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Telecommunications Engineering MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGH64A
Start
October 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£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 as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below.

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. Access to campus-based facilities will depend on Covid-19 related restrictions in place at the time. In some instances remote access to campus facilities or equivalent online facilities may be used instead.

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. Placements will be dependent on employer availability taking into account any Covid-19 related restrictions.

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. Access to campus-based facilities will depend on Covid-19 related restrictions in place at the time. In some instances remote access to campus facilities or equivalent online facilities may be used instead.

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

We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s information on these updates below.

  • Modules - changes for students in 2020

    • 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.

    • Intelligent Environments and IoT (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to the paradigms of intelligence based networked systems and in particular Internet of Things (IoT), both theoretically and practically. You will be introduced to technology and architectures that create IoT and, more recently, Industry 4.0. that enables intelligent habitation, intelligent building control, smart vehicle technology and industrial processes.

    • 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.

  • Modules - typical course content

    • 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

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. Access to campus-based facilities will depend on Covid-19 related restrictions in place at the time. In some instances remote access to campus facilities or equivalent online facilities may be used instead.

Assessment

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.

We’re planning to deliver our assessment in a similar way to previous years. We will review this regularly, and let you know in advance of your assessment if we need to make any changes.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with larger lectures delivered online and available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes, the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

12 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

28 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

Approx 6 hours

Scenario 2: course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

12 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

28 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

Approx 2-4 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

Approx 12 hours
(shared with 1. Live learning)

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

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
Lecturer

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).



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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