Telecommunications engineering is a combination of electrical engineering and computer science, and covers the design, installation and maintenance of networks and equipment, allowing for the interconnectivity of devices and people. It's one of the world's most rapidly developing industries and our course has been designed to meet the growing demand for skilled graduates.
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 lab, called Senso LAB, which attracts researchers from far and wide – we're currently hosting three professors and a research fellow from two Italian universities.
As well as technical skills, this course 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, fibre-optic 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/4G systems, learn to implement voice-over IP systems, work with NI-USRP software-defined radio for physical layer signalling and design and deploy a simulated network.
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 degree, 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 MIMO systems to investigating the quality of service in 4G networks or network security in SDN/NFV environments. Students have recently chosen to investigate the 802.11p medium access control model for vehicular ad-hoc networks (VANET) using OMNET++, the impact of handover on the energy consumption of a mobile device in an LTE environment, and the implementation of an OpenFlow switch for SDN using Raspberry-PI. 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 a viva voce.
The purpose of this module is to provide students with a systematic understanding of the concepts, protocols and standards for computer networks and internetworking, used in current and future communication infrastructures. Students will be provided with critical insights and practical experience of the essential tools used for monitoring, managing and evaluating computer networks.
The purpose of this module is to provide an exposure to the fundamentals of data communications and relate it to current essential applications like voice over IP (VoIP), data streaming, etc.
It is also essential to relate how Quality of Service (QoS) parameters affect such applications. It is essential to understand theoretical concepts of information in order to understand the nature of information being transmitted over modern networks.
Students will be introduced to the rapidly evolving technology of digital networks and to the analysis and design of digital communication systems through in-depth discussion of modern technological advances. Students will also be able to learn and apply analytical skills to perform system performance analysis and verify the theory with practical observations through simulation and laboratory experiences.
The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive technical foundation of the mobile communication systems and wireless network products, services, design, operations and applications of various radio access technologies. Part I of the course deals with the fundamental aspects of signals in communication systems. Part II is concerned with the concept of cellular systems and application aspects of second, third and next generation cellular mobile systems. Part III is concerned with other wireless technology systems and networks such as Wireless LAN and Bluetooth. Part IV covers the mobility aspects in Wireless Communications and wireless ad-hoc networks.
This module covers the technologies involved in the design and construction of transport networks. This includes backbone technologies such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Synchronous Optical Networks (SONET), Multi Protocol Label Switching and Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON).
This module covers various issues relating to the security of Telecommunication Systems including vulnerabilities, threats, risks and counter measures. Telecommunication System security is discussed in the context of Standards, protocols and frameworks. Techniques for securing communications are also examined.
This module aims to facilitate students' understanding of designing, planning and conducting applied research. The module encourages students to apply and test theory and to contribute to applications, with the aim of enhancing students' ability to handle data for problem solving and evaluation. The module provides the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues in computer communications.
This project gives students the opportunity to use a combination of general and specialist computer and communications engineering knowledge and understanding to apply an existing or emerging technology to the solution of a practical problem, or to contribute to the theoretical understanding of new and advancing technology. The project will also enable students to demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
You will attend interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and computer laboratory sessions, and work on practical activities and case studies, which will develop your analysis and problem-solving skills. You will do research and design work, produce written reports, give presentations and take part in group discussions and group work. You will supplement all this with your own independent study, including online study.
You will be assessed through exams, tests, practical assignments, including laboratory work, your research project and other coursework, including projects, essays, reports, case study analyses and presentations.
Some assessed work will be group work. You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed coursework and your exams.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
The practical, professional training they receive makes our students popular with employers, and many are in work within three months of graduating or even before they finish the course.The varied range of roles your studies will prepare you for include telecoms engineer; technical communications or applications engineer; network engineer, administrator, security analyst or manager; programmer; penetration tester and technologist. With more than 6.8 billion mobile phones in use across the world, telecoms engineering graduates are very sought after by companies of all sizes in all sectors, from media to electronics to education.The EU estimates that there are 700,000 unfilled IT jobs across the continent, and predicts that this number will increase by three per cent each year, while the number of suitably qualified graduates shrinks.
Some graduates from our computer communications department have founded their own companies. Others have held roles as diverse as director, network administrator, training specialist, systems dispenser, business analysis manager and lecturer, or worked in programming, telecommunications engineering or network management, with employers including IBM, L'Oréal, the Halcrow Group, Cyberspace Network, AK Electronics, One Hundred Computers, Pilat Media and F5 Networks. Further study is also a popular choice.
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, data collection and interpretation, communication, presentation and teamwork skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
Our graduates are employed in various areas such as telecom lead, technology consultants, network management/administration and programming. Here's a selection of profiles of our alumni and what they have been up to since completing the Telecommunications Engineering programme at Middlesex University.
Justin Oommen graduated in 2013 and started working as a Wireless Professional in LTE at Symphony Teleca, Bengaluru, India.
Kanu Ugar graduated in 2013 and held several positions in the telecom industry in Nigeria. Currently working as a Transmission Engineer at Jemims Tech and Telecom, Nigeria.
Salim Ramjean graduated in 2014 and is currently working as a CPE Smart Monitoring Graduate Engineer at BT in UK. Prior to that he was a research and innovation graduate engineer at BT, UK.
Tarang Singal graduated in 2014 and is currently working as a Technology Analyst at ZS Associates, Gurgaon, India.Karl Jahn Ogandohas been offered a
Linux Sys Admin/Applications Development Supportrole at Amelco Ltd., London, based on his MSc academic achievements, prior to his graduation.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc Telecommunications Engineering
This course is offered full-time or part-time. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students £8,500
Part-time per taught credit £57
Part-time per dissertation credit £28
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part-time study are shown here as a guide.