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MSc Communications Networks and Software

Course Description

Our MSc in Communications Networks and Software covers the key aspects of the changing internet environment, in particular the convergence of computing and communications underpinned by software-based solutions.


During your time here you will receive access to a wide range of testbeds available for projects, such as Internet technologies, wireless networking, network management and control, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. We also have specialist software tools for assignments and project work, including OPNET, NS2/3, and various system simulators.


We are placing ever greater demands on the internet, and traditional telecommunication infrastructures are migrating to internet-based architectures and protocols. Our MSc in Communications Networks and Software covers the key aspects of the changing Internet environment, in particular the convergence of computing and communications underpinned by software-based solutions.

Why not read about past and present student experiences of our electronic engineering programmes, including Christopher Lord (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/features/my-surrey-experience-%E2%80%93-christopher-lord-beng-hons-aerospace-engineering), Christos Merkouris (https://www.surrey.ac.uk/features/my-surrey-experience-%E2%80%93-christos-merkouris-msc-space-technology-and-planetary-exploration) and Prashant Butani (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/my-surrey-experience-prashant-butani-msc-satellite-communications-engineering)?

Dissertation and projects

The projects are a major 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.

Projects can either be carried out within a research group or, when the project is based on a practical problem suggested by industry, at the partner organisation’s premises. Participants have worked with INMARSAT, Logica, BT, Astrium, SSTL, Vodafone, Huawei, 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/eee/) 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.

Facilities, equipment and support

We have a full range of software support for assignments and project work, including:

- Matlab/Simulink, C, C++ and up-to-date toolboxes, systemsview, OPNET and NS2/3. You will be able to access system simulators already built in-house, including 3GPP, BGAN, DVB-S2-RCS, GSM, UMTS, DVB-SH, WCDMA, GPRS, WiMAX, LTE, HSPA and HSDPA
- Our Rohde and Schwartz Satellite Networking Laboratory includes DVBS2-RCS generation and measurement equipment and roof-mounted antennas to pick up satellites. A security test-bed also exists for satellite security evaluation
- A fully equipped RF lab with network analyser, signal and satellite link simulations. In addition, we have a small anechoic chamber for antenna measurements. A wideband MIMO channel sounder is available for propagation measurements
- SatNEX is a European Network of Excellence in satellite communications, and a satellite platform exists to link the 22 partners around Europe. This is used for virtual meetings and to participate in lectures and seminars delivered by our partners
- A fully equipped UHF/VHF satellite ground-station facility is located on campus, which is being expanded to S-band and is supported by the ESA GENSO project. At present, the station tracks amateur satellites and CubeSats
- Our wide coverage experimental wireless network test-bed is based on IPv4, and IPv6 for testing new networking protocols for mobility, handover, security, cognitive radio and networking can be carried out. Most networking protocol projects use this test-bed, with the help of PhD students and staff
- We are the only university in the UK that has an IP-Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) test-bed for developing and experimenting with advanced mobile/wireless services/applications. You can use this to carry out your services and application-based projects for mobile multimedia, such as multi-mode user interface, service mobility, service discovery and social networking services
- Our wireless sensor test-bed is unique. Advanced routing protocols, middleware architectures, air interface and networking protocols for wireless sensor networks can be developed and tested


Our full-time and part-time programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (http://www.theiet.org/). They can be used in partial fulfilment of the requirements for gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and are countable under the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.


Our Admissions Policy (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies/postgraduate-admissions-policy) provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

Further information for applicants - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MSc Communications Networks and Software 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

A good 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.

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