University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Communications Engineering and Networks

The course enables students to develop an ability to interpret user requirements and component specifications to produce functionally effective and cost effective design solutions; make decisions on the basis of incomplete information; industrial placement option available.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree (or above) in electrical engineering, electronic engineering or physics from a university of high international standing.

Course modules

Core modules: introductory module for communications; principles of communication systems; satellite, cellular and optical fibre communications; computer and communications networks; individual project; small embedded systems or embedded digital signal processing.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of written examination and course work. There is a strong emphasis on course work to deepen understanding. The pass mark is 50 percent. A merit is awarded to students with an average of 60 percent or more and a distinction is awarded to students with an average of 70 percent or more, in both taught and project modules. There are prizes for students who perform especially well overall and for those who complete exceptionally good individual projects.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available to home and international students; international students can often gain funding through Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,840 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 17,960 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,600 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5488