What Will You Study

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.