MSc Communication Networks and Signal Processing

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2018

Programme overview

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.

There are two taught units related to optical communications: 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 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.

Fees for 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£10,700
Overseas: full-time
£21,100
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£14,300

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2018/19

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

This programme comprises 11 core units, followed by a substantial research project, starting during the second semester and completed 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 for our MSc in Communication Networks and Signal Processing.

Entry requirements

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future communication networks and signal processing. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in the communications field, but also in areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies: Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel, for example. Some graduates follow a more research-oriented career path, with a number of students going on to study for PhDs at leading universities.

How to apply
Application deadline:

18 August 2018: UK and EU applicants
31 July 2018: International applicants (who require a Tier 4 visa)
These deadlines dates have been set to allow you to obtain your visa and arrive to start your programme on time.

Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadlines.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 38% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 6% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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