Telecommunications Engineering MSc (CID867)




University of Sunderland

Telecommunications Engineering MSc

Course overview 

This Masters extends your knowledge of IT networks and provides hands-on training in telephony and high-speed data services. This will equip you for well-paid roles as a specialist telecommunications engineer, as well as for more general roles in developing network systems.

Modern telecommunication services rely heavily on network technology and, consistent with this, there is a high level of overlap between this course and Network Systems MSc. However, this course is distinctive because it includes a module on ‘Digital Telephony’. In addition, your Masters project will be on a topic that is specifically related to telecommunications.


Why us?

  • Sunderland offers the only Telecommunications Engineering MSc in the North-East of England
  • Our research is rated as ‘Internationally excellent' in Computer Science and Informatics, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and also on behalf of the Engineering Council
  • Cisco-certified Academy Instructors

Modular structur

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, directed reading, research, discussions, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. We invite guest speakers to give insights on specialist topics.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include individual written reports, research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Modules on this course include:

  • Network Simulation (15 credits)

You will use standard simulation packages to predict network performance prior to installation. You will also cover the simulation of network protocol stacks TCP/UDP, FTP applications, CBR video streaming, performance analysis bandwidth allocation and packet loss.

  • Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 credits)

This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.

  • Wireless Communications (15 credits)

This module examines the technologies currently used to design and build enterprise-wide wireless networks. It also examines current mobile telecommunications systems including GSM, UMTS and 4G technologies. You will gain hands-on experience of building and testing wireless networks in our specialist labs.

  • Local and Wide Area Networks (30 credits)

This module covers the elements which make up a modern computer network, in preparation for industry certifications such as Cisco CCNA. It includes the design and build of network systems under realistic scenarios within specialist labs. You will cover network design (subnetting, VLSM), IPv4, IPv6, network configuration, protocols, VLANs, switching and routing.

  • Network Security (15 credits)

This practical module covers firewalls (hardware and software), system recovery strategies, securing network services, authentication, authorisation and accounting, encryption techniques, dial-up security, intrusion detection and protection systems, proxies, bastion hosts, VPN technologies and network security policies.

  • Broadcast Systems (15 credits)

This module examines current video delivery mechanisms within IP networks. It covers QoS strategies and both multicast and unicast solutions. You will gain hands-on experience of designing and building converged networks for video delivery in our specialist labs.

  • Digital Telephony (15 credits)

This module explores the many elements that make up contemporary telecommunications systems. It covers analogue systems, digital systems, mobile, internet based and computer network based systems (VoIP). You will learn the importance of converged systems and quality of service as well as communications protocols such as RTP and SIP. With our specialist lab facilities you will develop a modern converged telecommunications system to meet the needs of a client.

  • Masters Project (60 credits)

You will take part in a real-world project through a sponsor. The project will involve both research and practical elements.

Fees and funding

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK or EU

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