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
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.