Course duration: 12 months full time (Oct-Sep)
Influences of users, providers, regulators and standardisation bodies has led to varied provision of modern global communications systems ranging from highly-regulated, single provider networks to the dynamic application-based Internet, and from high-speed infrastructure core networks to heterogeneous wireless access networks.
To be an effective communications engineer requires not only a good knowledge of the underpinning technologies, and user and application requirements, but a firm understanding of the business and regulatory landscape that multinational communication networks must work within. This course is an advanced multidisciplinary programme that brings together expertise in communications networks and systems with public policy and regulatory structures within an international perspective. Communications systems theory, modern information processing concepts and architectures, regulatory policy and market structures are examined to allow graduates to gain the skills and expertise to become managers, strategists and leaders in the internationally evolving IT and communications industry.
The course is fully accredited by the professional body, the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET).
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.
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.
Mobile & Wireless Networks
Regulation & Competition in Network Industries
Assignment & Professional Studies
Optional modules (up to three to be chosen)
Topics in Communications Management
Information Transmission & Security
Principles & Practice of Communications Policy
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.
Prior to studying for my MSc, I lectured at the University of the West Indies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. When the course material for its undergraduate and graduate programmes required revision, the knowledge and experience gained from my MSc was key in enabling me to perform this, share lessons from a developed country and thus, contribute to the development of telecommunications within my own country.
My MSc ultimately guided my future career, as I have come back to Strathclyde to do a PhD in Management. That I returned here from a Caribbean island should say it all!
Tricia Ragoobar, Trinidad & Tobago
Applications for September 2014 entry are now open
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.
Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.