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Mobile Computing and Communications Networks MSc

Mobile computing


This course reflects the convergence of computing and communications technologies, which is having a truly disruptive effect on society and business. Many emerging economies are more reliant on mobile networks than traditional fixed lines, and simple capabilities such as mobile payments and wireless communication have dramatically changed people’s lives for the better.

Beyond human-to-human communication, mobile communications are the building material for ubiquitous computing, where the boundary between the physical and digital world is broken down through sensors and pervasive systems that profoundly affect how we approach challenges in the environment, in healthcare, and security.

This course will give you a grasp of all layers needed for mobile communication and computation, from the physical network layer through to the applications that run on mobile devices.

Graduates will have a full understanding of the web and cloud computing infrastructure. This course is taught jointly by the School of Computing and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

This course is taught jointly by the School of Computing and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

We are ranked 5th in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering and 16th for Computer Science by The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2015.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £18,500
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £3,000 available.


The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2016, it will provide you with an example of what you will study.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 60 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Research Project 60
Systems Programming 15
Data Communications and Networks Security 15
Optional modules (choose six)  
Advanced Distributed Systems 15
Mobile Application Development 15
Cloud Computing 15
Semantic Technologies and Applications 15
High Speed Internet Architecture 15
Digital Media Engineering 15
Optical Communication Networks 15
Graph Theory: Structure and Algorithms 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career opportunities are extremely broad, covering jobs in the design of embedded software running on multi-core devices through to jobs involving the design and implementation of new mobile-applications centric systems for business.

Example careers include:

Business Analyst - Mobile Commerce Apps
Mobile Applications Developer
Engineer - Embedded Mobile Communications
Senior Mobile Systems Architect
Functional Business Analyst for Mobile Banking
Mobile Website Project Manager
Mobile Cloud Computing Project Lead
Network Consultant
Engineer, Mobile Network Security
Network Research and Development Engineer

In the application of mobile computing skills, job opportunities span every area for example from the automotive sector through to retail and banking.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in electronic engineering, computing or physics. Applicants with a qualification equivalent to a UK lower second class honours degree (2.2) with substantial relevant work experience or demonstration of specific competence in low-level programming will be considered.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 5440.