Why choose this course

5G and future generation communication systems will connect almost anything in the world around us. Like the invention of air travel and the internet, it will become difficult to imagine life without it.

On our MSc in 5G and Future Generation Communication Systems, you’ll be at the forefront of this evolving, exciting sector. At Surrey, we’re internationally recognised in future connectivity – our pioneering 5G Innovation Centre is home to the world’s largest academic research group specialising in 5G communications.

Using software simulators and testbeds, our research generates new concepts in the field, transforming ideas into forward-thinking solutions for tomorrow’s world

What you will study

Mobile communications are rapidly becoming the main telecommunications infrastructure in the world.

With technology like 5G, mobile communications will connect everything from transport to factories, homes and, of course, people themselves. Offering smarter operational efficiency in a variety of areas, this technology could improve the country’s overall productivity.

Our MSc in 5G and Future Generation Communication Systems will enable you to understand the engineering aspects of this rapidly developing field, as well as emerging systems for the support of broadband mobile internet.

Surrey is home to the world’s largest academic research group in 5G communications, with founding members including the UK’s major mobile operators, so you’ll be exposed to advanced communications and study modules on both 4G and 5G technologies.

Professional recognition

MSc - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.


Our Department is home to the Institute for Communication Systems. This houses more than 100 researchers working across many communication technologies including ‘internet of things’, satellite, security and radio, as well as its core research hub – the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC). Over £100 million worth of investment from government and industry is enabling 5GIC to pioneer tomorrow’s connected society and the digital economy. Your studies will be informed by some of the best innovation and research in the world.

Graduate prospects

Our graduates have progressed to working in large mobile and satellite companies including British Telecom, EE, 3, Huawei, Samsung, Vodafone and Telefonica.

Academic year structure

If you’re studying this course full-time, you will study eight modules across the year – four in each semester. During the first semester, you will also apply for and agree on a project with an academic supervisor and begin initial work on the project before working on it full-time after the end of Semester 2. From that point, you will have approximately two and a half months to complete the work and write up your dissertation.

You can also study this course part-time, taking between two and five years. The length depends on how many modules you study each year. You can study between two and six modules each year. We recommend part-time students work on their project in their final year of study when all eight modules have either been completed or are near completion.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies, Physics or Telecommunication Engineering, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 19, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2020
1 - 5 years
21,700 GBP
UK/EU Students: £10,300 Overseas Students: £21,700 full-time) | UK/EU Students: £1,100* Overseas Students: £2,400* (part-time) *per 15 credits
July 20, 2020
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