The internet, which is based on telecommunications networks, has developed at an astounding rate, connecting people in ways that we could never have imagined. This programme prepares you for a career in telecommunications and its applications and combines in-depth coverage of the main technical aspects of telecommunications with advanced business modules. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the skills needed for a wide range of jobs in the expanding telecommunications industry, with emphasis on those that are relevant to business/financial needs.
This programme will cover:
• Theory, principles, concepts and methodologies fundamental to the engineering of telecommunications networks.
• Current developments in the engineering of converged, all-packet, next generation networks, in particular within a range of research-led specialities concentrated around telecommunications networking.
• The role of business processes in engineering, including the commercial, societal and legal processes; moral and ethical issues including professional conduct and intellectual property.
The industrial placement takes place from the September following the taught part of the MSc and is for a maximum of 12 months. It is your responsibility to secure your own placement, but the School's Placement Team will provide support. The Placement Team help source and promote suitable opportunities, assist with applications and with interview preparation. The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken after you have completed and passed the taught component of the degree and submitted your MSc project. The placement will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.
In the event that you are unable to secure a placement we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience. This change will also apply to any student visa you hold at the time.
Why study your MSc in Telecommunication Systems at Queen Mary?
Our research-led approach
Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.
Our strong links with industry
• We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft
• Full-time MSc with Industrial Experience option is available on our taught MSc programmes. You have the option to complete the course over two years, with a year of work experience in industry.
• Industrial projects scheme - To support industrial experience development, you can to do your final project in collaboration with an industrial partner. While it is your responsibility to find and secure a partner for collaboration, we provide support with your application process and review the project for suitability.
The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science offers taught postgraduate students their own computing laboratory. MSc students have exclusive use of the top floor in our purpose-built, climate controlled, award winning informatics teaching laboratory (ITL) outside of scheduled laboratory sessions. The ITL hosts over 250 state-of-the-art PCs capable of multimedia production and several laser printers. In addition, there are video conference facilities, seminar rooms, and on-site teaching services and technical support. There are also a number of breakout spaces available to students with full wi-fi access allowing you use your own mobile devices.
The ITL is primarily used for taught laboratory sessions and regularly hosts research workshops and drop-in lab facilities. For postgraduate students on taught and research degrees there are specialist laboratories to use for carrying out research. Our augmented human interaction (AHI) laboratory combines pioneering technologies including full-body and multi-person motion capture, virtual and augmented reality systems and advanced aural and visual display technologies. We also have specialist laboratories in multimedia; telecommunication networks; and microwave antennas. In addition to these spaces, PhD students have generous study space in our research laboratories. In 2011 we completed the £2m development of new experimental facilities in Antennas and Media and Arts Technology. We formed the Interdisciplinary Informatics Hub in Collaboration with the Schools of Biological and Chemical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences. These laboratories provided a meeting place for postgraduates from the three Schools to interact and exchange ideas.
The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) brings over 25 years' experience of programme accreditation against professional standards for IEng and CEng status and can help you with achieving professional registration.
This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.
Part-time study options means that the number of modules taken is halved per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day.
Important note regarding part-time study
We regret that, due to complex timetabling constraints, we are not able to guarantee that lectures and labs for part time students will be limited to two days per week and we do not currently support any evening classes. If you have specific enquiries about the timetabling of part time courses, please contact the MSc Administrator.
The modules listed below provide some general guidance on what you may be expected to learn during each semester and year of this degree. The exact modules available may vary depending on staff availability, research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
• Communication Theory (15 credits)
• 21st Century Networks (15 credits)
• Software and Network Service Design (15 credits)
• Mobile and WLAN Technologies (15 credits)
• Business Technology Strategy (15 credits)
• Network Planning, Finance and Management (15 credits)
• Mobile Services (15 credits)
• Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)
• Project (60 credits)
We aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by Queen Mary, University of London in print, online, and/or in person. We review our modules on a regular basis in order to continue to offer innovative and challenging programmes. If you have any queries about the modules listed, please contact our Posgraduate Course Administrator.
You should have a good second class degree in electronic engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline. Applicants with unrelated degrees will be considered if there is evidence of equivalent industrial experience.
For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5, TOEFL score of 92 (internet based).
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. See more details on our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and Labs; a virtual learning environment is used to support teaching and learning. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete significant further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects, and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Students are generally assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of a research project or dissertation, and the tutor project supervisor offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.
The MSc project will be conducted under supervision during the summer period, and is evaluated by thesis, presentation and viva examination.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Thick Sandwich £9,900
Part-time study is not available for this course
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Thick Sandwich £21,250
Part-time study is not available for this course
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Queen Mary's Telecommunications postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers, mostly within IT and information services.
The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 80.9 per cent of postgraduates in this School were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 89.5 per cent of these already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary graduates from this School also have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £26,110.
Throughout the course, postgraduates have access to a careers programme to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the Queen Mary Careers pages.