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  • Entry requirements
    A good first or second class honours degree from a UK academic organisation in a relevant engineering field, science or closely related discipline. Qualifications from outside the UK or a combination of qualifications and/or experience will also be considered. The course administration office will need to decide whether these qualifications are the equivalent of the level of Honours degree required. Overseas applicants will also need to demonstrate English Language ability (e.g.IELTS 6.5, TOEFL score of 600 or equivalent).
  • Academic Title
    Master in Science in Telecommunications Technology
  • Course description
    Close industry association ensures that programmes develop in line with industry’s needs. This Masters programme is designed in partnership with the UK’s leading telecommunications organisations and companies, and has the full support of the EPSRC, ensuring that you have the skill base that will support the developmental needs of a company.

    To ensure the programme stays closely coordinated with modern industrial needs, there is an assembled advisory group with representatives from major communications employers, to review the programme contents and delivery of modules on a continual basis. It is a consequence of this ongoing programme of revision and update that the detailed syllabus may differ slightly from information on our website. As an integral aspect of the delivery of the programme, a number of lectures are presented by acknowledged experts drawn from the industry, thereby providing details of the latest developments, techniques and research ideas. Close association with industry is a cornerstone of the programme contributing greatly to its modern value. Graduates of this programme are highly regarded; many of our past students have risen to senior posts within the telecommunications sector.

    Outline of programme

    The technologies that contribute to telecommunications continue to develop rapidly to offer mankind a wealth of new facilities with each decade. By linking the processing power of the computer, and its many and varied guises to a series of networks structured around satellites, terrestrial links and fibre optic cables, local, national and international communications are being transformed. This revolution continues to open up outstanding opportunities for talented telecommunications specialists whose education and training has equipped them to understand, to adapt, develop and drive the industries forward. The programme is designed to develop or update a wide range of technical understanding, engineering “know-how” and professional skills that are needed to effectively contribute to the design and development of telecommunications systems for national and international networks, or to enter telecommunications research. The programme provides a means whereby graduates from nontelecommunications technical degrees can move into this high demand area.

    Common components with MSc in Internet Technology

        * Information Theory and Coding, and Traffic Theory
        * Internetworking • Software Engineering
        * Introductory Programming (in Java)
        * MSc project.

    Stand alone content for the MSc in Telecommunications Technology

        * Digital Transmission
        * Optical Communications systems
        * Radio Systems and Personal Communication Networks
        * Circuit Switched Networks and Digital Switching Techniques.


    The taught section of the programme is assessed by formal examination and by course work performed in laboratories and case studies. The project is assessed through a dissertation, an oral presentation of the results (viva), and an assessment by the project supervisor.

    Career opportunities

    The programme will be of interest to students in technical careers related to the design and development of telecommunications systems for national and international networks, internet systems, or entering telecommunications research.

    Additional information

    This programme, along with the MSc in Internet Technology, is designated “Advanced Vocational” in Telecommunications and Internet Theory, Practice and Applications. Some of the subjects of study in this programme demand knowledge of a range of mathematical topics that will be familiar to the Honours Graduate of an accredited undergraduate degree programme in Electronic Engineering. Prospective students lacking this familiarity may wish to consider the Internet Technology programme which has a reduced dependence on mathematics.

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