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MEngCommunication Engineering

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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It’s hard to imagine a world without mobile networks, the internet, radio, or audio-visual appliances. Bringing together knowledge from both electrical engineering and computer science, telecommunications engineers drive these communications systems which are so fundamental to the modern world; we can now easily make international calls, Skype our friends, and even communicate with satellites orbiting the planet. How could you influence what happens next?

On the four-year MEng version of this course, you achieve a masters-level qualification, pushing your abilities to develop a more thorough technical knowledge of telecommunication engineering. You cover the same wide range of telecommunications as studied on the BEng, including:

- Radio frequency circuits and systems
- The transmission of digital signals over analogue links
- The transfer of audio-visual information

In addition to these areas, you then have the further opportunity to investigate more advanced topics in telecommunication engineering, including:

- Mathematics and modern communication systems
- The architecture and technology of a telecommunication network
- Multi-user communications
- Circuit, packet and cell-switching

Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s telecommunications engineers are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top engineers, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We were ranked 8th in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014). And our students enjoy learning from our expert researchers – we achieved 93% student satisfaction (NSS).

You graduate prepared to move into relevant roles across almost every industry.

Programme structure

Year 1

Professional Development
Mathematics for Electronics and Telecommunications
Introduction to Programming
Network Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Digital Systems
Digital Electronic Systems
Foundations of Electronics I
Foundations of Electronics II

Year 2

Electronics and Telecommunications Project and Industrial Practice
Engineering Mathematics
Analogue Circuit Design
Digital Systems Design
Telecommunication Principles
Engineering Electromagnetics
Computer and Data Networks
C Programming and Embedded Systems

Final year

Individual Project
Network Engineering
Telecommunication Networks and Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Mobile Robotics (optional)
Computer Vision (optional)

Year 4

Theory of Signals and Systems
Digital Communications
Networking Principles
Group Project with Industrial Practice
Mathematical Research Techniques Using Matlab
Professional Practice and Research Methodology
Mobile Communications (optional)

Career opportunities

The profession offers a range of careers from design and development to marketing, management, production engineering and applications engineering. Graduates also find employment in other disciplines because of the highly numerate nature of the subject.

Our department has a large pool of external contacts, ranging from companies providing robots for the media industry, through vehicle diagnostics, to electronic system design and circuit design and manufacture, who work with us and our students to provide advice, placements and eventually graduate opportunities.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work with BT, whose research centre is located just 30 minutes from the Colchester campus. Other recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:

National Instruments
Circad Design Ltd
The McClaren Formula One Team
B&W Group

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States