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Communications Control & Digital Signal Processing (MSc)


Course Description

Why this course?

This full-time course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of communications theory and networks, fundamental control technology and digital signal processing (DSP). All these topics are critical to the information and communications age.

You’ll gain an advanced knowledge of the principles of the communications, control and DSP domains. You’ll also develop an understanding of the current and future developments and technologies within these three disciplines.

Along with full accreditation from the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET), this course will enable you to capitalise on job opportunities across a range of sectors including:
- control
- telecommunications
- signal processing
- electronics
- IT user companies

EDF Energy, Siemens and Texas Instruments are just some of the multinationals where our graduates have secured positions.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/communicationscontroldigitalsignalprocessing/

You’ll study

You’ll take two semesters of compulsory and optional taught classes. These are followed by a three-month research project in your chosen area. Opportunities exist to do the project through the department's competitive MSc industrial internships.

The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners including Selex ES, ScottishPower, SmarterGridSolutions. You'll address real-world engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.

Facilities

We’ve a wide range of excellent teaching spaces including interactive classrooms and brand new state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with the latest technologies including:
- White Space Communications Facility
- Hyperspectral Imaging Centre
- DG Smith Radio Frequency Laboratory

You’ll have access to our IT facilities including web based resources, wireless internet and free email. There’s an IT support team to help with all your needs.

Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the professional body, the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET).
This programme also fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme or equivalent.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on individual subject material.
Each module comprises approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.
The teaching and learning methods used ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.

- Industry engagement
Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events. The department delivers monthly seminars to support students’ learning and career development.
Xilinx, Texas Instruments, MathWorks, and Selex ES are just a few examples of the industry partners you can engage with during your course.

Assessment

A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete at least six modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Assessment of the summer research project consists of four elements, with individual criteria:
1. Interim report (10%, 1,500 to 3,000 words) – The purpose of this report is to provide a mechanism for supervisors to provide valuable feedback on the project’s objectives and direction.

2. Poster Presentation (15%) – A vital skill of an engineer is the ability to describe their work to others and respond to requests for information. The poster presentation is designed to give you an opportunity to practise that.

3. Final report (55%) – This assesses the communication of project objectives and context, accuracy and relevant of background material, description of practical work and results, depth and soundness of discussion and conclusions, level of engineering achievement and the quality of the report’s presentation.

4. Conduct (20%) - Independent study, project and time management are key features of university learning. The level of your initiative & independent thinking and technical understanding are assessed through project meetings with your supervisor and your written logbooks.

Careers

By concentrating on three distinct disciplines, this course enables you to capitalise on job opportunities across a range of sectors including control, telecommunications, signal processing, electronics and IT user companies. Globalisation of the communications, electronic & digital sectors means if graduates wish to work abroad, this course provides an ideal passport to anywhere in the world.
Almost all of our graduates secure jobs by the time they have completed their course. They have gained professional and technical occupations with international companies such as Samsung, MathsWorks, Nokia and Texas Instruments, as well as joining Wolfson Microelectronics, Seles ES and Linn Products in the UK.
Increasingly, graduates of this course also play leading roles in the power and renewable energy sectors, supporting data analytics, information transmission and security for organisations such as EDF Energy, Siemens & Petrofac Engineering.

Where are they now?

87.5% of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:
- Graduate controls engineer
- Graduate software engineer
- Lecturer
- Plant controls graduate

Employers include:
- FTDI
- MacDonald Humfrey (Automation)
- Mehran University of Engineering
- Vestas

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12)

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/electronicelectricalengineering/ourscholarships/.

Visit the Communications Control & Digital Signal Processing (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Subrahmanya Manippadi

242.jpg Description of Job Activities:

Faber Maunsell, part of the AECOM Technology Corporation, operates in the fields of building, transportation and environmental engineering consulting. I work in Environmental division, for Telemetry related projects of Water Industry in Scotland. I am currently part of Telemetry team which designs, tests, and commissions various types of Telemetry Control systems which serves water industry through out Scotland.


Does your job make use of your degree?

My MSc thesis work, titled ‘Control in Wastewater Treatment Plants’, played an instrumental role getting this career break. Previous knowledge of Control systems in the water industry is an added advantage while working in the industry.

Presentations, case-studies, group assignments, which were integral part of my postgraduate studies in the University, helped a lot to face the industry after graduating.


Hobbies/interests:

Tennis, Cricket and Formula 1 are the three main sports I regularly follow. I picked up Archery after coming to Strathclyde and was member of University Archery Club.

Reading is my other free time activity. I like to read novels (both fiction and non fiction), current affairs magazines (Time, Readers Digest), science journals (IEEE Spectrum, IET Control Engineering), and browsing through the web pages of BBC, MSN etc.

Also I like travelling and Scotland is a traveller’s paradise!

(Student Profile)

Chukwuemeka NWogu

MSc Communications, Control & Digital Signal Processing
Now Controls & Automation Engineer, Shell, Lagos, Nigeria

“My degree from the University of Strathclyde was the basis of my employment with Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company. The technical expertise and interpersonal skills I acquired during my study have been very useful in understanding the processes involved in the Instrumentation, Controls and Automation discipline of the company. They prepared me well for the challenges of working in the offshore industry.”


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A first or good second-class UK Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic, electrical or communications engineering, or a related subject from a recognised academic institution. Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not undertaken their undergraduate course in the UK must possess a recent UKVI-recognised English qualification.

Course Fees

2016-17: Scotland/EU £5,000; Rest of UK £9,000; International £17,500


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