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.

Months of entry


Course content

Communications is one of the most exciting and rapidly-expanding subjects in all of engineering, with the Internet and mobile phones revolutionising life for many people over the last few decades. Increasingly, the Internet and mobile telephone networks are converging, and an understanding of both systems and the increasingly diverse information they carry is required to fully appreciate the issues in modern digital communications. Our MSc in Communications Engineering, taught by internationally leading experts from our well-established Communication Technologies Research Group, includes a wide range of modules to enable you to fully appreciate these complex systems. It is fully accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

The programme covers the latest techniques and issues in modern communications systems, along with a thorough grounding in the required technical and mathematical background, with an emphasis on wireless communications, signal processing, and cutting-edge technologies. You will be provided with a balanced picture of modern communications technology and networks to obtain a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of radio communication techniques, signal processing and network protocols. You will be able to design and optimise communication networks and be aware of new techniques and technologies as they are developed. Experience in designing and building industry-standard tools, managing projects and teams, and conducting innovative research working at the cutting edge of communications, will help make you an attractive candidate for employers throughout the field of modern communications.

Information for international students

For applicants whose native language is not English, the minimum University English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each of the four language components) or the equivalent are required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 324485