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MSc Wireless Communications (1 year full-time)

Our MSc Wireless Communications degree explores the technologies that are transforming our communications systems. This one year intensive course includes core and optional modules in digital coding and transmission, radio communications engineering, signal processing, wireless and mobile networks and cryptography.

Introducing your degree

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

Programme 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.

View the programme specification document for this course

Programme Structure

One year, 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.

To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. Visit our how to apply pages for more information

Please note we are part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).

Key Facts

We have pioneered many of the most important advances in electronics and microelectronics over the past 30 years

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 2016 QS World Rankings

We have outstanding experimental research facilities, including our world-class high-voltage laboratory and our £110m interdisciplinary clean room

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Honours Degree:

Our normal entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in a related 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

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Modules not in Semesters
Compulsory Modules
COMP6200
MSc Project


Career Opportunities

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 specialist research. This is good because you can find topics which interest you and it enables you to work on specific technologies, which is what employers are looking for". Alper Akarsu, MSc in Wireless Communications

Costs

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Pre-course Reading List

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.

Location

Highfield Campus

Highfield is our main campus and the heart of the University. Set in beautiful green surroundings, it’s easily accessible from the city centre. University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

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