Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

MSc Wireless Communications

Develop a thorough understanding of some of the most important technologies that are transforming our communications systems.

Overview

This popular, intensive programme is taught in our world-leading Southampton Wireless research group.

The programme covers all technologies that contribute to mobile speech and data communications. You will be taught by the most highly cited researchers in their field in the world.

To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see How to Apply

Programme Structure

Twelve months, full-time.

The programme has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the structure to suit your own interests. You can choose areas that reflect your personal interests and work on an individual project. You will however, also take a number of compulsory modules to ensure you are exposed to key topics in all areas.

Key Facts

  • We lead the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research (REF 2014)
  • 97% of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering research outputs are rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
  • The Guardian University Guide 2016 shows the University of Southampton first in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • The 2016 Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide and Complete University Guide league tables show our Electrical and Electronic Engineering ranked third in the UK
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2015 QS World Rankings

Entry requirements

Honours Degree:

Our normal entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject discipline such as mathematics, physics, engineering or computer science.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Selection Process:

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (eg hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

Modules

Year 1

Modules not in Semesters

Compulsory Modules

Learning

To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see How to Apply

Related programmes

Career opportunities

 

Alper Akarsu
MSc in Wireless Communications

This programme provides an excellent platform for further research in either industry or academia.

Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology.  ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies like IBM, ARM, Microsoft Research, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia, Samsung and Google to name a few.  Visit our careers hub for more information.

The staff’s doors in ECS are always open to students. Lectures introduce you to the topics while the details require you to do your own specialising research. This is good because you can find topics which interest you most and enables you to work on specific technologies, which is what employers are looking for. - Alper Akarsu, MSc in Wireless Communications

Pre-course reading lists

The following is a list of subjects that are closely related to the course of MSc Wireless Communications. Some of these subjects are covered explicitly in lectures; other subjects are considered pre-requisites for units on the course. If you are unable to obtain the recommended books, similar books may be used instead.

Matlab Programming
There are many suitable books available. For example, Mcmahon, D., MATLAB Demystified, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2007.

Signal Processing
Proakis J. G. and Manolakis D., Digital Signal Processing: Principles, Algorithms and Applications, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 1996

Digital Communications
Sklar, B., Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications (2nd Ed.), Prentice Hall PTR, 2001.
Read: Chapters 1-4, 6, 7, 12.

Wireless Communications
1) Rappaport, T. S., Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice (2nd Ed.), Prentice Hall PTR, 2002.
Read: Chapters 1-5.

2) Goldsmith, A., Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press, 2005.