Wireless Communication Systems MSc - 2018 Entry

Entry Year
2018

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

Specialising in advanced communications, this programme will give you the opportunity to develop new skills, enhance your competence and gain technical expertise in state-of-the-art and emerging communication technologies, which will boost your career prospects.

This programme has been developed for graduates in engineering or science-related disciplines, with an interest in contemporary wireless communication systems. While you may have encountered many of these systems in day-to-day life, this programme will provide you with a rigorous understanding of technologies such as 4G, 5G and beyond 5G mobile communications, Wi-Fi, mobile WiMAX, space-time coding, software defined radio, and reconfigurable analogue and digital RF systems. The acquired knowledge will be useful in a wide range of applications, including the Internet of Things as well as medical, geophysical, aerospace, automotive and environmental systems.

In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that you will benefit from two specialist departments: the Engineering Department and the School of Computing and Communications. Combining the research and teaching strengths of these two departments, this course offers you a blend of academic teaching, practical experience and professional training. You will develop knowledge and skills related to both advanced communications and embedded systems, as well as the opportunity to gain real-world experience through an industrial or research placement.

During the year, you will also have access to Lancaster’s dedicated Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), which maintains links with partner companies. This will ensure that you have the chance to apply your knowledge and skills to real industrial challenges and develop practical skills and experience that will support your career progression.

You will also complete a dissertation project on a topic of your choice, guided by an academic. This will allow you to bring together everything you have learnt and gain valuable experience by applying it to real-world cutting-edge research problems. As part of this project, you also demonstrate an ability to review articles, reflect on their views, interpret research findings, make your own judgements and justify these to peers and academic staff. Fundamentally, you will develop an expertise in a specific area of wireless communications.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Specialising in advanced communications, this programme will give you the opportunity to develop new skills, enhance your competence and gain technical expertise in state-of-the-art and emerging communication technologies, which will boost your career prospects.

    This programme has been developed for graduates in engineering or science-related disciplines, with an interest in contemporary wireless communication systems. While you may have encountered many of these systems in day-to-day life, this programme will provide you with a rigorous understanding of technologies such as 4G, 5G and beyond 5G mobile communications, Wi-Fi, mobile WiMAX, space-time coding, software defined radio, and reconfigurable analogue and digital RF systems. The acquired knowledge will be useful in a wide range of applications, including the Internet of Things as well as medical, geophysical, aerospace, automotive and environmental systems.

    In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that you will benefit from two specialist departments: the Engineering Department and the School of Computing and Communications. Combining the research and teaching strengths of these two departments, this course offers you a blend of academic teaching, practical experience and professional training. You will develop knowledge and skills related to both advanced communications and embedded systems, as well as the opportunity to gain real-world experience through an industrial or research placement.

    During the year, you will also have access to Lancaster’s dedicated Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), which maintains links with partner companies. This will ensure that you have the chance to apply your knowledge and skills to real industrial challenges and develop practical skills and experience that will support your career progression.

    You will also complete a dissertation project on a topic of your choice, guided by an academic. This will allow you to bring together everything you have learnt and gain valuable experience by applying it to real-world cutting-edge research problems. As part of this project, you also demonstrate an ability to review articles, reflect on their views, interpret research findings, make your own judgements and justify these to peers and academic staff. Fundamentally, you will develop an expertise in a specific area of wireless communications.

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Designed for: Applicants with a first degree in Electronic/Electrical/Control Engineering or Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics  

    Duration: 12 months, full-time or 24 months, part-time

    Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Control, Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or a related discipline which may include communications, electrical engineering, computer systems or computer sciences systems engineering
    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications at International Qualifications

    Additional requirements: Work experience in an engineering position requiring the application of technical skills is desirable but not required
    Some understanding of the following is also desirable: Maxwell's laws, high frquency materials and disruptive technologies

    English language: IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0
    We consider tests from other providers, which can be found at English language requirements

    If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:

    10 week- Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
    For details of eligibility see: Pre sessional programmes

    4 week- Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
    Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes

    Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding.

    Further information: Please see our website

       
  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

    Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
    UK/EU £8,500 £4,250
    Overseas £19,500 n/a

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.