Wireless Communication Systems MSc

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  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
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  • Entry Criteria

Postgraduate Open Evening

Wednesday 25 May 2016, 4-7pm

Come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening to find out more about the programme and research areas that interest you, meet our staff and enjoy some refreshments, and even see if we can offer you a place.

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About the Course

The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements.

The effects of this trend has seen a growing overlap between the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration, and the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

This distinctive course, developed with the support of industry, aims to develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks. You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest innovations in this field.

You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest industry innovations and needs. The MSc programme incorporates theory and practice and covers all aspects of a modern communication system ranging from RF components, digital signal processing, network technologies and wireless security and examines new wireless standards.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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Aims

The sharp increase in the use of smartphones, machine to machine communication systems (M2m), sensor netowrks, digital broadcasting networks and smart grid systems have brought tremendous technological growth in this field.

It has become a global phenomenon that presently outstrips the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills who can initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and wireless systems.

By studying Wireless Communications Systems at Brunel, you will be equipped with the advanced technical and professional skills you need for a successful career either in industry or leading edge research in wireless communication systems.

Enquiries

Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Course Director: Dr Lu Gan
Email: lu.gan@brunel.ac.uk

Tel: 01895 265117

Admissions and Course Enquiries
Web: Admissions Enquiries Information
Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265370 (College Marketing Office)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
Contact Admissions or Course Enquiries Online

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Course Content

Typical Modules

Advanced Digital Communications
This module introduces students to more advanced topics in digital communication systems and to provide you with up-to-date knowledge of the techniques used in digital communication systems including OFDM, WCDMA and MIMO.

Network Design and Management
Introduces the models and algorithms associated with network design and management, and provides a practical understanding of design principles.

DSP for Communications
Enables you to successfully map DSP algorithms (FFT, CDMA, OFDM, FIR filters) used in wireless communication systems to an advanced digital system such as a digital signal processor (DSP) or field programmable gate arrays (FPGA).

Wireless Network Technologies
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the design and operation of wireless networks through concepts, terminologies, performance analysis and industrial standards (WiFi, LTE-Adwanced, WiMAX, DVB-T2).

Communications Network Security
Introduces the advanced theory that enables what is achievable through the use of cryptography and presents the practical techniques and algorithms that are currently important for efficient and secure communication over wireless networks.

Research Methods
Instils principles of good research practice and enables you to conduct scientifically-robust research and raising your awareness of engineering quality issues, environmental and health and safety risks. The module also helps develop your understanding of how research and development drives innovation in a business context and the mechanisms to protect intellectual property.

Radio and Optical Communication Systems
Covers advanced topics in radio (antennas, RF amplifiers, link budget analysis, satellite communications) and optical communications, which allow you to follow the most recent technologies in the field.

Project Management

This module aims to introduce students to projects and project management, projects in organisations, project selection, project management leadership, team working, project planning, scheduling and resource allocation, project optimisation using linear programming and project monitoring and control.

Project & Dissertation

The dissertation is a stimulating and challenging part of the MSc programme. It provides the opportunity to apply your knowledge from the taught part of the course and to specialise in one aspect, developing your understanding and expertise in your chosen area.

You can carry out your project within the University or in the industry. For company-sponsored students, projects are related to the company’s present and future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to recruitment of the students by the sponsoring companies.

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Typical Dissertations

Typical dissertation projects include:

  • Performance analysis of wireless technologies (WiFi, WiMAX, LTE-Advanced, DVB standards, MIMO)
  • Analysis of wireless security aspects in modern communication systems
  • RF antenna designs
  • Radio over Fibre (RoF) systems
  • Implementation of advanced DSP algorithms
  • Signal and image processing for wireless and radar applications
  • GPS and satellite systems
  • Healthcare applications
  • Smart grid techniques.

Special Features

  • The course is taught by academics who are experts in their fields and have strong collaborative links with industry and other international research organisations. Some well-known textbooks in this area are authored by members of the course team.
  • The course is fully supported with computing and modern, well-equipped RF laboratories. As a student you will enjoy working on the latest and advanced equipment.
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel supports a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students:
  • Our portfolio of research contracts totals £7.5 million, and we’ve strong links with industry.

Prizes

Rohde and Schwartz best in RF Prize

Criteria for award: Best overall PG student on MSc Wireless Communications Systems with a relevant RF dissertation

Composition of prize: RF books and Certificate

Accreditation

The MSc in Wireless Communications Systems is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Facts and Figures

Industry challenges

The sharp increase in the use of smart phones, Machine to Machine communication systems (M2M), sensor networks, Digital Broadcasting networks and Smart Grid schemes have brought tremendous technological growth in this field.

It has become a global phenomenon that presently outstrips the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills who can initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and wireless systems.

The effect of this trend has been a growing overlap between the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration. Another result is the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel

The Electronic and Computer Engineering discipline is one of the largest in the University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £7.5 million, and has strong links with industry.

We have a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:

The laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. We have comprehensive computing resources in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The discipline is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.

Teaching and Learning

The course blends lectures, workshops, seminars, self-study, and individual and group project work. You’ll develop communication and teamwork skills valued by industry through carefully designed lab exercises, group assignments, and your dissertation project.

  • In lectures, key concepts and ideas are introduced, definitions are stated, techniques are explained, and immediate student queries discussed.
  • Seminars provide the students with the opportunity to discuss at greater length issues arising from lectures.
  • Workshops sessions are used to foster practical engagement with the taught material.
  • The dissertation project plays a more significant role in supporting literature review in a technically complex area and to plan, execute and evaluate a significant investigation into a current problem area related to wireless communication systems.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by final examinations or by a mix of examination and laboratory work. Project management is assessed by course work. Generally, students start working on their dissertations in January and submit by the end of September.

Careers

With telecoms companies such as T-Mobile, Orange, Vodafone and O2, making their largest profits from mobile and fixed networks, the flourishing marketplace has created high demand for trained, skilled engineers. The connectionless office, flexible working practices, the continuing trend of convergence of services and networks are all creating growing opportunities for comms engineers specialising in:

  • Radio and network planning for mobile and broadcasting networks
  • Wireless security applications
  • Satellite and GPS networks
  • Mobility management in mobile networks
  • Smart communication systems in smart grids
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Radio over fibre networks
  • DSP hardware/software and device drivers development for communication systems
  • Wireless healthcare applications
  • Machine to machine communication applications.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.


At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2016/7 entry

UK/EU students: £8,350 full-time

International students: £17,200 full-time

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UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Electrical or Electronic Engineering; Physics; Maths or Computer Science. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

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