Digital and Radio Frequency Communication Systems

Digital and Radio Frequency Communication Systems

MSc Digital and Radio Frequency Communication Systems

Internet, telephone, mobile phones, television, radio and personal computer communications – these are becoming increasingly integrated in a combined, telecommunications-based network.


This course aims to explore and develop your ability to harness these technological advances and to understand the engineering behind them so that you too can be a part of this revolution.

Progress in digital technology means that digital TV, the internet, mobile telephones, domestic networks, personal computers and public telephone services are becoming combined into single integrated systems. This has created a demand for engineers with this specialist knowledge.

Key facts

  • Accreditation is in the process of being sought from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for this MSc
  • The course team is proud of its enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are valued for the quality of support provided to students. All staff are actively engaged in research as well as teaching
  • The area has strong links with industries, professional bodies and many other universities, and is regularly visited by professional bodies in relation to the accreditation of the courses
  • An engineering masters qualification is now required if you wish to become a chartered engineer
  • Gain exposure to cutting-edge technological development in electrical and electronic technology
  • State-of-the-art facilities and analytical tools support the taught and research elements of the course

Course content

Led by an internationally-recognised research group with a long track record of achievements in electromagnetic transmission and system development, this programme provides the student with an insight into the latest technological advances in transmission and reception – covering both digital and analogue media but emphasizing modern developments and advances.

You can choose a research project from a wide range of topics which gives you the opportunity to focus your strengths and pursue your own particular interests.

You may also find that your research project can be linked to your employment.

  • Research Methods and Project Management
  • Sustainable Design and Innovation
  • Dissertation

Other areas covered on the course will include: digital communication systems, antennas, propagation and RF hardware design, modulation, coding, protocols and satellite orbits as well as digital hardware and software relevant to the telecommunications industry.

Career opportunities

The Engineering Council now requires a Chartered Engineer to be qualified to Masters level or its equivalent, so there has never been a better time to consider studying for an engineering Masters qualification. This course has been tailored to meet the needs of local employers enabling you to gain career advancement or specialise in digital communications. This is particularly timely when many situations around the world now rely on mobile and satellite communications.

Employability and assessment

You will be assessed throughout your course by a variety of methods including portfolios,
presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations

Entry requirements and applying

The MSc is designed as a progression route from a related undergraduate degree including sound engineering degrees. If you are interested in the course but are uncertain about whether you can apply, please get in touch with us.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

If you are applying as an International Student, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus. You will also be able to track your application status and receive your offer letter and CAS letter here.

Course duration and fees

Course Duration

Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 3 years


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

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