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H1K709 Communications Engineering MSc Postgraduate Taught  2017


Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 02/10/2017
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 1700

Course Content


The main objective of the course is to educate you in the rapidly growing area of Communications to undertake responsible and challenging posts in academia and industry.

The course covers the key areas of wireless and wired networks and protocols, digital signal processing and digital electronics. In addition to the technical background provided in these subjects, hands-on experience is gained through a major individual Research and Development project, a group design project and a supporting laboratory programme.

Course Structure

The programme consists of three modules taught through lectures and a laboratory programme, a group design module and an individual research and design project.

Core Modules

  • Communications Systems
  • Radio Communications
  • Digital Systems
  • Design of Wireless Systems
  • Research and Development Project.

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a 12-month full-time degree course that runs from October to the end of August the following year. The programme consists of a total of five core elements. These are three modules taught by lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes in Communications Systems, Radio Communications and Digital Systems, a group design module on Design of Wireless Systems module and a major individual research and development project.

The three core lecture modules involve a total of 101 hours of lectures, 18 hours of tutorials and seminars and 33 hours of practical laboratory classes.

For the Group Design Module, each group is supervised by one or more members of staff, and guided through the various stages of design. The principal learning outcome from this module is for you to understand the stages in the design of current communication equipment and to understand the importance of information flow within a design team. You should expect to have around 20 hours of contact time with their academic supervisors over the course of the design module.

A major individual research and development project is also undertaken on the course. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project you are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. You are also required to prepare and to present a poster to allow an assessment to be made of your understanding and ability to present your work, plus an oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to the you regarding the technical aspects of your project. You should expect to have around 25 hours of contact time with your supervisors plus 500 hours of practical work, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of the research project.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A good second class honours degree (typically equivalent to UK 2:1 Honours) or better in a subject which includes a significant electronics content.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £6,900.00
Home Student £6,900.00
Island Student £6,900.00
International non-EU Student £20,900.00

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences


The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences offers postgraduate courses that are challenging and technologically relevant, covering topics including big data, image analysis, the internet, the mathematical foundations of computing, digital communications and the challenges of environmental and energy sustainability. Students have access to extensive and diverse research facilities. For example, airflow sensors, made using cutting-edge microfabrication techniques in the class 1000 Cleanroom have been tested and characterised in the School’s Wind Tunnel facilities. We have strong links with industrial partners and recent graduates have become successful entrepreneurs and software developers, gained prestigious positions in banking and finance and have entered the IT and Engineering industries.


Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent or World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.


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