Telecommunications and Networks  MSc


The MSc Telecommunications and Networks syllabus covers recent major technological developments in telecommunications; technology; protocols; security and networks including: digital, mobile and wireless communications, photonics and optical communications, internet and web service security and coding.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 (per year) (2014 fees)

Start Date:

22nd September 2014

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The minimum requirement is a second class Honours degree or equivalent in an acceptable scientific or engineering discipline.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL (internet based): 90

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The course draws on the knowledge and experiences of leading experts and active researchers working in Telecommunications and Networks.  The expertise of the teaching team includes photonics, optical sensors, wireless communications, network security, and cryptography. The Telecommunications program is supported by research in photonic devices, fibre optic sensors, optical communications, wireless networks, digital signal processing, cryptography, network communications, and information security. The students are expected to work closely with the research teams to widen their knowledge and understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies in telecommunications and networks.  This will provide a good foundation for students who chose to pursue a PhD after their MSc degrees.

Course Structure

The course is organised in modules which are taught and supervised over the 12 months period for a full-time programme.

Modules include:

Core modules:

  • Signals and Information Theory
  • Lasers and Optoelectronics
  • Multiservice Communications Networks
  • Cryptography and Coding
  • Wireless Communications
  • Optical Communications
  • Digital Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Research Skills and Techniques
Completion of 8 modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Diploma. The completion of all the modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree.

The individual dissertation is developed in close collaboration with various research groups within the Instrumentation and Sensors Research Centre, as well as other groups in the School at the forefront of their technological field.

Read the full 2014 programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

The programme consists of 9 compulsory taught modules, plus a dissertation. Four modules are taught in the first term Mondays and Fridays (10 weeks) and five modules are taught in the second term Mondays and Fridays (10 weeks). Exams take place at the end of first and second term and the dissertation work is completed during the summer term. The course format allows Full Time and Part Time study. Much support is given to students, part time and full time, with their preparation for the modules and in their project work.

Full-time students complete the programme in 12 months and are expected to devote a significant part of their non-taught hours to laboratory work, project work as well as private study.

The course format makes the programme attractive to those who wish to study part time while retaining full-time jobs. The Part Time students may attend only one day in a week mostly on Mondays or Fridays, with some laboratories in block weeks. The duration of a part-time programme is two years (this may be extended to three years in order to cater for individual circumstances).

Aims of the Programme

The overall aims of the programme are the advanced education of engineers and applied scientists intending to develop a rich knowledge of modern electronic communication systems, from devices, to systems, networks, protocols and their security and the development of expertise which will enable to handle problems in modern digital era.

Teaching and Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy is based on lectures, supported wherever appropriate by coursework. Assessment for the taught elements of the programme is based on coursework and written examinations.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain knowledge of the fundamentals including communication devices, underlying principles, system analysis, protocols, network optimization, encryption and security and an exposure to challenging problems of emerging complex systems engineering applications.

Summary of Content

  • Signal Processing
  • Information Theory
  • Digital Communications
  • Lasers and Photonic Devices
  • Optical Communications
  • Wireless Communications
  • Satellite Communications
  • Mobile Communications
  • Communication Systems
  • Communications Networks
  • Data Encryptions
  • Coding and Cryptography
  • Digital Security
  • Digital Signal Processing

Read the full 2014 programme specification


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 (per year) (2014 fees)


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

Career Prospects

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the major technology influencing all aspects of our life, health, entertainments and society. Electronic communications, including the Internet covering fundamental technologies, electronics, informatics, wireless communications, optical communications, mobile communications, satellite communications, communication protocols, networks, encryption, digital security, and cyber war, are fundamental disciplines spread in both established and emerging technological areas. Being trained in the highly sought-after technical subject areas the excellent career opportunities exist for graduates in all these areas. There are opportunities for further studies by research leading to PhD after the MSc studies.

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