This programme prepares you to become a proficient wireless engineer with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical applications, which involve generating, transmitting and processing signals as well as designing networks. This is crucial for mastering the communications landscape, which is essential for attaining the ‘connected society’. The key strength of this programme is that we place an emphasis on fundamental concepts and how they relate to recent advances in wireless system and network design and we use real-world examples to emphasise the relevance and importance of these concepts.
In the first semester you start with a review of key topics in wireless communications and signal processing. The course will introduce the core theoretical and fundamental knowledge for digital coding and transmission and signal processing combined with the principles and techniques needed to design a wireless transceiver. You will also cover the important research skills and practices, which covers the skills and fundamentals to simulate and analyse wireless systems.
You will be exposed to more advanced topics in wireless systems and network design in the second semester, including multimedia communications and future wireless techniques, which includes some of the technologies proposed to the fifth generation mobile standard, the 5G.
Finally, during the summer the MSc project enables you to demonstrate your mastery of specialist techniques, relevant methods of enquiry and your ability to design and deliver advanced systems and solutions to a tight deadline, including the production of a substantial dissertation.
The teaching and the project are supported by Matlab and C/C++ projects as well as by using the National Instruments USRP for experimental work in the Lab.
View the 2019/20 programme specification document for this course
View the 2020/21 programme specification document for this course
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Twelve months, full-time.
The programme has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the structure to suit your own strengths and interests. You can choose areas that reflect your personal interests and work on an individual project. You will also take a number of compulsory modules to ensure you are exposed to key topics in all areas. The modules cover state-of-the-art techniques, technologies and supporting tools and will expose you to their applications in designing the next-generation wireless network.
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 that we belong to the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).
The deadline for new applications to this course is 31 July each year.
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