Communications Networks and Software MSc – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: February 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 5 years

Start date: October 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 5 years

Why choose this course

As society and technology evolve, we’re placing greater demands on the internet. Both traditional and up-and-coming telecommunications infrastructures continue to migrate to this platform in various forward-thinking ways. This means there’s a growing demand for skilled graduates who can develop and support mobile networks and future internet services. You could become one of these tech pioneers by studying this course.

On this MSc, you’ll benefit from the experts in our 5G/6G Innovation Centre (5G/6GIC), who are spearheading change in the exciting race to the next generation of communications networks.

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What you will study

On this MSc, you’ll learn the core aspects of mobile networks and the changing internet environment. You’ll gain insight into the advances in next generation 5G/6G mobile networks, continuous evolution of internet technologies that are typically driven by software.

You’ll complete an MSc project, which can encompass experiments conducted in our pioneering testing facilities. These include the unique on-campus mobile network testing infrastructure at 5G/6GIC, which is a fully functional academic 5G network test site.

There’s also scope to explore a variety of other topics, such as future internet technologies, 5G/6G mobile networking, and network ‘service’ management and control, as well as emerging network services like broadband and 'internet of things’ applications.

Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.

Research

Through your project, you’ll have the unique opportunity to participate in the research and innovation activities carried out in the Institute for Communication Systems, home of the 5G/6G Innovation Centre. Your work could lead to research contributions, patents or publications. Core material is taught by staff engaged in hands-on research, including 5G/6G networking and management, ‘internet of things’ and web services.

Professional recognition

MSc - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities available to you in the communications sector. Industrial companies such as Huawei and CGI have recruited our skilled graduates to support mobile networks and future internet services.

Academic year structure

If you’re studying this course full-time, you’ll study eight modules across the year – four in each semester. During the first semester, you’ll also apply for and agree on a project with an academic supervisor and begin initial work on the project before working on it full-time after the end of the second semester. From that point, you’ll have approximately two and a half months to complete the work and write up your dissertation.

You can also study this MSc part-time, taking between two and five years. The length depends on how many modules you study each year. You can study between two and six modules each year. We recommend part-time students work on their project in their final year of study when all eight modules have either been completed or are near completion.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in communication engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, electronic engineering, information and communication technologies, computer science or telecommunication engineering, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don’t meet these requirements.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

Fees

Start date: February 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£10,900
Overseas
£23,100

Part-time - 5 years

UK
£1,200*
Overseas
£2,500*

Start date: October 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

Part-time - 5 years

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed
* per 15 credits

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • If you are on an unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown is per 15 credits for the 2023-24 academic year
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: Costs may be incurred associated with the purchase of writing paper and associated stationery.

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our Charter, Statutes, Ordinances, Policies, Regulations and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/2023 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

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Stag Hill

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