Why choose this course

As society evolves, and technology alongside it, we are placing greater demands on the internet. Both traditional and up-and-coming telecommunications infrastructures continue to migrate to the internet in various forward-thinking ways. There is a growing demand for skilled graduates who can develop and support mobile networks and future internet services. You could become one of these graduates by studying this course.

On our MSc in Communications, Networks and Software course, you will benefit from the experts in our 5G Innovation Centre, who are spearheading change in the exciting race to the next generation of communications networks.

What you will study

On our MSc Communications Networks and Software course, you’ll learn the core aspects of mobile networks and the changing internet environment. You’ll gain insight into the advances in next-generation 5G mobile and wireless communications, continuous evolution of internet technologies and the supporting software solutions.

You’ll complete an MSc project, which can encompass experiments conducted in our pioneering testing facilities, including the on-campus mobile network testing infrastructure at 5GIC, which is a fully functional academic 5G network test site.

There’s also scope to explore a variety of other topics such as future internet technologies, 5G mobile networking, and network ‘service’ management and control, as well as emerging network services like broadband applications and 'internet of things’ applications.

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.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.


Through your project, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in the research and innovation activities carried out in the Institute for Communication Systems, home of the 5G Innovation Centre. Innovative work can lead to research contributions, patents or publications. The core material is taught by staff engaged in hands-on research including mobile networking, ‘internet of things’ and web services.

Graduate prospects

As a graduate of this course, you will find there will be a wealth of opportunities available to you in the communications sector. Industrial companies such as Huawei and CGI have recruited, and continue to seek, skilled graduates from Surrey to support mobile networks and future internet services.

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, Computer Science 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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