University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Communication Systems Engineering

Communication systems are vital to our modern society for business, personal life, entertainment and leisure. On this course you will cover the design and analysis of modern communications technologies, telecommunications and data network systems while building the interdisciplinary skills to meet current and future needs of commerce and industry.

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

You will study several key topics and complete a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant communications system or network planning problem. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

Data Communications and Networking: The unit provides you with the required foundation and depth of knowledge to comprehensively understand the core principles of data communications and computer network.
Communications Security: This unit attempts to follow a systematic and rational engineering approach to help you master challenging topics such as cryptography.
Microwave and Wireless Technology: The unit combines team working via a project based learning activity relating to a significant circuit simulation and design problem with lectures aimed at analysing and applying the characteristics of a range of devices used in the microwave and wireless industries.
Mobile and Satellite Systems: The main objective of this unit is to discuss the properties and characteristics of fixed and mobile radio channels and to analyse their effects on the design of terrestrial and satellite communication systems.
Digital Modulation and Coding: Coding and modulation provide the means of mapping information into digital waveforms such that the receiver (with an appropriate demodulator and decoder) can recover the information in a reliable manner. This unit links to many of the most fundamental concepts underpinning information theory.
Communication System Analysis: This unit focuses on basic principles in the analysis and design of modern communication systems, the workhorses behind the information age. It puts emphasis on the treatment of analogue communications as the necessary background for understanding digital communications.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis and you will spend a significant amount of time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories.

How are you assessed?

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here's how we assess your work:

written examinations,
coursework,
laboratory-based project work,
a major individual project/dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,370 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (England) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,100 per Year 1 (International) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 16 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Faculty of Technology
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2555