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MSc in Digital Communications Systems


Course Description

The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas.

Digital communication technologies are ubiquitous in the modern world and comprise some of the most important technologies society depends on, such as the internet and mobile communications.

This course covers the central technologies required for the understanding, analysis and implementation of communication systems, and provides both the requisite theory and practical experience for you to contribute professionally in the subject area.

Practical project work for the major dissertation may be undertaken in conjunction with active researchers working on wireless communications and networks and digital image processing. The combination of taught modules and project work provides an excellent platform to further your career in digital communications.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules. It will expose you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation and communication, and will demand individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking.

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 the Department, and the project will be supervised by a member of faculty.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Each course comprises eight to nine taught modules, typically four to five core modules and four options, plus an MSc project accounting for a maximum of one third of the course. The options allow you to choose a pathway that suits your personal interests. Taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May. The MSc project is a substantial practical exercise undertaken over the spring term and the summer up to the end of August.

You study four core modules in Advanced Networks • Mobile Communications • Advanced Digital Communications • Fibre Optic Communications, and choose a further four modules from a range of options in advanced electronics, and signal and image processing.

In addition, you undertake a substantial individual MSc project. Projects are assigned in the spring term and begin with preliminary research and project planning. Following the summer examinations, you are expected to work on the project full time until the end of August, leading to submission of your dissertation and project presentation.

Scholarships

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

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



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Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015) - 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 taught[[Award amount]]
50% off International Student tuition fee[[Timetable]]
By 1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 19 June: 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 scholarship[[Further information]]
Successful 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

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee

Eligibility

In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria: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.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.

When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:

Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Chichester 1, Ci003
Falmer
East Sussex
BN1 9QJ
UK
Email:

Fax Number: +441273873344

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/417


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Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

The University is delighted to offer 100 Masters scholarships to attract the most talented students to study at Sussex. Our awards include enhanced scholarships of £10,000 which are available for 2015 only and standard scholarships of £3,000. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to UK/EU and non-EU students and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study. Further details are as follows:[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]]
Up to £10,000[[Timetable]]
The application deadline is 1st August 2015.Scholarships will be allocated in a number of separate rounds during 2015 (February, April, June and August).The first allocation of awards will take place in February. Scholarships will be awarded in a number of separate rounds, in February, April, June and August, with successful applicants notified after each round. If you are not immediately successful in being awarded a scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-considered in the following allocation round alongside any new applications. The final allocation will be after the August deadline, with all remaining decisions notified then.[[Further information]]
If you accept a Chancellor's Masters Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £10,000

Eligibility

• You must graduate with a first-class honours degree from any UK higher education institution
• You must have paid annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more in each of the last three years of undergraduate study
• You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters course by 1 August
• You must accept and meet any conditions of your offer.
The scholarship relates to most full-time taught Masters degree courses at the University of Sussex (e.g. MA, MSc, LLM. MRes) however some courses are excluded, details of which are on the website.

Application Procedure

To be considered for a scholarship you should apply online for an eligible full-time Masters course between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015 via the University's postgraduate application system.

To be considered for the scholarship (standard or enhanced), please complete the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship application form by 1 August. You are only required to submit one application, your eligibility for the standard or enhanced award will be assessed if you are made an offer of a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/398


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Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

The University is delighted to announce the launch of an unlimited number of enhanced scholarships of £10,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015. The scholarships are jointly funded by the government and the University, and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study.The enhanced scholarships are available for admission in 2015 only and are based on progression from an undergraduate course where students have paid the higher tuition fee, in operation since 2012/13. Additionally, the University has provided funding to make enhanced scholarships available to international students at Sussex.In line with our sector leading Masters scholarship offer in 2014 we will continue to offer an unlimited number of standard scholarships at £3,000 and £2,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015.Type of award
Taught full-time MastersAward amount
£3,000 fee waiver for First class degree, £2,000 fee waiver for 2:1 degreeFurther information
If you accept a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £10,000

Eligibility

• You must be a University of Sussex graduate progressing immediately onto an eligible full-time Masters degree in 2015 (see below);
• You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters degree by 1 August 2015 and have accepted and met the conditions of your offer; and
• You must meet the University's entrance requirementsThe scholarship relates to all full-time taught Masters degree courses at the University of Sussex (e.g. MA, MSc, LLM) excluding certain courses listed on our website.

Application Procedure

You must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course via the University's PG Apply online application system between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015.

If you are made an offer, you will be asked to indicate your interest in the Sussex Graduate Scholarship when you accept your offer online.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/399



Entry Requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree 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. Overseas entry requirements: View Website

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