A combination of electrical engineering and computer science, telecoms engineering covers the design, installation and maintenance of the networks and equipment which allow people to use phones and the internet. It's one of the world's most rapidly developing industries, moving at an almost breakneck speed in the last 15 years. Our course has been designed to meet the growing demand for skilled graduates.
Why study MSc Telecoms Engineering at Middlesex?
Our strong links with companies like Microsoft and Siemens have enabled us to develop a practically-focused course which is highly relevant to the needs of the industry and right up-to-date with the latest technology and developments. If you're not already in work, you'll have the option of doing a placement for up to 12 weeks, during which you'll work on your independent research project.
We are very proud of our award-winning technology centre and our telecoms laboratories, built specially for this course. The labs are equipped with specialist software from National Instruments, including six PXIs which we've used to build our own GSM network, telecoms trainer kits, IP telephones and software including MATLAB, Simulink, Cisco Packet Tracer, OPNET and Modeller 17.0.We also have our own WSN, called Senso LAB, which attracts researchers from far and wide – we're currently hosting three professors and a research fellow from two Italian universities.
The department is very active in cutting-edge research. Recent notable areas we have been investigating include the use of vehicles as wifi base stations; wireless sensor networks; MIMO, LTE and LTE Advanced; vertical handover in heterogeneous networks; authentication standards, cryptography, access control methods and IPSec; modelling; and the Internet of Things.
Our staff are experts in many different fields and include senior lecturer Huan Hguyen, a former research engineer at Vietnam Television, and Aboubaker Lasebae, a former design engineer at the Research and Development Centre in Tripoli. The course's global focus and appeal force us to be constantly innovating so we can stay ahead of our top students!
As part of your studies, you'll have the opportunity to work towards a Cisco CCNA professional certification, worth £1,600 and considered the gold standard in the networking industry.
The course is accredited by the British Computer Society for both Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) status. This means that on graduation, you'll have fulfilled the academic requirements for achieving those titles, though you'll need to complete further professional development.
You can start your studies in either September or January.
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
As well technical skills, the course also deals with the non-engineering aspects of telecoms engineering, such as policy and management, and professional, social, ethical, legal and global issues.
During eight compulsory modules you'll learn about data networks and digital transmission systems: their design, construction, testing, management, programming and usability, as well as threats to security and protective measures. You'll look at routing, internetworking, usability, clustering and IP addressing; modulation and demodulation techniques, channel coding and decoding, fibreoptic communications and multiuser communication systems, using MATLAB and Simulink to simulate remote environments where connectivity is difficult. You'll look at the suitability of networks for particular applications, and the implications of different modes of operation, and will learn to develop commercially viable network applications. You'll do practical work on 3G and 4G systems, learn to implement voiceover IP systems and design and deploy a simulated network, an opportunity you'll have at few other universities.
You'll learn to use mathematical and statistical tools to evaluate networks and assess their performance, so the course will improve your mathematical skills as well as your problem-solving, communication, time-management and critical abilities.
A major part of the course, worth a third of your overall mark, is your independent project. You'll produce a piece of original research that's relevant to the industry: anything from designing a new kind of telecommunication network or an equalisation scheme for an MIMO, to investigating the quality of service in 3G and 4G networks or security in GSM networks. You can choose your own topic or we can recommend one: recent areas students have chosen to investigate have included the 802.11 medium access control model for regular access ad-hoc networks using OMNET++, interference cancellation in heterogeneous networks, and path loss verification for WSNs. The research methods module covers research techniques, data collection and analysis, academic writing, referencing and citation, and how to develop a research proposal. You'll present your project through a written thesis and an oral exam.
Computer Networks and Internetworking (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Data Communication and Information Theory (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Digital Transmission Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Mobile Communications (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Broadband Technologies and Fibre Optics (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Telecommunication Security (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Project Research and Communication Skills - Compulsory
Postgraduate Project in Computer and Communication Engineering (60 Credits) - Compulsory
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A minimum of a lower second-class Honours degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification in Computer Science or in a Science or Engineering subject. Candidates with other degrees but with relevant work experience will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. .
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
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