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MSc Communications and Signal Processing with Extended Research University of Manchester



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Course description

This course delivers a thorough, methodical and wide-ranging education in communication, signal processing and microwave engineering. It covers in-depth materials including digital communication, wireless communications, mobile networks, digital signal processing, communication networks and optical communications. In addition, students can choose between course units that specialise in signal and image processing, or atennas and microwave systems engineering.

Prior to your Summer break a preliminary study and outline of your dissertation project is completed, which is fully developed throughout the second year of the course. The year-long individual enhanced research provides great opportunities to develop advanced research skills and to explore in depth some of the topics discussed during the course.

The course is aimed at those with prior undergraduate level knowledge of communication and signal processing, wishing to enhance their skills to an advanced level for a rewarding career in related industries. Graduates are also capable of conducting PhD study in world leading research groups and contributing new ideas towards the advancement of technologies.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2022 and December 2022. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal.

Career opportunities

On graduating you will be able to enter directly all areas of the modern communication and signal processing industry, including the fast growing mobile and wireless technology sectors. You will also be prepared to begin PhD research programmes, which may lead to the careers in research establishments and universities.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MSc Communications and Signal Processing with Extended Research.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

£26,500.00 (27,23,357) per year

International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,500 year 1, £13,000 year 2




The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,



M13 9PL, England

Entry requirement for international students

We require an Upper Second class honours degree or international equivalent, in an electronic and electrical engineering discipline. This is a competitive application process and preference will be given to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements. Applicants should have previously studied communication and signal processing engineering fundamentals, and also have good programming skills (i.e. C++, Java, MATLAB). To progress to the second year of this course, we usually require performance at distinction level. Students who do not meet the criteria to progress to the second year will instead graduate with the one-year Communications & Signal Processing MSc or an alternative appropriate qualification. When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average with particular emphasis on relevant course units and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess an acceptable English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test and attain the required English Language score: IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0. TOFEL iBT: at least 90 overall with no sub-test below 20. We do not accept 'MyBestScore'. Pearson PTE: at least 58 overall with no sub-test below 50.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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