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Wireless and Optical Communications MSc
This MSc covers the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. The programme unites concepts across both radio and optical communication, to give students a better understanding of the technical challenges they will face in engineering the rapid development of the broadband communications infrastructure. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skill base.
What will I learn?
This MSc provides training in the key technologies required for the physical layer of photonic, wireless and wired communications systems and other applications of this technology, ranging from THz imaging to Radar systems. The programme encompasses the complete system design from device fabrication and properties through to architectural and functional aspects of the subsystems that are required to design and build complete communication systems.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the most highly rated electronic engineering research departments in the UK. It is the oldest in England, founded in 1885 with Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, the inventor of the thermionic valve and the left-hand and right-hand rules, as the first head of department.
Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development. We cover a wide range of areas from materials and devices to photonics, radar, optical and wireless systems, electronics and medical electronics, and communications networks.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
An exit-level Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
An exit-level Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, laboratory and workshop sessions, seminars, tutorials and project work. All of the programme lecturers carry out leading research in the subjects they are teaching. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework, design exercises and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
It is recommended that you submit your application using the UCL online application form as this significantly speeds up the process. We accept applications from November through to 2 August 2013 and students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for graduates in electronic engineering and physics who wish to train in this fast growing industry, and is also designed to offer courses which the industry can use for specialised training of existing employees.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Wireless and Optical Communications at graduate level
- why you want to study Wireless and Optical Communications at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- how you envisage your career path after the MSc
Rapid growth of the internet and multimedia communications has led to an unprecedented demand for broadband communication systems. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skills base and a clear shortage of supply.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- ENEMALTA: Electrical Engineer
- Societe General: Risk Management
- Hunt Electronics: Technical Engineer
- Ericsson: Engineer
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: