Communication Systems and Wireless Networking MSc

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree
    A second class (Hons) Degree from a UK academic organisation in a relevant discipline (or equivalent)
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Key dates

  • Start date
  • Open Days
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    Saturday 23rd November

Guest lectures presented by acknowledged experts from industry and academic institutions

The programme is reviewed by an industrial advisory group (Steering Committee) on a continual basis

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Become prepared for an active role in the communication systems and wireless networks industry.

The Communication Systems and Wireless Networking programme is designed to address the rapidly increasing demand for qualified engineers and managers with well equipped knowledge in wireless and mobile communication systems and networks.

Entry Requirements & Fees

Start Date: September

Intake: Up to 25 per year

Entry requirements: A second class (Hons) Degree from a UK academic organisation in a relevant discipline (or equivalent) 


UK/EU: £9,350 (2020/21 fee)
International: £16,700 (2020/21 fee)  

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course Outline & Modules

The Communication Systems and Wireless Networking programme is designed to address the rapidly increasing demand for qualified engineers and managers with well equipped knowledge in wireless and mobile communication systems and networks. This one-year programme offers six-month taught modules covering a wide range of subjects from fundamental information and communications technology (ICT) to contemporary developments in wireless and mobile industry. It also includes a six-month individual project with opportunities of participating in the project provided by industry. This programme is suitable for those who want to develop the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in these specific and related areas.

The delivery of the programme is fully supported by the dedicated facilities in the Electronic Engineering Department and across the University, such as teaching and computing laboratories, and the involvement of experienced member of staff. Our research facilities in the Adaptive Communications and Networks Research Group and Wireless Network Laboratory are also available for use on MSc projects. To ensure its continuing relevance the programme is monitored by an industrial steering committee which includes representatives from major employers.


This MSc has a total of 180 credits. Taught modules and examinations/assessments are completed during six months, October to March. After successful completion students may then progress to the six month individual research project during April to October. The project is either undertaken in an industrial laboratory or at the University, often with guidance and direction from industrial partners. The module titles are:

  • Telecommunications Networks and Quality of Service
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks
  • Mobile Data Networks 
  • Broadband Wireless Networks
  • Pervasive and Mobile Communication Networks
  • Project Management
  • Digital Communication and Information Theory
  • Optical Communications Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • MSc Dissertation
Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Learning and Teaching Methods:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • External lectures given by industry experts and leading academics
  • Guided self-study, based on module specifications and reading lists
  • Individual research guided by academic supervisors and moderators
  • Practicals via laboratory
  • Student presentations

Assessment Methods:

  • Continuous assessment
  • Laboratory reports
  • Written examinations
  • Dissertation modules
  • Feedback from field trips supervisors
Career Opportunities

Previous MSc students in our Electronic and Electrical Engineering subjects have undertaken projects including:

  • Future Location and Coverage Prediction
  • Beamforming for Next Generation Wireless Networks
  • An Adaptive and Energy Efficient Wireless Monitoring System
  • Wireless Networking within Offshore Wind Farms
  • Broadband Network and IP/Transmissions Network Delivery 


Our students have worked with organisations including BlackBerry, BT, BAE, Daconi and Jaguar Land Rover. 

Facilities & Equipment

In addition to the usual wide range of facilities expected in a University we have the following local facilities available for to our Masters programmes. 

Telecommunications Computing Laboratory: This has 32 specialist GNU/Linux workstations (Debian distribution) specifically for use by undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It is the main computing teaching laboratory used in the programmes and supports flexible dynamic networking as may be required for some projects.

Telecommunications laboratory: The laboratory also supports practical classes in Optoelectronics and investigations intoWireless LAN networks and digital transmission systems.

Photonics Research laboratories: The word “photonics” describes the engineering and science underlying the manipulation of photons of light rather in the way that the word “electronics” applies to electrons. It embraces the modern application of optical techniques to communications, signal processing, sensors, and data storage. The broad aims of the Photonics Research Group are to research new phenomena and devices, and their applications in future fibre optic systems.

The Aston Photonics Research Group has a well-established international track record of innovation in grating devices for applications in telecommunications, signal processing, optical sensing, and many other grating applications including many first demonstrations. The main areas of research are: ultrafast non-linear phenomena in fibres and fibre devices; high-speed communication concentrating on solitons and soliton transmission, processing, generation and control; all-optical switching and processing; ultrafast all-optical networks; fibre gratings fabrication, design and fundamental studies; fibre grating devices and their application incommunication and sensors; and microwave photonics.

The extensive facilities of the group are available for use on Masters projects. 

Adaptive Communications Research Laboratories: This research group focuses on a range of networking architectures from mobile systems to ad-hoc sensor networks. Techniques involve the design of advanced digital systems for application-specific embedded systems and advanced algorithms for improving network efficiency. The group uses state of the art dynamic field programmable gate array hardware to examine physical implementations of these principles. 

The future impact of pervasive computing is an area of very active research. We are interested in the applications of dynamic hardware in this area to improve system performance. We are also looking at the applications of advanced coding techniques in the area of mobile third generation networks. The group has links with both the Photonics Research Group and the Neural Computing Research Group. A range of theoretical, experimental and CAD design techniques are used to investigate novel architectures and protocols.

Research interests: Ad-hoc networks, Sensor networks, Mobile networks, Adaptive algorithms, Applications of FPGAs, Dynamic hardware in Internet routers, Concurrent systems design, Coding theory, Cellular architectures for flexible processing, and Architectures for handling high-speed serial data.

The facilities are available for use on Masters projects.


You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.   

Contact us

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Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4910

Email: ask@aston.ac.uk