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MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications

Course Description

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.

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


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.

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.

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

Visit the MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications 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. 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.

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