The Telecommunications MRes is a one-year research degree dealing with areas of technology and systems related to telecommunications, communications technology and the next generation of IP support networks. This prestigious programme offers significant research content alongside taught courses strongly linked to industrial requirements.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students develop an advanced understanding of the architectures and components that are used to construct a broadband network. The programme offers an overview of the network structures used to build telecommunications networks, enables students to specialise in a specific area of telecommunications, and includes a substantial research project.
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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (105 credits).
All students undertake a substantial research project working in association with one of the research groups at UCL or a collaborating industrial research laboratory.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework (written and design assignments) and the substantial research project, which is assessed by dissertation and presentations.
Further details available on subject website:
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) awards competitive scholarships for postgraduate study, for details visit www.theiet.org
Please visit the UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering Scholarships website for more information on funding.
Scholarships available for this department
This award is based on financial need.
The Fleming Scholarship is named after the first head of our Department here at UCL, Sir John Ambrose Fleming,who is often known as the 'father of modern electronics' for his invention of the thermionic valve. The scholarship is awarded to the student entering the department with the best school/college examination performance, who qualifies for UK/EU fees status.
This is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK, and UCL has 8 master's courses which are eligible for inclusion. No separate appliction is required; all eligible students will be assessed by their department.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. We accept applications from November for the following academic year.
Who can apply?
The MRes is aimed at high-calibre candidates wishing to pursue a research career in industry or academia. Our graduates are highly regarded in the telecommunications industry and a significant number continue their research to PhD level. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this research skills base.
Recent graduates have done on to become university researchers, and senior software engineers and research scientists at companies including Nokia UK Ltd and QinetiQ.
The Telecommunications MRes programme provides a broad and comprehensive coverage of the technological and scientific foundations of telecommunications networks and services, from the physical layer to the application layer. A strong emphasis is given to mobile and wireless communications and the latest standards in these areas (LTE, WiMAX, IEEE 802 family of standards, etc.). Students study both the theoretical foundations of all related technologies but also do extensive practical assignments in several related areas.
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