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MAPersonal, Mobile and Satellite Communications

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
Tuition fee £13,500 per year
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This course is one of the University’s most popular applied-sciences postgraduate degree programme and provides skills in the latest technology driving the telecommunications revolution. It covers key areas of mobile communications and the internet, and satellite and digital communication systems.

You will not only study the fundamentals associated with mobile communications but also the latest advances in the mobile communications field, including the way 2G and 3G systems operate, with an emphasis on radio transmission technology. The concepts of software radio are introduced as are the fundamentals behind satellite technology. Advances in antennas are examined; the theory behind the underlying networks that allow mobile communications to operate, from system and network perspectives, is studied together with subjects such as the internet and its protocols, quality of service (QoS) support, mobility management, security mechanisms and the convergence between mobile and Internet technologies. An understanding of the underlying software that resides on the terminal is also developed.

Mobile communication technology is advancing at great speed – more than five billion people worldwide own a mobile phone – and to sustain this market growth, the industry needs to operate in an innovative and technically challenging environment.

Examples of projects:

Software simulation for OFDM in 4G mobile communications
Resource management in 3G mobile networks
Simulation of wireless LAN (IEEE802 11b) MAC protocols

Programme structure

Modules: All Modules are Core

Semester 1 (60 Credits – 6 Modules):

Antenna and Mobile Propagation (10 Credits)
Digital Signal Processing (10 Credits)
Mobile Applications Technologies (10 Credits)
Mobile and Wireless Communication Networks (10 Credits)
Satellite Communications (10 Credits)
Signals and Systems Theory (10 Credits)

Semester 2 (60 Credits – 5 Modules)

Advanced Networking Protocols (10 Credits)
Digital Communication Principles (10 Credits)
Research Seminar Series (10 Credits)
Terminal Technologies (10 Credits)
Advanced Project Skills (20 Credits) ©

End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits – 1 Module):

MSc Project (60 Credits)

Career opportunities

Our graduates have access to excellent facilities and hands-on project work, and benefit from our excellent industrial links. This means they have excellent employment prospects. Their skills are highly valued across a range of industrial and commercial enterprises both large and small, with firms such as BT Cellnet, Ericsson, Filtronic Comtec, Motorola and NTL.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

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

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States