Communications Engineering Masters/MSc

Start date
September
Duration
1 year full-time, 3-4 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22:
£10,260 (UK students)
£24,480 (International students)
Further fee information is available.

Our Communications Engineering Masters equips you for a rewarding career in a dynamic field that’s vital to global economic growth. Providing Masters-level specialist knowledge of the principles and advanced applications of communication systems, this programme prepares you perfectly for a career in the industry.

COVID-19

Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

The Communications Engineering MSc programme covers a wide range of topics in communication engineering and provides options from outside the core specialism.

You will study core modules covering advanced specialist topics, plus cross-programme modules allowing you to specialise in your chosen area, along with an individual research project – which is sometimes undertaken in collaboration with industry.

As well as acquiring specialist technical knowledge, you will develop generic skills such as: interpreting requirements and specifications to produce effective design solutions; making decisions on the basis of incomplete information; giving technical presentations, and working in a team. These are achieved through a combination of group and individual exercises. The course is designed for students with good mathematical skills.

Why study Communications Engineering Masters/MSc at Birmingham?

  • Postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham is a chance to learn from world leaders in their fields. This guarantees you a first-class learning experience, leading to a qualification that is respected the world over and making you an attractive prospect in a  very competitive job market.
  • The Department is recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 86% of research impact ranked as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • Enjoy one of the broadest portfolios and most successful track records of collaborations with industry in the country, giving you real working knowledge and valuable experience for future employment.

Since I graduated I have been working in product and development and technical support for global telecoms companies such as Nortel and IBM. The MSc was everything I was hoping for in being both challenging and interesting. It gave me an edge over other candidates at interview and helped open doors to the large global leaders in the telecoms industry.

Luisa Zuluaga Gomez, MSc Communications Engineering and Networks

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Modules

This course consists of 180 credits. As well as your core modules, you will choose three optional modules.

Core modules

Optional modules 

Select three optional modules, examples of optional modules are listed below.

  • Satellite, Mobile and Optical Communications
  • Computer and Communications Networks
  • RF and Microwave Engineering
  • Radar and Satellite Navigation

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Fees

Annual tuition fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

  • UK students: £10,260 full-time, £5,130 part-time (year 1)
  • International students: £24,480
 

Postgraduate Loans (PGL) for Masters students

UK students looking to pursue a Masters programme in the UK can apply for a non-means-tested loan from the British government via the Student Loans Company.

A loan of up to £11,222 is available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses (loan amount for 2020 entry).

Learn more about applying for PGL 

Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

How To Apply

International applicants requiring visas

Applications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close July 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

UK and non-Tier 4 applicants

Applications will close in mid September 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or a relevant subject. Industrial experience and CEng/IEng qualifications will also be taken into account.

Applicants with a 2.2 with high grades in relevant modules will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about entry requirements

International Requirements



International Students

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

 

IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 51 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

There is a strong emphasis on course work to deepen understanding. While most students study the course full-time, it is also suitable for practising engineers wishing to study part-time or take a single module for CPD points.

The modules are completed in three-day sessions allowing you to focus one topic at a time. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and course work. 

This course will equip you for a rewarding career in this dynamic field. 

Companies in both mature and rapidly growing economies are keen to secure professionals with specialist knowledge of the underlying principles and advanced applications of communications systems, meaning that upon graduation your career prospects will be excellent.

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Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

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