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On this programme you will learn about recent advances in mobile communication systems with full coverage of both radio-frequency (RF) and data communication networks. The programme content will reflect the current migration to tetherless networks. In addition to studying the latest protocols used by mobile communication systems, you will also learn to apply the principles of RF engineering to the design of such systems.

You will be taught by experienced research and teaching staff with expertise in the specialist fields and you will be learning about the latest theories, techniques and technologies. You will need an understanding of both generic and domain-specific research techniques, and the ability to apply them in your own work. A module in research methods enables you to develop these techniques, moving from generic skills, such as the design and evaluation of experiments, to focus on the specific skills that you will need for your own project. An important outcome of the module is a well-structured report, augmented by the use of appropriate artefacts and media, presenting your proposals for your specialist project.

In the first two semesters of the programme you take modules exploring a variety of current research topics in electronics and related areas. At the end of the programme you complete a project which enables you to demonstrate your understanding of the principles and concepts that you have learned and your ability to apply them to a substantial piece of development or investigative work.

Why choose this course?

  • The School 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;
  • Learn about mobile communication systems, tetherless networks and all the latest protocols

Professional Accreditations

The MSc Radio and Mobile Communication Systems course is accredited by IET as CEng 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.

Course details

Careers

You will typically be employed in the design and implementation of advanced digital systems and networks in the communication and control industries. Within your area of expertise, you will be making independent design decisions on mission-critical systems.

Teaching methods

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. Learning tools such as StudyNet, unique to the University of Hertfordshire, are extremely useful for the learning environment of the student.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications - 15 Credits
  • Mixed Mode and VLSI Technologies - 15 Credits
  • Broadband Networks and Data Communications - 15 Credits
  • Information Theory and DSP in Communications - 15 Credits
  • Digital Mobile Communication Systems - 15 Credits
  • Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Operations Research - 15 Credits
  • MSc Project - 60 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8000 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £665 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12500 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1040 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

A first or second-class degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a closely related discipline. In addition, candidates should have been exposed to relevant material at undergraduate level to sufficient depth to enable them to benefit from their chosen MSc programme.

International qualifications will be considered on the basis of their equivalence to UK qualifications, typically guided by a resource such as the National Academic Recognition Information centre (NARIC). Candidates will be required to demonstrate a suitable level of proficiency in written and spoken English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) would typically be required from candidates whose first language is not English. Candidates who do not satisfy these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
21/01/201931/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
21/01/202031/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
21/01/202131/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)