University of Surrey

Communications Networks and Software

This programme covers the key aspects of the changing Internet environment, in particular the convergence of computing and communications underpinned by software-based solutions. Some of our students undertaking their project are able to work on one of our wide range of testbeds, such as internet technologies, wireless networking, network management and control, and internet-of-things (IoT) applications. We also have specialist software tools for assignments and project work, including OPNET, NS2/3, and various system simulators.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 in a UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Communication Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Physics, or related discipline. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

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Course modules

Example module listing: Object Oriented Design and C++ (+Lab); Fundamentals of Mobile Communications; Principles of Telecommunications and Packet Networks; Speech and Audio Processing and Recognition; Internet of Things; Applied Mathematics for Communication Systems; Data and Internet Networking Compulsory; Advanced Signal Processing; Mobile Communications B; Network and Service Management and Control; Operating Systems for Mobile Systems Programming; Advanced 5G Wireless Technologies; Standard Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include final projects that can either be carried out in research groups or, when the project is based on a practical problem suggested by industry, at the partner organisation's premises.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 20,500 (Year 1) International 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,800 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 2,300 (Credit) International 60 60 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 1,100 (Credit) Home/EU 60 60 Months

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