Satellite Communications

Key information

Start date:
08 April 2024
Attendance dates:

08, 09, 10, 11, 12 April 2024

Time commitment:
35 hours plus
Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:


This popular and intensive course will provide you with an in-depth background of satellite communication techniques, modern satellite multiple access, modulation and coding schemes, as well as providing an update on key emerging technologies and future systems.

    Over the past few years, delegates have benefited from working in the project groups. The project presentations on the last day are always one of the course highlights!

    We are running  this course face to face with some project work taking place in the evenings.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal for engineers practising within the satellite communications field or for those in allied fields requiring an update in this area.

    Pre-Requirements. Important

    As part of the course delegates will be expected to do small group design projects for which they will need to do calculations requiring either a calculator with trigonometric functions or an excel spread sheet on a laptop. The laptop will be needed for powerpoint presentations at the end of the week.

    The course material will provide the background and all the necessary design equations for the projects. Delegates should ideally have an engineering or computer science qualification or industrial background with relevant experience. 

    The projects will be communications based, and thus if delegates do not have knowledge of digital communications they may wish to consult a textbook on the subject prior to attending the course.


    The project presentation is a very good exercise for team building… I appreciate all staff’s sincere efforts and contributions… A very enjoyable course, held at a very nice facility… Generally a very good course that provides quite a comprehensive and detailed introduction... Would strongly recommend to others.

    Comment from previous student

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, you will be have knowledge of:

    • Link budgets and planning
    • Modulation, coding and multiple access
    • Digital audio/video broadcasting
    • Satellite personal communication systems
    • Satellite networking
    • Plus a good all round idea of current and emerging systems and technologies for the future.

    Because the course also gives emphasis to the theoretical aspects of the subject you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the field. Consequently you will be better placed to apply your knowledge to the workplace.

    Course content

    Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

    Learning and teaching methods

    Learning and teaching methods include the following:

    • Lectures to provide the fundamental knowledge
    • Class discussion to encourage interaction and participation.


    There is no assessment for those who take this as an individual short course.

    Course leader

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    Professor Barry Evans

    Professor-Information Systems Engineering

    Course contributors

    Daryll Jones

    Airbus - Course Lecturer

    Farbod Kayhan profile image

    Dr Farbod Kayhan

    Lecturer in Satellite Communications

    Ben Moores

    Course Lecturer - One Web

    Mark Posen

    Course Lecturer - RPC Telecommunications

    Patrick Sharkey

    Course Lecturer - Inmarsat

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    Professor Zhili Sun

    Professor of Communication Networking

    Phil Wadey

    Course Lecturer - Airbus

    Simon Watts

    Course Lecturer - Avanti

    Alex de Silva Curiel

    Course lecturer - SSTL

    Entry requirements

    Suitable for early-career professionals and graduates. Some prior knowledge of communications and an engineering background is required.

    Recognition of prior learning

    This course will require an undergraduate degree level of understanding of telecommunications systems.

    Fees and funding

    Price per person:


    IET members: Early bird rate*


    Standard Early bird rate*


    For all bookings made after 8 March 2024

    Rate of £1,800 per person applies for bookings of two or more people from the same organisation

    What these fees include

    For the face to face course: Lunch, refreshments and course notes which will be provided in electronic format


    How to apply

    If you are interested in attending this course, then please email Barbara Steel at to register your interest.

    Terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood our privacy notice.

    • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee.
    • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.
    • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
    • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040.
    • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
    • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
    • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.
    • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.
    • Proof of payment.
    • Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.


    This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

    Course location and contact details

    Campus location

    Stag Hill

    Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

    Barbara Steel Faculty Continuing Education Manager

    University of Surrey
    Surrey GU2 7XH