Taught course

Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Computing and Communication Technologies

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree in telecommunications, electronics or a computing-related discipline. If you have relevant professional experience this can also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks course offered by Oxford Brookes is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of modern high-speed telecommunication systems and personal communications.

The course has two main components: 2G - 4G mobile communications, and fixed high-speed and multi-service networks. Emphasis is given to developing essential industrial and commercial skills. The project is a major element of the course and gives you the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by acquiring in-depth knowledge of a key aspect of telecommunications technology.

Graduates from the course have the skills to pursue careers in many areas of the telecommunications and wider IT industries.

To qualify for a master's degree, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises five taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits) and modules on research and study methods and risk/reliability issues (10 credits each). Part-time students normally distribute the work evenly over a two-year period.

Semester 1

In Semester 1 you take two compulsory 20 credit modules (Network Principles and Digital Mobile Communications) and start the Digital Communications module and the two 10 credit modules (these three modules run over semesters 1 and 2).

Digital Mobile Communications (compulsory) introduces the principles and techniques of 2G mobile communications with particular emphasis on GSM networks. It covers infrastructure, protocols, multiplexing technologies, signalling, call set-up, data structures, system design and environmental considerations.

Network Principles (compulsory) introduces the principles and practice of computer networking, with an emphasis on data communications and local area network technologies and design.

Digital Communications (compulsory) covers the principles and techniques of digital communications with particular emphasis on its applications in mobile and wireless networks. Runs over semesters 1 and 2

Research and Study Methods (compulsory), which covers research skills, planning and management techniques and provides guidance on the analysis and technical presentation you will need for your dissertation. Runs over semester 1 and 2.

Risk and Reliability Professional Issues (compulsory), covers risk and reliability concepts and issues relevant to research and development in communications and computing. Runs over semesters 1 and 2.

Semester 2

In Semester 2 you take one compulsory modules, choose one of two alternative compulsory modules and continue with those listed above as running over two semesters:

High Speed Mobile Communications (compulsory) examines the technology behind the third generation of mobile communication systems which offer services such as mobile internet and video in addition to voice and message/data communications.

Multi-service Networks (alternative compulsory) covers the principles of multi-service network design and technology, illustrating these with case studies.

Optical and Broadband Networks (alternative compulsory) describes the operational principles of optical fibre communication systems and examines how optical networks are used to provide the next generation broadband infrastructure.

As courses are reviewed regularly, the list of taught modules you choose from may vary from the list here.

You also take:

MSc Dissertation is an individual research and development project that allows you to study a topic of your choice in depth, guided by your supervisor.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you must satisfy our English language requirement by providing us with evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with an IELTS score of 6.0 or greater in the reading and writing component

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
6 months


part time
6 months
full time
3 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
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