Why choose this course
Mobile and satellite technology keeps us connected, helping to propel and coordinate the modern world that we know and sometimes take for granted. Our course will directly involve you with the exciting research and innovation that’s continuously evolving in this field.
At Surrey, we’re recognised all over the world for our influential work in satellite communications, broadcasting, terrestrial mobile networks and the internet. These are essential components of communication, and pillars of modern life and modern business.
On this MSc, you’ll be taught by academics and researchers with extensive practical experience and theoretical expertise.
What you will study
Mobile communications provide terrestrial coverage in densely populated areas, while satellite communications enable wireless communication in regions where mobile networking is less cost-effective.
Our MSc will give you an in-depth understanding of the engineering aspects of these important contemporary technologies and their exciting future.
With valuable links to major satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers, we’re proud to be a major hub for the latest research in communications technology.
Surrey’s also home to the internationally recognised 5G/6G Innovation Centre (5G/6GIC). Founded by major contributors to the UK’s mobile industry, its purpose is to explore the creation of mobile communications and wireless technology that meets the needs of an increasingly digital world.
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.
Technical characteristics of the pathway
Our MSc explores the importance of mobile telephones, mobile data communications and satellite communications as complementary technologies.
You’ll gain a detailed knowledge of both the fundamentals and advanced concepts involved in communications and 3G, 4G, 5G and 6G mobile technology, satellite communications and networking.
The course material is complemented by study in areas such as mobile applications and web services, mobile app software development, RF design, the ‘internet of things’ and network management.
Teaching materials and projects are closely aligned with research being completed by the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS).
Surrey’s ICS has a long-standing history of more than 25 years of research experience in land mobile satellite communications. The Institute is home to the 5G/6G Innovation Centre, a facility with more than £80 million worth of investment from government and industry. This was set up for tomorrow’s connected society and digital economy.
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.
Our graduates have progressed to working in large mobile or satellite companies including:
Academic year structure
If you’re studying this course full-time, you’ll study eight modules across the year – four in each semester. You will work on your project full time during the summer period for approximately two and a half months, whilst prior to that during semester time you will work on the initial stages of the project part time and complete an interim report. This means that if you begin your course in February, you will complete your project in between the two semesters, while if you begin your course in September, you will complete your project after the two semesters.
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 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:
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 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.
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, physics 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries.
Start date: February 2023
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 5 years
Start date: October 2023
Full-time - 1 year
- To be confirmed
- To be confirmed
Part-time - 5 years
- To be confirmed
- To be confirmed
- 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.
There are associated costs with this course:
Books/stationery/admin: Costs may be incurred associated with the purchase of writing paper and associated stationery.
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.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
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.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. 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 our full disclaimer.