The Telecommunications with Business MSc at UCL is an exciting programme designed to address the market need for highly skilled technical managers in the ICT and telecommunications industry with a broad knowledge across both technology and business.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £18,580 (FT) £9,290 (PT)
- £32,670 (FT) £16,610 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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. Individuals with significant industrial experience (and without such a qualification) may also be considered.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
Students benefit from the established and highly successful portfolio of telecommunications modules, combined with four specially designed business modules. These business modules draw on the experience of leading experts from industry and academia in the area of business planning, financial and management accounting, regulation, marketing and product management.
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).
- Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
- Strategy, Marketing and Product Management
- Finance and Business Environment
- Customer Service, Operations and Planning
- Organisational Design, People Management and Innovation
Options may include the following:
- Mobile Communications Systems
- Network and Services Management
- Introduction to IP Networks
- Network Planning and Operations
- Internet of Things
- Wireless Communications Principles
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, 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.
A number of competitive EPSRC studentships are normally available for candidates liable to pay fees at the UK/EU rate.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) also awards competitive scholarships for postgraduate study, for details visit www.theiet.org
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme provides students with numerous networking opportunities through the range of visiting speakers from telecoms and ICT industry. Students engage with these speakers in classroom discussions and may undertake their research projects in collaboration with several of the companies (e,g, Orange Labs, PwC, Virgin Media and BT). The programme's mix of technical and business content gives the students a unique advantage when seeking jobs. Examples of successful placements include KPMG, Cisco and BT.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Discover Graduate Programme Participant, Vodafone
- Product Manager, Sina Weibo
- Associate Engineer, Lenovo China
- Associate Management Consultant, PwC
- Strategy Consultant, PwC
Successful graduates of this programme will have developed the advanced technical skills necessary for management careers in the ICT and telecommunications industry, and will be highly attractive to employers across a very diverse range of sectors.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL has considerable experience in running combined technical and business education for high-calibrel candidates. This programme builds on the success of the department's 'Communications for Industry' programme which has been providing technical courses for over 16 years.
Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development.
We maintain strong industrial links in all our postgraduate activities and much of our research is funded through the UK Research Councils, the EU and industry in the UK and overseas.
Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Student / staff numbers
› 102 staff
including 63 postdocs
› 80 taught students
› 140 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of [DATE]
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering
75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"The guest speakers in both business and technical modules have been invaluable. These speakers are leaders in the industry and it is inspiring to learn from them."
Francisco BarrientosTelecommunications with Business MSc
"UCL’s tremendous collection of campus and online libraries allows access to work by the leading academics in my field of study. Furthermore the UCL research culture always encourages me to explore without fear of failure. Studying at UCL has been the best academic and research experience I have ever had."
Guntar PramonoTelecommunications with Business MSc
Application and next steps
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?
This programme is aimed at both recent graduates and those with experience who seek accelerated progression to senior management and technical positions. We welcome applications from those with a variety of backgrounds in engineering and the physical sciences.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
It is expected that demand for this programme will be very high. We are therefore operating a pre-screening process, prior to formal application. To fill in the pre-application form, please visit www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/masters/msc-telecoms-with-business-pre-apply
Please note that this does not constitute a formal application. Following initial consideration of your pre-application and a telephone or video interview, you will be invited to make a formal application using the UCL standard application form.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Telecommunications with Business at graduate level
- why you want to study Telecommunications with Business 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
- your personal statement should also include a technical summary of your final year project including the aims and technical achievements
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.