MSc Communications and Information Engineering (18-month route)

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditation: This course is accredited by IET and meets Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC).
  • Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by the Engineering Research Group research academics. This group receives funding each year from industry to deliver industry-demand courses.
  • Employment Prospects: Graduates work as Communications Systems Engineers, Network and Communications Engineers for organisations including Transport for London, Network Rail, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Professional Accreditations

The MSc Communications and Information Engineering course is accredited by IET as CEng and and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme for the cohort intakes from 2017 to 2018.

About the course

This course enables students to understand the fundamentals of information theory and apply appropriate performance and quality measures to engineer enhanced data communication systems.

Students design state-of-the-art networks using legacy as well as emerging optical and wireless technologies, developing the students’ ability to define and apply appropriate analytic, algorithmic and a mix of simulation and hardware tools for reliable data transfer.

Students will cover subject specific subjects such as Digital Mobile Communication Systems and Optical Communication Technologies alongside cohort taught subjects to develop their management skills and their employability.

The successful postgraduates of the course will acquire the knowledge and understanding, intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for the analysis and synthesis of problems in engineering and manufacturing through a combination of experimental, simulation, research methods and case studies. They can expect to gain work in a range of disciplines within a variety of industries from specialist technical roles to positions of management responsibility.

Why choose this course?

Students who undertake this course will gain knowledge and understanding of the advanced theoretical issues and their practical implementations that underlie recent developments in Communications and Information Engineering.

Students will be able to explore, explain the engineering challenges inherent in a variety of data communication applications.

Supported by the School which has over 25 years' experience of teaching electronic engineering and has established an excellent international reputation in this field.

We offer extensive lab facilities for engineering students, including the latest software packages.

What will I study?

Our enthusiastic staff is always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. In addition, our staff are active in research and useful elements of it are reflected on the learning experience.

The School of Engineering and Technology has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussions with staff and other students.

A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School of Engineering and Technology has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Optical Communication Technologies 15 Credits Compulsory
    Broadband Networks and Data Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Mobile Communication Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Information Theory and Data Processing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainable Business of Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Signal Processing and Applications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Biometric Systems & Speech Processing 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Communications and Information Engineering Download
    MSc Communications and Information Engineering Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Modular Masters in Electronics Download
    MSc Modular Masters in Electronics Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    Student experience

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