Subject modules & entry requirements
Telecommunications is a fascinating field of study. When Graham Bell invented the telephone, he would have realised what his invention would morph into and how it would transform lives. Today when we look at mobile phones that seem to be faster and more powerful than basic desktop computers, the growth in telecommunications is clear.
From blazing fast 4G network speeds, high speed internet and last mile connectivity to enable every village in India access to the internet. The number of jobs to be generated in the Indian telecommunications sector is slated to increase by 10% over the next five years.
In India, very few institutions offer Telecommunications as a stand-alone programme at the undergraduate level. The subject is usually included within the Electronics and Communication Engineering programme.
Postgraduate programme options
The most popular postgraduate degree options in Telecommunications are the MS, MSc, MTech and MEng.
How long will you study?
The duration of the programme varies from one year to two years based on the subject and the university.
What will you study?
If it is an engineering programme then the course content will be substantial incorporating a project and thesis. The MSc programmes are more focused and usually one year in length. Core modules offered include – Signal Processing, Embedded Systems Design, Mobile and Satellite Communications, Advanced Wireless Communication, Advanced Networking and Optical Circuits and Fibres.
Typical entry requirements
Applicants should ideally have an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, Physics or Computer Science Engineering. Most universities require the submission of a GRE score as well.
English language proficiency
A score of 6.5 on the IELTS or 79 on the TOEFL is usually considered to be fair enough for admission into a postgraduate programme in Telecommunications. Some of the premier universities require students to have an IELTS score of 7.0.
FeesThe average cost of completing a postgraduate degree in Telecommunications from a reputed university abroad ranges from INR 15 lakhs to INR 30 lakhs.
Some of the most popular postgraduate subject specialisations in Telecommunications are:
- Signal Processing
- Radio Communications
- Transmission Telecommunications
- Satellite Communication
- Radio Frequency Engineering
- Optical Networks
Programmes in focus
The University of Bristol offers the popular MSc in Optical Communications and Signal Processing programme. This is a full-time one-year programme and the tuition fee works out to around INR 17.50 lakhs a year. The University of Bristol is one of the UK’s premier universities and has a large community of Indian students.
Anglia Ruskin University offers a well designed and comprehensive MSc in Mobile Telecommunications programme. This can be completed in 12 to 15 months and gives students a clear understanding of modern mobile communications technology. The tuition fee is relatively lesser and works out to a shade over INR 11 lakhs a year.
Cleveland State University offers the MS in Electrical Engineering with a specialisation in Communication Systems. The programme holds an edge over a traditional degree in Electrical Engineering and gives students the flexibility to pick up a variety of optional modules in Computer Science and Networking and also offers a foundation in Communication Technology.The University of Sydney offers the Master of Engineering in Telecommunications Engineering programme. This is a full-time 18 month programme designed specifically for students with an existing undergraduate engineering degree who are planning to find a job in the telecommunications industry. The course includes modules in Radio Frequency Engineering, Signal Processing, Data Transmission and Mobile Networks.
Students can find a wide variety of jobs in the Telecommunications industry. From roles in design and maintenance of mobile network towers to designing and maintaining websites of service providers, a wide variety of roles are available. The focus now is on designing mobile phones that are sturdy, sleek and user-friendly. With mobile phones powered by octa-core processors selling for as low as INR 8,000; a new generation of design engineers who can craft aesthetic phones are required.
In the USA, a telecommunications engineer with a postgraduate degree and with a work experience of less than 1 year earns between - US$40,000 to US$50,000 a year. In India, starting salaries for trainee engineers with a postgraduate degree in Telecommunications Engineering range between INR3.5 lakhs to INR 5 lakhs a year.
This clearly indicates the value of studying abroad and finding a relevant job abroad.
Salary Data Source - Payscale and Naukri
The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) was established in 1953. With over 60,000 members from all around the country, IETE is India's flagship organisation for telecommunication engineers.