MSc Wireless Communication Systems


Program Description

What Will You Study

The flourishing marketplace for mobile networks has meant that the telecommunication companies are making their largest profits from this sector of the industry. Therefore, demand for jobs and for trained engineers to fill those jobs remains very high.

This programme is intended for graduates in engineering or science-related disciplines, such as Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Control, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, who are seeking advanced knowledge and specialised skills in wireless communication systems. Students will take part in a blend of academic courses with the opportunity for practical experience and professional training, all of which can be applied to a research or industrial career in mobile and wireless communications.

Students will develop an advanced level of knowledge and a variety of specialised skills which will include practical experience and professional training of the subject. Students taking this programme will gain the ability to apply theoretical concepts to practical scenarios defined by companies, as well as developing a working knowledge in a wide spectrum of wireless communication systems, telecommunications and signal processing. Whilst many of the modules start from the basic concepts, which ensures that students can progress well even without a strong background in communications, advanced concepts of communication systems will be focused, which will equip students with a state-of-the-art-understanding for modern wireless communications.

This programme is taught in our InfoLab21 building, one of the UK’s leading centres of ICT excellence in research and education. InfoLab21 also houses the Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), a business incubation and knowledge transfer suite that provides a close link between research and industry in mobile, wireless communications and computing technologies.

Students will be given the opportunity to work closely with some of the Companies housed in the KBC for their industrial placement: a three-week work experience scheme that complements our master programmes. InfoLab21 is a well-equipped, high-tech environment providing ICT support for businesses, business incubation facilities, ICT education & training, and research & development.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.


  • Speech and Image Coding
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Advanced Filtering Systems
  • Advanced Communication Systems
  • Industrial Placement(s)
  • Dissertation Communication and Information Systems (by Research)
  • Research Methods

The information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.


- Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £7,390 £3,695
Overseas £18,100 n/a

Entry Requirements

Second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. Relevant industry experience may be considered. IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

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