MSc Communication Networks and Signal ProcessingFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Engineering|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2022|
This is a challenging one-year taught master’s degree focused on advanced topics in communication networks (fixed and wireless) and related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop the skills needed for careers in some of the most dynamic fields in communication networks.
This programme builds on the internationally recognised research strengths of the Communications Systems and Networks, High Performance Networks and Photonics & Quantum research groups within the Smart Internet Lab. The groups conduct pioneering research in a number of key areas, including network architectures, cross-layer interaction, high-speed optical communications and advanced wireless access.
The programme includes units on 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. There is a further networking unit: Networked Systems and Applications, which provides a top-down study of a networking system support for distributed applications, from classical web and email to telemetry for the Internet of Things.
The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in this field in the UK.
Visit the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering website to learn more about the MSc in Communication Networks and Signal Processing.
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This programme was covered in our Electrical and Electronic Engineering webinar.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
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.
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 2022/23
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
This programme comprises 11 core units, followed by a substantial research project, which you will start during the second term and complete 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 Communication Networks and Signal Processing.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an 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:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future communication networks and signal processing. 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-oriented career path, with a number of students going on to study at PhD level at Bristol or other leading universities.
Expected application closure date
Due to high demand we will be closing this programme to applicants from China on 21 December 2021. Please find out more information by reading our guidance for when to apply.
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REF 2014 results
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