Satellite communications, broadcasting, terrestrial mobile networks and the internet are essential components of communication and information infrastructures. Surrey is a world leader in these two technologies, and our course is delivered by academics and industrialists with many years of experience, so you can rest assured you will receive quality teaching here.
Surrey’s offering is unique in the world in the sense that all these topics are delivered in one university and by lecturers with extensive theoretical and practical experience and expertise.
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Mobile communications provide terrestrial coverage in densely populated areas, while satellite communications enable wireless communication in regions where mobile networking is not cost-effective. The programme gives you an in-depth understanding of the engineering aspects of these important current and future technologies.
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.
Advanced Mobile Communications Systems
Advanced Mobile Communications Systems builds on the knowledge you will have gained from Fundamentals of Mobile Communications.
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.
Satellite Communications Fundamentals
You will be taught about the basics of satellite communication systems, and how to design a complete system.
The course covers earth stations, satellite types, regulation of the spectrum and interference, the propagation channel, air interfaces, and fixed and mobile applications. A key element of the module is the assignment: a real system design, replicating those within industry.
Advanced Satellite Communications Systems
This is a more advanced communications module building on Satellite Communications Fundamentals.
You will learn about state-of-the-art aspects of air interface (modulation/coding) and inclusion in DVB and ETSI standards; satellite broadcasting to fixed and mobile terminals; and broadband access and vsats.
You will also be taught on:
- Non-geostationary constellations and operations with mobile terminals
- Networking issues of IP over satellite and security
- Radio resource management and MAC
- Advanced payload design including multibeam antennas and on-board processing
- Inter-satellite links
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.
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.
Find out how to apply here - 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. IELTS minimum overall: 6.5. IELTS minimum by component: 6.0. We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.