Taught course

Mobile Computing

University of Bradford · School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Entry requirements

2:2 or above, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in an area relevant to your proposed programme of study If you have lesser academic qualifications but have substantial (approx. 5 years) relevant work experience, your application may also be considered Two-year full-time course options: Students who do not quite meet our normal entry criteria, such as those on the three-year Chinese diploma, or those who in the opinion of the admissions team would benefit from an additional year of study, may be offered a place on an alternative two-year full-time MSc programme

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Computing is moving away from the desktop and even the
laptop into mobile handheld devices and embedded systems.
The aim of this course is to prepare professionally-trained
graduates for the mobile computing industry.
Students will gain a sound understanding of the core concepts
of mobile networks and the design of cellular networks including
approaches to maximise the available capacity. You will learn
about the design of robust mobility management mechanisms,
and develop skills for the modelling and simulation of mobile
networks. Third Generation (3G) mobile systems are now a
part of our everyday life, bringing the internet and sophisticated
mobile applications into our pockets. In addition, the recent
introduction of 4G Lite networks and the soon to be deployed
4G networks will likely continue and consolidate this trend,
where the emphasis will be on developing appropriate services
and applications over heterogeneous network infrastructures
including Bluetooth, WiMAX and WiFi. The success of 3G and
4G mobile systems will depend largely on the ability of industry
and academia to develop and provide appropriate solutions to
the users of the new mobile and wireless world.
The course comprises both the basics of mobile technologies
and advances in computing, mobile telecommunications, and
applications. Students will study the tools and techniques for the
design of network protocols. They will also develop simulation
and performance modelling of networked systems.
Special Features:
- This course draws upon the successful research expertise of
the internationally recognised Networks Research Group
- This course is accredited by the British Computer Society
Modules 2011/12:
(C) = Core, (O) = Option
September start date:
Stage 1 60 Credits (3 x Core Modules):
- Mobile Applications (20 Credits) (C)
- Networks and Protocols (20 Credits) (C)
- Networks Performance Modelling and Analysis (20 Credits) (C)
Stage 2 60 Credits (1 x Core Module and 2 x Option Modules):
- Advanced Simulation Modelling (20 Credits) (C)
- Artificial Intelligence with Applications (20 Credits) (O)
- Real-Time Systems (20 Credits) (O)
- Reliability Modelling and Analysis (20 Credits) (O)
Stage 3:
- Dissertation (60 Credits) (C)
Please note: For January start dates, students take the modules in
Stage 2 followed by the modules in Stage 1.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

PG Admissions
+44 (0) 1274 234 286
+44 (0) 1274 233 727