Taught course

Mobile Communications and Smart Networking

University of Southampton · Electronics and Computer Science

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Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with a minimum (2:1) degree (or equivalent) in Communication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or in a closely related subject, and 2:1 in the required modules. The required modules are: digital signal processing, communication principles (communication engineering/wireless communications), maths, probability theory.

Months of entry


Course content

Wireless communications has played a key role in creating the world as we know it, with its enormous social impact. In the near-future, it is expected that everything will be connected and hence, there is a need for more wireless engineers with advanced skills to design the future wireless networks. These future wireless networks will have to support and intelligently manage a massive number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in real-time, within a highly dynamic environment.

This programme prepares you to become a proficient wireless engineer with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical applications, which involve generating, transmitting and processing signals as well as designing networks. This is crucial for mastering the communications landscape, which is essential for attaining the ‘connected society’. The key strength of this programme is that we place an emphasis on fundamental concepts and how they relate to recent advances in wireless system and network design and we use real-world examples to emphasise the relevance and importance of these concepts.

In the first semester you start with a review of key topics in wireless communications and signal processing. The course will introduce the core theoretical and fundamental knowledge for digital coding and transmission and signal processing combined with the principles and techniques needed to design a wireless transceiver. You will also cover the important research skills and practices, which covers the skills and fundamentals to simulate and analyse wireless systems.

You will be exposed to more advanced topics in wireless systems and network design in the second semester, including multimedia communications and future wireless techniques, which includes some of the technologies proposed to the fifth generation mobile standard, the 5G.

Finally, during the summer the MSc project enables you to demonstrate your mastery of specialist techniques, relevant methods of enquiry and your ability to design and deliver advanced systems and solutions to a tight deadline, including the production of a substantial dissertation.

The teaching and the project are supported by Matlab and C/C++ projects as well as by using the National Instruments USRP for experimental work in the Lab.

Information for international students

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency: Band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
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