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.
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.
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.
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/