Taught course

Telecommunications with Satellite and Broadband Technologies

Institution
University of Westminster · Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Qualifications equivalent to a good Honours degree (a minimum Lower Second Class) from a British university in electronic engineering or a good Honours degree in computer science, mathematics or other technological subject with a knowledge of mathematics. Relevant work experience will be taken into account.

Digital Signal Processing Satellite and Broadband Communications Wireless Technologies

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Telecommunications with Satellite and Broadband Technologies aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of communication systems utilising satellite and broadband elements. Students understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning digital communication systems is taken to an advanced level, and the problems and challenges associated with the implementation of both fixed and mobile wireless communication systems receives special attention. Leading-edge satellite and broadband systems utilising modern architectures are central to this programme of study.

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The Project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the Project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

The course structure course is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, i.e. the ILPs. These are assigned immediately upon each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

Information for international students

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will normally be required from applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not studied their secondary and bachelor's degree education in English.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

block mode
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7911 5000