BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Wireless Communication Systems

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements.

The effects of this trend has seen a growing overlap between the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration, and the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

This distinctive course, developed with the support of industry, aims to develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks. You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest innovations in this field.

You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest industry innovations and needs. The MSc programme incorporates theory and practice and covers all aspects of a modern communication system ranging from RF components, digital signal processing, network technologies and wireless security and examines new wireless standards.

Programme description

The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements.

The effects of this trend has seen a growing overlap between the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration, and the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

This distinctive course, developed with the support of industry, aims to develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks. You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest innovations in this field.

You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest industry innovations and needs. The MSc programme incorporates theory and practice and covers all aspects of a modern communication system ranging from RF components, digital signal processing, network technologies and wireless security and examines new wireless standards.

Key Modules

With telecoms companies such as T-Mobile, Orange, Vodafone and O2, making their largest profits from mobile and fixed networks, the flourishing marketplace has created high demand for trained, skilled engineers. The connectionless office, flexible working practices, the continuing trend of convergence of services and networks are all creating growing opportunities for comms engineers specialising in:

  • Radio and network planning for mobile and broadcasting networks
  • Wireless security applications
  • Satellite and GPS networks
  • Mobility management in mobile networks
  • Smart communication systems in smart grids
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Radio over fibre networks
  • DSP hardware/software and device drivers development for communication systems
  • Wireless healthcare applications
  • Machine to machine communication applications.
Module & Subject

Typical Modules

Advanced Digital Communications
This module introduces students to more advanced topics in digital communication systems and to provide you with up-to-date knowledge of the techniques used in digital communication systems including OFDM, WCDMA and MIMO.

Network Design and Management
Introduces the models and algorithms associated with network design and management, and provides a practical understanding of design principles.

DSP for Communications
Enables you to successfully map DSP algorithms (FFT, CDMA, OFDM, FIR filters) used in wireless communication systems to an advanced digital system such as a digital signal processor (DSP) or field programmable gate arrays (FPGA).

Wireless Network Technologies
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the design and operation of wireless networks through concepts, terminologies, performance analysis and industrial standards (WiFi, LTE-Adwanced, WiMAX, DVB-T2).

Communications Network Security
Introduces the advanced theory that enables what is achievable through the use of cryptography and presents the practical techniques and algorithms that are currently important for efficient and secure communication over wireless networks.

Research Methods
Instils principles of good research practice and enables you to conduct scientifically-robust research and raising your awareness of engineering quality issues, environmental and health and safety risks. The module also helps develop your understanding of how research and development drives innovation in a business context and the mechanisms to protect intellectual property.

Radio and Optical Communication Systems
Covers advanced topics in radio (antennas, RF amplifiers, link budget analysis, satellite communications) and optical communications, which allow you to follow the most recent technologies in the field.

Project Control and Management

This module aims to introduce students to projects and project management, projects in organisations, project selection, project management leadership, team working, project planning, scheduling and resource allocation, project optimisation using linear programming and project monitoring and control.

Project & Dissertation

The dissertation is a stimulating and challenging part of the MSc programme. It provides the opportunity to apply your knowledge from the taught part of the course and to specialise in one aspect, developing your understanding and expertise in your chosen area.

You can carry out your project within the University or in the industry. For company-sponsored students, projects are related to the company’s present and future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to recruitment of the students by the sponsoring companies.

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER