related electronics subject. To discuss other possible entry qualifications, please contact our Admissions Officer. English Language requirements: View Website

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