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Royal College Communications Scholarships

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering has 10 funded places for its postgraduate degree, MSc 5G Advanced Communications.  These are available for Scottish and EU applicants, cover full tuition fees and provide a £3,000 scholarship to help with living costs.

  • Number of scholarships 10
  • Value Full tuition fees & £3,000 scholarship
  • Opens 26 April 2018
  • Deadline 31 August 2018
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs
  • Duration 1 Year


To be considered for one of the funded places, candidates must:

  • Be of Scottish or European nationality
  • Already hold, or will gain by 31st August, a good second class undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering or physical sciences discipline (e.g. electrical, electronic, mechanical, telecommunications, information engineering, or engineering systems)
  • Have submitted an application and hold an offer for the MSc 5G Advanced Communications
  • Be able to commence their MSc 5G Advanced Communications in September 2018

Project Details

5G - the future of communications networks?

Some view 5G as the natural evolution of wireless communications, while others believe its impact will be truly revolutionary. It offers the potential for greater capacity, improved reliability, higher bandwidth and wider geographical coverage at even faster data speeds. Harnessing that potential is critical not only to the global communciations sector but many other services and facilities. 

Strathclyde is at the forefront of innovation in 5G. Along with lead industry partner, Cisco, it was one of six winning bids of the UK Government's Department of Digital, Media, Communications and Sport (DCMS) 5G Testbeds & Trials Initiative. The £7.3M project, being lead by Professor Bob Stewart, of the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE), aims to deliver and exploit 5G benefits for rural communities across a range of applications including agriculture, broadcasting and utilities. Alongside Cisco, other key participants include Microsoft, BBC R&D, British Telecom, Parallel Wireless, Zeeta Networks, Agri-Epi centre and the Surrey 5G Innovation Centre.

EEE research activities are embedded into its taught programmes, ensuring students develop relevant professional engineering expertise and skills for their future career and the job market.

To help develop the highly skilled engineers needed to drive the next generation of communications, through support from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), EEE has funded places available for its MSc 5G Advanced Communications.  These places are open to well-qualified SCOTTISH and EU applicants only.

The MSc degree will cover the practical, theoretical and technological aspects of 5G Communications Systems as they evolve over the coming years.

Students will gain expert knowledge of the latest technologies that will drive the next mobile, wireless and communications revolution, and evolve our current 4G environment to 5G communications enabled systems. Applications will cover robotics & autonomous systems, UAVs, immersive systems and augmented realities, health monitoring, cyber-integrated systems, and smart grids. Data handling of the expected 50 billion IoT (internet of things) devices coming on-line to monitor traffic, weather, environment, smart agriculture, and even when your fridge runs out of milk, will also be explored.

On the course students will engage with experts and specialists whose integrated knowledge will enable you to gain the skills, knowledge and expertise to be part of the definition of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications. These will include:

  • Mobile & Wireless Standards (such as LTE, 802.11x,)
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) Systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Wireless Communications
  • Big Data & Information Management
  • Security & Cybersecurity systems
  • Spectrum Access, & Dynamic Spectrum
  • 5G Hardware Systems Design – FPGA & Microcontrollers
  • Advanced DSP/Comms Systems; eg Massive MIMO
  • Augmented Reality & Advanced Multimedia Systems

The Department has an extensive set of teaching spaces and learning environments alongside a dedicated Masters Project and Study Environment for self-study and group working.

We work closely with a number of industry partners, and our state-of-the-art facilities include wireless and mobile radio hardware and software, FPGA and SDR systems, supported by companies including EE, Vodafone, Xilinx, Cisco, MathWorks, British Telecom, Intel, Lime Microsystems, Analog Devices, NXP/Qualcomm and many smaller companies and organisations. Our research laboratories include our Signal Processing Design Lab; Image and Vision Processing Lab; White Space Radio Testbed, IoT Test Facility, and RF anechoic room.

Contact us

Scholarship application queries: Ms Lynn Gilmour, PGT Admissions & Student Support on or tel: +44 (0)141 548 2170

Academic queries: Professor Robert Stewart, Course Director on   

How to apply

Applicants must have submitted an application and hold an offer for the MSc 5G Advanced Communications degree before they can be considered for one of the funded places. Nominations are made by the Department on the basis of academic merit, professional and personal achievements, as detailed in the MSc application.

Apply online for the MSc 5G Advanced Communications