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Communications and Signal Processing MSc

This MSc equips you with the theory and practice necessary to begin a career as a design or development engineer in communications and signal processing.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


This is a unique degree. You'll benefit from our research strengths in communications, and digital signal processing.

Course highlights include:

  • all major disciplines in communications engineering and signal analysis methodology
  • the comprehensive treatment of advanced communication systems from theoretical and practical approaches
  • innovative educational techniques designed to equip you with practical knowledge
  • design skills and research methodologies
  • you will develop transferable skills in research and knowledge acquisition

Our MSc Science Communication and Signal Processing degree is designed for both practising professionals and graduates in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • computer engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • communications, information and control engineering
  • electronics
  • information and science technology


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What you'll learn

Through compulsory modules you'll learn:

  • the fundamentals of multimedia systems and image processing
  • the main elements of the imaging and vision hierarchy. These include image acquisition, enhancement, analysis, compression and coding standards
  • advanced topics in wired and wireless communications networks and security, their evolution and impacts on modern society
  • modern communication networks and technologies, transmission and switching
  • issues relating to modern telecommunications systems, protocols, flow and error control
  • security and encryption and their importance in modern communication systems
  • the principles of wireless and broadband communication networks
  • recent developments in cellular mobile systems and access technology through consideration of the main international standards and multiple access systems currently in service world-wide
  • fundamental concepts of multimodality sensing, data acquisition and their applications including data fusion and visualisation
  • detailed knowledge of the simulation techniques for communications systems and other signal processing problems
  • in-depth knowledge of the architecture of DSP devices and communications hardware
  • emerging methods for the manipulation and analysis of single, multi-dimensional and random signals. You'll also learn how to conduct case studies in biomedical and healthcare applications
  • discrete-time signal processing algorithms and approaches to measure deterministic and random signals in frequency domain. You'll also learn how to apply this knowledge to the design appropriate digital filters according to the application


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

The course is delivered by the School of Engineering. The School has an established programme of research seminars. These are delivered by guest speakers from academia and industry. They provide excellent insights into a wide variety of engineering research. This course will enable you to:

  • access world leading research in signal processing and communications
  • gain more experience of industrial context with applications
  • have more flexibility and choice in your future career
  • receive an enhanced educational experience

Professional skills

Effective communication is an important skill for the modern professional engineer. This course includes sessions to help develop your ability, through:

  • formal guidance sessions dedicated to good practice in report writing
  • through oral/poster presentations of project work

Your future

Graduate destinations

On completing the course, many students progress into employment as design and development engineers in telecommunications and digital signal processing areas or onto a higher research degree.

Industry links

Our close links with industry and graduates provide you with a network allowing you to enhance your employability.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Engineering has a suite of world-class research and teaching laboratories. These have the latest electronic instruments and computer aided design software for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices.

The facilities are among the most advanced of their type. This enables us to join the global race to develop ambient intelligence systems involving tiny sensors and computing devices embedded in much of what we use.

Stephenson Building

The Stephenson Building is a £110 million investment in world-class education, research and collaboration across Engineering. It’s a place for future engineers, researchers and designers to collaborate and tackle global challenges, together.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

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