Taught course

Image and Video Communications and Signal Processing

University of Bristol · Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in a numerate physical science or engineering discipline. Candidates with a lower class of degree, equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for higher degree work.

Months of entry


Course content

Audiovisual experiences are key drivers, not just for entertainment but also for business, security and technology development. Video accounts for about 80 per cent of all internet traffic and some mobile network operators have predicted that wireless traffic will double every year for the next 10 years - driven primarily by video. Visual information processing also plays a major role in other industries, such as healthcare, security, robotics and autonomous systems.

This challenging, one-year taught master’s degree covers a range of advanced topics in multimedia signal processing and communications. These include the properties and limitations of modern communication channels and networks, alongside the coding and compression methods required for efficient and reliable wired and wireless audio-visual transmission. It provides students with an excellent opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to enter careers in one of the most dynamic and exciting fields in ICT.

The programme builds on the research strengths of the Visual Information Laboratory and the Communication Systems and Networks Group within the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol. Both groups are highly regarded for combining fundamental research with strong industrial collaboration and their innovative research has resulted in ground-breaking technology in the areas of image and video analysis, coding and communications. Both groups also offer extensive, state-of-the-art research facilities.

This MSc provides in-depth training in design, analysis and management skills relevant to the theory and practice of the communication networks industry.

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in this field in the UK.

Visit the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering website to learn more about the MSc in Image and Video Communications and Signal Processing.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions and Enquiries
+44 (0) 117 394 1649