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Telecommunications MSc

The world of telecommunications is one of the fastest developing in the areas of science and technology. The Telecommunications MSc at UCL covers various aspects of modern telecommunication systems together with the background necessary to understand such systems, and is continuously updated to reflect the rapid changes in the field.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 3-5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£11,800 (FT) N/A (PT)
£24,610 (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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

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 a comprehensive understanding of the key technologies, network architectures, and systems that make up a modern, telecommunications network. Specific topics include telecommunications systems, communications technologies, network design and planning, data networks and architectures, next generation architecture and business aspects of telecommunications.

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.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
  • Mobile Communications Systems
  • Software for Network and Services Design
  • Telecommunications Business Environment
  • Introduction to IP Networks
  • Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills (not credit bearing)

Optional modules

  • Broadband Technologies and Components
  • Communications Systems Modelling
  • Internet of Things
  • Optical Transmission Networks
  • Network and Services Management
  • Network Planning and Operations
  • Wireless Communications Principles


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


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.


On completion of this programme students pursue careers as network or telecommunications engineers, consultants or systems architects in networking technologies.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Consulting Engineer, China Mobile
  • Graduate Engineer, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • IT Graduate, Siemens
  • Technical Specialist - Telecommunications, BSB Sky C
  • Software Engineer, Motorola Mobility


The Telecommunications MSc 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 carry out extensive practical assignments in several related areas.

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 Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the most highly rated electronic engineering research departments in the UK. Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development.

This MSc programme is taught by UCL's telecommunications experts with contributions from industrial and government specialists, and is dedicated to the task of training engineers and managers in the telecommunications industry.

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.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"Extracurricular life in London is colourful, and as an international student it offers me a great chance to learn more about British culture."

Lin Wei

Telecommunications MSc
Student view

"My final project was a collaboration with the English National Opera, providing a great opportunity to have an experience of working in one of the greatest cities in the world. "

Weiyi Dang

Telecommunications MSc
Student view

"I am currently involved in a Master's communication project in industry. This is an opportunity within UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering allowing students to gain work experience alongside their research project."

Yizhou You

Telecommunications 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?

We welcome applications from high-quality graduates of electronic engineering, computer science and other related disciplines and from candidates with appropriate industrial experience.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Telecommunications at graduate level
  • why you want to study Telecommunications 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

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.

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