Taught course

Communications and Signal Processing

Imperial College London · Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

Our academic entry requirement is the equivalent of a UK 1st class honours degree in Electrical Engineering or a related subject. We would usually be looking for a high 1st class honours with a final year mark of 75%.

Months of entry


Course content

The communication and processing of signals are closely intertwined and together provide the basis of modern information engineering. Areas of application are in telephone, broadcast and computer communication, in robotic vision, audio and video recording, radar and sonar detection, biomedical signal processing, medical imaging and remote sensing.

During the Autumn (October-December) and Spring (January-April) terms you will take four compulsory core modules, and four or five optional modules. These divide into two streams: one in communication engineering,and one in signal processing. The modules include coursework and laboratory work. You will take eight or nine written exams, on the modules you have studied, in the Summer term (May-June). Eight of the examined marks will be counted; the four compulsory modules, and the four optional modules with the best results.

You will also undertake an individual research project which will occupy three months part-time (January to March) and four months full-time (June to Stepember). Your project is carried out within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, and supervised by staff from relevant areas, principally from the Communications and Signal Processing Research Group, but also from other research groups subject to approval by the Course Director. The research subject is agreed with the supervisor in February, and work commences immediately on a part time basis. Your project will be assessed by a dissertation and oral presentation. Your report will be read and marked by two academic staff, and vetted by the external examiner.

The course is a full-time one year course, which runs from October-September. The course is not available are a part-time course, or as a distance learning or on-line learning course.

Students who successfully complete the course are awarded a Master's of Science (MSc).

Further information about the course and application process

Information for international students

OVERSEAS applicants should check the general guidance on how qualifications awarded by overseas institutions satisfy the College's minimum academic requirements.entry requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,000 (2015-16)
International students
£27,100 (2015-16)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Ms Kay Hancox
020 7594 6166