Places on this programme are limited. We will give equal consideration to all applications received by 17 June 2018. We will still accept applications received after this date, but may not be able to offer a place if the programme is full.
The internet has developed at an astounding rate, connecting people in ways that we could never have imagined. On this programme you will study the advanced communications theory that underpins the science of networking, focusing on physical layer network communications, information theory and coding.
This programme prepares you for a career in telecommunications and its applications, for example the integration of voice and data applications, within a business context. The programme 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, particularly in the small business and start-up sector.
This programme will:
- Provide an in-depth understanding of the key issues in next generation, all-packet networking
- Cover quality of service-enabled transport; support for generalized mobility; ubiquitous provision of services to users; core network consolidation
- Provide advanced communications theory to underpin the science
- Address probabilistic methods for network performance evaluation, and network security
- Provide an in-depth treatment of mobile networks from WCDMA 3G to LTE and LTE-Advanced
- Address the new areas of sensor networks and Internet of Things
- Teach you Java programming
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 a student's responsibility to secure their own placement, but the EECS Placement Team will provide support. The Placement Team 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?
The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is rated in the top 20 universities in the UK for studying computer science and electronic engineering. We are internationally recognised for our pioneering and ground-breaking research, and innovative public engagement programme.
- This new programme responds to the rapid developments in telecommunication systems, such as social networking; seamless mobility; mobile data and the proliferation of applications for mobile and handheld devices.
- The programme teaches the Java programming foundations for network and services design, provides an in-depth treatment of the technological foundations of converged, all-packet networks, and current mobile networks from WCDMA 3G to LTE and LTE-Advanced.
- It will enable you to develop an extensive understanding of 21st Century networks, current mobile and WLAN technologies, software for network and services design, network modelling, sensors and the Internet of Things, security and authentication, mobile services, next generation mobile technologies.
- We have a long history of successfully offering postgraduate programmes in Telecommunications and in Wireless Networks.
- We have recently recruited new staff who are international experts in the fields of converged all-IP networks with particular knowledge in modelling, measurements and QoE, in middleware and in wireless networking.
- As well as teaching you, lecturers do research in their various fields of expertise. Being taught by someone who is engaged in potentially world-changing research ensures that lectures are fully up-to-date.
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
The 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.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
This course is currently available for one year full-time study. Students study four taught modules per semester followed by written examinations and the MSc research project (dissertation).
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. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years.
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
- Mobile and WLAN Technologies
- 21st Century Networks
- Software and Network Service Design
- Business Technology Strategy
- Network Planning, Finance and Management
Plus two options from:
- Next Generation Mobile
- Sensors and Internet of Things
- Network Modeling and Performance
- Mobile Services
- Digital Media and Social Networks
- MSc Project
- MSc Industrial Placement
We aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. Please be assured that we review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes.
Please check the School website for further module information.
Jennifer Richards, Postgraduate Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7333
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 and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. 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.
Teaching for modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. Each module provides 36 hours of contact time, supported by labs and directed further study.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete 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 assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only. 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.
You will also be assessed on a supervised 10,000- to 15,000-word dissertation.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
2018/19 Academic Year
Thick Sandwich £9,250
Tuition fees for International students
2018/19 Academic Year
Thick Sandwich £19,500
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 [PDF] 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 Computer Science 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.
The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled postgraduates to move into careers such as:
- Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse
- Interactive Systems Developer, Sky
- Software Developer, Accenture
- Analyst Technical Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- IT Contractor, FDM
- Computer Analyst, ITRS Group
- IT Developer, Qube Global Software
- Team Manager, Bromley-by-Bow Centre
- Computer Programmer, Rightmove
- Computer Consultant, Mac Experts Ltd
- Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence
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.
Recent careers events open to Computer Science postgraduates include the IT and Technology Fair, featuring Accenture, Babcock, BskyB, FactSet, Framestore, IBM, one-to-one sessions with Morgan Stanley, IBM and Accenture, IT company presentations, and Start Up Stand Up for those interested in working with technology start ups and SMEs.
Queen Mary¿s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village redevelopment means that there are substantial opportunities for on campus and local part time work and work experience. On campus there are 1200 job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Website Administrator and from Society President to Student Mentor. QTemps job agency offers work suitable for current students and recent graduates, QMSU Volunteering facilitates volunteering and QM JobOnline hosts over 800 part time and full time job vacancies.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the Queen Mary Careers pages.