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MScAdvanced Communications Systems

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,500 per year
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Our graduates work in major telecommunications companies around the world. We have run this course for over 25 years and, in that time, educated over a thousand communications specialists.

Starting from the concept of a signal, we cover the fundamentals of how signals are acquired, processed and transmitted over a wide range of media — electronic, optical and radio. Our laboratory work shows how these principles are put into practice and your software development skills are improved through a series of lectures, exercises and assignments.

Building on this, we explore a number of state-of-the-art topics in detail, including:

- Modern digital transmission systems
- Wireless communication systems
- Computer security and cryptography
- Complex electronic circuits
- Networked systems

Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s telecommunications engineers are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top engineers, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Programme structure

Year 1

Theory of Signals and Systems
Digital Communications
Networking Principles
Mobile Communications
Communications Laboratory
Mathematical Research Techniques Using Matlab
MSc Project and Dissertation
Professional Practice and Research Methodology
Converged Networks and Services (optional)
Creating and Growing a New Business Venture (optional)
Data Science and Decision Making (optional)
Electronic System Design & Integration (optional)
Network Security and Cryptographic Principles (optional)
Computer Security (optional)

Career opportunities

Our recent graduates have progressed to a variety of senior positions in industry and academia. Some of the companies and organisations where our former graduates are now employed include:

Elitecore Technologies Ltd
Juniper Networks
Cisco Systems
Incendio Technologies

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States