Taught course

Communications Engineering

University of York · Department of Electronics

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold (or expected to gain) the equivalent of a 2.1 honours degree or above from a university recognised by the University of York. This degree should be either in electronics, or other engineering or computing courses with a significant mathematics and signal processing content. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial experience. As a minimum, students are expected to be familiar with concepts such as complex numbers, calculus, Fourier analysis, decibels, statistics, and to have used the Internet. Students without sufficient background knowledge of electronic communication systems will be provided with some preparatory reading before starting the programme: details of this reading will be provided to all successful applicants. It is a requirement of entry that this reading is done before starting the programme. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme makes extensive use of the knowledge and expertise from our well established Communications and Signal Processing Research Group. The course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the techniques and issues in modern communications systems, with an emphasis on wireless and Internet communications.

It provides students with:

  • a balanced picture of modern communications technology and networks;
  • a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of radio communication techniques, signal processing, network protocols, and the design and optimisation of communication networks;
  • ability to learn new techniques as they are developed;
  • experience of the use of industry standard tools.

As well as this MSc in Communications Engineering the department offers an MSc by Research, in which students can gain an MSc through doing a year long research project.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 324485