Why study MSc Wireless Communications Systems?

Wireless CommunicationsThe growing need for powerful and effective wireless communication systems has created a vibrant global market for communications engineers with specialist skills in wireless technology. Sheffield is one of a very small group of UK universities with the expertise to meet this demand.

Wireless communication is a key research theme within the department, which means you’ll be taught by staff who are involved in cutting-edge research in the field.

This Masters course has a strong R&D bias and has been designed to provide engineers with the theory underpinning communication systems, alongside knowledge of the latest innovations in technology. 

There are lectures, laboratories and seminars. We assess you on exams, coursework and a project dissertation.

What you'll do

The MSc in Wireless Communication Systems is offered on a full-time basis over a year, starting in September. It requires completion of eight modules and a major research project dissertation.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor who will provide advice and guidance throughout the period of study.

The MSc(Eng) consists of:

  • 6 compulsory modules
  • optional modules (choose 2)
  • a major research project

Core modules

Advanced Signal Processing

You will learn about advanced signal processing methods and technologies and their applications including multi-rate filtering and filter banks, signal transforms, random signals, adaptive filtering and array signal processing.

Advanced Communication Principles

You’ll cover the theory and techniques used by a wide range of communication systems, particularly the most recent digital and cryptographic systems, gaining an understanding of the structure of modern communication systems and the relevant issues at each stage in the system.

Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems

This module provides an understanding of electromagnetic theory for use in antenna analysis.

Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols

This module examines the specifications of present and future mobile communication systems, including the antenna designs required, commonly used protocols, cell sizes, and future issues such as the development of 5G mobile systems.

Broadband Wireless Techniques

This module will give an understanding of the most up to date wireless transmission techniques used in the design and operation of broadband wireless systems. It covers the fundamentals of frequency selective fading and explains how multiple-access schemes such as OFDMA and CDMA are configured to realise reliable communication in dispersive multipath channels.

Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols

The aim of this module is to give an understanding of packet switching protocols and how they can be used to achieve reliable data delivery in wireless communication systems.

Optional modules

Data Coding Techniques for Communication and Storage

Processing techniques that enable the safe and reliable transmission and storage of data are a key element in nearly all modern communication systems. In this module you’ll learn about data coding techniques required for reliable and secure data transmission and storage.

Optical Communication Devices and Systems

In this module you will examine the behaviour of components in a communications system and the impact of system requirements on their design and individual performance.

Computer Vision

You will be introduced to current approaches to computer vision, and taught to use hardware and software tools to solve practical computer vision problems, including detection and recognition tasks.

Electronic Communication Technologies

This module aims to provide students with a range of skills that are required when designing circuits at high frequencies, covering topics such as circuit interference mechanisms and design techniques and circuit layout.

System Design

To learn the basics of structured approach to design of complex systems, you’ll undertake a design project using state of the art design tools to create error free design structures.

Major research project

Opportunities exist for dissertation studies to be carried out in collaboration with other university research centres or with industrial organisations. Examples of previous research projects include:

  • Hand gesture-based computer user interface using Kinect
  • Wireless signal propagation in jet engines
  • Optically controlled smart antenna
  • MIMO antenna on mobile phone
  • Wi-Fi mesh network for LTE/LTE-advanced small cell backhaul

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements for student entry up to and including September 2016. The department is being visited by the IET in December 2016 for the purposes of re-accreditation for student entry from September 2017 onwards (this happens every 5 years).

Is this course right for you?

This course is designed for students with 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.

Students must have an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Dr Nathan Porter, MSc Admissions and Course Support Assistant.

Employability

The Department has large industrial contracts with several industries. The skills you will gain will be of use for a range of employers as well as providing an ideal background for PhD research.

Our graduates work across the globe in a variety of roles including:

  • Digital signal processing engineer
  • Telecoms technician
  • Product and test engineer
  • Research associate

Employers include Airbus, ARUP, Ericsson Communications, Intel Asia Pacific, Rolls Royce, Shanghai Automotive Industry Company and Siemens Energy.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.