MSc Wireless 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
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This MSc covers a range of advanced topics drawn from wireless communications and communications-related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop the skills required for 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 group within the Smart Internet Lab. 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 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


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

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 (60 credits)

  • Coding theory
  • Radio frequency engineering
  • Communication systems
  • Mobile communications
  • Networking protocol principles
  • 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 (60 credits)

You will carry out a substantial research project, starting during Semester Two and completing 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.


This is a challenging one-year taught Master’s degree, covering all aspects of current and future wireless communication systems 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.

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