Broadband and Optical Communications MSc

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Broadband and Optical Communications
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year full-time

This course aims to give suitable graduates an in-depth understanding of the technology, and the drivers for the technology, in the area of broadband and mobile communications. The course will also provide exposure to current research activity in the field. Upon completing the programme, you will have a detailed understanding of the current practices and directions in this topic, and will be able to apply them to the task of continuing the roll-out of advanced communication services across the globe.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Modules:

Modelling and Design: This module focuses on the simulation and design of electronic devices using an advanced software package – COMSOL. This powerful commercial software package is extremely adaptable and can be used to simulate and design a very wide range of physical systems.

Research Methods and Study Skills: This module focuses on the skills required to scope, plan, execute and report the outcomes of research project.

Optical Communications & Systems: The main learning objective of this module is a study of the design and operating characteristics of optical fibre communication systems.

Broadband Communications: This module aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of current and emerging broadband communications techniques employed in local, access and backbone networks.

Mobile Communications systems: This module will provide an in-depth understanding of current and emerging mobile communication systems, with a particular emphasis on the common aspects of all such systems.

RF and Optical MEMS: This module introduces the use and benefits of miniaturisation in RF and optical Technologies and will investigate improvements in component characteristics and Manufacturing processes.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Broadband and Optical Communications Modules page.

Entry Requirements

This degree is aimed at candidates who have gained an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics or a related scientific discipline, at a 2.ii level or higher or the international equivalent. Applicants with initial degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis, with the assessment based on the applicant’s potential to succeed on, and benefit from, the course.


Applicants from overseas must in addition demonstrate competence in English to level IELTS 6.0 overall and no element under 5.5. An appropriate ELCOS (Bangor University English Language School) pre-sesional course may be taken to achieve the required English language level.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

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How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can expect to find employment in the fast-developing communications industry, from local-loop service providers to backhaul network companies. You will have advanced skills in the analysis and design of broadband communi-cation systems and components, with a particular emphasis on optical communications. These skills will be immediately applicable in the ever-growing communications industry.

Further information

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