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

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 3-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£11,090 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£23,440 (FT) £N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

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.

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 architectures 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)


  • 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 available on the department web site Telecommunications MSc


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) awards competitive scholarships for postgraduate study, for details visit

Please visit the UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering Scholarships website for more information on funding.

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

Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Fleming Scholarship

£4,000 (1 year)
UK, EU students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on 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.


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.

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.

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

Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 review

"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 review

"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
29 July 2016

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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