MSc Communications and Signal Processing with Extended Research / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

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.

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
Dissertation EEEN60070 60 Mandatory
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
Displaying 10 of 13 course units


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