Taught course

Smart Telecom and Sensing Networks

Aston University · School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Entry requirements

For graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, electronics, electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics or similar. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

On completion, you will be a telecommunication engineer with a broad and interdisciplinary background, and a global vision of your field.

Why choose SMARTNET

  • Study one of engineering’s key multidisciplinary areas of the future
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of a 5G network infrastructure
  • As part of the Erasmus Mundus programme, graduate with two full MSc qualifications
  • Benefit from close relationships with 17 industrial partners

This page is for the non-Erasmus, Aston University only, SMARTNET training pathway, leading to a standard MSc qualification (180 credits).

Alternatively, there is a unique two-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme supported by European Union funding. You will receive training in the interdisciplinary fields of photonics and 5G wireless technologies for data communication, sensing and data processing. Offered jointly by three universities, you’ll benefit from the distinctive and complementary academic qualities, and strong educational and research environments, of each.

In either programme, you will study a range of subjects highly relevant to both industry and society. These will include optical and wireless networks, sensing networks, 5G technologies, photonics networks, digital signal processing and big data methods. As well as being of fundamental academic importance, these are critical subjects for the global future of information and communication technologies.

The strong involvement of industrial partners in the programme will offer you the opportunity to bridge the gap between your academic knowledge and practical application. You will be encouraged to carry out a number of industrial visits to enhance your MSc project.


As a student of the collaborative SMARTNET programme, you will be able to choose to follow one of six pathways:

5G broadband infrastructures Advanced 5G network architectures Energy efficient smart networks High capacity 5G network systems Connectivity technologies for smart network systems Big data analytics and 5G

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students. If you are a UK or EU student, please email pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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