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Mobile Computing and Communications Networks MSc

Mobile computing


This course reflects the convergence of computing and communication technologies, which is having a truly disruptive effect on society and business.

In 2012, global sales of the tablet computer increased by 74% on the previous year with 128 million units sold. Sales of smartphones also continued to soar with 712 million units sold.

This seismic shift to mobile computing based on wireless networks with new functions such as NFC, 5G, vehicle-to-vehicle and machine-to-machine (m2m) communications are creating revolutions in many sectors such as, financial services, transport, retail, healthcare, energy and environmental engineering, manufacturing, food, drink and agriculture, advertising and the creative industries.

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, 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 of this course 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.

We are ranked 7th in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering by the Complete University Guide and the Good University Guide 2014.

Course duration: Full-time, 12 months
Start date: September 2014
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £3,000 available.


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 Sensor Networks 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
Embedded Systems Design

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.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

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 degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2:1) degree or higher in Electronic Engineering, Computing or Physics.

Applicants with a degree equivalent to a UK lower second class (2:2) honours degree with substantial relevant work experience or demonstration of specific competence in low-level programming will also be considered.

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

English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

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