Taught course

Communications, Control and Digital Signal Processing

University of Strathclyde · Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

A first or good second class [Honours] degree or equivalent overseas qualification in electronic, electrical or communications engineering, or a related subject, from a recognised academic institution. For applicants whose first language is not English, a recognised UKVI SELT with a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with all sub-bands at 5.5 must be demonstrated.

Months of entry


Course content

This full-time course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of communications theory and networks, fundamental control technology and digital signal processing (DSP).

Encompassing topics critical to the information and communications age, you will gain an advanced knowledge of the principles of the communications, control and DSP domains and an understanding of the current and future developments and technologies within these three disciplines. Along with full accreditation from the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET), this will enable you to capitalise on job opportunities across a range of sectors including control, telecommunications, signal processing, manufacturing, electronics and IT user companies. EDF Energy, Siemens and Texas Instruments are just some of the multinationals with whom our graduates have secured well-paid positions.
MSc programmes are CEng accredited. These programmes fulfil the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme or equivalent.
Two semesters of compulsory and optional taught modules (120 credits) are followed by a three-month practical research project (60 credits) in your chosen specialist area. Opportunities exist to conduct this through the Department's competitive MSc industrial internships.
Compulsory modules
· Digital Signal Processing Principles
· Information Transmission & Security
· Control Principles
· Assignment & Professional Studies
Optional modules (two to be chosen)
· Communications Networks
· Advanced Digital Signal Processing
· Embedded Systems Design
· Image & Video Processing
· Control Techniques
Courses are taught by a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. Advanced technical engineering expertise is developed in parallel with communication, project management and leadership skills, all of which are vital for your future career. Assessment techniques include written assignments, exams and practical team-based and individual projects.
You have access to our extensive computing network, and purpose built teaching spaces equipped with the latest technologies. Interaction with Industry is provided through teaching seminars and networking events, and we deliver weekly seminars to support your learning and career development. Course tutors are available to address individual concerns.

Information for international students

Applications are open annually from 1 Oct - 31 August for entry that September. Submissions must be made online. There is a dedicated Induction Programme in Week 4 September which all new MSc students must attend.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4500 Scotland/EU, £9000 RUK
International students

International & UK students are eligible for a range of scholarships offered by the University and Department:

· EEE PGT International Excellence Awards

· Postgraduate Student Awards for Scotland (PSAS)

· Rest of the UK PGT Scholarships

· The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships

· Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary

· Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)

· Marshall Scholarships

· Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

· Pakistan 50th Anniversary Fund

· Santander Scholarship

· Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship

· Strathclyde International Scholarships

· Whitworth Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Ms Elaine Black
0141 548 2170
0141 552 2487