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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Digital Communications Networks MSc

Digital Communications Networks

Overview

The communications sector has dramatically changed in just the last 5 years with a true information revolution made possible by the mobile internet, smart phones and associated applications such as social media, commerce and digital media.

This masters course in Digital Communications Networks is responding to the increasing development of networks and mobile Internet applications, rather than traditional physical layer (hardware design) focus. Students will study traditional communications theory but will also take modules dealing with network security and the protocols for high-speed switches and routers. The inclusion of a Digital Media Laboratory/iPhone Apps is also an extremely marketable feature of this course. This module will give the student hands-on experience for mobile Internet technology that can be found and applied in computers, cellular phones, MP3 players, etc.

Other modules will target new developments in data-centric networking and the growing trend in cloud computing and online services, for example web-search, video content hosting and distribution, social networking and large-scale computations. This ensures that students will graduate with both specialist in-depth knowledge but also with a broad range of skills and applications that will be in demand over a wide range of disciplines - from the traditional communications industries to banking, finance and commerce.

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

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Modules

The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. 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 2014 a list of modules will be available shortly in the 2014 brochure.

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 45 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Mobile Application Development 15
Electronics Industry Dissertation 15
Optical Communication Networks 15
High Speed Internet Architecture 15
Data Communications and Network Security 15
Digital Media Engineering 15
Pilot Study 15
Research Project 45
   
Optional modules (choose two)  
Wireless Communications Systems Design 15
Cellular Mobile Communication Systems 15
Digital Wireless Communications Principles 15
Medical Electronics and E-Health 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 options
Career prospects are excellent. There is a wide range of career opportunities in all aspects of the communications industry and the skills learned here will also be generic to allow employment in other sectors such as finance, banking, general manufacturing, etc. Some graduates also choose the path of academic research and therefore subsequently undertake a PhD.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class (2:1) honours degree, or better in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Computing, Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants with a good lower second class (2:2) honours degree and who can demonstrate specific competence in communications theory or practice will also be considered and should not be deterred from applying.

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: pgtelec@leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 2035.