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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Digital Communications Networks MSc (Eng)

Digital Communications Networks


Responding to the increasing development of networks and mobile internet applications, the communications sector has dramatically changed in the past 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 course is responding to the increasing development of networks and mobile internet applications rather than having a traditional physical layer (hardware design) focus. You will study traditional communications theory but will also take
modules dealing with network security and the protocols for high-speed switches and routers.

Other modules 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 you will graduate with specialist in-depth knowledge and 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. We are currently seeking accreditation for this course from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Find out about our MSc programme managers by visiting our staff profiles page

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,000
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 45 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Industry Dissertation 15
Communication Network Design 15
Optical Communication Networks 15
High Speed Internet Architecture 15
Data Communications and Network Security 15
Research Project 45
Optional modules (choose one)  
Programming 15
Software Development 15
Optional modules (choose three)  
Wireless Communications Systems Design 15
Cellular Mobile Communication Systems 15
Digital Wireless Communications Principles 15
FPGA Design for System-on-chip 15
Digital Media Engineering 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 UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in electronic/electrical engineering, computing, mathematics or physics; or the equivalent of a good lower second class honours degree (2.2) accompanied by demonstration of specific competence in communications theory or practice.

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 2035.