MSc Image and Video Communications and Signal Processing

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

Audiovisual experiences are key drivers, not just for entertainment but also for business, security and technology development. Video accounts for around 80 per cent of all internet traffic and some mobile network operators have predicted that wireless traffic will double every year for the next 10 years - driven primarily by video. Visual information processing also plays a major role underpinning other industries such as healthcare, security, robotics and autonomous systems.

This challenging, one-year taught Master’s degree covers a range of advanced topics drawn from the field of multimedia signal processing and communications. The programme covers the properties and limitations of modern communication channels and networks, alongside the coding and compression methods required for efficient and reliable wired and wireless audio-visual transmission. It provides students with an excellent opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to enter careers in one of the most dynamic and exciting fields in ICT.

The programme builds on the research strengths of the Visual Information Laboratory and the Communication Systems and Networks Group within the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol. Both groups are highly regarded for combining fundamental research with strong industrial collaboration and their innovative research has resulted in ground-breaking technology in the areas of image and video analysis, coding and communications. Both groups also offer extensive, state-of-the-art research facilities.

This MSc provides in-depth training in design, analysis and management skills relevant to the theory and practice of the communication networks industry. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology until 2018, and is one of only a handful of accredited programmes in this field in the UK.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£10,200
Overseas
£19,700

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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

Programme structure

Your course will cover the following core subjects:

Semester One (50 credits)

  • Coding theory
  • Communication systems
  • Digital filters and spectral analysis
  • Mobile communications
  • Networking protocol principles

Semester Two (70 credits)

  • Digital signal processing systems
  • Speech and audio processing
  • Optimum signal processing
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Image and video coding
  • Engineering research skills

Research project

You will complete a substantial research project, starting during Semester Two and completed during the summer. This may be based at the University or with industrial partners.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree (or 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.

Careers

This one-year MSc programme covers all aspects of current and future image and video communications and associated signal processing technologies. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers, not only in the communications field, but also in other areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies, such as Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel. Some graduates follow a more research-oriented career path with a number of students going on to study for PhDs at leading universities.

How to apply
Application deadline:

18 August 2017. Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadline.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 31% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 56% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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