MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Program Description

MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

The Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of modern high-speed telecommunication systems and to enhance your professional development in the rapidly expanding field of personal communications.

This course has two main components: 2G - 4G mobile communications, and fixed high-speed and multi-service networks. Emphasis is given to developing essential industrial and commercial skills. The project is a major element of the course and gives you the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by acquiring in-depth knowledge of a key aspect of telecommunications technology.

Why choose this course?

  • You will be taught industrially relevant techniques using some of the same tools and software used by the communications industry.
  • Our telecommunications laboratories are equipped for the design, testing and analysis of mobile wireless and optical networks using industry standard tools such Asset, Ranopt, OptSim, OpNet and Matlab.
  • You will have the opportunity to analyse real data from operational 2G and 3G networks and to design 3G and LTE networks.
  • Our networking laboratories are equipped with modern Cisco routers, switches and security devices to enable design construction and testing of complete high bandwidth secure, wired and wireless networks.
  • You will have the opportunity to put the skills you have gained into practice if you choose to undertake our 1 year optional placement.
  • The universal nature of the technical skills developed in our programmes means our courses are of equal relevance to both new graduates and those with many years of industrial experience.

This course in detail

MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks has a modular course-unit design providing you with maximum flexibility and choice. To qualify for a master’s degree, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks with placement enables you to work in industry for a year in the middle of your course to give valuable workplace experience. Placements are not guaranteed, but the departments dedicated placement team will help with the process of finding and applying for placements. To qualify for a master’s degree with placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits plus the zero credit placement module. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to brush up their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each). In some cases, it may be possible for a student on a Postgraduate Diploma to do 3 taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits. This comprises three taught modules (20 credits each).

We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks Research Project.

In Semester 1 you can choose from the following modules:

  • Research and Scholarship Methods (compulsory for MSc) equips students with the tools necessary for the scholarship and research skill needed for the communications field as well as equipping them with the professional skills and outlook needed for a lifelong career in the communications industry.
  • Digital Mobile Communications (alternative compulsory for MSc and PGDip) teaches the principles and techniques of 2G mobile communications with particular emphasis on GSM networks. It covers infrastructure, protocols, multiplexing technologies, signalling, call set-up, data structures, system design and environmental considerations.
  • Digital Communications (alternative compulsory for MSc) covers the principles and techniques of digital communications with particular emphasis on its applications in mobile and wireless networks.
  • Network Principles (alternative compulsory for MSc) teaches the principles and practice of computer networking with an emphasis on data communications and local area network technologies and design.

In Semester 2 you can choose from the following modules:

  • Advanced Mobile Communications (compulsory for MSc and PGDip) provides knowledge and information about the latest trends and developments in mobile networks including WiFi, WiMax and LTE. It introduces recent advances in wireless technologies and provides detailed information on OFDM and MIMO. Radio planning tools are used to design an advanced network and network simulation software to evaluate network performance. The module will also consider the economic, risk and social issues related to the introduction of advanced mobile networks.
  • High Speed Mobile Communications (compulsory for MSc and PGDip) teaches the concepts and techniques of 3G mobile communications. The module builds on the work covered in the module Digital Mobile Communications and aims to provide much deeper and broader understanding and interpretation of the concepts and techniques used in cellular mobile communications.
  • Optical and Broadband Networks (alternative compulsory for MSc) teaches students the skills needed to specify, design and evaluate optical networks for telecommunications and data networks.
  • Multiservice Networks (alternative compulsory for MSc) builds on the foundations laid in Network Principles and analyses the technologies and protocols used for multiservice networks in order to enable the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to design multiservice networks. The networks are illustrated with case studies, including state-of-the-art practice and recent research and development in the field.

As courses are reviewed regularly, the list of taught modules you choose from may vary from the list here.

Students undertaking an MSc with placement will do a 1 year placement in industry. The placement will be undertaken after the taught component and before doing the dissertation.

Students studying for an MSc will also take:

  • MSc Dissertation: an individual research and development project that allows you to study a topic of your choice in depth, guided by your supervisor. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. You undertake your dissertation over the summer period.

Teaching and learning

The taught modules include lectures, seminars, library and internet research, and practical design and experimentation. Assessments include coursework exercises, presentations, essays and examinations (maximum 50% for taught modules).

Teaching staff include experienced academic staff and recent recruits from the telecommunications industry. Visiting speakers give you relevant and up-to-date developments from within the industry.

Laboratory facilities include the latest industry standard tools for mobile and wireless network analysis and software modelling facilities to enable network design.

Approach to assessment

Assessments include coursework exercises, presentations, lab work, reports and examinations.

Specialist facilities

Our telecommunications laboratories are equipped for the design, testing and analysis of mobile wireless and optical networks using industry standard tools such Asset, Ranopt, OptSim, OpNet and Matlab. You have the opportunity to analyse real data from operational 2G and 3G networks and to design 3G and LTE networks.

Our networking laboratories are equipped with modern Cisco routers, switches and security devices to enable design construction and testing of complete high bandwidth secure, wired and wireless networks.

Additional Costs

Students on placement are responsible for living costs associated with their placement.

Attendance pattern

Part time study is an option on this programme for students who wish to combine their study with work. Where possible we try to ensure that part time students only need to attend for 1 day a week, although students will be expected to undertake additional independent study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 27, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 1, 2016
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12 - 36 months
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United Kingdom Oxford, England
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Duration 12 - 36 months
Price - Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £5,480 - Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £2,790 - International full-time on-campus fee: £13,730