The MSc in Broadband Networks will give you an excellent understanding of broadband systems and their integration and application in the commercial world. The content has been designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of modern wireless and fixed-line broadband communication networks.
You will have the opportunity to use and develop your skills on industry-standard tools. You will also benefit from our close links with the many international communications companies located in the area. Graduates from the course have the skills to pursue careers in many areas of the telecommunications and wider IT industries.
Teaching is based in our purpose-designed engineering building on the Wheatley Campus.
Our communication technology courses are rooted in real-world and industry-relevant experiences. They give students the opportunity to develop the advanced skills and knowledge needed to pursue successful careers in their chosen fields.
You will be joining a department with a diverse and truly international postgraduate community. Students from many countries around the world study with us. Their contribution helps ensure our courses reflects the global reach of modern communication technologies. The universal nature of the technical skills developed in our programmes means our courses are of equal relevance to both new graduates and those with many years of industrial experience.
Our MSc students come from all over the world and follow careers in many countries after their graduation. They are engaged in activities such as 3G network design, WiMax and LTE roll-out, handset compliance, DVB-H planning, communications software development and university lecturing. Many of them have commented on how the course content and training enabled their careers to flourish.
Full-time: 1 year (12 months)
Part-time: 2 years
The course provides detailed coverage of wireless wide area mobile networks including 2G, 3G, LTE and WiMax technologies. Also covered in detail are local area Wi-Fi networks together with other high data rate wireless technologies which support developments in fields such as sensor networks and personal area networking. The course incorporates the use of professional network monitoring and design tools such as Ranopt, Asset3G and Opnet.
Allied to the work on wireless communications is detailed coverage of fixed line, high-speed, multiservice converged networks for both local and wide area systems. This includes modern DSL and optical fibre networks which can be tested and designed within our new laboratory facilities equipped with multiple fibre networks and design software such as OptSim.
Our computer network laboratories are extensively equipped with Cisco switches, routers and security devices to facilitate the design of both local and wide area networks.
To qualify for a masters degree, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (50 credits) and a module on research and study methods (10 credits).
For the taught part of your course, you will take three modules in Semester 1 (September to December) and three more in Semester 2 (January to May). This makes up two-thirds of your studies. Part-time students normally take four modules in their first year and two in their second year.
In Semester 1 you take two compulsory modules and one optional module.
* Wireless Systems (compulsory) studies the transmission and system requirements needed to establish wireless links in point to point, mesh and broadcast personal, local and wide area wireless networks.
* Network Principles (compulsory) introduces the principles and practice of computer networking, with an emphasis on data communications and local area network technologies and design.
* Object-Oriented Programming covers the principles of programming and object orientation, giving you the opportunity to apply these using an object oriented programming language.
* Digital Mobile Communications introduces the principles and techniques of 2G mobile communications with particular emphasis on GSM networks. It covers infrastructure, protocols, multiplexing technologies, signalling, call set-up, data structures, system design and environmental considerations.
* Digital Communications covers the principles and techniques of digital communications with particular emphasis on their applications in mobile and wireless networks.
In Semester 2 you take two compulsory modules and one optional module.
* Broadband Wireless Networks (compulsory) covers the latest broadband personal, local and wide area wireless networks, including network technology, protocols and implementation.
* Optical & Broadband Networks (compulsory) describes the operational principles of optical fibre communication systems and examines how optical networks are used to provide the next generation broadband infrastructure.
* High Speed Mobile Communications examines the technology behind the third generation of mobile communication systems which offer services such as mobile internet and video in addition to voice and message/data communications.
* Programming Mobile Devices covers the current and emerging mobile technologies, giving you experience of developing software applications for mobile devices using appropriate programming languages and tools.
* Multiservice Networks covers the principles of multiservice network design and technology, illustrating these with case studies including state-of-the-art practice.
* Computer & Network Security covers the technological and human issues involved in securing and assessing the security level of modern networked computer systems, as well as looking at digital forensics.
As courses are reviewed regularly, the list of taught modules you choose from may vary from the list here.
You also take:
* Research and Study Methods, which covers research skills, planning and management techniques and provides guidance on the analysis and technical presentation you will need for your dissertation. This is taken in Semester 1.
* The MSc Dissertation is an individual research and development project that allows you to study a topic of your choice in depth, guided by your supervisor. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. You start your dissertation in Semester 2, continuing over the summer period.
Part-time students normally take these modules in their second year.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.