This is an advanced MSc programme in the rapidly expanding area of Mobile Communications and Networks. This programme is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of mobile communication systems and networks.

About the Programme

Overview

Few people will have remained oblivious to the explosive growth in digital speech/audio/video and data transmission over the past few years. The long term future of digital communications lies with the use of mobile, as opposed to fixed, terminals. The aim of the programme is to reflect recent significant advances in mobile communications in the wider context of the rapidly developing digital communications industry. Students will gain competence in the theory and practice of Mobile Digital Technology such that they will be able to design and develop appropriate software/hardware and have an appreciation of more general network planning considerations involved in mobile and wireless communications systems. They will thus be able to take advantage of the undoubted long-term employment prospects in these areas.

This is an advanced MSc programme in the rapidly expanding area of Mobile Communications and Networks. This programme is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of mobile communication systems and networks. Students will develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in mobile communications and networks and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices in the domain of mobile communications and networks.

Programme Structure

The MSc Mobile Communications programme structure contains of the following courses, with a choice of courses available in Semester 1:

Semester 1

  • B31SF: Communications and Networks (M)
  • B31SC: Digital Signal Processing (M)
  • B39AX: Engineering Maths & Statistics (O)
  • B31PB: Software Engineering (O)
  • B31DF: Digital Design (O)

Semester 2

  • B31SI: Principles of Mobile Communications (M)
  • B31SH: RF Mobile Communication Systems (M)
  • B31SE: Image Processing (M)
  • B81EZ: Critical Analysis and Research Preparation (M)

Semester 2/3

  • B31VZ: MSc Project

(M) Mandatory course, (O) Optional Course

Duration

Normally 1 year, with part-time participation possible, typically over 2 years.

Entry Requirements

A First or Second Class Honours Degree in an engineering discipline or in the computer or physical sciences. The degree can be from a British or overseas university. Different degrees, together with relevant working experience, will be considered.

Employment and Industrial Links

Graduate Destinations

The programme will provide graduates of a calibre capable of developing and implementing creative solutions to the problems encountered in mobile communication systems and networks. The majority of students find employment in Telecommunications and IT fields quickly after completing the programme. A number of students also continue to undertake PhD studies all over the world. Examples of a few destinations of graduates are as follows: BT, Nortel, Racal Radar Defence Systems, Nokia Siemens, Huawei Technologies, and ZTE.

Industrial Project Opportunities

A few examples of companies that have offered project placements are Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd and Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems.

Professional Recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

About the Programme Director and Research Groups

Dr Cheng-Xiang Wang is a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computing Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. He has edited 1 book and published 1 book chapter and over 150 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in the area of Mobile Communications and Networks. He has been leading several projects funded by the EPSRC and industries, including the large-scale UK-China Science Bridges Project: R&D on (B)4G Wireless Mobile Communications.

There are mainly two research groups in the associated with the subject area of the programme. While the Microwaves Research Group deals with hardware aspects, the Signal and Image Processing Group deals with algorithm design and implementation, information analysis, system modelling, and network protocol aspects of mobile communications.

Wireless MIMO Testbed and Technology Demonstration

Supported by the UC4G project, a wireless MIMO testbed ( has been built, which aims to facilitate researchers to perform a variety of physical layer tests. The testbed will not only serve to inspire innovations with real-world experimentation but will also encourage proof-of-concept, technology transfer, and commercialisation of the latest wireless inventions and innovations.