What will I learn?

Programme overview

This programme provides a challenging range of advanced topics drawn from optical communications systems and devices, and optics-related signal processing, including associated enabling technologies. It offers an excellent opportunity to acquire the skills needed for a career in the most dynamic fields in optical communications.

Optical fibre communications form the backbone of all land-based communications and are the only viable means to support today's global information systems. Research at Bristol is contributing to the ever-increasing requirement for bandwidth and flexibility through research into optical switching technology, wavelength conversion, high-speed modulation, data regeneration and novel semiconductor lasers.

As well as units on the fundamentals of electromagnetics, optical fibres and optical devices, there are two units related to optical networks: Optical Networks and Data Centre Networks. Optical Networks focuses on wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) networks, time division multiplexed (TDM) networks including SDH/SONET and OTN, optical frequency division multiplexed networks, and optical sub-wavelength switched networks. Data Centre Networks focuses on networks for cloud computing, cloud-based networking, grid computing and e-science.

This programme builds on the internationally recognised research strengths of the Photonics and High Performance Networks research groups within the Smart Internet Lab. The Photonics group is exploring the new field of quantum photonics, with key successes in developing photonic crystal fibre light sources, quantum secured optical communications and novel quantum gate technologies.

This MSc is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, one of only a handful of accredited programmes in the UK.

Careers

This one-year MSc programme gives you a world-class education in all aspects of current and future optical communication systems, along with associated signal processing technologies. It will prepare you for a diverse range of exciting careers - not only in the communications field, but also in areas such as management consultancy, project management, finance and government agencies.

Our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in some of the leading multinational communications companies: Huawei, China Telecom, Toshiba, China Mobile and Intel, for example. Some graduates follow a more research-orientated career path, with a number of students going on to study at PhD level.

Which department am I in?

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£24,500.00 (US$ 31,968) per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 July 2020

Start date

September 2020

Venue

Clifton Campus

Tyndall Park Road to Park Row,

Bristol,

BS8 1TH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The standard requirement for entry to a taught Masters programme at Bristol is an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree that is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree (also known as a 2:1). Applicants who hold a Bachelor (Honours) degree will be considered for admission to a Masters degree. A CGPA of 3.2 or above is considered equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree. Please refer the university website for standard English language requirements and minimum entry requirements for each subject. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the language requirements as outlined in the language Profile relevant for their intended programme of study.

For international students

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a numerate physical science or engineering discipline. Candidates with a lower class of degree, equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for higher degree work. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no score below 6.0; TOEFL iBT: 85 overall with R20, L20, S21, W20; Pearson PTE: 67 average with no skill below 60; Cambridge CAE: Grade B, or Grade C with no skill below 168; Cambridge CPE: Grade C, or Level C1; Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level IV: with pass in all skills; Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III: with pass in all skills.

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Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world.

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