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Digital Communications Systems - MSc


Course Description

Digital communication technologies are everywhere in the modern world. Systems such as the internet and mobile communications are some of the most important technologies we depend on.

You’ll cover the central technologies needed for the understanding, analysis and implementation of these systems. You’ll gain the theoretical and practical experience for you to contribute professionally in this area.

This course is for you if you’re a newly qualified and practising engineer looking to improve your expertise. You’ll develop your academic and professional excellence. Our options cover a range of application areas – you’ll be able to specialise in your area of interest.

How will I study?

There are core modules and options, and a supervised project. Modules are taught in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May.

The project is undertaken over the spring term and the summer. It leads to submission of your dissertation and project presentation. Practical project work for the dissertation may be undertaken in conjunction with researchers working on wireless communications and networks and digital image processing.

Modules are assessed via:
-Laboratory reports
-Essays
-Unseen examinations

The project is assessed by:
-An interim report
-A presentation
-A substantial dissertation

MSc project

On our Masters courses, you’ll complete a substantial MSc project, which is often practical as well as theoretical. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules.

It demands individual responsibility and exposes you to issues of:
-Project management
-Resourcing
-Planning
-Scheduling
-Documentation and communication
-Critical awareness and creative thinking

In Engineering and Design, project assessment can include interim reports, presentations and a dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in our Department, and a member of faculty supervises the project.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

Continued demand for highly qualified engineers worldwide ensures that our graduates are able to choose professional careers in industry and academia.

Our graduates have established careers as professional engineers in the telecommunications, electronics, automotive, control and aerospace industries.

Destinations of recent graduates include:
-Application consultant with LG Electronics UK Ltd
-Applications engineer with Edwards Modular Control
-Development engineer with Jaguar Land Rover
-Engineer with Astrium UK
-Radio planning and optimisation engineer with MTN (Africa)

Other graduates have gone on to research courses, for example here at Sussex and at Imperial College London.

Visit the Digital Communications Systems - MSc page on the University of Sussex website for more details!



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Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.Type of award
Postgraduate taughtAward amount
50% off International Student tuition feeTimetable
By 1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 31 May: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates
After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarshipSuccessful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.Contact details
Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Bramber House
Falmer
East Sussex
BN1 9QU
UK
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee

Eligibility

Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website.Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.Intend to remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

To apply for this scholarship you must first have submitted your application to study through the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/When you have applied for your course, apply for the scholarship using the application form: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/cisapplicationConfirmation of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.The closing date for applications to be received is 1 May 2017 23:59:00 BST. Applications received after 1 May 2017 will not be considered.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/655


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HESPAL Scholarship (2017) - 2 Awards

The HESPAL Scholarship is a joint award offered by the British Council and the University of Sussex which is centred on building capacity in Palestinian universities by providing young Palestinian academics with an English Masters course in a subject that will benefit their home institution and hence the Palestinian Territories.The University of Sussex and the British Council are committed to providing two scholarships per year. The scholarships covers:
-Tuition Fees
-Pre-departure briefing from the British Council
-Arrival allowances
-Thesis allowances
-A monthly allowance to cover living expenses
-Travel costs to and from the UKNB: Scholarships do not cover the cost for any accompanying family.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.Holders of the HESPAL Scholarship are unable to hold another scholarship from the University of Sussex.Type of award
Postgraduate taughtTimetable
Deadline for Application: 1 January 2017End of March 2017: British Council informed of selection outcomeFurther information
For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htmContact details
For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

Be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.Be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him.Have a Bachelors or Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 2.1 Bachelor's Degree from UK).Be below the age of 35 on application.Sign a written undertaking to return to Palestine within a time frame agreed, normally one year.Have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

Application Procedure

For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/657


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USA Friends Scholarships (2017) - No. of awards TBC

Thanks to the generosity of our North American alumni and the Friends of the University of Sussex, a scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 is available to nationals or permanent residents of the USA who will be studying a one year taught Master's degree course at the University of Sussex.The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit.Type of award
Postgraduate mastersEligibility
You will not be eligible for this scholarship if you meet any of the following exclusions:
-Have applied for a course at the Institute of Development Studies except the MA Gender and Development and MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
-Have applied to study MSc Social Research Methods
-Have applied to study a DPhil (1+3) course
-Have applied to study a Foundation Year, Postgraduate Certificate, International Year One Diploma in Business and Management or Pre-Masters
-Have applied to study Pre-Masters courses and diplomas taught at partner colleges
-Have applied to study the Masters in Business Administration or Masters in Education
-Have applied for a course within the Brighton and Sussex Medical School
-Have applied for LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance (delivered in Qatar)Timetable
By 23:59 BST 3rd April 2017: Deadline for all applications to be receivedBy 3 June 2017: Applicants notified of the outcome of their application by emailAutumn Term: Scholars receive award payment.Further information
Applications will be ranked and assessed on the following criteria:
-Academic merit (including grades)
-Academic reference
-Impact the scholarship will have on you
-Ambition
-Why you have chosen the University of Sussex and the contribution you will make to the communityYour referee for your application should ideally be a personal tutor or academic mentor at your current or last college or University.Contact details
The Student Funding TeamStudent Life Centre
Bramber House
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
BN1 9QUTel: +44 1273 872994Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

An amount equivalent to $10,000 maintenance award

Eligibility

Be a national or permanent resident of the United States of America.Have applied for and been offered a place on a full time Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Sussex (MA, MSc, LLM, Dip Grad).Have been assessed as paying overseas fees.Remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications must be submitted online here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/usafriendsapplicationAlong with an academic reference which can be uploaded with your application form or submitted separately via email to [email protected] of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.Please note that you must also have submitted your course application on the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/660



Entry Requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in engineering, mathematics or physics. The undergraduate honours degree should normally be in the fields of electronics, communications or computer engineering. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis. English language requirements - Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section).

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