UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Wireless and Optical Communications

This course covers the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. The programme unites concepts across both radio and optical communication to give students a better understanding of the technical challenges they will face in engineering the rapid development of the broadband communications infrastructure. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skill base.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Course modules

Core Modules: Introduction to telecommunications networks; mobile communications systems; broadband communications laboratory; communications systems modelling; broadband technologies and components; professional development module (transferable skills). Options: Advanced photonic devices; antennas and propagation; photonic sub-systems; optical transmission and networks; radar systems; RF circuits and sub-systems; internet of things; wireless communications principles.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, laboratory and workshop sessions, seminars, tutorials and project work. All of the programme lecturers carry out leading research in the subjects they are teaching. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework, design exercises and the dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 11,090 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 23,440 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 7679 7300