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Telecommunications MRes

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£11,800 (FT) N/A (PT)
£25,130 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

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.

Accreditation: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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.

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.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

Students develop an advanced understanding of the architecture 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.

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).

Core modules

  • Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
  • Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills

Optional modules

  • Broadband Technologies and Components
  • Communications Systems Modelling
  • Introduction to IP Networks
  • Mobile Communications Systems
  • Wireless Communications Principles
  • Network and Services Management
  • Optical Transmission and Networks
  • Software for Network Services and Design
  • Telecommunications Business Environment
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • RF Circuits and Devices
  • Photonic Sub-systems
  • Radar Systems
  • Network Planning and Operations
  • Advanced Photonic Devices
  • Internet of Things


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 information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Telecommunications MRes


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.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Recent graduates have gone 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). Students study both the theoretical foundations of all related technologies but also carry out extensive practical assignments in several related areas.

Why 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. The department has more than a century of tradition of internationally leading research, from Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, the inventor of the thermionic valve and the left-hand and right-hand rules, to Professor Charles Kao, PhD alumnus and 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient for his research in communication with optical fibres that began whilst studying at UCL.

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.

Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 102 staff including 63 postdocs › 80 taught students › 140 research students

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.

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?

The MRes is designed for 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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