Why choose this course
Growing accessibility to video streaming has radically transformed the modern world.
At Surrey, we are recognised for our internationally pioneering research in multimedia signal processing, machine learning and communications. If you’re interested in these fields, and want to receive up-to-date training in emerging technologies, our MSc in Mobile Media Communications will equip you with skills and knowledge that are highly valued by prospective employers.
Your learning will be informed by the latest developments in 5G technology being researched in our 5G Innovation Centre, and multimedia signal processing in our Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing.
What you will study
The distribution of media content relies on layers of sophisticated signal processing. It’s at the heart of all multimedia systems which can handle images, video, speech and audio.
Our MSc in Mobile Media Communications explores the intricacies and nuances surrounding the transmission and distribution of audio and video content. We place particular emphasis on networking and data compression and the foundations of pattern recognition.
Our course also covers the core details of mobile communication systems, so that you can understand and learn whole systems.
Surrey’s specialist knowledge of both image and sound processing and communication systems is supported by two strong research centres that have renowned, forward-thinking expertise in the field.
Facilities, equipment and support
A number of the modules you’ll study on this course are complemented by software-based laboratory sessions. From these, you’ll complete your coursework. This is an important part of your course, enhancing your knowledge in preparation for the written examinations.
We provide computing support for any specialised software required during the course, for example MATLAB. The Faculty’s student common room is also covered by the University’s open-access wireless network, which makes it a very popular location for individual and group work using laptops and mobile devices.
Specialist experimental and research facilities, for computationally-demanding projects or those requiring specialist equipment, are provided by the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing.
Surrey’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has two pioneering research centres supporting this course and student projects. The Institute for Communication Systems has over 100 researchers and is home to the internationally renowned 5G Innovation Centre. The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing has over 25 years of research experience in signal processing for image, video and speech recognition and data transmission.
Study and work abroad
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.
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 wide access to the media, communications and broadcasting industries, where demand is high for skilled engineers in signal processing.
Academic year structure
If you’re studying this course full-time, you will study eight modules across the year – four in each semester. During the first semester, you will 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 Semester 2. From that point, you will have approximately two and a half months to complete the work and write up your dissertation.
You can also study this course 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 or 60 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 course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies, Mathematics or Telecommunication Engineering, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
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 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.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 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 2020-21 academic year. The fee payable in subsequent years will be reviewed annually.
There are associated costs with this course:
- Books/stationery/admin: Costs may be incurred associated with the purchase of writing paper.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
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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. 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 generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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 vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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