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MSc Mobile Communication Systems

Course Description

Mobile communications and the internet are now an essential part of everyday life. Our course gives you a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical engineering aspects of this rapidly changing field, as well as new emerging systems for support of broadband mobile internet (4G and 5G). Surrey is home to the 5G Innovation Centre (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/5gic/), and our lecturers and researchers are experts in their field.


We have a wide range of testbeds available for projects, including anaechoic chamber, wireless networking, wireless sensors, satellite networking, and security testbeds, Future internet testbed and cloud infrastructure. We also have a wide range of software tools for assignments and project work, including OPNET, NS2/3, Matlab, C, C++ and various system simulators. If you want to work closely with industry, we have, annually, a large number of industrial projects that you can choose from.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/mobile-communications-systems


Mobile telephony is reaching saturation in the most technologically advanced countries and is rapidly becoming the main telecommunications infrastructure in the rest of the world. This programme gives you a thorough understanding of the engineering aspects of this rapidly developing field, as well as new emerging systems for support of broadband mobile internet.

Module descriptions

Compulsory modules

Digital Communications

This module deals with the three important processing stages of modern digital communications: source coding for signal compression, channel error control coding for robust transmission, and modulation for efficient digital interface with the available channel.

Fundamentals of Mobile Communications

Fundamentals of Mobile Communications will equip you with knowledge of mobile and personal communications engineering fundamentals.

By the end of the module, you will be confident finding solutions to possible problems, and familiar with the currently operational digital mobile communication systems in Europe, North America, Japan and the rest of the world.

Data and Internet Networking

This module provides you with an in-depth treatment of current and evolving internet standards. On the course you will be taught about principles, algorithms, protocols, services and standards used for internet-based networked communications.

Advanced Mobile Communications Systems

Advanced Mobile Communication Systems builds on the knowledge you will have gained from Mobile Communications A.

You will focus on the practical limitations of current wireless systems, exploring real-life engineering scenarios to identify solutions both in cellular and in other mobile environments.

Principles of Telecom and Packet Networks

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles of modern telecommunications and packet networks. You will also learn about analytical modelling concepts as a basis for quantitative analysis of network performance.

Dissertations and projects

Projects are an important part of the programme. They are designed to enable you to demonstrate your skills and ability to solve real-life problems while gaining more detailed knowledge of a particular topic.

Our projects are based on real-world problems and are either conducted on campus or when the project is based on a problem suggested by industry, at the partner organisation’s premises.

Participants have worked with INMARSAT, Logica, BT, Astrium, SSTL, Vodafone, Hutchison, O2, Orange, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, Nokia, Aircom, OFCOM and a number of small, local companies.

Projects can be theoretical, simulation-based or experimental. In all cases, you are expected to show innovation and an ability to come up with your own solutions.

Teaching and assessment

Taught Masters programmes in the Department of Electronic Engineering (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/) utilise our research-active staff in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities to provide a range of learning experiences – lectures, tutorials, directed study, practical laboratories and project work – which prepare graduates for their professional life.

We are particularly keen to develop in all our students a broad range of generic skills to complement the core technical or scientific competencies of their chosen subject area.

Our modular programme format, coupled with the increasing use of innovative teaching and learning strategies such as e-learning, provides a flexible study environment whilst maintaining the academic rigour and quality expected of one of the UK’s top-rated departments.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MSc Mobile Communication Systems page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

Student Profiles

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An honours degree in electronic engineering, mathematics, computing or physical sciences. Our minimum entry level is a 2.2 from a good UK university, or overseas equivalent. Relevant industrial experience will also be considered.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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