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Wireless and Optical Communications MSc

This MSc covers the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. The programme unites concepts across both radio and optical communication to give students a better understanding of the technical challenges they will face in engineering the rapid development of the broadband communications infrastructure. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skill base.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£10,765 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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.

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

This MSc provides training in the key technologies required for the physical layer of photonic, wireless and wired communications systems and other applications of this technology, ranging from THz imaging to Radar systems. The programme encompasses the complete system design from device fabrication and properties through to architectural and functional aspects of the subsystems that are required to design and build complete communication systems.

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
  • Broadband Communications Laboratory
  • Communications Systems Modelling
  • Broadband Technologies and Components
  • Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills (not credit bearing)

Options

  • Advanced Photonic Devices
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Photonic Sub-systems
  • Optical Transmission and Networks
  • Radar Systems
  • RF Circuits and Sub-systems

Dissertation/report

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 Wireless and Optical Communications MSc

Funding

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Fleming Scholarship

Value:
£4,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
The scholarship is awarded to the student entering the department with the best school/college examination performance, who qualifies for UK/EU fees status.

GREAT/UCL Scholarship

Value:
£5,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective graduate students from India applying to one of the following courses: Management MSc, Economics MSc, Construction Economics and Management MSc, Technology Entrepreneurship MSc, LLM, Telecommunications MSc, Drug Discovery and Development MSc,or Cancer MSc.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Rapid growth of the internet and multimedia communications has led to an unprecedented demand for broadband communication systems. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skills base and a clear shortage of supply. First destinations of recent graduates include electrical and technical engineers at companies including Société Générale and Ericsson

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Technical Consultant, China Mobile (2012)
  • Test Engineer, Alpine Electronics (2011)

Employability

The programme provides a package of broad knowledge from devices to signal processing theory and techniques, to network architecture, planning and optimisation in the areas of wireless and optical communications networks. This equips the students with expertise suitable for pursuing careers as engineers, consultants and system architects in wireless optical communications. A considerable number of graduates also stay in the education sector for research and teaching.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Electronic and 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.

Student / staff ratios › 41 staff › 80 taught students › 140 research students

Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Degree reviews

Staff review

"Through UCL I’ve benefited from access to an internationally leading research community and from interaction with exceptional students."

Dr Tony Kenyon

Subject: PhD training in EEE EngD in Molecular Modelling and Materials, Science CDT in Photonics Systems Development, Nanotechnology MSc, and Wireless and Optical Communications MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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 programme is suitable for graduates in electronic engineering and physics who wish to train in this fast growing industry, and is also designed to offer courses which the industry can use for specialised training of existing employees.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

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 Wireless and Optical Communications at graduate level
  • why you want to study Wireless and Optical Communications 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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