Taught course

Communication Network Planning and Management

University of Portsmouth · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why take this course?

Communication systems and networks provide a means of linking people and businesses on a global scale and have become vital to modern society.

Our emphasis is on understanding system-level principles and on the design and implementation of systems to meet customer requirements, rather than the detailed circuit-level design of how a communication system works.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use our fully equipped multi-platform suites and computer labs to enhance your learning experience
  • Analyse high-frequency signals, measure antennas in our anechoic chamber or experiment with our range of control applications including helicopter development kits and walking robots
  • Carry out your final project in a workplace environment or relate your topic to a current issue in industry

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Module Details

This course provides a broad understanding of client-facing management techniques within the context of communication systems and networks. You will study six core topics on this course, followed by an individual project.

Here are the units you will study:

  • ICT Configuration and Administration: This unit aims to conceptualize and evaluate the theory, methods, and issues involved in installing, configuring and effectively managing a Unix based operating system for networking, as well as a complete virtualized environment.
  • Communication Systems Analysis: This unit focuses on basic principles in the analysis and design of modern communication systems, the workhorses behind the information age. It puts emphasis on the treatment of analogue communications as the necessary background for understanding digital communications.
  • Data Communications and Networking: The unit provides you with the required foundation and depth of knowledge to comprehensively understand the core principles of data communications and computer network.
  • Network Design and Management: This unit aims to introduce you to the issues, processes and tools of top-down network design and provide you with awareness of the issues and techniques involved in the management of large scale computer networks.
  • Mobile and Satellite Systems: The main objective of this unit is to discuss the properties and characteristics of fixed and mobile radio channels and to analyse their effects on the design of terrestrial and satellite communication systems.
  • Communication Security: This unit attempts to follow a systematic and rational engineering approach to help you master challenging topics such as cryptography.
  • Individual Project: The course ends with a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant communications system or network planning problem. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions in conjunction with implementing your individual project, which can often be linked with industry. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories as well as in private study directed by lecturers.

Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • A laboratory report
  • A dissertation

Student Destinations

The growing worldwide demand for technologists who can translate a client's communication needs and aspirations into a secure and reliable communication network, will open up a range of employment opportunities for you. Examples of possible roles include developing and commissioning a mobile phone network for a new geographical region or introducing wireless network multimedia to a company.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12/16 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566