MSc Communication Networks and Signal Processing
This is a challenging one-year taught master's programme 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. The Optical Networks unit 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. The Data Centre Networks unit 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 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 to learn more.
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.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an engineering discipline. Candidates with a lower class of degree, equivalent qualifications may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for higher degree work.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level E.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £14,000 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £28,300 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
This one-year MSc gives you a world-class education in aspects of current and future communication networks and signal processing. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in communications but also in management consultancy, project management, finance and government.
Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies, including Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba and Intel. 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.
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