Research course

Digital Communications

University of Edinburgh · School of Engineering and Electronics
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Institute for Digital Communications has three major centres of activity: Signal Processing, Communications Systems and the Centre for Communications Interface Research.

The Institute is internationally recognised for its research on communications systems and signal processing. Current activities include topics such as:

  • green radio
  • visible light communications
  • cognitive radio
  • compressive sensing
  • distributed sensor signal processing
  • multi-modal signal processing

The Institute was recently awarded a UK research council Platform Grant in Sensor Signal Processing in collaboration with the Joint Research Institute in Signal & Image Processing with Heriot Watt University.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Administrator
+44 (0)131 650 5573