MSc Optical 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
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

This programme provides a challenging range of advanced topics drawn from optical communications systems and devices, and optics-related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. It offers an excellent opportunity to acquire the skills needed for a career in the most dynamic fields in optical communications.

Optical fibre communications form the backbone of all land-based communications and are the only viable means to support today's global information systems. Research at Bristol is contributing to the ever-increasing requirement for bandwidth and flexibility through research into optical switching technology, wavelength conversion, high-speed modulation, data regeneration and novel semiconductor lasers.

As well as units on the fundamentals of electromagnetics, optical fibres and optical devices, there are two units related to optical networks: Optical Networks and Data Centre Networks. Optical Networks focuses on wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) networks, time division multiplexed (TDM) networks including SDH/SONET and OTN, optical frequency division multiplexed networks, and optical sub-wavelength switched networks. Data Centre Networks focuses on networks for cloud computing, cloud-based networking, grid computing and e-science.

This programme builds on the internationally recognised research strengths of the Photonics & Quantum and High Performance Networks research groups within the Smart Internet Lab. The Photonics group is exploring the new field of quantum photonics, with key successes in developing photonic crystal fibre light sources, quantum secured optical communications and novel quantum gate technologies.

This MSc is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in the UK.

Visit the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering website to learn more about the MSc in Optical Communications and Signal Processing.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£11,700
Overseas (including EU): full-time
£24,700
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£14,240

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2021/22

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

Programme structure

This programme comprises 11 core units, followed by a substantial research project, starting during the second term and completed during the summer. Your project may be based at the University or with industrial partners.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Optical Communications and Signal Processing.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours 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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future optical communication systems, along with associated signal processing technologies. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in the communications field, but also in 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: Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel, for example. Some graduates follow a more research-orientated career path, with a number of students going on to study at PhD level.

How to apply
Application deadline: 31 July 2021 for International applicants. 19 August 2021 for UK and EU applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Coronavirus update

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Contact details

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Maths
Department website: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

International students

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REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 11 and 15.


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

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