Research course

Mobile and Communication Technologies

Open University · Department of Computing

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Next generation (XG) technologies are characterised as intelligent, scaleable, cheap, adaptive, interoperable, reconfigurable and dependable from a safety, privacy and security perspective. For example, next generation TV will offer more views rather than more pixels, greater interactive functionality with on-screen hyperlinks (like web pages) and seamless delivery to notebooks, mobile internet devices and smart phones. Similarly, cognitive radio networks, which are dynamically aware and adapt to their environment, will opportunistically exploit vacant parts of the very congested RF spectrum to provide faster and more robust connectivity. This is the exciting backdrop for the Centre for Research in Computing’s Next Generation Multimedia Technologies Research Group.

Department specialisms

Cognitive radio networks: Femtocells, cross-layer design; Distributed video processing (scaleable multiview coding); Green wireless communications; Intelligent digital signal processing; Mobile ad hoc networks (MANET); RGB-D descriptors in multisensor navigation; Web technologies; Wireless sensor networks; 3D video inpainting; 4th generation/LTE security.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
24 months


full time
48 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Dr Alistair Willis
+44 (0)1908 653846