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Telecommunications Engineering MSc

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October 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,700 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Purav Shah
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We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

Telecommunications engineering is a combination of electrical engineering and computer science. It 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 this course has been designed to meet the growing demand for skilled graduates.

Why study MSc Telecommunications Engineering at Middlesex University?

This course provides a thorough understanding of modern and future communication systems and offers the opportunity to develop relevant practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to be at the forefront of the rapidly evolving telecommunications sector where the demand for skilled graduates is very high.

Our strong links with industry have allowed us to develop a practically focused course, which is essential to the needs of the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. We work with companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, and we are a Cisco local academy – meaning you will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops. The department is very active in cutting-edge research and you will be encouraged to learn, explore and work within our award-winning technology centre and telecoms laboratories. The labs are equipped with specialist hardware from National Instruments (NI), including the industry standard NI- USRP reconfigurable radio platform, and software such as MATLAB & Simulink, Cisco Packet Tracer, Riverbed Modeller, and EDX Signal Pro.

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 final project. We are very closely linked to our alumni students who have been employed in the UK and abroad with companies like BT, Amelco Ltd, Alcatel-Lucent, ZS Associates, Symphony Teleca, and F5 Networks.

Course highlights

  • You will be taught by experts in diverse areas of research with contributions at international conferences and publications in journals
  • Middlesex University is an official Cisco Academy and as part of your studies, you'll have the chance to work towards a Cisco CCNA professional certification
  • The course is suitable for both recent graduates and IT/Engineering professionals who wish to further their knowledge
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

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What will you study on the MSc Telecommunications Engineering?

As well as developing technical skills, you will also focus on the non-engineering aspects of telecoms engineering, such as policy and management, and professional, social, ethical, legal and global issues. You'll explore routing, internetworking, usability, clustering and IP addressing as well as modulation and demodulation techniques, channel coding and decoding, fibre-optic communications and multiuser communication systems. You will also use MATLAB and Simulink to simulate remote environments where connectivity is difficult.

What will you gain?

In addition to an in-depth understanding of this subject, you will gain the ability to use mathematical and statistical tools to evaluate networks and assess their performance. You'll be equipped with the knowledge about data networks and digital transmission systems, in particular their design, construction, testing, management, programming and usability. You will also be able to develop commercially viable network applications, understand threats to security, and implement protective measures.

  • Modules

    • Computer Networks and Internetworking (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Data Communication and Information Theory (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Digital Transmission Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Mobile Communications (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Broadband Technologies and Fibre Optics (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      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).

    • Telecommunication Security (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Project Research and Communication Skills - Compulsory

      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.

    • Postgraduate Project in Computer and Communication Engineering (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      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 can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc Telecommunications Engineering degree taught?

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.

For your independent project you will plan, conduct and produce a piece of original research relevant to the industry which could take the form of designing a new kind of telecommunication network or investigating network security in SDN/NFV environments. You will be assessed through a written thesis and a viva voce.

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How can the MSc Telecommunications Engineering support your career?

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills and personal qualities required to support your career profile in the telecommunications field. Well qualified telecoms engineering graduates are in high demand and as a graduate, you will be able to pursue careers involving in:

  • Design and development of the latest communication networks
  • Maintenance, upgrade and validation of existing telecommunications infrastructure
  • Research in Wireless Communications and Networking

You will also be ideally placed to explore a variety of roles such as Wireless Professional (LTE/Advanced-LTE/5G), Smart Monitoring Graduate Engineer (IoT), Technology Analyst, Application Analyst, Technical Support Engineer/Consulting Engineer or Software Engineer. The majority of our graduates are in roles directly related to their studies and working in programming, telecommunications engineering, and network management.

Equally, you may wish to pursue a career in academia or do further research. You could also consider starting your own business.

Our graduates have gone onto achieve many successes since leaving Middlesex and a number have even started working for such companies as:

  • IBM
  • L'Oréal
  • Hutchinson 3G
  • Halcrow Group
  • Cyberspace Network
  • AK Electronics
  • One Hundred Computers
  • Pilat Media
  • F5 Networks

It is anticipated that a senior networking engineer can earn around £45-50k per year and further experienced engineers can earn more than £65k per year.

Dr Huan Nguyen
Associate Professor

Dr Huan Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Communication and Networks with vast experience in state of the art Disaster Recovery Networks and Machine-type communications in 5G.

Dr Tuan Le

Dr Tuan Le is a Lecturer in Wireless Communications with significant contribution to the area of optimisation in 5G networks.

Dr Purav Shah
Senior Lecturer

Dr Purav Shah is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Networks with experience in Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M solutions and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

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