Telecommunications by Distance Learning - PgCert / PgDip / MSc

Course Overview

The essential course information

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Award:
PgCert / PgDip / MSc
Attendance:
Part Time (2 - 5 years)
School:
Computing, Telecommunications and Networks
Faculty
Faculty of Technology, Engineering & the Environment
Campus:
Distance Learning
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The field of telecommunications has recently experienced immense developments and is an area of exciting opportunities and rapid expansion.

The MSc Telecommunications course aims to produce skilled professional telecommunications engineers who can provide and manage communications networks and services for commercial advantage.

The course is suitable for competent students from both scientific and engineering backgrounds wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of recent techniques in the design, development, administration and management of telecommunications.

Key Facts

  • This course is available only by Online Distance Learning through Resource Development International Ltd (RDI), the world’s largest independent provider of UK university distance learning education. This course allows access to your learning materials, tutors and course colleagues online wherever and whenever you choose.
  • The course is suitable for competent students from both scientific and engineering backgrounds wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of recent techniques in the design, development, administration and management of telecommunications.
  • The field of telecommunications has recently experienced immense developments and is an area of exciting opportunities and rapid expansion. The MSc Telecommunications course aims to produce skilled professional telecommunications engineers who can provide and manage communications networks and services for commercial advantage.

Why Choose Us?

  • The School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks is recognised both nationally and internationally for the high quality of our teaching and research and extensive industry partnerships. We are established as one of the leading academies for Apple, Microsoft and Cisco Systems.
  • We deliver computing-related courses designed to equip you with the skills demanded by industries and employers. These include computer science, software engineering, information systems, e-business technologies, electronics, embedded systems, web technologies, telecommunications, networking and computer forensics.
  • Located in the prestigious £114 million City Centre Campus at Millennium Point in the heart of Birmingham, we have fantastic facilities that support students from all levels of study including foundation, professional development short courses and postgraduate research courses.
  • The school has approximately 1,400 students and 60 academic and support staff, in disciplines extending from electronic engineering to the hardware of telecommunications and computer networks, software engineering and games technology.
  • The school has strong links with SAS, Apple, SAP, Xbox, Samsung, Intel and NEC. Collaboration with industry is at the heart of our teaching, enabling us to keep our courses relevant and up-to-date and putting our students in prime position for industrial placements, chances to contribute to real-life projects, and career opportunities.
  • The school boasts graduates who have gone on to work for Hewlett Packard, Bell Micro, Birmingham City Council, BT, Capegemini, Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel Corporation, NHS, Motorola, National Express, NEC, Royal Mail, Shell IT, JP Morgan Chase and Co, Carillion plc, Siemens and Nokia.

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Entry Requirements

You would normally be expected you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. However, we can consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

The standard university English language requirements will be adopted. International Students will require an English language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.0 for this programme.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2013 PT 2 - 5 years PgCert / PgDip / MSc £7,995

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Further details on fees and finance.

Financial Support

Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.

International Students

International Students at BCU

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

University Approach to Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.

Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.

Employment Opportunities

In addition to further academic research opportunities, career prospects are expected to keep pace with the rapid advances in telecommunications technologies and there is expected to be continuing demand for competent, versatile postgraduates who can design and implement innovative solutions for industry. The course also develops a wide spectrum of transferable skills to take into a general business career.

Further Studies

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Course Modules

Semester 1 - Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Credits
ModuleCredits
Telecommunication Systems 20 Credits
Data Communications Systems 20 Credits
Project Management and Research Methodology 20 Credits
Semester 2 - Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Credits
ModuleCredits
Mobile and Wireless Communications 30 Credits
Management of Network Services 30 Credits
Semester 3 - MSc Award - 180 Credits
ModuleCredits
Master's Project 60 Credits

Module Descriptions

Telecommunication Systems

This module provides students with detailed knowledge of the principles of telecommunications systems, while emphasising technologies that support digital communications. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics and advantages of digital signals, as well as issues relating to transmission, line coding and modulation.

Data Communications Systems

This module provides students with detailed knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the design, development and diagnostics of data communication systems.

Project Management and Research Methodology

This module covers project planning, scheduling and monitoring tools and techniques while at the same time developing research philosophies, strategies and methods relevant to the telecommunications industry.

Mobile and Wireless Communications

This module provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of mobile and wireless communications systems emphasising the wireless environment, mobile systems, as well as network planning and mobile services.

Management of Network Services

This module provides students with detailed knowledge of the requirements and operation of networks and the associated service management. Emphasis is placed on the realisation of Quality of Service (QoS) concepts in digital networks and mobile communications.

Master’s Project / Dissertation

The project will allow the student to demonstrate their ability to apply skills and knowledge to the solution of a practical problem, or to an investigation into a research topic appropriate to the rationale of the course.

Assessment Methods

The course comprises a series of assessments, including a research element to ensure that students gain up-to-date knowledge of both the theory and practice of the relative discipline in question, and a practical element in which students will assess strategic issues and practices.

The assessment requirement of each module is detailed in the syllabus. The assessment tasks will normally include a number of written reports and these will be in a formal style with executive summary, analysis, synthesis and discussion. Some of the assessments will be undertaken at a scheduled time and over a predefined limited period. All reports are required to be word-processed and be submitted in an electronic form via the RDI’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) known as iLearn.

Enquiries

Prospective students from the UK or EU
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from non-EU countries
  • International enquirers from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 6714.

Prospectus

For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (6Mb).

Further Information

RDI Ltd
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1A Brandon Lane
Coventry, CV3 3RD
England
T. +44 (0) 24 765 15700
F. +44 (0) 24 765 15701
Email: info@rdi.co.uk
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