MSc Wireless Communications and Signal Processing

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This MSc is a challenging one-year taught Masters degree programme that provides students with a range of advanced topics drawn from wireless communications and communications related signal processing (including associated enabling technologies). It provides an excellent opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to enter careers in some of the most dynamic fields in wireless communications.

This programme builds on the internationally recognised research strengths of the Communications Systems and Networks (CSN) Group and High Performance Networks (HPN) group. This group conducts pioneering research in a number of key fundamental and experimental work areas including Spatial Channel Measurements and Predictions, Information Theory, Advanced Wireless Access (Cellular and WLAN) and RF Technologies. The group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities.

The MSc provides in-depth training in design, analysis and management skills relevant to the theory and practice of the wireless communications industry. This degree is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) until 2018 and is one of only a handful of accredited programmes in this field in the UK.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Semester One (60 credits)

  • Coding Theory
  • Radio Frequency Engineering
  • Communication Systems
  • Mobile Communications
  • Networks and Protocols
  • Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis

Semester Two (60 credits)

  • Advanced Mobile Radio Techniques
  • Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Broadband Wireless Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing Systems
  • Engineering Research Skills

Research project

A substantial research project is initiated during Teaching Block 2 and completed during the summer. This may be based at the University or with industrial partners.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or an international equivalent) in a numerate physical science or engineering discipline. Candidates with a lower class of degree, equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for higher degree work.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


You will find our recent graduates working in the personal and broadcast communications industries, including information and multi-media technologies with both video and audio elements. A number of our graduates go on to do PhD degrees in some of the leading universities in the world.

How to apply
Application deadline:

21 August 2016
Early application recommended; the programme will close once full.

International students

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REF 2014 results

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MSc in Wireless Communications and Signal Processing
Postgraduate Admissions
Faculty of Engineering
University of Bristol
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