Surrey is a world-leader in satellite communications, broadcasting, terrestrial mobile networks and the internet: essential components of communication and information infrastructures. This has allowed us to create a masters programme that is delivered by academics and researchers with extensive theoretical expertise and practical experience.
Mobile communications provide terrestrial coverage in densely populated areas, while satellite communications enable wireless communication in regions where mobile networking is not cost-effective.
This masters will give you an in-depth understanding of the engineering aspects of these important current and future technologies.
The University of Surrey has well established contacts with major satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers, and is also a major hub for terrestrial communications research, being home to the world’s largest academic research group specifically in 5G communications. Our state-of-the-art 5G Innovation Centre was founded with key national and international industry players in the communications field, including the UK’s major mobile operators. It is focused on driving the delivery of a mobile communications and wireless connectivity capable of meeting the need of tomorrow's connected society and digital economy.
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|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|MSc||Part-time||60 months||Oct 2018|
|MSc||Full-time||12 months||Oct 2018|
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.
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.
Through consistent investment, we have built up an impressive infrastructure to support our students and researchers. The University of Surrey hosts Surrey Space Centre – a unique facility comprising academics and engineers from our own spin-out company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
Our mission control centre was designed and developed by students to support international CubeSat operations as part of the GENSO network, and it also supports the development of the University’s own educational satellites.
Our teaching laboratories provide ‘hands-on’ experience of satellite design and construction through the use of EyasSAT nano-satellite kits. They also house meteorological satellite receiving stations for the live reception of satellite weather images.
Elsewhere, our fully equipped RF lab has network analyser, signal and satellite link simulators. The Rohde and Schwartz Satellite Networking Laboratory includes DVBS2-RCS generation and measurement equipment, and roof-mounted antennas to communicating live with satellites.
A security test-bed also exists for satellite security evaluation. We have a full range of software support for assignments and project work, including Matlab, and you will be able to access system simulators already built in-house.
Satellite Communications Engineering students can also make use of SatNEX, a European Network of Excellence in satellite communications supported by ESA; a satellite platform exists to link the 22 partners around Europe. This is used for virtual meetings and to participate in lectures and seminars delivered by partners.
Our own spin-out company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, is situated close by on the Surrey Research Park and provides ready access to satellite production and industrial facilities. In addition, we have a strategic relationship with EADS Airbus Europe-wide and several other major communications companies.
This programme in satellite communications engineering. provides detailed in-depth knowledge of theory and techniques applicable to radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineering.
The programme includes core modules in both RF and microwave covering all ranges of wireless frequencies and a number of application devices including radio frequency identification (RFID), broadcasting, satellite links, microwave ovens, printed and integrated microwave circuits.
Additional optional modules enable the student to apply the use of RF and microwave in subsystem design for either mobile communications, satellite communications, nanotechnology or for integration with optical communications.
The teaching material and projects are closely related to the research being carried out in the Department’s Advanced Technology Institute and the Institute for Communication Systems.
Our current research concerns high throughput satellite design with advanced payload techniques. We are also working on mega constellations of satellites and on satellites within 5G, while on the networking side, work focuses on advanced internet over satellite and satellite security systems. Students undertake their projects with the research teams in these areas and learn from specifically tailored modules on these advanced techniques.
Graduates from this course are to be found in most of the key satellite companies and form an active Surrey alumni group. Companies which have employed our graduates include Inmarsat, SES, Eutelsat and Airbus.