University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Digital Communication Systems

The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas. Digital communication technologies are ubiquitous in the modern world and comprise some of the most important technologies society depends on, such as the internet and mobile communications. This course covers the central technologies required for the understanding, analysis and implementation of communication systems, and provides both the requisite theory and practical experience for you to contribute professionally in the subject area. Practical project work for the major dissertation may be undertaken in conjunction with active researchers working on wireless communications and networks and digital image processing. The combination of taught modules and project work provides an excellent platform to further your career in digital communications.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in engineering, mathematics or physics. The undergraduate honours degree should normally be in the fields of electronics, communications or computer engineering. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Each course comprises 8 to 9 taught modules, typically 4 to 5 core modules and 4 options, plus an MSc project accounting for a maximum of one third of the course. The options allow you to choose a pathway that suits your personal interests. Taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May. The MSc project is a substantial practical exercise undertaken over the spring term and the summer up to the end of August. You study 4 core modules in: advanced networks; mobile communications; advanced digital communications; fibre optic communications, and choose a further 4 modules from a range of options in advanced electronics, and signal and image processing. In addition, you undertake a substantial individual MSc project. Projects are assigned in the spring term and begin with preliminary research and project planning. Following the summer examinations, you are expected to work on the project full time until the end of August, leading to submission of your dissertation and project presentation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed typically by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in the Department, and the project is supervised by a member of faculty.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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