Communications Engineering Masters/MSc

This programme will equip you for a rewarding career in a dynamic and challenging field. Companies in both mature and rapidly growing economies are keen to secure staff with the masters-level specialist knowledge of the underlying principles and advanced applications of communication systems that this programme provides; your career prospects will be excellent.

Covering a wide range of topics, you will complement your specialist skills and technical knowledge with a range of supporting skills, such as interpreting requirements, making decisions, giving technical presentations and working in a team. The course is designed for students with good mathematical skills.


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Luisa Zuluaga Gomez

MSc Communications Engineering and Networks

“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 challening 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. ”

Future developments in communication systems are vital to the continued growth of the global economy; reducing costs, improving quality and providing ever more sophisticated services, whilst increasing both spectral efficiency and energy efficiency. Companies in both mature and rapidly growing economies are keen to secure staff with the masters-level specialist knowledge of the underlying principles and advanced applications of communication systems that this programme provides.

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

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

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Why study this course

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 prospectin a  very competitive job market.

Why choose Birmingham?

All courses with the department are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Modules

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

Core modulesCredits
Introduction to Communications Engineering 20
Digital Communications and Signal Processing 20
Electromagnetics, Antennas and Propagation 20
Individual Project 60
Optional modules (choose three). Examples of optional modules are listed below.Credits
Satellite, Mobile and Optical Communications 20
Computer and Communications Networks 20
RF and Microwave Engineering 20
Radar and Satellite Navigation 20

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 and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

  • UK/EU students: £9,540 full-time, £4770 part-time (year 1)
  • International students: £21,690
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships

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.

Contact the department for further information.

TEH Automotive Scholarship for Malaysian students

This Scholarship has been made possible by a generous donation from Dato Robert Tan Eng Hwa, (BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1977), the Chief Operating Officer of APM Automotive Holdings Berhad. Learn more about the TEH Automotive Scholarship.

Entry 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 students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 01 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date; a new application should be made for 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 in October 2019. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

UK/EU (non-Tier 4) students

The application deadline is Friday 20 September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2020 on Monday 30 September 2019.

Before you make your application

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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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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.

University Careers Network

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.