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Telecommunications: The future couldn’t be brighter

An introduction to telecommunications, one of the most rapidly developing industry sectors globally.

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Telecommunications is one of the most rapidly developing industry sectors globally. The practical, hands-on learning techniques used in this field are designed to guide graduates into careers as telecom engineers in programming, mobile communications, telecoms security and IP telephony. Our student editor Umar, is here to guide you through an introduction to this subject.

In recent years, mobile phones have become commonplace, optical fibres have improved long distance communications and digital techniques have made networks much more sophisticated.  Communications are of vital importance to all people and all organisations. That’s why studying telecommunications will give you the chance to become part of an exhilarating and ever-changing industry and to look forward to a promising career path.

The main aim of telecommunications field is to equip both recent graduates and more experienced technical professionals with the technical and theoretical knowledge to succeed in this fast-moving field.

Undergraduate level:

After finishing your high school studies or A-levels, the BA/BSc Telecommunications and other related courses could be the first steps to further your career in telecommunications.

This degree programme features several strong points, including a varied choice of subject combinations and key skills for employability.

The usual entry requirements are:

  • A satisfactory GCSE performance, normally consisting of five GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English.
  • UCAS Tariff points:280
  •  UCAS Tariff Points/Grades to be obtained from full A-levels or equivalent: 240 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

Postgraduate level:

The Master’s in Telecommunications will provide students with the professional skills needed to work in a constantly changing industry. It offers cutting-edge technical courses combined with management, regulatory, and public policy.

The minimum entry requirement is an honours degree, or equivalent overseas qualification in electrical/electronic engineering or information and communication. Candidates with other degrees but with relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply. 

The telecommunications’ field provides a technically rigorous, interdisciplinary blend of graduate level courses in communications systems and networks, enhanced with exposure to telecommunications policy, law, and business.

Career Opportunities

With the revolutionary advances in technology and the ever-growing global demand for high-tech products and services, graduates typically find employment in a wide range of fields, including:

  • telecommunications operators
  • equipment manufacturers
  • service providers
  • software houses
  • other electronic engineering-based industries

Other areas of interest include academic research, management and marketing.

Graduates from telecommunications degree programmes are in extremely high demand in a global market that is growing faster than even the most enthusiastic forecaster might have predicted.

As a conclusion, Patrick Fitzgibbons, PhD, associate professor of telecommunications at SUNY Utica/Rome suggests two simple truths that summarize the status and future of the industry:

“It’s everywhere, and it just keeps growing.”


Further Reading

Use Hotcourses Abroad to check out some more students stories and other related courses.

Read more about other related courses such as Aerospace Engineering, as well as some students’ experiences by following the links.

If you want to find out more about the best universities in this field, read more about University Rankings and how to use the ranking tables to your advantage.

Find top telecommunications schools in the US through this education portal.

You can also have a look at some of our students’ reviews and feel free to ask anything below.

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