Taught course

Digital Communication Systems

University of Sussex · School of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree in engineering, mathematics or physics. The undergraduate honours degree should normally be in the fields of electronics, communications or computer engineering. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas.

Digital communication technologies are ubiquitous in the modern world and comprise some of the most important technologies society depends on, such as the internet and mobile communications.

This course covers the central technologies required for the understanding, analysis and implementation of communication systems, and provides both the requisite theory and practical experience for you to contribute professionally in the subject area.

Practical project work for the major dissertation may be undertaken in conjunction with active researchers working on wireless communications and networks and digital image processing. The combination of taught modules and project work provides an excellent platform to further your career in digital communications.


Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed typically by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules. It exposes you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation and communication, and demands individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking.

Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in the Department, and the project is supervised by a member of faculty.

Additional entry information

The undergraduate honours degree should normally be in the fields of electronics, communications or computer engineering.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Each course comprises eight to nine taught modules, typically four to five core modules and four options, plus an MSc project accounting for a maximum of one third of the course. The options allow you to choose a pathway that suits your personal interests. Taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May. The MSc project is a substantial practical exercise undertaken over the spring term and the summer up to the end of August.

You study four core modules in Advanced Networks • Mobile Communications • Advanced Digital Communications • Fibre Optic Communications, and choose a further four modules from a range of options in advanced electronics, and signal and image processing.

In addition, you undertake a substantial individual MSc project. Projects are assigned in the spring term and begin with preliminary research and project planning. Following the summer examinations, you are expected to work on the project full time until the end of August, leading to submission of your dissertation and project presentation.

Information for international students

Please refer to http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1577/33220#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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