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MSc Communications and Signal Processing with Extended Research / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

This course delivers a thorough, methodical and wide-ranging education in communication, signal processing and microwave engineering. It covers in-depth materials including digital communication, wireless communications, mobile networks, digital signal processing, communication networks and optical communications. In addition, students can choose between course units that specialise in signal and image processing, or antennas and microwave systems engineering.

Prior to your Summer break a preliminary study and outline of your dissertation project is completed, which is fully developed throughout the second year of the course. The year-long individual enhanced research provides great opportunities to develop advanced research skills and to explore in depth some of the topics discussed during the course.

The course is aimed at those with prior undergraduate level knowledge of communication and signal processing, wishing to enhance their skills to an advanced level for a rewarding career in related industries. Graduates are also capable of conducting PhD study in world leading research groups and contributing new ideas towards the advancement of technologies.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's  new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2022 and December 2022. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact .

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Digital Communications Engineering EEEN60131 15 Mandatory
Advanced Digital Signal Processing EEEN60472 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Communication and Signal Analysis EEEN60481 15 Mandatory
Networks and Internet of Things EEEN60482 15 Mandatory
Optical Communication Systems and Networks EEEN60492 15 Mandatory
Extended Dissertation Project EEEN60770 120 Mandatory
Antennas and RF Systems EEEN60121 15 Optional
Machine Learning and Optimisation Techniques EEEN60151 15 Optional
Digital Image Processing EEEN60161 15 Optional
Wireless Communications & Mobile Networks EEEN60162 15 Optional
Microwave Circuit Principles and Design EEEN60171 15 Optional
Multi-Sensor Signal Processing & Imaging EEEN64442 15 Optional
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