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Communication Networks and Signal Processing

This is a challenging one-year taught master's degree focusing on advanced topics around 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 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.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,150 (Year 1) Channel Islands 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 23,000 (Year 1) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,000 (Year 1) EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,000 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,000 (Year 1) England 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,000 (Year 1) Scotland 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,000 (Year 1) Wales 1 Years

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