Communications Networks and Software MSc

Why choose this course?

We are placing ever-greater demands on the internet, and traditional telecommunication infrastructures are migrating to internet-based architectures and protocols. This programme benefits from the research and innovation of experts in our 5G Innovation Centre, who are leading the world in the race to the next generation of communications networks.

What you will study

Our MSc in Communications Networks and Software covers the key aspects of mobile networks and the changing internet environment - in particular the convergence of computing and advances in next generation 5G mobile and wireless communications underpinned by software-based solutions.

Student projects can encompass experiments based on our cutting-edge testing facilities, including our mobile network testing infrastructure installed on campus part of our 5G Innovation Centre which is expected to develop into the world’s first 5G network test site. There is also scope to explore a wide variety of other topics such as future internet technologies, 5G mobile networking, network management and control, as well as emerging network services such as broadband applications and machine-oriented Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Part-time Oct 2018
MSc Full-time 12 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Professional recognition

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.

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Research

At Surrey, students have the unique opportunity to participate through their project in research and innovation, activities carried out in the Institute for Communication Systems, home of the 5G Innovation Centre. High-quality work can lead to research contributions, patents or publications. Key material is taught by staff actively engaged in research including mobile networking, internet of things and web services.

Graduate prospects

Industries such as Huawei and CGI have recruited and sought skilled graduates from Surrey to support mobile networks and future internet services.

Programme leader

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Our students

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Our graduates

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Discover

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.

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

Timetable

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 course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 in a UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Communication Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Physics, or related discipline. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Recognition of prior learning

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 this applies to you, 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, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and 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. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time Oct 2018 £1,100* £2,300*
Full-time Oct 2018 £9,800 £20,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Funding

Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught masters programme fees.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences 2018 entry

These university-funded scholarships are worth £2,500 - £5,000 for 2018 entry on select MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences departments.

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Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans.

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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.

Contact us

Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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