MSc(Eng) Wireless Communication Systems

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

This is where brilliant ideas are turned into advanced technology. Our expert staff are at the top of their game.

The biggest names in industry trust us to power their research and development.

The Rolls-Royce Technology Centre for Advanced Machines and Drives is based here.

Sheffield also houses the EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies.

About the course

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Study the key design aspects of a modern wireless communication system, in particular cellular mobile radio systems. There is a current shortage of communications engineers with a comprehensive appreciation of wireless system design from RF through baseband to packet protocols.

Industry needs graduates with specialist skills to drive research and development. Sheffield is one of a very small group of UK universities with the expertise to meet this demand.

Our MSc(Eng) has a strong r&d bias. There are lectures, laboratories and seminars. We assess you on exams, coursework and a project dissertation.

Core modules

  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Advanced Communication Principles
  • Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems
  • Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols
  • Broadband Wireless Techniques
  • Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols
  • Major Research Project

Optional modules

  • Data Coding Techniques for Communication and Storage
  • Optical Communication Devices and Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • Electronic Communication Technologies
  • Data Coding Techniques for Communication and Storage
  • System Design


  • Research-led teaching and an individual research project


  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Project dissertation with poster presentation

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Francis Ryder, postgraduate in the Department of Electornic and Electrical Engineering

I have always loved every aspect of electronics. The course has been extremely varied so I have been able to learn a whole variety of new subject areas. I have met so many different types of people and gained so many useful contacts.

francis ryder, postgraduate student in the department of electronic and electrical engineering

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree in electronic engineering, computer science or a similar field from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or industrial experience, we'll give your application individual consideration.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

First-class facilities

Our state-of-the-art semiconductor growth and processing equipment is housed in an extensive clean room complex as part of the EPSRC’s National Centre for III-V Technologies.

Semiconductor Materials and Devices

  • Laser photodetectors and transistor design
  • A high-tech field-emission gun transmission electron microscope (FEGTEM)
  • A focused ion beam (FIB) milling facility
  • Electron beam lithographic equipment

Electrical Machines and Drives

  • Specialist facilities for the design and manufacture of electromagnetic machines
  • Dynamometer test cells
  • A high-speed motor test pit
  • Environmental test chambers
  • Electronic packaging and EMC testing facilities
  • Rolls Royce University Technology Centre for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives


  • Advanced anechoic chambers for antenna design and materials characterisation
  • Outdoor free-field range facility at the Buxton site
  • A lab for calibrated RF dosimetry of tissue to assess pathogenic effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones
  • Extensive CAD electromagnetic analysis tools

Vision and Information Engineering

  • Wide ranging area of 'information' from numerically generated holograms for lithographic applications to image processing, computer vision, and machine learning.


Our graduates work all around the world for companies including Rolls-Royce, Vodafone and Intel.

A masters with us is also a sound basis for a PhD and an academic career.

Real-world applications

This is a research environment. What we teach is based on the latest ideas. The work you do on your course is directly connected to real-world applications.

We work with government research laboratories, industrial companies and other prestigious universities. Significant funding from UK research councils, the European Union and industry means you have access to the best facilities.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact Nathan Porter:

Nathan Porter
T: +44 (0)114 222 5355