Communications, Control & Digital Signal Processing

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Course Duration: 12 Months Full Time (Oct-Sep) 

This full-time course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of communications theory and networks, fundamental control technology and digital signal processing (DSP).

Encompassing topics critical to the information and communications age, you will gain an advanced knowledge of the principles of the communications, control and DSP domains and an understanding of the current and future developments and technologies within these three disciplines. Along with full accreditation from the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET), this will enable you to capitalise on job opportunities across a range of sectors including control, telecommunications, signal processing, manufacturing, electronics and IT user companies. EDF Energy, Siemens and Texas Instruments are just some of the multinationals with whom our graduates have secured well-paid positions. 

MSc programmes are CEng accredited. These programmes fulfil the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme or equivalent.

Course Curriculum

Two semesters of compulsory and optional taught modules are followed by a three-month practical research project in your chosen specialist area. Opportunities exist to conduct this through the Department's competitive MSc industrial internships.


Compulsory modules

Digital Signal Processing Principles
Information Transmission & Security
Control Principles
Assignment and Professional Studies

Optional modules

Communications Networks
Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Embedded System Design
Image and Video Processing
Control Techniques

Course Delivery

Courses are taught by a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. Advanced technical engineering expertise is developed in parallel with communication, project management and leadership skills, all of which are vital for your future career. Assessment techniques include written assignments, exams and practical team-based and individual projects.

You have access to our extensive computing network, and purpose built teaching spaces equipped with the latest technologies.  Interaction with Industry is provided through teaching seminars and networking events, and we deliver weekly seminars to support your learning and career development.  Course tutors are available to address individual concerns.

Recent Graduates

"I had the opportunity of being tutored by some of the best people in the Communications and DSP in the world. As an international student, I really felt at home. I had opportunities to interact with colleagues from Greece, India, Uganda, China and those from other parts of the world."


David Gana, Nigeria (Graduated 2013)

"The lecturers here are incredibly helpful and encouraging including the Teaching Assistants who help you if you have any doubts. This course has really encouraged me to think harder about what I am doing and why. It has laid the path for the future."


Trushali Doshi, India (Graduated 2013)

"I enhanced my technical knowledge and programming skills through the wide range of modules, laboratory activities and professional seminars within the course. After completing my MSc, I was thrilled to be offered an EPSRC funded PhD within the Department and am now collaborating with industrial partners on a range of research initiatives."


Georgia Elafoudi, Greece (Graduated 2013)

How to apply

Applications for September 2014 entry are now open and can be made online by selecting 'Apply' at the bottom of the page of your chosen course.

Applications will not be considered until all supporting documentation (academic transcripts, proof of english proficiency, references, immigration requirements) has been provided. Completed applications are considered by the Postgraduate Academic Selectors and decisions made on a rolling basis.

We are happy to respond to individual enquiries, so please get in touch if you have any questions. Enquiries can be made with Elaine Black, Postgraduate Admissions Secretary.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc communications, control and digital signal processing (Admission Code : EEMSC7)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2016 entry to full-time MSc communications, control and digital signal processing (Admission Code : EEMSC7)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

Entry Requirements

A first or good second-class Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic, electrical  or communications engineering, or a related subject from a recognised academic institution.

Key Contacts

PG Admissions Assistant
Ms Elaine Black
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2170